He Wasn't Always A Shepherd: Book
Posted Mar 10, 2006 @ 11:51 PM
Posted Mar 10, 2006 @ 11:56 PM
Edited because spelling correctly is the cool thing to do.
Edited by petpluto22, Mar 11, 2006 @ 12:06 AM.
Posted Mar 11, 2006 @ 12:14 AM
Well that's embarrassing.
Yeah. And then later when she tries to give the pages back to them and his hair is all crazy. I love them in that episode. Hee.
but diving for the book was funny as well as completely in character.
Posted May 30, 2007 @ 1:18 AM
I'm working with him again next week so I'll see what other tidbits I can beg off of him.
Posted May 30, 2007 @ 4:03 AM
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Posted May 30, 2007 @ 9:11 AM
*sits all wide eyed and uber attentive*
Posted May 30, 2007 @ 11:07 AM
Posted May 31, 2007 @ 2:51 AM
Book was the Alliance General at the Battle of Serenity Hill.
Yeah, THAT Battle of Serenity Hill. The one that almost annihilated Mal and Zoe's troops.
In the pilot episode where Book is "searching" for a ship he can buy passage on, he knew exactly where he was headed. He knew who Mal was, he knew who Zoe was, he knew what the ship Serenity symbolized. And this is just speculation, but it's interesting that he had the one thing in his possession that Kaylee simply drools over (besides wannabe mechanics ;) ). I wouldn't put it past a former Alliance General to be that detailed about Mal's crew.
Book was searching for absolution, and figured he'd find it aboard Mal's ship.
Blew my mind, but TOTALLY made sense to me. DAMMIT, why was this show canceled?
Posted May 31, 2007 @ 8:27 AM
Edited by SoniaPL, May 31, 2007 @ 8:28 AM.
Posted May 31, 2007 @ 8:35 AM
Posted May 31, 2007 @ 9:32 AM
Posted May 31, 2007 @ 11:36 AM
First off, as far as I know, Mal's pistol is in the hands of the men at QMx, who are working on replicas still.
Second, Joss and the crew are really good about keeping secrets like this. For example, Morena knows Inara's backstory, but she's not telling. Ron would likely be in the same boat.
Third, it was Serenity Valley, not Serenity Hill. If your "friend" said Serenity Hill, he didn't know what the hell he was talking about.
Finally, that's a really common speculation backstory. Variations on that theme can be found all over Firefly sites/boards, likely including the old thread here. It'd easy enough to find somewhere on the web and claim it as truth. Or he could have thought it up himself and thinks he's original.
So I'm leaning heavily toward this guy being a gorram liar.
Posted Jun 1, 2007 @ 12:32 AM
Posted Jun 3, 2007 @ 3:16 AM
It was my bad to call it Serenity Hill instead of Serenity Valley. I'd worked a sixteen hour day that day (ah the glamour of television filming) and probably just remembered it wrong. I wouldn't discount the guy's entire story based on that detail. It's been quite a few years since the show was canceled; I think we're entitled to get a few bits mixed up.
As far as Mal's gun is concerned, again, it could be my mistake. He had a gun that looked an awful lot like Mal's gun, but he never claimed it as such. I will ask him about it when I work with him next.
With Joss being secretive about characters' backstorys...let's be honest. There isn't going to be another television show, there isn't going to be another feature film (although I've heard word that there will be more comic books? Which would be fabulous, IMO). It would make sense that he might talk about the backstories of the characters he loves so much with the people he works with since he knows that there isn't much chance the stories are going to be told any other way.
In any case, neither the guy I worked with nor I said that this was the end-all, be-all of Book's story. As it is, it's a third-hand theory at this point. Joss might not even have had a completely worked out backstory for Book's character to begin with. Nothing was given a chance to be solidified. I personally like the backstory that my friend put forth and I have no real reason to discount it. I did do a cursory google search for this theory before I posted anything, and while I did find some pretty cool Alliance-ties spec, I didn't see anything as close to what my friend said.
In any case, let's all get along shall we? Without calling fellow fans gorram liars.
Posted Jun 12, 2007 @ 12:15 AM
But you were claiming it was a first-hand fact.
As it is, it's a third-hand theory at this point.
I'll retract the statements about Valley vs Hill and the gun. Those could be honest mistakes. But the rest of what I said stands.
Posted Jun 14, 2007 @ 2:21 AM
As I said before, there can be no "fact" when the story never got to come to fruition, so no, I'm not claiming it as such. Incidentally, when I asked, my friend said he had gotten it from Joss's personal assistant. Again, if you want to take that with a grain of salt, be my guest. I'm just enjoying the ideas and watching my DVDs on repeat.
Posted Jun 15, 2007 @ 2:15 AM
We'll all just have to wait for the official word from Joss himself. Or Ron. But then, the last I heard, Ron was telling the story that Book used to be a ballet dancer before entering the abbey.
Posted Jun 15, 2007 @ 8:17 AM
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Posted Jun 16, 2007 @ 12:09 AM
I was one of the few fans that actively liked Book all along, but I admit that it has more to do with Ron Glass and his pretty damned impressive acting chops. He had a lot of presence and grace within the role. Plus, particularly in the series, I was always sort of wowed that he was so incredibly fit for a man of his age. It made the times that Book had to go all Action!Preacher completely believable for me.
His eventual fate in Serenity didn't sadden me, it seemed like the natural progression. Still, I wish that Ron Glass had been more famous than he ever has been. It's a rare actor that has both the gravitas and the comedic timing to pull just about anything off.
Posted Jun 16, 2007 @ 8:33 AM
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Posted Jul 9, 2007 @ 11:43 AM
ETA: Ooops. Yes, there must also be clicking.
Edited by beastie, Jul 9, 2007 @ 1:24 PM.
Posted Jul 9, 2007 @ 1:05 PM