Sunday, July 15, 2012

About this Firefly Reboot: Will the Alliance be the real good guys?

Update: Looks like Zombie was right on the interview being... paraphrased.
I'm working on a followup post on that subject.

So Joss Whedon joins the rarefied heights of other Hollywood liberals and bleats about the
wonders of socialism and the failures of capitalism. Zombie reports:

Does Whedon sound the rallying cry for socialism to the assembled Hollywood elite at his $5.8 million mansion overlooking the Riviera Country Club in the toniest part of LA?

Does he rail against the czar as he collects his majority percentage of the $1.33 billion earned by his film The Avengers, the third-most profitable film of all time?

No, Joss Whedon is no socialist. He’s the ultimate capitalist, and he obviously loves to enjoy the lavish comforts that having tens of millions of dollars can bring him.

Joss Whedon is not just the 1%: he’s the 0.000001%. But he thinks he can retain his street cred if he recalls his red diaper baby roots and denounces capitalists like himself.

If you really look forward to a socialist America, Josh, put your money where your mouth is, and sign over your entire personal assets to the central government.

C’mon. We’re waiting.

Why would he do that? It's like those that bleat about taxes for "the rich" but will only pay their fair share when the State forces them too. Zombie also notes that "he does the typical leftist do-se-do, first embracing socialism, and then claiming that the very existence of socialism is a Republican conspiracy theory."

And there's some great comments too. Teacher in Tejas ponders:
I bet the third key grip on “The Avengers” got the same cut of the gross as you did? I am sure you made sure every daily extra got health coverage and was paid a living wage? Hey Joss, I am sure none of the tech work and CGI effects were outsourced to foreign shops right? I am sure every single person was union right?

Another Ted Turner, Warren Buffett, George Soros, get rich in the capitalist system and then make sure to pull the ladder to the tree house up behind you.

But it is werewife's comment that reminds me:
What makes this even wronger is that Firefly/Serenity is probably the strongest statement against the “benevolent” Caretaker State ever seen in pop culture. I am forced to think that Whedon the writer/showrunner/director is wiser than Whedon the know-it-all public blowhard.

Now take the idea of rumors of a Firefly reboot/sequel. Via Glenn Reynolds.

Will Whedon bother to square the circle? After-all he hit the idea of portraying the Alliance as being largely peopled by folks that thought they were doing good work by "civilizing" the poor souls that weren't as enlightened as them.

Sure the alliance had its monstrous people and dark evil things, but not all of them. Most of them thought what they were doing was right. They weren't black hat baby eaters. They were still wrong. The show was quite clear on that.

Well maybe the reboot can correct that "Han Shot First" style.

Maybe the reboot could center on a group of energetic, young, motivated Alliance troopers working to bring free healthcare, education and the rest of civilization to the outer worlds. All while trying to fight against those greedy Independents that cling to their guns and religion... or lack of religion.

Yeah, that'll be a much better story than continuing the subversive adventures of the crew of the Serenity trying to continue to escape from under the Alliance's bloated thumb.

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