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Quote of the day

Joss Whedon rocks.

Boyd:[After handing Echo a gun]Do you know how to use this?

Echo : I’ve got four brothers, none of them Democrats.

Echo (Eliza Dushku), Episode 2. Season 1, Dollhouse



  1. Sam Duncan says:

    In one of Chesterton’s “Father Brown” stories, a criminal posing as a priest is unmasked by Brown because he “… tried to argue against reason. Not good theology.” Too many Hollywood writers make exactly that mistake when portraying “right wing” characters: they write their prejudices rather than observed reality. (We saw the same phenomenon in the faked Heartland emails, by the way.) Whedon gets it right. To watch Firefly, it would be easy to think – and many did – that he’s a genuine libertarian. But he ain’t. He’s just a bloody good writer. And that’s enough for me.

  2. John Galt says:

    In fairness to Firefly (T.V. series and movie), you have to think of it as an reimagining of the American Revolution where the revolutionaries lost and Malcolm Reynolds as Sam Adams transported to a space-faring future where the British are the Alliance trying to crush the remainder of the defeated revolutionaries.

    I don’t think Joss Whedon was sending any political messages one-way or the other.

    Freedom isn’t necessarily about politics, let alone libertarianism.

  3. Sam Duncan says:

    That was kind of my point, John. He’s on record as saying he was surprised when it was taken up by libertarians because it certainly wasn’t his intention. But he’s such a good writer that when he does an allegory on the American Revolution, he doesn’t try to wheedle Marxist ideology into it (compare and contrast with Doctor Who). As you say, neither one way nor the other. He just plays it straight, and of course in that instance it’s bound to resonate with libertarians.

  4. John Galt says:

    To be honest, I no longer watch Doctor Who as it has become just another vehicle for BBC liberal, politically correct propaganda and it’s primary alienness is due to being largely filmed in Wales.

    Give me Tom Baker in The Seeds of Doom anyday…

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