By The Way: Christina Hendricks Is Hot | Main | Memorial Day Weekend Movie Thread
May 28, 2011

Open Thread

That first Firefly episode Christina Hendricks was in, Our Mrs. Reynolds, was built for Freudian explication: First, the ship, Serenity, is obviously shaped like a penis--because the show is, essentially, Mal Reynolds Swaggering Dick in Space. Saffron uses her feminine power to defeat Mal and other crew members. She tries to seduce Mal, and when he eventually gives in, she knocks him out with a poison kiss. Saffron disables the ship and sets it on a course to pass through a large gate or orifice, a figurative vagina, that will kill everyone inside, and she escapes. Saffron wins that round. But Mal and the crew win round two, partly because Saffron's feminine power is useless against Inara, who also has it.

While the ship is coasting toward the gate, they hatch a plan to disable it with a huge rifle (another phallic symbol). Jayne shoots the gate at the last second--shooting the rifle from waist level, like a large penis. The gate is disabled, and the ship is able to pass through unharmed. The people in charge of the gate die instead. There is a long shot of the ship passing through the gate.

So the ship's predicament is mirrored by the conflict within the ship--but with a different outcome.

In round three, Mal catches up with her. She immediately tries to seduce him again, but he has learned about her evil power and punches her in the face to knock her out. Then Mal goes back to "the good feminine power," Inara.

digg this
posted by rdbrewer at 09:16 AM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
undocumented illegal so-called environmentalist: "Based on satellite data, the Darwin VAAC reported ..."

Steve and Cold Bear: "[i]Clowns are funny. Avenatti is a deranged cocksu ..."

t-bird: "...calling it a welfare state is to deflect the Re ..."

JoeF.: "I lost my virginity pretty young (shocking , right ..."

SSBN 656 (G): "The era that gave us the tube top and short short ..."

It's me donna: "Not sure Turtle has the votes... Do Collins and Mu ..."

mustbequantum: "I came of age in the 70s, that blissful age betwee ..."

SMH - Future proprietress of Bartertown: "Use Brave, nec. ..."

IllTemperedCur: " Anyone besides me notice that PDT has become mor ..."

Your Decidedly Devious Uncle Palpatine, GECSPLAN, SMR and Ancient Slavonaut Newsletters: "538. Grump understands logistics. ..."

t-bird: "[i] You can't prop up a welfare state by importing ..."

Grump928(C) : "Blessed it was to be alive in that dawn but to be ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64