Sunday, February 26, 2006

Firefly

Just got the 14-episode DVD set of Joss Whedon's Firefly for my birthday (thanks, Carnaby!). The show is brilliant. All's I can say is, it's only through sheer effort of will that I won't call in sick tomorrow so I can stay home and watch every single episode -- and whoever decided to cancel this show has mashed squash for brains, and should be sentenced to three hours of special treatment by Jayne.

11 Comments:

Blogger Kevin said...

Lileks got it, too.

2/27/2006 6:07 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Ja, he sure did. I had pretty much the same experience, too. I had my misgivings in the beginning, but now I'm HOOKED and already worrying about how I'll cope once I finish that 14the episode!

2/27/2006 7:45 PM  
Blogger Rusticus said...

I loved Firefly. And Serenity.

Joss, for being a lib, is a frickin' genious when it comes to entertainment.

Fox execs, whose entire combined brain power is overwhelmed by a potato, have a great deal of difficulty mustering taste and having an understanding good shows.

This is why we get an endless parade of shows like "American Idol" and "Skating with Celebrities" and years of COPS while good shows like Firefly and Futurama get axed ASAP.

2/28/2006 9:59 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Freaks and Geeks is another show that was undeservedly axed. I haven't subscribed to cable in almost 10 years, and by the looks of it I'm not missing anything. TV execs seem to have a genuinely low opinion of their customers.

Incidentally, COPS is my dirty little secret -- it's one of my favorite shows!

2/28/2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Oh, and yeah, I agree that Whedon's liberalism doesn't get in the way of a fine, fine TV production. In fact, I wonder if he isn't a closet libertarian.

2/28/2006 12:07 PM  
Anonymous David Smith said...

Hey, guys, I don't normally post replies to blog entries, but I wanted to say that Firefly is a huge addiction out here with Arizona astro and planetary science grad students. Sarah may know that I moved out here with my wife (she's going to grad school at the Lunar and Planetary Science Lab, and I'm getting a post-doc there). I never really watched Firefly until I got out here, and the grad students loaned us the discs. We ended up buying the set also and loaning them out. Ours were missing for weeks as everyone watched them. Easily some of the best TV sci-fi ever. Where else do characters shoot the bad guys before making long speeches? :)

2/28/2006 12:44 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Actually, Dave, I was wondering where the heck you'd moved to! Glad to hear from you. Incidentally, did you know that the department has shortlisted one of your Harvard peers (J.G.) for the new faculty position?

Where else do characters shoot the bad guys before making long speeches?

Oh, yeah! And I literally squealed with delight watching "The Train Job" last night, when Mal kicked Niska's thug into the ship's engine after he threatened to hunt Mal down. Finally, characters who do things that make sense!

2/28/2006 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Actually, Dave, I was wondering where the heck you'd moved to!

I guess no one talks about me behind my back. That's good. :) A bunch of people know that I'm away, mostly faculty and staff, though. I'll be in town March 20-24, working on dissertation crap. I'm trying to graduate in May to get on to my post-doc.

Incidentally, did you know that the department has shortlisted one of your Harvard peers (J.G.) for the new faculty position?

Yes, I saw that. She matriculated the same year as me. Pretty strange to shortlist her, since she hasn't even done a post-doc yet. But she is exgal (*cough* and a woman *cough*), which makes the hiring committee salivate. God forbid they hire anyone that has anything to do with planets. Harlan Smith is spinning in his grave. :-P

2/28/2006 2:46 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

But she is exgal (*cough* and a woman *cough*), which makes the hiring committee salivate. God forbid they hire anyone that has anything to do with planets.

Heh. Well, if it makes you feel any better, there are two planet guys on the shortlist. I think Ex-Gal Lady is not likely to be offered the position, but, still... to even be shortlisted without a post-doc is pretty wild.

Congrats on the post-doc at Arizona. (Does this mean you're anywhere near Kevin?) I'll be hitting the job market in about 6 mos. myself.

Anyway, maybe I'll see you around the department in March. :-)

2/28/2006 11:01 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

He is if his wife's studying at the UofA. He's not if she's studying at ASU or NAU.

3/04/2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

UofA is the place to be for astro, so I assume that's where Dave is.

3/04/2006 12:37 PM  

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