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Lurker No More: My Big Damn First Post

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Friday, August 31, 2007 6:44 PM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


[To be posted Sept. 30, 2005]


The Firefly Five Year Anni-Verse-ary is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than to actually post something! I’m not exactly new to this site; been visiting constantly since 2005. I just felt like I should do more to help save the ‘verse during this crucial CE time. I’ve decided to overcome the fear of knowing I’m not a writer, and throw something I think is good together (except for that one thing). I don’t think I would do this for any other franchise.

These are just *some* of my thoughts and things from the different Firefly milestones.

Five years ago....

“How does the water buffalo fit in again?” - Slayer, The

While watching my daily dose of Buffy on F/X in August of 2002, I saw the commercial for Firefly. I know most people hated that commercial for dumbing down the concept, but it made me want to see the show. A sci/fi show with ships, guns, a crazy pilot who plays with dinosaurs, a space hooker (all together now: Daaaaamn!), a naked girl in a box, and a tough guy named Jayne (played by the Knowle Rohrer supersolder from “The X-Files”). And all created by Joss Whedon? Sign me up!

“Time for some thrilling heroics.” - The man they call Jayne

The Train Job aired on Sept. 20, 2002
Started in a bar.
The good guys (rebels) in the war wore browncoats (ha, war wore!).
The show has that old Star Wars with normal folk feel.
The teaser was full of Joss humor. The moment you see the BDHs playing Chinese Checkers instead of poker you know it’s going to be wacky cool show.

Liked the show for the same reasons I liked Buffy: It’s not about the popular people, but
has a variety of different personalities; the humor mixed in with all the other stuff (action/drama); the stereotypical settings of genres with a twist (teen drama with monsters / space/western that made sense); and all the cool, funny and sexy characters.
The fact they were outlaws was icing on the cake. Oh, and the kickass ship.

When I saw that the “girl in the box” was already out of the box, I thought I came in a week late. Either that, or maybe she gets in the box later. Didn’t bother me too much, since I was already in love with the show at that point. Seeing the guy from the X-Files being funny was too cool! Coming down off the X-Files, I was used to Adam Baldwin playing a dark, informant guy. It was great to see Adam in a much more well rounded
role.

When I first saw Inara my eyes smacked the tv from six feet away.

“Command says it’s too hot. They’re pulling out. We’re to lay down arms.” - Zoe

The Pilot aired on Dec. 20, 2002; my Birthday.
I thought it was a rerun of the first episode that I missed. I didn’t know at the time, it had
never aired before. Not until the shot of Serenity landing at the docks did I think “Hey,
was this the first episode?”. Before that there wasn’t anything I remembered being from the commercial.

When River gets out of the box we learn she’s not just a crazy reader, but is a super genius.
Kaylee likes strawberries, a lot.

Before the DVD, I thought the episodes originally aired in the correct order. I figured that maybe Joss wanted to get the audience’s attention first and make sure they would stick around before filling us in on the backstory. Kind of like what “Lost” does now.

Bought the Firefly DVD in April of 2005
I knew the DVD had been out before this, but I wanted to wait until I had an actual job before buying tv shows on DVD. Of course, once I got paid Firefly was one of the first things I bought. When Firefly aired I thought I missed some episodes. As it turned out from looking at the DVD boxset, I hadn’t missed a one. To this day, I swear I remembered Book coolly staring down a gun from a cop, sectors out of his jurisdiction, BEFORE I even got DVD. Weird.

Discovered Fireflyfans.net in May of 2005
I was Google-ing Firefly and there it was.
This is where I read the that movie was really being made.
I’ve been a lurker here for a while now. Mostly, I live in the tag box.

“Start with the part where Jayne gets knocked out by a 90 pound girl, ‘cause I don’t think that’s ever getting old.” - Wash

Watched Serenity in the theater twice Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st.
I have never seen a movie twice in the theater, before or since Serenity. The night I saw
the movie, there were fireworks being shot off by a rec center a few blocks away from the theater. Now, why would anyone shoot off fireworks on Sept. 30th of all days? Maybe they were fans.

