There is no other way to start this. I loved Firefly and even more I
adored Serenity. I took the day off school and saw every screening of
Serenity that day. By the end of opening weekend I had seen the film
seven times. Total I ended up seeing that film about 12 times in
theaters. Even more in life. Firefly was the shit. Firefly was that
thing I couldn’t love more for so long.
Firefly, as it
turns out, has a lot of problems. Especially if you are a hashtag woke
person. There are really great elements. The actors live and breathe
these characters and if they were to come back to them today those
actors could likely embrace those rolls once again. But like I said,
there are a bunch of problems.
Let’s go with the big
one. Firefly is a big universe about the idea of what if American and
Chinese cultures merged. If after all is said and done, the only
cultures that survive moving out to space was American(Mostly white) and
Chinese cultures. So why is it that casual fans don’t know this. Why
is it that most people who know this only know it because someone told
them, or because Joss mentioned it in the special features of Firefly’s
original DVD set way back in 2003?
It’s almost as if
there is something missing. Something Key. Oh, I meant someone. That
someone being FUCKING CHINESE PEOPLE. You don’t get to just call two
characters who are white with white parents the last name Tam. White
Skin is not the mixture of other races.
Actually, other than Book and Zoe, where are the other people of color?
This is a genuine problem because not only are all of the speaking roles
in the show pretty much just white people, so are the background
players. It is really quite strange. If it was just the core worlds,
I’d maybe understand it because the Alliance would definitely support
Eugenics, but it is quite the weird situation.
you didn’t realize that Book was the magical negro and that Zoe was a
stereotypical violent Black Woman, time for you to go to your room and
learn about looking at non-white characters in media works.
know that a lot of people Love Joss. They love that he is this
self-proclaimed feminist and he’s all about these great female
characters. But he doesn’t like to talk about race. He doesn’t like to
really talk about sexual orientation*. He doesn’t really like to talk
about Trans characters. I’m not just talking about he as a person, but
the works he produces. And when he touches on any of these subjects,
it’s the lightest of touches and it really isn’t a big exploration so
much as the media equivalent of click bait.
look at Firefly. That is a whole fuck ton of straight characters, and a
Bi Sex worker. Whose Bi-ness only comes up when they want a joke for a
male character, and not development for Inara. But, Inara is a great
reason why I’m glad the show never kept going. Fun Fact: Joss
originally wanted to do a story about a drug that Inara takes. This
drug would kill anyone that rapes the person who takes it. They were
going to have Inara kidnapped by Reavers and when she was found, they
would all be dead because of this drug. Yes, Joss wanted to have the
Sex Worker in the future where Sex Workers are super respected gang
raped. He thought this was a progressive and edgey story. Then again,
he set up a future where Sex Workers are respected and everything is
done to keep them out of danger, and has the “likable” main character
Mal slut shame her at every chance, while he was totally willing to slut
around with YoSaffBridge and Nandi. Again “Progressive”.
isn’t it so progressive that they have white people pepper in Chinese
into their dialogue only for most of that dialogue just to be
nonsensical cursing? Or very basic thank yous or calling someone
sister. So progressive.
So everytime you
ask for more Firefly you are asking for more of this shit.
Personally? I want something knew that doesn’t have to live with that baggage. If Joss really wants to make a scifi feminism show, he needs to
learn about TransWomen and including more women of color as leads. One
is not good enough.
With that said, one of my
favorite fan theories is that Firefly, Blade Runner, Alien, and
Predator all exist in the same amalgam universe.
because I hate on the fandom and think the creator has a long way to go
to get better, doesn’t mean I don’t still have some love for this very