Seven years ago this week, I met Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, and the gang. Here, for the first time, are all of my interview transcripts from my day with the crew of Serenity.
In the last week I re-watched Firefly, followed by Serenity, and loved them even more than when I first saw them years ago. The characters really get in your head and heart. There is much about this world and story that I love. But I have one observation to make.
As in most art, one can see flickers of the artist himself within the piece—his beliefs, worldview, temperaments, interests, etc. Near the end of Serenity, after the crew discovers the gruesome origins of the Reavers, Mal waxes philosophical:
Somebody has to speak for these people… Sure as I know anything, I know this. THEY [the Alliance] WILL TRY AGAIN… [Eventually] they’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people better. And I do not hold to that.
Now, I don’t know if this is the voice of Joss Whedon speaking here or not, but I’m inclined to think so because Mal is the hero and this task is the final thrust of the film. So get this: The Alliance accidentally created the Reavers by pursuing humanism—which holds a belief in the perfectibility of man—to its extremes. And the Alliance bogeys are the antagonists for it, justifiably so. Yet Whedon self-identifies as a humanist! With no apparent sense of irony, he subscribes to a worldview without real meaning, without lasting purpose (Mal is the nihilistic anti-hero who just keeps going but doesn’t have a reason why), and the evil empire antagonist in this created world is simply his own humanistic worldview taken to its logical conclusion.
Art is complex, to say the least. I wonder if Joss Whedon has noted or pondered this tension in his beautifully crafted world of Serenity and Firefly.
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“The Funeral” - from the score of Firefly
A hauntingly beautiful melody. Love this soundtrack.
This just came across my random playlist. Gorgeous.(Download link. This has been played 200 times.)