For your stressful week ❤
HOW have I never noticed Jayne’s hand in that shot before?? *diez*
[Image Description: Two children dressed as Mal and Kaylee from Firefly pose at this year’s Dragoncon.]
“Inara” by Deadmansdust | Redbubble
"Dance With the Angels" by Lisa Loeb
Fandoms: Dangerous Beauty, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, Moulin Rouge, and Firefly
"A courtesan is a force of nature in a civilized cloak."
Inara: Every well-bred petty crook knows the small concealable weapons always go to the far left of the place setting.
While I initially found this scene amusing, upon rethinking it, it seems a bit unfortunate. River being afraid of ethnic hair just strikes me as…a bit racist.
And its not like Joss has a super awesome history of dealing with race. (or metal illness for that matter.)
Anyone want to weigh in on this?
It’s a point that warrants serious consideration.
In my specific, idiosyncratic living room, the result was my husband and I independently yelling in stereo, “Holy shit, it’s the attack of Albert Einstein!” (Yes, The Lost Boys was one of our formative shared fandoms.)
Past that moment, it struck me in the following layers: (1) River has extreme reactions to anything surprising, and a sudden drastic change in the appearance of arguably the most reliable person on board can’t help but be very disturbing to her; and then (2) with his hair unbound, Book put me in mind of the “wild man” archetype, who seeks spiritual truth in places away from organized society and can be startling to others when he encounters them — an odd resonance for such a quiet and orderly man, but not entirely inappropriate considering the path he’s following (and the company he’s keeping) in his own quest for truth.
Final thought: A man of any ethnicity with hair much longer than is socially approved will pass unnoticed if he keeps it neatly bound, and will appear startling and wild if it is suddenly loose. However, just because it didn’t occur to me (nor, I expect, to the creative team) that Book’s hair might be considered startling specifically because it was African hair, or that the “wild man” association wouldn’t be happening in a vacuum and would not be positive in everyone’s eyes, doesn’t make it not problematic.
tl;dr: Good catch. Thank you. :-)
Artist Dan Dos Santos created an amazing Serenity cover design showing off the fearless Captain Malcolm Reynolds for Dark Horse’s upcoming “Free Comic Book Day” on May 5th, 2012. (Nathan Fillion’s Tweet)
Make sure that you check out Dan’s entire illustration process here.
Megan Lara→ Firefly Les Femmes
I feel obliged to tell you that I have these posters on my wall.
Yes I do.
I feel obliged to tell you I envy you something fierce.
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