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3rd-Mar-2004 12:51 pm
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
Busy at work these days, way too much archeology.

Finished Women recently and slogged through Reads and I'm halfway through Minds. I was sadly reminded of the poor state of my apartment last night when I spent too much time trying to discover where my individual issues of Cerebus were (they were in a box that was labeled insufficiently clearly.) I also discovered this morning that I'm missing #231.

Really exciting week so far, got my oil changed last night. Woo!

Carpet Skates

Serenity Greenlit

space oater?
3rd-Mar-2004 11:32 am (UTC)

The one thing that disturbed me about the show was that it worked too well as an allegory for the ex-confederates who fled to Texas after the civil war and turned outlaw. The more I learn about this group, the less I like them. This show made me cheer for bitter ex-confederate Texans. Bah!!!
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3rd-Mar-2004 12:08 pm (UTC)
I see all she says, and it's very valid. Those were the reasons I watched and enjoyed firefly. Mal is an interesting character with many flaws and issues. At least the ex-confederate Texan theme didn't include Mal being a bitter racist or homocidal maniac.
3rd-Mar-2004 12:42 pm (UTC)
Crazy, I'd never heard that term before.

I don't think I've heard anything much about that group. There are definitely some strong similarities between the Civil War and the Galactic Civil War in Firefly but there are also an awful lot of differences.
3rd-Mar-2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
Firefly is not blatantly about Texans, Mal's accent aside, but if you start drawing parallels, that's the obvious conclusion. He's in a war fighting for local rights against a distant government which is trying to centralize power. His side lost. He can't stomach living under the rule of the "enemy" and flees to the geographical fringes where the government's power is weakest.

<oversimplified history lesson>
Anglo Texans were primarily southerners looking for new, slave-friendly land; they succeeded from Mexico only after Mexico changed its constitution to ban slavery. After the Civil War, Texas was still largely a frontier state and had very little direct federal oversight. Because of this, many disillusioned and embittered confederates moved to Texas. While many of them might have been fine people, they tended to be more racist than the rest of the south, and less likely to have useful skills other than shooting a gun at Union troops. Many of the old west outlaws come from this group of disaffected young sociopaths, and they flourished and were lionized in this anti-government haven.
</oversimplified history lesson>

I'm not a fan of intrusive government, I'm more of a libertarian, but I'm not about to cheer for violent racist vigilantes. Mal isn't one, but the parallels with a very violent and racist group are there.
3rd-Mar-2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
Carpet skates look like too much fun. Too bad I don't have any carpet.
3rd-Mar-2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
Ok, I really wanted to read the Firefly thing, but was bogged down by the constant abbreviations and web-speak. I realize that they are publishing this to the web, but can they at least speak in complete words???! Argh.
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