(I’m sorry, I had to do a text post because my wordvomit was getting ridiculously long—the original GIF set of the opening sequence is at the content source)
Brown: Mal, Zoe, Wash;
Green: Inara, Jayne, Kaylee;
Purple: Simon, River, Book
(shots of the ship Serenity throughout)
random thoughts—there are other in-depth analyses out there, though
This is a quick sketch of the first scene of the first episode aired, “The Train Job”, rewritten around Zoe Alleyne, captain of the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity.
INT. AT THE BAR
Zoe trounces Mal at tiaoqi and expounds her philosophy vs Mal’s (balance, healthy dose of pragmatism). We focus on Zoe’s reaction first as the Unification supporter calls for a toast (what looks only like humour, exasperation, then nothing), then Mal’s (exasperation, anger), then Jayne’s (confusion, drunkenness, indifference).
Mal gets up with the excuse of getting a drink, but Zoe shuts him down. He sits back down quickly with a “ma’am”. Maybe a little smile on Zoe’s part… then she gets out of her seat. We follow Zoe as she goes to the bar and, maybe after a little reasonable banter with the Alliance sympathizer, in a no-nonsense (and definitely angry) way takes down the jerk and half his pals. It’s kinda magnificent.
i like the way you phrased that—because in all the voice overs at the beginning of the episode? that establish the verse? I think they’re only given by Mal and occasionally Book. =/
Yeah, it’s mind-boggling how much the male (especially a deep) voice is used in voiceovers for everything. And how much we don’t notice.
(I would look up advertisement statistics to back that up, but I’m sure it’s nearly 100% of the time. Even for commercials with a female narrator, the tag/slogan is usually male=default.)
I would pick Zoe and… Kaylee for alternate voiceovers. Or River—that would be interesting.
Show’s a lot quieter, now that it’s helmed by Captain Zoe Alleyne. By her gender and her race alone, she’s not someone the viewers are typically encouraged to see the ‘verse through. On the surface, she doesn’t present much variation—strength, straight posture, terse speech—but then, in the span of forty-six minutes, you see the thousand variations around the core of her. You see the way she holds everything together, and the quiet connection and utter love she has for her ship. You come away from the screen having been charmed by Mal’s smarminess, Wash’s irreverence, Kaylee’s sweetness and so on, but the image of Zoe remains on your own face, which for a while thereafter transmits her subtle signals and smiles.
Zoe is all about assessing and balancing a situation. Right now, all I know of her backstory is she was in the Dust Devils after Serenity Valley.
Now, she’s looking to find a new centre of gravity, and fly true.
ping 平 - (adj.) level, smooth (although “never goes smooth!” = cong2wei4 shun4li4 从未顺利); (v.) to reach a tie/draw, suppress
jing 静 - quiet, motionless
All the thanks to crowleyshouseplant.