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I Know Shepherd Book's Secret!

I can't believe I forgot to tell you! Ok, so this is technically hearsay, but I heard it from a guy who supposedly heard it from Joss Whedon himself. I liked the guy, and the theory makes sense, so I choose to believe it.

Did you notice I got my hair cut? Actually, Tina, Lyz, & I all went to get our hair cut right after everything happened with mom. We made it a sister salon day, a healing venture. Mom paid.

My hair dresser was awesome. Come to find out, he's a big gamer (knows my cousin, too), loves Firefly, and often visits conventions. Apparently at one such convention, the Firefly crew was there. Joss was supposed to be, but something happened and he couldn't make it. Nathan Fillion (Mal, for the uninitiated) whipped out his cell phone and says, “Well let's just call him, shall we?”

Since he didn't make the appearance, Joss agreed to answer some questions from the audience. He wouldn't spill on Inara, but here's what's up with Book:



He is a former corrupt cop who agreed to testify against some cohorts and is now in the Witness Protection Program.

That's what I heard. Given his inner bad-ass and the way the Alliance folk snatched/fixed him up, I'm inclined to agree. It makes me happy to think I finally know.

Now let's get a sequel and knock up Zoe!

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paleologa
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Wow - interesting!! Thanks for the scoop!
ahavah
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I meant to share when I first found out.
author_by_night
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Ooh. I always had assumed he was formerly alliance. That makes a lot of sense.
ahavah
Sep. 20th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
I thought that too, or possibly bad-guy-turned-spiritual. He seemed sincere enough as a Shepherd.

I need to make a Book icon.
hughcasey
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
I thought he was actually a former Operative, which is why he seemed to know so much about the one chasing River.

Cool stuff, though. Now, if Joss could just find a way to bring Wash back...

("I'm a leaf on the wind..." *sniff*)
thefaeway
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
This was one of my theories as well.
ahavah
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
I wondered, too.

This is why Zoe needs to be preggers come sequel. Flashbacks!
thefaeway
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Neat!
ahavah
Sep. 20th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
I thought so!
bulletslc
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Yay!
ahavah
Sep. 20th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm right there with you!
kali_kali
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
I figured something like that... makes a lot of sense. I knew he had to have been a badass at some point in time (because someone somewhere said that a Shepherd's uniform was the last thing they'd expect Book to be wearing) but also someone who is highly regarded by the Alliance based on how quickly they gave him medical treatment after checking his card.

Cool! Thanks for the info.
ahavah
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!

Where did someone say that about Book? I must have missed it. I liked his badassity from the start, when he beat down Dobson. You just don't see enough preachers do that these days.
kali_kali
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
I can't quite remember... *goes to look up Firefly scripts*

(And my powers of reading seem to be lacking, because you mentioned the same things as I did just one sentence below... somehow I seemed to miss the part between "That's what I heard" and "I'm inclined to agree". Oops.)
james_the_evil1
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
That makes sense.
ahavah
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
I like it better than some of the other theories.

Very lovely icon!
james_the_evil1
Sep. 21st, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Thanks. It's from kawaii_not, their stuff's hillarious.
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ahavah
Sep. 22nd, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
What she was running from, and why she left the Academy when she was set to be Top Dawg.
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ahavah
Sep. 22nd, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
I would likely do the very same thing. Actually, I kinda look forward to finding out.

Hm, I wonder if there's a meme like that around here - What Kind of Fangirl are You? Adoring, Critically Dissecting, LARPer, Stalker, Faux Apathetic...
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weavingfire
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
OOooooooOOooo

Dirt!
ahavah
Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC)
I know. *facepalm* I can't believe I waited four months to tell everyone.
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