You Can’t Take the Sky From Me, because The Leader says it’s for The Proletariat
When I logged in, I was accosted by a blurb for a post called “You Can’t Take the Sky From Me: A Marxist Reading of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” « The Myles Files.” Some guy named Myles wrote it for a class, and it shows; it takes a good bit of selective analysis and cognitive backflips to read Firefly as some kind of commie opus.
The true dissection of the piece will have to wait. Mrs. Bitterness doesn’t like it when I blog away Friday night, especially if the little Bitters are out of the house. But a Marxist interpretation of Firefly would require the viewer to favor the nefarious, all-controlling Alliance as the perfect form of government. The crew of Serenity would be sent to Siberia by a Marxist regime, if the Feds could catch them. Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a Browncoat (Independent) who still sports battle scars from fighting the Alliance in The War, would probably pop Myles in the mouth for the insinuation.
Joss Whedon’s politics seem to swing Left (he’s at least got a bad case of Bush Derangement Syndrome), but Firefly’s as conservative as a squirrel when winter’s coming. I’ve heard co-creator Tim Minear, who wrote much of the show’s one season, is responsible for that, I’ve heard.
But nailing down that detail would take research. It’s Friday night, Mrs. Bitterness and I heard a doctor say “cancer-free” this afternoon, and I have altered states of consciousness to pursue.