'Firefly (Flashback)' recap: War Stories And Other Passion Plays

Of all the war stories told throughout the ages, The Fall of Man is certainly one of the oldest, and possibly still the most relevant, depending on your religious beliefs. Not a war story, you say? Then what to make of the punishments God gave Adam and Eve for their apple-eating betrayal? God not only booted his peeps out of Eden, but he made it clear that their lives would be full of strife – with Him, with the Earth, with each other, and between husband and wife. "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." So began mankind’s war of wills with his "Sky Bully" creator – and man’s tumultuous love/hate push-pull with woman. "War Stories" – the tenth episode in the too-brief Firefly set, and one of the very best – was a slyly coded retort to a tale that has shaped views of God, marriage and ourselves for thousands of years. No, the words "Adam" and "Eve" and "Eden" were ever used. But there was enmity between husband-and-wife helpmates Zoe and Wash, and there was a distancing loss of innocence for friends River and Kaylee. There was even a symbolic snake and many literal apples. The story cited an alleged maxim attributed to of the warrior-poet Shan (or Xiang) Yu that only extreme circumstances can reveal our true nature. "’Live with a man 40 years, share his house, his meals, speak on every subject. Then tie him up and hold him over the volcano's edge. And on that day you will finally meet the man.’"  Read More...



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