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Browncoats and Geek musicians Marc Gunn and Mikey Mason rewatch episodes of Firefly to find themes and inspiration for crafting songs inspired by Joss Whedon's cult classic TV series.

In the 'Verse, Firefly Song Crafting Marc Gunn, Mikey Mason

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Browncoats and Geek musicians Marc Gunn and Mikey Mason rewatch episodes of Firefly to find themes and inspiration for crafting songs inspired by Joss Whedon's cult classic TV series.

    Objects in Space

    Objects in Space

    A ruthless bounty hunter boards Serenity to retrieve River. But he's feeling a bit unwelcome onboard and find a very unique way of escaping. What are objects made of? What is real? What is right? We have a great time exploring the themes in the final episode Firefly for In the 'Verse: Song Crafting for the Firefly Universe.
    SHOW TIMES Upcoming Shows Our Browncoat News Review Songs from the Last Episode Five-Minute Show Summary Firefly Discussion This Week’s Songs SHOW NOTES MARC: My name is Marc Gunn, the creator of the Firefly Drinking Songs show.
    MIKEY: And I’m Mikey Mason, creator of the Beer Powered Time Machine Podcast and currently the MIKEYtalks podcast.
    MARC: This is part FOURTEEN of our 14 part series. We are rewatching episodes of Firefly. Our goal is to find themes and stories that we can write songs about.
    Mikey: The first six episodes were funded by Marc’s fans in his Gunn Runners Club. He hit a milestone which made this show happen.
    MARC: There are no more episodes of Firefly, and these last eight episodes were funded by Mikey’s fans helping him hit a Patreon milestone as well. But you can still support us in this and other creative endeavors by supporting him at  http://patreon.com/mikeymason/
    MIKEY: And by supporting Marc at http://patreon.com/celtfather
    UPCOMING SHOWS FOR MARC GUNN JUN 11: Celtfather Live on YouTube @ 8:30 PM EST JUN 13: Quarantinapalooza @ 7:00 PM EST (I go on around 8:15) JUN 20: The Lost Druid, Decatur, GA @ 7:00 - 9:00 PM JUN 25: Tucker Brewing Company, Tucker, GA @ 6:30 - 9:30 PM JUN 28: The Courtesan & The Cabin Boy on Facebook @ 4 PM EST WEDS: Coffee with The Celtfather (*Season 6 - New Time!) at 11:00 am EST on Facebook UPCOMING SHOWS FOR MIKEY MASON Mikey does smarty Pants trivia every Tuesday from 7-9 pm EDT on Facebook BAND NEWS Two new Firefly videos: Reavers, Malcolm, Reavers, Tough Times Gunn Runners Club: completed special offer Mikey: My Patreon patrons are still getting a new song EVERY Monday - that’s 52 songs a year for as little as $1/month (though you’re perfectly welcome to pledge more, if you can afford it and want to!) Shades of Gray! What’s next??? REVIEW SONGS FROM THE LAST EPISODE Marc: By Amazing Grace Mikey: Ties That Bind
    FIVE MINUTE SHOW SUMMARY
    Episode 14: Objects In Space - Written by Joss Whedon PLOT SYNOPSIS (completely unedited version of wikipedia entry on it) MARC: As Serenity flies by a planet, River lies in bed listening to not-quite-audible voices. She arises and takes a walk through the ship's rooms and corridors, in her bare feet, encountering her shipmates in varied conversations with each other. Simon is relaxing with Kaylee in the common room, telling her an amusing anecdote about medical school. River suddenly "sees" them looking at her, with Simon telling her that he'd "be there right now", implying she is responsible for taking him away from his successful medical career.
    MIKEY: She then finds Jayne and Shepherd Book in the kitchen, where she "hears" Jayne repeat his confession to Mal about selling out the Tams on Ariel, and Book mutter an angry but cryptic statement hinting at his less wholesome past. River continues to wander the ship and is moved by the sound of ocean waves as Zoe and Wash passionately kiss on the nearby bridge. Above the cargo bay, as Mal and Inara discuss her impending departure, River sees their unspoken frustrations over their unrealized relationship. None of the people she encounters are aware of her presence - except when speaking directly to her - making it clear that this is River's mind "walking" telepathically through the ship.
    MARC: Fleeing the intense emotions, River runs down to the unoccupied cargo bay, where she spots a tree branch. She sees herself on leaf-strewn ground and picks up the branch, telling herself "It's just an object. Doesn't mean what you think." Suddenly,

    • 59 min
    Heart of Gold

    Heart of Gold

    The crew of Serenity helps a Companion-trained friend of Inara when a local leader announces his plan to take the baby from a woman he impregnated. We talk about toxic masculinity, relationship complications, and strong women in this episode of In the 'Verse: Song Crafting for the Firefly Universe.