When the music plays when Serenity is entering atmo at the beginning of the movie, I crank the volume and with near tears, I throw my fist in the air.

“Not Mandatory” - Mr. Octopus

Bought two Serenity DVDs the day it came out
Dec. 20, 2005; on my B-day.
But they weren’t for me. They were Christmas presents for my siblings, one of which I
thought would know me well enough to return the favor. Come Christmas day.... I made them open their gifts at the same time to make a memory out of it. It turned out neither of them had bought me one! They figured I bought myself one when they came out. ARGH! Had to trudge it back to the store to get one.

Bought two Serenity: Collectors Editions on release date Aug. 21, 2007.
One of the best cast commentaries ever.
The Tam Sessions were cool and way creepy.

The one man army of RahlMaclaren is invading Fireflyfans.net (but in the good willy-nilly way). May peace, prosperity, and liberty reign forever more.

Bring on the FollowMal browncoat and FloralBunny strawberries!

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MORRIS (as MULDER): Oh, I love you guys. I really do. I mean, you're the "Lone Gunmen," aren't you? You guys are my heroes. I mean, look at this crap you print.

BYERS: We uncover the truth.

MORRIS (as MULDER): Oh, the truth. Well, see that's what's so great about you monkeys. Not only do you believe this horse pucky that we create you broadcast it as well. I mean, look at this.

("Saddam testing Mandriod Army in Army Iraqi Desert".)

MORRIS (as MULDER): There is no Saddam Hussein. This guy's name is John Gillnitz. We found him doing dinner theater in Tulsa. Did a mean King and I. Plays good ethnics.

LANGLY: You're trying to say that Saddam Hussein's a government plant?

MORRIS (as MULDER): I'm saying I invented the guy. We set him up in '79. He rattles his saber whenever we need a good distraction. Ah... If you boys only knew how many of your stories I dreamed up while sitting on the pot.

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Spike - "What's this? Sitting around watching the telly while there's evil still afoot?" (he turns the TV off) "That's not very industrious of you. I say we go out there and kick a little demon ass!" (he's definitely got their attention) "What, can't go without your Buffy,
is that it? Too chicken? Let's find her! She is the Chosen One after all."
"Come on!"
"Vampires! Grrr! Nasty! Let's annihilate them. For justice...and...for...the safety of puppies...and Christmas, right? Let's fight that evil! Let's kill something!"
Speechless, astonished expressions on Willow and Xander's faces, and fade to black...
Spike - "Oh, come on!"

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Friday, August 31, 2007 7:37 PM

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All I can say is...better late than never!



Q: Fish or Hogarth?
A: Marillion.
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Friday, August 31, 2007 7:37 PM

WYTCHCROFT


very nice post there, you shiny de-lurker you!

welcome to Haven - the committee will be along shortly.
stay visible now y'hear!

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Friday, August 31, 2007 7:45 PM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb



They said it was nice! YAY!!!
*bows deeply*
Thank you. I shall try not to- oh wait there goes my head!


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Friday, August 31, 2007 8:47 PM

BROWNCOAT2007


LoL... I could stand to see more of your fun, witty reportee any day (yes, I probably mis-spelled that, but come ON, I don't speak French)

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Friday, August 31, 2007 9:11 PM

FOLLOWMAL


Quote:

Originally posted by RahlMaclaren:
When the music plays when Serenity is entering atmo at the beginning of the movie, I crank the volume and with near tears, I throw my fist in the air.



I still cry,tears streaming down my cheeks during this scene. Every time.

Quote:


The one man army of RahlMaclaren is invading Fireflyfans.net (but in the good willy-nilly way). May peace, prosperity, and liberty reign forever more.



I believe with your newfound voice that'll be a lot more certain now. Please don't hush again, ok? How in the world have we done without you??

Quote:


Bring on the FollowMal browncoat and FloralBunny strawberries!



Obliges...

