I stumbled across, Serenity Found which is a series of essays on the television series Firefly and movie Serenity edited by Jane Espenson. It was a rather mixed stack them. My initial thoughts, having read the first two, was that the writers tend to be rather over-state their case. I believe that Firefly was one of the best drama series of the last decade, however, that does not mean I believe it represents a giant leap forward either inserts social commentary to TV SF or in representation of women in the genre of shows.
However, I have been mesmerized by a trio of essays which form almost certainly unintentionally dialogue with each other. Freedom interpreted in Unfree world by p. Gardner Goldsmith Firefly and Serenity as libertarian political path, one that drew the allegorical connections to the American civil war, the South situation as one object to the excessive Government meddling. Mal content by Alex Bledsoe focuses on the character Malcolm Reynolds and specifically rejected the idea that it was some sort of libertarian hero, stressing similar teenager refuses to accept any authority over him, any criticism on its own authority or indeed any other responsibility beyond that in its nearby instead. Bledsoe’s theory is that it is only towards the end of that Mal Serenity are motivated by any kind of principles beyond self-absorption and mindless rebellion. Bonnie Brown flag by Evelyn Vaughn examined direct civil war allegory and tried, although I am convinced have succeeded, to address the issue of slavery annihilation of the allegorical story. This drew attention to one aspect of essay and Goldsmith me troubled. Painting the South as libertarian heroes, heroic freedom fighters and underdogs and push completely sidelined the issue of slavery rather shows, I felt, one of the shortcomings of libertarianism – its failure to account for the way in which privileged tend to rise to the top in an unregulated environment and human kind unfortunate tendency to assume that people with superficial differences are either count , or to be happy on their world. It is difficult to consider side which was part funded by owning slaves and motivated by a desire to defend the practice, even if it was not primarily include slave owners, as role models suitable for heroic freedom fighters and I suspect that, somehow or other, that was the intention of the Whedon. It seems more likely that he found the case of the South in the American civil war allegory for convenient knee-jerk rebelliousness Malcolm Reynolds.
But, ultimately, it must be said to me come from the essays less happy with Firefly stories than I went. Although I accept that slavery was far from the only issue involved in the American civil war, I am uncomfortable that the series can be read as a vindication of the position of the South, it provides a way for people to remove the issue of slavery by the conflict and, as a result, let us they look at Confederates as heroic freedom fighters and , in essence, good people. I also think that libertarians should find themselves better heroes.