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Jason Holliston
Sunday, September 25, 2005  
Serenity Coming to a Theater Near You

I've written before about how great the television series Firefly is, how it received a undeserved cancellation, and how it's coming to the big screen soon -- this coming weekend, as a matter of fact. The saga continues in the movie Serenity. I'm lucky enough to be able to attend a screening in the Portland area for bloggers tomorrow night. Here's the synopsis of the film:

Joss Whedon, the Oscar® - and Emmy - nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, ANGEL and FIREFLY, now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family –squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.

"Eclectic" is a good word for it -- the most respected crewmember is a prostitute. Excellent. I'll be posting my spoiler-free review soon after seeing it (unless something more important comes up or Universal is just pulling a huge tease on me).

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Monday, September 12, 2005  
Imagine This News Clip

September 12th, 1967
NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip - Jubilant Israelis planted flags on the rubble of Jordanian settlements and set mosques ablaze today as Jordanian troops pulled out of the Gaza Strip their defeat in the recent conflict.

Would reading that paragraph get you a bit upset, focusing upon the burning of the mosques? I'd be upset, and then I'd start thinking: I wonder how the Jews of Israel ever hope to make peace with the Muslims of the area if they go around burning down their sacred places of worship? I would, in fact, assume that they have no intention of getting along with their neighbors, and that a peaceful co-existence is the last thing on their mind.

Here's the real news clip, from Reuters, via Yahoo News:

September 12th, 2005
NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza Strip - Jubilant Palestinians planted flags on the rubble of Jewish settlements and set synagogues ablaze on Monday as Israeli troops pulled out of the Gaza Strip after 38 years of occupation. "This is a day of happiness and joy that the Palestinian people have not witnessed for a century," President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Gaza City. Palestinian forces waving victory signs took over while tanks and armored vehicles trundled out in the dark, for the first time giving up settlements on land Palestinians want for a state and leaving them a volatile testing ground for statehood.

Now what do you think? Does this paragraph leave you with a strong sense of a people desiring peace, or of a people that have no intention of living side-by-side their Jewish neighbors. You decide.

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