This course will focus on analyzing the television program Firefly and its relation to universal themes and ideas. The show was not meant to be a sci-fi epic, but rather to investigate the lives of nine individuals and their experiences living in a world vastly different from our own, yet similar in many ways. Firefly makes an excellent subject for analysis because of its unique fusion of ideas pertinent to modern society. The science fiction setting and the criminal status of the protagonists allow for an unadulterated portrayal of the ideas that Joss Whedon felt important enough to include. The course will focus on finding these themes within the series and relating them to modern society, as well as attempting to form and communicate opinions concerning the issues raised.
Much of television today is not meant to encourage discussion, but Firefly includes many concepts deliberately meant to provoke further thought. This course will be designed to teach students to analyze other fictional stories (of any format) using techniques developed in our intellectual examination of Firefly. One of the triumphs of the decal system its ability to bring students together to analyze media they normally would not consider academic and to realize the deeper purpose and artistic depth behind familiar concepts. We charge ourselves with taking the beloved series Firefly and opening it up for discussion and investigation in the hope of discovering more about the creative intent and storytelling conceptualization behind the series.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS FOR ME?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS FOR MY LIFE?
SHIT’S GOING DOWN.
I WILL CRY IN CLASS, MOTHERFUCKERS.
I DO NOT GIVE A FUCK.
THEY ARE GENUINE, MANLY TEARS.
BOTH OF JOY THAT THIS CLASS EXISTS & ALSO THAT OF SADNESS BECAUSE I MUST GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS AGAIN WHEN I REMIND MYSELF THERE WAS ONLY ONE SEASON AND A MOVIE.
MOTHER FUCKING MAN TEARS.
MOTHER FUCKING MAN CAPS.