8.02.2012

Shine On "Firefly" Shine On

One of the ultimate favorites of most of the alternative communities that I have been a part of is Firefly. A show that didn't even run a full season on the Sci-fi channel and was later concluded in a movie that, though great on its own and a blessing as it was the gateway for Firefly's popularity, did not do the show a complete justice. The show by Joss Wedon is full of wonderfully witty one-liners, rich characters and an incredible universe. The creative teams that worked on Firefly, as well as all the actors, did an amazing job. The show is hands down one of my very favorites and something I watch over and over again.
We even named our shop Serenity after the ship.
But today, as I put the show on in my art room while I work, the theme song struck a deep deep cord.
Take my love, take my land
take me to where I cannot stand 
I don't care if I'm still free 
you can't take the sky from me
Take me out to the black 
tell them I ain't comin' back 
Burn the land and boil the sea 
you can't take the sky from me 
There's no place I can be since I found serenity 
you can't take the sky from me 

Our world consistently changes around us. And all the unrest in politics reaches far beyond interest or moral lines.  The state of our economy, the over arching power of our government and the complete infiltration of corporations aren't just news articles and incorporeal issues. As River says in the movie, Serenity, "We are in their homes and in the heads.." The economic, environmental and societal issues are in our homes entirely.  The sheer disparity in our country is crushing when examined. And disparity, separation of the classes, power and wealth of corporations is only the tip of the iceberg, as it were.
I've noticed a great deal the undertones in many books, shows, movies and other media that has come out over the last few years. So many themes of world destruction and people seeking community and ways of survival. Shows like The Walking Dead where people are forced to bane together, be resourceful, live with care and fight for survival. These are the stories that we thrive on, full of inspiration, of hope.
A mentor once taught me that in all that you are doing there is something to learn. So I ask you this; pay attention next time to what your watching, reading, playing. Let yourself feel strong emotions or do some critical thinking. In the end analyze your reaction.
Today listening to the Firefly theme song I am filled with hope. "Burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me"  (of course I can't fly off in a spaceship and become a pirate when I get upset at my government or want to leave my world, but I feel hopeful none the less and that is the point, and that inspiration is enough for today.)

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