    • 53 min
    The Message

    The Message

    The body of a fellow soldier is mailed to Mal and Zoe with a message. They discover a secret plan to smuggle goods that become damaged in shipping. We discuss damaged goods and the bright side of single thing on the In the 'Verse podcast.

    SHOW TIMES 1:22 - Upcoming Shows 3:37 - Our Browncoat News 6:39 - Review Songs from the Last Episode 17:10 - Five-Minute Show Summary 21:30 - Firefly Discussion 38:18 - This Week’s Songs SHOW NOTES MARC: My name is Marc Gunn, the creator of the Firefly Drinking Songs show.
    MIKEY: And I’m Mikey Mason, creator of the Beer Powered Time Machine Podcast and currently the MIKEYtalks podcast.
    MARC: This is part TWELVE of our 14 part series. We are rewatching episodes of Firefly. Our goal is to find themes and stories that we can write songs about.
    Mikey: The first six episodes were funded by Marc’s fans in his Gunn Runners Club. He hit a milestone which made this show happen.
    MARC: There are still more episodes of Firefly, and these last eight episodes were funded by Mikey’s fans helping him hit a Patreon milestone as well. But you can still help us in this creative endeavor by supporting him at  http://patreon.com/mikeymason/
    MIKEY: And by supporting Marc at http://patreon.com/celtfather
    UPCOMING SHOWS FOR MARC GUNN APR 9: Internet Concert on YouTube @ 8:30 PM WEDS: Coffee with The Celtfather at 10:30 am EST on Facebook UPCOMING SHOWS FOR MIKEY MASON Mar 13-15 - BFGCON in Frederick, MD Mar 20-22 - AnimaticCon in Cincinnati, OH May 23 - Muncie ComicCon (tentative) May 29-31 - ConCarolinas Jun 19-21 - Fear The Con June 26-28 - Anime Fest Wichita BAND NEWS Marc's New CD - Selcouth FEBRUARY ALBUM WRITING MONTH is OVER - 14 songs My Patreon patrons are still getting a new song EVERY Monday - that’s 52 songs a year for as little as $1/month (though you’re perfectly welcome to pledge more, if you can afford it and want to!) REVIEW SONGS FROM THE LAST EPISODE Marc: Naked Mikey: Trash FIVE MINUTE SHOW SUMMARY Episode 12: The Message - Written by Joss Whedon and Tim Minnear It is the second of three episodes (Trash, The Message and Heart of Gold) that were not broadcast in the original 2002 Fox run.
    PLOT SYNOPSIS MIKEY: The Message opens on a space station with a huckster selling admissions to “proof of alien life.” Simon and Kaylee are on a date viewing it which turns out to be a cow fetus. After an awkward joke, Simon offends Kaylee, and she storms off. Outside, Inara tries to convince Mal to let her help fence the Lassiter they stole in the previous episode, “Trash,” but Mal insists on keeping her out of that side of the business.
    MARC: Mal checks in with the station postmaster, who passes along two packages along with Serenity's mail. Jayne arrives to find that his mother has sent him a home-knitted cap, and he proudly dons it. The others observe the headgear with a mixture of amusement and sarcasm. The other shipped item is a huge crate addressed to Mal and Zoe. They open it to discover a dead body, the corpse of Private Tracey.
    MIKEY: Flashback to seven years earlier at the Battle of Du-Khang. As a young Independence soldier, Private Tracey, calmly prepares a meal behind cover, an Alliance soldier sneaks up on him. Just as the latter is about to shoot, Zoe appears behind him and cuts his throat. While she lectures the boy about stealth, Sgt. Reynolds comes screaming over some obstacles and crashes into their position. Tracey is injured when the Alliance zeroes in on them. Mal and Zoe grab Tracey and their shell-shocked lieutenant and bug out.
    MARC: Back in the present, aboard Serenity, the crew finds a recorded message from Tracey. He apparently anticipated trouble from some unsavory associates and has asked them to ship his body home to St. Albans, finishing the message with an old saying from the war, "When you can't run anymore, you crawl, and when you ca

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    Trash

    Trash

    Saffron is back in the Firefly episode "Trash. Let's all get naked and sing songs inspired by this fun heist with everyone's favorite nemesis.

