#Firefly10th – “Objects in Space” & “Serenity”

#Firefly10th - "Objects in Space"#Firefly10th‘s rewatch is winding down with today, though, I anticipate some plan will be unveiled regarding the three unaired episodes. Ten years ago today the last episode of Firefly aired . . . or rather the first episode aired because FOX is baffling sometimes. A week before the show had been officially canceled, which also was the day that “Objects in Space” — the episode intended as a season finale — aired.

I’ll reserve a more in-depth rambling on about all that for a post of its own because I am just far too preoccupied by the other one million and twelve things going on. The most pressing of which I can’t really go into here as of yet, but for serious guys you don’t even know how much I want to. I’m halfway convinced I may explode from either nervousness or sheer excitement because it is seriously that awesome.1

#Firefly10th - "Serenity"Instead I have been obsessively working at distracting myself. This has been good in that I finished holiday shopping and even wrapped everything needing to be wrapped and with the exception of one gift I have yet to mail and one gift on backorder I am done with all holiday preparations that do not involve baking. And, yes, there will be baking. I would say it was stress baking because I totally do that, but I guess it’s more neurotic, excess energy baking and, um, the fact that it is the holiday season and all. I need to find some pink jelly beans, though.

I’ve also been devoting a lot of time to learning my new, and only completely intimidating, camera. I’m not seeing any specific improvement in my good vs. “throw this blurry thing out” photographs, but the good ones are actually something I am deeply proud of and I just about never say that. I’m trying to decide on my best photo to submit to BorrowLenses.com’s contest thingy. I’m finding myself a bit torn, which I never thought I would ever say about my photography.

Flickr recently updated their long overdue app and I may have thrown a bit of a shitfit that it was totally inaccessible thanks to the captcha attached to the login screen. I’ve been dabbling with Instagram for awhile now and I thought that was probably the thing that would push me straight over to them . . . and then they went all banoonoos with their policies. Right after Flickr sent me an email that didn’t address any of the accessibility issues I was whinging on about, but I saw that there was another quick update to the app and lo did it not require me to solve an impossible captcha. So, even though Instagram seems to have recanted their policy change, I’ll be sticking with Flickr for the time being. I think what I really will do in the longrun, though, is watermark my images and just upload them to my own webspace. I already do that for work, but I haven’t before thought it necessary with my own photos. The original images aren’t accessible to anyone but me and I figured that was enough. Perhaps not.

Work is absolutely crazypants. First, of course, it’s the holiday season so things are insane simply because of that. But mostly we’ve been on a redesign kick. It started with me reworking the website and from there we came up with a new logo and that required redoing all of our promotional materials. And then due to some recent events we’ve been revising all of our contracts, which is possibly the most complicated thing in the history of ever. Not to mention boring and time consuming. We’re almost done with all that, though, and then we can have fun working on new promo designs. One we have planned coming up is going to be super fun, I think, and hopefully will be as successful as I anticipate.

Anyway, enough of my random babblings. Need to find something productive to distract myself with.

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#Firefly10th – “War Stories”

#Firefly10th - "War Stories"#Firefly10th is back after a three-week break with “War Stories” and, of course, contains the fundamental River moment where she shoots a bunch of guys without looking and “killed them with mathematics.”

River: No power in the ‘verse can stop me.

Not sure how the rewatch is incorporating the three unaired episodes as yet, so that only leaves two more episodes . . . *sad face*

Anyway, I’ve been taxing my ability to sit at the computer this last week with website work so much as I’d love to ramble on about this I physically can’t. But I’ll natter on the pain stuff another time, too.

#Firefly10th – “Ariel”

#Firefly10th - "Ariel"I’m a bit late with this #Firefly10th because of frenzied Thanksgiving preparations and not at all because I’ve been fighting a cold for what seems like a year now and didn’t realize it was Thursday until 11:35 p.m. that day. But as there’s no episode for a few weeks now so I figure it’s okay, right?

Inara: What’s going on here?
Kaylee: Oh, well, let’s see. We killed Simon and River, stole a bunch of medicine, and now the Captain ‘n’ Zoe are off springing the others got snatched by the Feds!

Anyway, the latest rewatch was for “Ariel” which Alan Tudyk is quoted as describing as: “The closest thing to an A-Team episode we have ever done, which in my opinion is a great thing.” By this point it was well known that the show was in trouble and I remember watching this and feeling both elated at what a great episode it was and terribly sad that it wasn’t likely to last. Personally, I love the bits in this episode where you can clearly see that the cast aren’t just playing at being friends but really did become friends. It’s a rare thing indeed.

On a related note, official blogger Kelly Wheeler is auctioning off her crew jacket. I expect it will go for a shiny penny, especially since just in the span of time since I first clicked over to that auction the current bid has doubled. There’s also still a few hours left on the charity auction for the table and lamps from the anniversary special last week, but it’s really pricey.

#Firefly10th – “Safe”

#Firefly10th - "Safe"This is a big week for Browncoats. First, of course, #Firefly10th continues with “Safe,” which has one of my favorite moments with Jayne being very Jayne:

Jayne: “Dear Diary: Today I was pompous and my sister was crazy . . . Today we were kidnapped by hill folk, never to be seen again. It was the best day ever.”

Then Sunday the Science Channel is airing a marathon of the entire series, followed by a tenth anniversary special that is sure to be quite the treat if this clip is anything to go by. There’s also this iPad clip, MTV’s clip, ET’s clip, and TV Guide’s clip. And if you want to see more fun videos tweet @ScienceChannel with #FireflyNov11. For every 5,000th tweet, they’re releasing another clip that will not be part of the special.

Oh, and seeing as I haven’t mentioned it before Titan has a new book out, which is a compilation of their three Firefly companions in a leatherette bound edition. There’s not any new material inside — save for an introduction letter and a quote at the back of the book from Joss about wanting to continue the series somehow. It’s a really beautiful book and even though I already had the original books I bought it simply for the fact that it isn’t paperback. Tucked in a folder pocket at the back of the book are cast photos and a replica banknote. If you haven’t checked out any of the companion books, I highly recommend this edition over the individual copies, but the books themselves are all very much worth it in my very humble and incredibly biased opinion. ;-)

EDIT: Have a few more related tidbits. An interview with Jewel. And an interview with Sean.

#Firefly10th – “Shindig”

#Firefly10th - "Shindig"Even though “Shindig” is focused on Mal and Inara (and there are a ton of great exchanges between them I could quote) it also has one of my favorite moments with Wash and Zoe:

Wash: You’re acting captain! Know what happens you fall asleep now?

Zoe: Jayne slits my throat and takes over.

Wash: That’s right.

Zoe: And we can’t stop it.

Wash: Well, I wash my hands of it. It’s a hopeless case. I’ll read a nice poem at the funeral, something with imagery.

Zoe: You could lock the door and keep the power-hungry maniac at bay.

Wash: I don’t know. I’m starting to like this poetry idea now. “Here lies my beloved Zoë, my autumn flower, somewhat less attractive now that she’s all corpsified and gross.”

This week’s #Firefly10th episode seems well timed in a way because the first part of the (very long awaited) fan film Bellflower has been released and well let”s just say that Kaylee doesn’t seem to be wrong about Capissen 38s. Not that anyone would ever doubt the genius mechanic. Anyway, you can check out the first “episode” here on YouTube.