R Catalogue of the exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, The thirty-two artists who participated were tasked with creating, in a single day, an 8-page comic based on the work of Petrus Nooi, a sculptor who works in concrete and sells his pieces from his yard next to the road that connects Stellenbosch with the informal settlement of Khayelitsha. Critics, artists, writers, thinkers and academics were invited to bring and share a story, and then to relate it to an image, with the intention of exploring parallel experiences, memories and relationships to places. He was the recipient of the Spier Contemporary Art Award
Firefly only aired on the Fox network for three months at the end of Fourteen episodes were filmed, including the two hour pilot. Three of the episodes were never aired, and the others were shown out of sequence, even though they contained elements from previous episodes.
This must have been particularly confusing as the show was trying to find an audience.
The pilot, which introduced all the characters, was shown last, after the series had been cancelled. Despite the cancellation, the shows had found an audience, which rallied in defense of the series.
Although it was too late for Fox, the creator of the show, Joss Whedon, used the enthusiasm of the fans to persuade Universal to continue the series as a movie, Serenity, which was released in The movie didn't have the greatest box office, but together with the series it lives, of course, on video, where sales have continued to be strong, better than some recent pretigious movies.
Hopefully, the continued support of old fans, and the acquisition of new fans, like myself, will allow the story to return to some medium in some form -- just like Star Trek.
Unlike the starship Enterprise, a powerful warship of the United Federation of Planets, the ship Serenity is a small, private "Firefly" class transport with no weapons -- except the hand weapons of the crew. The captain and first officer, Malcolm Nathan Fillion and Zoe Gina Torres, the statuesque, sexually smoking, and real life wife of Laurence Fishborne, "Morpheus" of The Matrixare veterans of the attempt to prevent the vast Alliance of planets from taking over their own worlds.
They were fighting with the "Independents," the "Brown Coats," and the ship is named after the battle of Serenity Valley, where the Independents all but lost the war against the Alliance. Now, Malcolm, Zoe, and the rest of crew eek out a living with small shipping jobs, smuggling, and theft under the unwelcome eye of Alliance cruisers and "fed" policemen.
In the pilot, they also take aboard two fugitives from the law, a brother and sister, Simon Sean Maher and River Summer Glau. Simon is a physican who rescued River from an Alliance "academy" where sinister police-state men with "hands of blue" were modifying her brain to turn her into a psychic and a "Manchurian candidate"-like assassin.
This initially left her in a state of psychosis, from which she gradually emerges and becomes aware of her psychic abilities and powers of combat -- in the movie she all but becomes Buffy the Vampire Slayer Whedon's previous TV series. None of this makes the Alliance look very good.
Whedon wants to make it clear, however, that he doesn't think of the Alliance as evil although the men with "hands of blue" are evil enough for the Third Reich, and the Alliance soldiers wear German-looking helmets, while the helmets of Independants look like WWII American onesbut rather as something perhaps too big for its own good, or the good of its citizens.
Indeed, while the Alliance countenances slavery and indentured servitude, Serenity and the crew are as often saved by the inefficiency, indifference, or corruption of the authorities as by any official benevolence or justice.
This in itself is all a rebuke to the statist complacency of Star Trek. In the pilot, Serenity takes on, not only Simon and River, but the Shepherd, i. Although the Shepherd expresses his religious views in, usually, a low key way, and the details given of his beliefs are spare, he does have an actual Bible, and once he even seems to make a reference to Jesus, as a carpenter.
In the movie, the word "Christian" is even uttered -- though most viewers may not have noticed that the words "Jesus" and "Buddha"literally "Buddha Founder" have both been spoken in Chinese during the shows. This is startling stuff in comparison to Star Trek.
Captain Malcolm himself has lost his faith, but the Shepherd seems to the working on that. As the shows went along, it began to look as though the Shepherd himself had a military, police, or intelligence background.Outline of Döblin's Berlin Alexanderplatz. Page references are to Eugene Jolas's circa English translation of the novel, initially published as Alexanderplatz, Berlin; the edition used here is from Frederick Ungar Publishing Co.,New York (sixth printing, ).
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