[DWJ] DWJ on University Challenge ... and what are people reading?

Judith Ridge Judith.Ridge at det.nsw.edu.au
Tue Oct 18 01:16:06 EDT 2005

On 18/10/05 2:44 PM, "deborah.dwj at suberic.net" <deborah.dwj at suberic.net>

> And now, Serenity
> Spoiler
> Space
> Big Damn Spoiler Space, Sir
> I aim to leave spoiler space
> ...
> Now!

>From an interview with Joss Whedon sent to the Buffyology list:

Joss Whedon, writer and director of the upcoming SF film Serenity, told SCI
FI Wire that he had to leave out some things in translating his failed Fox
TV show Firefly to the big screen. "Absolutely," he said in an interview. "I
mean, in a series you have an indefinite amount of time to explore
everything, and in a movie you have momentum to serve that does not allow
you to [do that]." 
Serenity picks up the story of the crew of a transport ship 500 years in the
future. In a spoiler for the movie, Whedon offers an example: He wasn't able
to delve as deeply into the past of Shepherd Book, played by Ron Glass.
"With Book, it was almost a gag when [Capt. Mal Reynolds, played by Nathan
Fillion,] says, 'You gotta tell me about that sometime.' ... That was
everybody's moment of, 'OK, [now we'll get the story].' And then [Book]
said, 'No, I don't.' It's a joke, but it's a joke very much based in
character. Book is somebody who ... sets his rules, and he's very firm about
them, and one [rule] is that '[the past is] something I've left behind that
clearly is unpleasant and clearly has given me insider knowledge of the
workings of a corrupt government, and that's really all you need to know.'"
There's a hint that perhaps Book may have been an Operative for the
Alliance, much like Chiwetel Ejiofor's character, but that is not pursued.
"Exactly," Whedon said. "And that's exactly how I wanted to leave it.
However, when people ask, 'Have you had ideas about the sequel?' Don't think
that's not part of it. But for the purposes of the [first] movie, it wasn't
necessary. ... Because what was necessary was: 'Here's somebody Mal looks up
to and will actually listen to.' That was what we needed to know about
In another spoiler for the movie, Whedon admitted that he didn't pursue the
relationship between Fillion's Reynolds and Morena Baccarin's courtesan
character, Inara. "In terms of Mal and Inara, I think there was much more
resolved than we would have had for a very long time in any way in the show,
which is very simply that they do actually admit that they like each other,"
Whedon said. "Which for them is a huge step. Doesn't mean that they still
won't have the same problems they had before they admitted it. In fact, they
might have a few more. It might be problems that involve smooching, and
that's what the audience needs."
Serenity is being released by Universal Pictures on Sept. 30. Universal is
owned by NBC Universal, which also owns SCIFI.COM
Judith Ridge
Assistant Editor (Acting)
The School Magazine
Curriculum K-12 Directorate
NSW Department of Education and Training

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