Mal: “Ain’t all buttons and charts, little albatross. Know what the first rule of flying is? Well I s’pose you do, since you already know what I’m ’bout to say.”
River: “I do. But I like to hear you say it.”
Mal: “Love. Can know all the math in the ‘verse but take a boat in the air that you don’t love? She’ll shake you off just as sure as a turn in the worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughtta fall down…tell you she’s hurtin’ ‘fore she keens…makes her a home.”
If you haven’t watched Joss Whedon’s Firefly, here’s your chance. And if you’re already a fan of the show, here’s your chance to sit on the couch all day. Starting at 7:00 a.m., the Science Channel is airing a Firefly marathon, culminating at 10:00 p.m. with the hour-long special Firefly 10th Anniversary: Browncoats Unite. While Nathan Fillion’s charm is infectious in his portrayal of Captain Mal Reynolds, it’s the female characters Zoe, Kaylee, Inara, and River who really shine. With unique strong yet flawed male and female characters, compelling relationships, unrivaled dialogue, and an ability to embed hope within a show about misfits and outlaws, Firefly was definitely ahead of its time.
Here’s to hoping for a Serenity sequel.
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.
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