Ah, isn’t it wonderful when you get to watch a TV show in class? Yes, this is what we did in our last Honors English class. Our teacher is truly brilliant. She knows exactly how to make us happy. 😀
But of course, it wouldn’t be a class if all we did was watch TV, so Dr. Woodworth commanded, ordered, requested (with no way of backing out), assigned, whatever, us to analyze certain things about the episode that we watched. We had a list of topics, and our battle plan was to choose certain or one of these topics to analyze in our blog post relating to the episode we watched. And so I begin: saying in introduction that the episode we watched was episode 4, or “Shindig”, from the show Firefly, in case anyone is curious to know of which I speak.
The topic that I decided to analyze relating to “Shindig” specifically and Firefly generally is the idea of the Western aspect of the show. Obviously a great part of the Western feel is the “frontier” of the newly terraformed planets on the outskirts of the galaxies and the Wild West feel of frontier-town-esque colonies. In these frontier colonies we also get bars and taverns that echo the stereotypical taverns and barns of the Old West. With the bars also come bar fights, and the intervention of the town sheriff, which usually results in one or both of the participants being thrown out of the tavern and also out of town. In “Shindig” in particular, there is also a battle over defending a lady’s honor, which seems to be something that would have been brought up often in the Wild West. In “Shindig” we also have the classic fistfight in a bar, and a very interesting touch of a sword duel. The final harkening to the Old West comes at the end of “Shindig” when we get a glimpse of the cargo that the crew fought hard to get, and the cargo turn out to be a bunch of cattle. The cattle also provide a very humorous and enjoyable end to the episode, and, as it happens, hopefully to this blog post.
Well, an almost end. I did want to say more on other topics that had to do with the Firefly episode “Shindig”, but we shall be watching more episodes in my amazingly fun Honors English class, and so, ye shall hear more of my ramblings on topics discussed and the wonderful TV show Firefly. Until then, my dear literarily inclined fellows!!
(And yes, I know that isn’t a word. 😛 It is now! ^_^)