*hands RahlMaclaren a browncoat from the storeroom*

You look mighty fine in that 'coat.








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Saturday, September 1, 2007 4:01 AM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


Quote:

Originally posted by BrownCoat2007:
LoL... I could stand to see more of your fun, witty reportee any day (yes, I probably mis-spelled that, but come ON, I don't speak French)


Oh crap, did I overhype myself?

Oh, I didn't take French and I failed Engish class a lot so, I won't notice.
Quote:

Originally posted by FollowMal:
Quote:


The one man army of RahlMaclaren is invading Fireflyfans.net (but in the good willy-nilly way). May peace, prosperity, and liberty reign forever more.



I believe with your newfound voice that'll be a lot more certain now. Please don't hush again, ok? How in the world have we done without you??


You know, I really don't know. *sniff* How could I stay away?
Quote:


Quote:


Bring on the FollowMal browncoat and FloralBunny strawberries!



Obliges...

*hands RahlMaclaren a browncoat from the storeroom*

You look mighty fine in that 'coat.







Ya know, with this browncoat, I will NOT mod to have a kevlar inner lining. Thank you, I shall wear it with pride at FFF.net, when I not fighting Alliance/Empire/F*X, of course.

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Saturday, September 1, 2007 5:35 PM

FLORALBUNNY


11844?
1-1-8-4-4?
One
One
Eight
Four
Four
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Rahl, sweetums, you've been signed on longer than I have, I think.
I know I've seen you on the running wheel in the Tag for years.
But truly your first post?
You look right shiny in that coat, BTW.
And here right freakin' here are the berries in all their fragrant, juicy redripeness. I've whisked the cream my ownself, with just a touch of sugar, and the merest soupcon of Santho spice.
You know the routine around here, ranging from ice-planets to ShipsCat.

bun
Frisky Browncoat
Capt. Mal's birthday is Sept. 20
I planted a cake...
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Save the fireflies! Minimize outdoor lighting so the boys can find the girls!!

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 2:02 PM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


It's 11-84-4! Get it right!

It kinda looks like one of those foreign dates with the numbers all mixed around. Maybe somebody's B-day, just not mine.

Yes, I've been around a while. And even though I know (<-this almost sounds like a song) the people here are nicer and cooler than any where else, my public(that was close!) speaking/posting fear still had its grip on me.

One of the biggest reasons for NOW was all the slowness around here.
[Cue rant] I mean the Collectors Edition was just released people, you're supposed to yapping about it, a lot! Maybe too much, but that's what we're supposed to do. We're all a bunch of crazy, obsessed fans here, because Firefly was THAT GOOD and no body(in power) cared. We are here because the show wasn't a success, we might wouldn't have been half as passionate about the show if it was still on the air right now! Are the Lord of the Ring fans this obsessed? I doubt it. They (and I. Yes, I like LOTR) got 3 big movies which everyone and their neighbor's little brother saw! OUR Big Damn Movie was waaaay better than Episode III (what isn't), yet Serenity can only break even enough to not be considered a failure(in *their* minds)! I WANT MY BIG DAMN SEQUEL/TRILOGY/SEASON 2!!!
[End Rant]

*eats strawberries*
Wohaa, theeis allw dla basht straaberrzs evwa, nyammm.
(Wow, these are the best strawberries ever, yum.)

Hey, put a strawberry in the middle of an ice-planet, and it has its own core!

Thanks for the strawberries Bunny(like Bunny fron Sonic the Hedgehog?). And for the ice-plan- what the 'eck is a ShipsCat?


*hands a kevlar/leather browncoat to everyone in the thead*
For those times when things don't go to the gorramn plan.



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Sunday, September 2, 2007 2:06 PM

PENGUIN







King of the Mythical Land that is Iowa

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 2:37 PM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


Penguin, you better NOT *wink wink* (not that kind of wink!) bump your picures-into-posts thread, 'Cause I might really slow this site down.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 2:39 PM

FUTUREMRSFILLION


Welcome Welcome Welcome! Welcome into the light. The more the merrier!