    • 50 min
    War Stories

    War Stories

    Join Mikey Mason and Marc Gunn as we discuss "War Stories" from Firefly. We're going deep with one of the most-emotional episodes of the series. I think I'm gonna cry. Yes, there might be tears...

    SHOW TIMES 1:23 - Marc’s Upcoming Shows
    2:02 - Mikey’s Upcoming Shows
    2:25 - Marc and Mikey News
    2:53 - Review Songs from the Last Episode
    8:12 - Five-Minute Show Summary
    40:53 - This Week’s Songs
    SHOW NOTES MARC: My name is Marc Gunn, the creator of the Firefly Drinking Songs show.
    MIKEY: And I’m Mikey Mason, creator of the Beer Powered Time Machine Podcast and currently the MIKEYtalks podcast.
    MARC: This is part TEN of our 14 part series. We are rewatching episodes of Firefly. Our goal is to find themes and stories that we can write songs about.
    Mikey: The first six episodes were funded by Marc’s fans in his Gunn Runners Club. He hit a milestone which made this show happen.
    MARC: There are still more episodes of Firefly, and these last eight episodes were funded by Mikey’s fans helping him hit a Patreon milestone as well. But you can still help us in this creative endeavor by supporting him at  http://patreon.com/mikeymason/
    MIKEY: And by supporting Marc at http://patreon.com/marcgunnmusic
     
    UPCOMING SHOWS MARC GUNN JAN 24: Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration Co, Birmingham, AL JAN 25: Maggie McGuinness Pub, Huntsville, AL, US MAR 20-22: Cleveland ConCoction 2020, Aurora, OH, US MAY 14-17: California Autoharp Gathering, Dunlap, CA WEDS: Coffee with The Celtfather at 10:30 am EST on Facebook in January MIKEY MASON Jan 17-18 - Marscon in Williamsburg, VA And, online shows every month (don’t have dates currently nailed down for December or January yet, so… Check my schedule at mikeymason.com NEWS Celtic Invasion of Italy Marc's New CD - Selcouth  
    REVIEW SONGS FROM THE LAST EPISODE Marc: Keel Haul Y’all Mikey: Don’t Tell ‘Em What I Did  
    FIVE MINUTE SHOW SUMMARY Episode 10: War Stories - Written by Cheryl Cain Plot synopsis: Marc - Onboard Serenity, the crew bonds in many ways. Shepherd Book and Simon discuss the writings of a sadistic warrior poet, River and Kaylee chase each other through the ship, we learn that Jayne has purchased a crate of apples for the crew, which is uncharacteristically generous of him, and Mal and Inara have a terse discussion about a client of hers, a politician looking for discretion and privacy, and is coming aboard while they are on a planet selling some of their stolen medical goods.
    Mikey - Elsewhere, crime lord Adelei Niska is having another betrayer tortured, also alluding to Xiang Yu. An underling interrupts him to announce a nearby Firefly-class ship that might belong to Malcolm Reynolds. Wash learns that Mal rejected his plan to sell their stolen medical goods directly to doctors, rather than through middlemen, and they argue. Meanwhile, Book, Kaylee and Jayne get a glimpse of  Inara's arriving client, who turns out to be a woman, against the crew's expectations. Jayne utters the famous phrase, “I’ll be in my bunk.”
    Marc - Mal and Zoe learn that Wash changed the launch sequence on the shuttle so he could go with Mal while they make the drop. The tension between Wash and Zoe is obvious, and Mal eventually allows Wash to accompany him to make the exchange.
    Mikey - While Inara pampers her client, Wash, Mal, and their buyers are ambushed by Niska’s men. The buyers are all killed, Mal and Wash taken. Later, when Mal and Wash are late getting back, Zoe, Book, and Jayne head out to investigate, finding the bodies of the buyers and the merchandise left abandoned, with evidence pointing to an abduction by Niska.
    Marc - Mal and Wash are tortured by Niska as Zoe launches a plan to take the money they earned from their last heist to try and pay Niska off. This ploy doesn’t completely work, but Niska lets her leave with Wash and part of Ma

    • 50 min
    Ariel

    Ariel

    The first 40 minutes of “Ariel” make this seem like the most generically, palatable episode of Firefly. It’s a fun but simple heist episode. Then comes the twist. The ending gives us a deeper look at what motivates and drives the characters of Malcolm Reynolds and Jayne. We talk about keelhauling a crew member and a touching way of asking for forgiveness after betraying the crew.

    • 49 min

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