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incidents and accidents, hints and allegations

We saw Hitchhiker's today, and I had the same reaction to it. Contrary to what some critics have said, it really does have DNA all over it, and it was fun. I didn't care for the romantic sub-plot either, but whatever.

Have you not seen Firefly until now?

No _Firefly_ until just now. The _Serenity_ trailer got us interested, and Chad borrowed the DVDs from a student who'd previously enthused about the series to him.

Trillian is not like that, I'm sorry, she just isn't.

I thought the romantic subplot was cheesy to the point of being dorky, but I wasn't offended by Trillian's character. Mostly because I don't recall thing one about her from the books, which leads me to think that she didn't have much of a character to begin with.

Of course, I said the same thing about Faramir in Lord of the Rings, so I may just lack the gene for finding deep reservoirs of personality in bit players.

She's the only sensible one in the whole damn series, and goes off because she had an astrophysics degree that was languishing while she was on the dole (there's a point in favor of it being a 1980s British book), not because she's all big-eyed and breathy for excitement and better relationships.

It's not as bad as Faramir, but it's annoying all the same.

You have ascribed more personality and motivation to Trillian in that sentence than I got out of reading the book dozens of times.

To be fair, some of that's from the third book, where she is the one to save the day.

Oh, Jayne gets a lot more likeable even when he's being a major pain in the ass. ;) Heck, he has some of the best lines in all of the episodes! Glad to hear you're checking out Firefly, though!

Hmmm, well, I'll believe it when I see it. And even if he doesn't, Wash would make up for Jayne and Saywer (from _Lost_) besides. =>

Hee! Oh, there are a bunch of moments all throughout the series where the viewer definitely wants to toss Jayne right out the airlock--but there are other bits where he is just screamingly funny. ;) That's one of the things I love about Joss Whedon, his talent for making characters who are simultaneously maddening and hysterical.

And oh yes, I (heart) Wash too. "And we will call it... This Land!" "Curse you and your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" Hee! ^_^

Zoe is way cooler than all of them put together.

Zoe's _cooler_, but Wash is more fun.

(We watched the next two last night, I loved Zoe trying and failing to look meek and contrite when Inara came in after the train job.)

One person on my friends list said he understood why Wash married Zoe but why on earth would Zoe marry Wash. I tried to explain it to him but I'm not at all sure he got it.


. . . yeah, there's really not much I could say to that.

Firefly and Lucifer: Welcome to the fascinating and thrilling world of unfinished long-form narrative arcs! (Oh, you've been a resident for a few decades now? Well, grab an extra ottoman, then.)

But there's going to be the movie, to continue the story! (And, it sounds silly, but I was already interested in _Firefly_ thanks to a bunch of the characters showing up in a cross-fandom RPG I read, so I can get my fix regardless.)

Also, I was under the impression that _Lucifer_ had wrapped up some parts of the arc, despite 7 ending on a cliffhanger, according to Chad.

Lucifer, I understand, will finish, it's just not finished yet. (There are intended to be, I think, 75 issues.)

Yep, the plan is 75 issues exactly; there is a month-by-month schedule of what's left to come out floating around somewhere, but I recommend against looking for it as it's spoiler-full.

That is, spoiler-full for things before #60 or so, not if you are keeping up with the monthlies.


Also, I was under the impression that _Lucifer_ had wrapped up some parts of the arc, despite 7 ending on a cliffhanger, according to Chad.

I have deep thinky thoughts on how Lucifer does closure for sub-arcs and overall story pacing which I'm not going to post about at length until the thing's finished. I do think it's better at doing closure for individual three or four part stories than anything else I've seen in the medium, but they tend to be phase-changes rather than endings for any individual major thread.

The other annoying thing about volume 7 is that, because Vertigo apparently have a price-jump point at collections of eight monthly issues or larger, it's missing the one-issue story that goes between the two longer stories within; this is going to be published at the start of volume 8. [ Which is due in June, yay; the schedule on which the previous three came out had led me to expect to be waiting until October for it. ]

I am really looking forward to your reviews of this series.

Thanks for the warning about the missing issue.

My thoughts on the first volume are basically "oooh, shiny ambitious mythological goodness ahoy!", which is not so deep, but I hope to have more interesting things to say when I've read those to date. =>

Oh, and also, next time one or more of our household and one or more of yours are crossing paths, I have a copy of Nirvana, which is a very pretty all-painted standalone Lucifer story occurring somewhere after the end of volume 2 and before the major events in volume 4, which you should read. I gather it's hard to get, I found mine in Berkeley, and there appear to be no plans to collect it. [ It's got Daniel in it. ]

Ooooh. Thanks.

Speaking of households and stuff, I believe Z. still has my Doyle & Macdonald YA series, the Circle of Magic books. I'm in no major hurry to get them back--the first housecleaning-service visit reminded me of it, is all, as I realigned various paperbacks that got bumped in dusting.


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