I am on The List. We are The Forsaken and we aim to burn!
"We don't fear the reaper"

FORSAKEN original


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Sunday, September 2, 2007 3:02 PM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


The light.
Like when it just stopped raining,
and the clouds part,
and the sunlight hits you,
and you hear that guitar-thing from Led Zeppelin "When the Levee Breaks". Ya know, after the "Oh whoa...."

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 4:55 PM

FLORALBUNNY


LOTR already existed in three books (plus "The Hobbit"). Made lots of sense to do the whole story.

We DO love FF/S: yapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyapyap
Now I'm tired...are you yappy?

Quote RM:
what the 'eck is a ShipsCat?

Ships have cats to catch the rodents which come aboard. We, too, have a ShipsCat when she feels like showing herself.



bun
Frisky Browncoat
Capt. Mal's birthday is Sept. 20
I planted a cake...
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Save the fireflies! Minimize your outdoor lighting so the boys can find the girls!!

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 5:49 PM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


I think I should have kept the comparisons between Serenity and the Prequelogy That Sucked.


And now that you mention it, rodents do like chewing on wires and other vitals of the ships innards. Maybe I should let ShipsCat have a run through.

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Sunday, September 2, 2007 6:30 PM

GHOULFISH


Glad that you decided to post :)
We like new people here, I've been lurking a while too :)



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Sunday, September 2, 2007 6:37 PM

FLORALBUNNY


Heh. ShipsCat lurks even more effectively than you but she is ever-present and alert. Leave a little caviar in her dish and see what happens.

Forgot to answer the Bunny question earlier...

FloralBonnet was already taken as a screen name,
though AFAIK it's not being used anymore. I tweaked it into what you see now because the temptation to post in the Caption thread was so great I couldn't bear to go away and figure out a good screen name.

bun
Frisky Browncoat
Capt. Mal's birthday is Sept. 20
I planted a cake...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Save the fireflies! Minimize outdoor lighting so the boys can find the girls!!

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 2:11 AM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


First thought it said 'Captain'. Those Caption threads are lookin' more and more tempting.

For the love of Nuadha! Just had a bad dream that they were making another bad Star Wars prequel. *shudders*

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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 3:28 AM

STINKINGROSE


Welcome to the newly delurkified!

Have a hug, they're free!

See you in the bar, or maybe at the forsaken pyre if you decide to hang there, or possibly the Blue Sun Room, or at the water cooler, or the.. or the..

Man, this place is big! No wonder there's room enough in the 'verse for everybody.


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Tuesday, September 4, 2007 6:44 AM

WHIMSICALNBRAINPAN


Welcome to the posting 'verse!

"Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle." http://whimsicalnbrainpan.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007 2:21 AM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


*trips over a BUMP*
Thank you all for making this place better than home(okay, that's not too hard to do).

*pushes buttons and pours chocolate into the ship's 3D printer*

Anyone who posts/ed a comment, question, or happy thought in this thread gets
chocolate, 'Firefly' class transport ship the size of a microwave.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007 8:57 AM

WHIMSICALNBRAINPAN


Would that be milk or dark chocolate?

"Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle." http://whimsicalnbrainpan.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007 12:22 PM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


Milk chocolate. It sculpts with better accuracy.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007 12:29 PM

WHIMSICALNBRAINPAN


*sigh* I guess it will have to do. Just so long as it's not white chocolate, which is an abomination.

"Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle." http://whimsicalnbrainpan.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007 12:53 PM

RAHLMACLAREN

"Damn yokels, can't even tell a transport ship ain't got no guns on it." - Jayne Cobb


*double double sigh sigh*

Ok, there's a choice now. Also, dark chocolate is more stable so, it'll last longer.

*plugs in vat of dark chocolate to 3D printer*

Also also, dark has that too cool taste.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007 1:00 PM

WHIMSICALNBRAINPAN


YAY! Thanks Rahl!

"Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle." http://whimsicalnbrainpan.blogspot.com/

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