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Date Posted: 10:36:39 07/02/03 Wed
Author: shambleau
Subject: Re: Unspoiled Serenity Cruise: Bushwhacked and Shindig
In reply to: KdS 's message, "Unspoiled Serenity Cruise: Bushwhacked and Shindig" on 13:53:36 07/01/03 Tue

You're seeing the eps in the order the UK is seeing them, basically the originally planned order. I had a different reaction to the low-key nature of the eps. I was far LESS interested in the plots. Shindig's cliched devices especially made that my least-enjoyed ep of the series. To me, the leisurely exploration of character was a joy unto itself and is what kept me watching. Not to mention the huge dividends the devopment pays in the later eps, when the pace picks up immensely.

River laughing at the stars was one of my favorite scenes, and the moment I fell in love with the series. To me, there was a mystical element as well. There was something metaphysical about both that moment and the previous shot, when they progressively cut away from the Tams clinging to Serenity's hull with each shot making them smaller and space more immense. And what's River's reaction? She embraces the whole experience.

The way the show deals with space is wonderful to me. They find a beauty and gravity that only "2001" has shown before. It's not just a blank area that ships whiz through, with all the emphasis on the ships. Space is a character. The shot in Serenity where the ship rabbits off from the Alliance cruiser has parts of the derelict floating by in slow motion in the foreground. It's just beautiful. As is the shot of the short-range derelict scow turning in circles while Serenity watches from a distance. All in silence. Space on this show has an aesthetic and emotional punch that all previous tv sci fi has ignored.

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