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Joss Whedon says "Star Trek" Tv Series is the Father of Firefly/Serenity

Monday 31 October 2005, by Webmaster

The latest issue of Cinefantastique magazine features an exclusive interview with SERENITY director Joss Whedon. Here is excerpt of the interview.

Q : When FIREFLY was getting ready to debut,you had talked about this being the anti-STAR TREK. I just find it amusing that in a sense STAR TREK has faded away, yet the grittier, more realistic BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and FIREFLY are now living on.

Whedon : There’s always the young punk rebelling against his father.I’m rebelling against Han Solo, but if you are going to tell me that Han Solo isn’t the father of Malcolm Reynolds, then I am going to laugh and laugh and laugh. A lot of people liked the first STAR TREK when they were really finding their way, and James Kirk was about taking the time to take his shirt off and getting it done. Kirk was also, I would say, Malcolm’s weird uncle. And both of those franchises became more and more sterile, and less kind off down and dirt. I was rebelling against that kind of TV and science-fiction. At the same time, I owe both of those franchises a huge debt. They are both in my personal, how can they not be ?It’s that classic thing : I’m rebelling against my father and doing everything he doesn’t do, but I think I look like him.

To read the full article, get the latest issue of Cinefantastique magazine at your local newstand.

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  • Joss, you’re holding out on us re. your influences. Two brief "Babylon 5" references in Buffy, a much more direct B5 ref. in an ep.of Angel "He’s come unstuck in time" & finally, the title of the last ep of Firefly, "Objects in Space". Titles of the last two eps of B5, ending season 5 & the series: "Objects In Motion" & "Objects At Rest". Coincidence? I would say ... not so much :=)