What was Shepherd Book’s past in Firefly? 冲出宁静号里面的牧师到底有什么背景

 

The firefly and SERENITY

The firefly and SERENITY

Derrial Book

看宁静号的时候,有些情景比较有趣,牧师作为牧师,居然对枪、杀手等非常熟悉,尤其在中枪之后,被送到联盟要求救治被拒后,拿出身份卡,联盟立即就开始救助,并且给宁静号上所有人都治疗并释放了。这是有多高的地位的人才能享有的待遇。在豆瓣小组里面翻了一圈,貌似没有找到。google了一圈,总算找到一些蛛丝马迹。

google上推荐去看Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale,这个漫画里面似乎有介绍,可惜要求美刀去买,而且不知道猴年马月才能到(猴年马月其实再过一个月就到了)。继续看看大家的评论,终于找到了。

 

Shepherd Book was abused as a boy, and lived on the street for a while. He wasn’t born under the name Shepherd Book, BTW. He joined up with the independence movement, and volunteered to be a spy on the Alliance. He was an officer until he led a brilliant defeat, after which he was discharged. He later lived in a monastery for a time, and became the preacher we all know:-)

 

TL;DR: Book’s official status within the Alliance (and therefore on his ident chip) was that of a retired Alliance commander. This would result in VIP treatment at most Alliance facilities.


I’ll outline his entire known history in the spoiler tags below. Most of this is outlined in the comic “The Shepherd’s Tale“, which is essentially Book reflecting back on his life while dying at Haven.

Early Life

Originally named Henry Evans, the man we know as Derrial Book was born on a border planet to an abusive father. At the age of ten, he ran away from home and became adept at survival on the streets. He eventually garnered some reputation as a thief & criminal, but ended up joining the growing Independence Movement.

Life as a Browncoat

In the four years before his Alliance assignment, Evans quickly became known for his vicious skills in combat – easily (and brutally) taking down entire squads of Alliance soldiers during missions. When the Browncoats began looking for a long-term operative who could infiltrate the Alliance military as a double agent, Evans volunteered. He needed a new identity, so he murdered a random citizen named Derrial Book and took that name as his own.

Life in the Alliance

Once in the Alliance, Book began a “meteoric” rise through the ranks. He was seen as totally committed to the cause and earned a reputation for using savage tactics against the Browncoats, quickly becoming known as a master interrogator. Because of his rising rank & influence, Book found himself increasingly able to both damage the Alliance plans as well as cover up losses or information leaks. He quickly became a vital asset for the Browncoats, but also one of their most guarded secrets.

Retirement

Book eventually found himself in command (or perhaps XO) of the IAV Cortez, an Alliance cruiser which oversaw an operation intended to end the Unification War in a single stroke. Book himself was in charge of the operation, which involved committing massive resources into striking multiple targets at once. Due to Book’s involvement, however, the operation was actually a huge ambush. Numerous forces were lost, including the total destruction of the IAV Alexander and all 4000 crew. Considered one of the largest defeats in Alliance history, the entire operation was swept under the rug and Derrial Book was quietly discharged from Alliance service.

Life at the Abbey

With the Independent Movement crushed soon after, Book wasn’t sure what to do with himself. He wandered the outer territories, weary of his life and drowning his sorrows in alcohol. At one point, he finds himself at a church and comes to see religion as a way to atone for the many people he had killed throughout his life. It apparently worked, as he eventually ended up at theSouthdown Abbey on Persephone. Book finally found peace tending the Abbey’s garden, but knew he couldn’t stay there indefinitely.

Life on Serenity

After an unknown amount of time at the Abbey (but presumably several years), Book decided to leave and get back out into the galaxy. The Abbey had access to the Cortex, and Book had tired of watching others suffer along the rim. He announced his intention to carry the Lord’s message out to others, and this leads us directly to his introduction in S01E01 “Serenity”.

As for your specific question, his ident chip reflected his official status with the Alliance – a retired Captain or Commander. Especially in a medical situation like that, a status like that would require any Alliance officer to render immediate assistance.

Henry Evans had a troubled childhood and was a criminal for a time before enlisting with the independence movement. As a member of The Independence he volunteered to spy on The Alliance. He killed a man named Derrial Book assumed his identity to enlisted in the Alliance Military. While still working as a spy for The Independence he quickly worked up the Alliance ranks to become a prominent officer. At a key point during the war he intentionally lost a major battle dealing a crushing blow to the alliance and leading to him being discharged. This loss was so crushing that the alliance made a point to wipe all record of it out. Meaning on paper shepherd Book is nothing but a retired prominent Alliance officer. After being discharged he “found god in a bowl of soup” while at a soup kitchen and decided to join an Abby. He eventually left and ended up boarding Serenity.

 

Source:http://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/166/what-was-shepherd-books-past-in-firefly

Biography
To the crew of Serenity, Derrial Book’s past was a mystery. He indicated early on that he was a shepherd who had been living in theSouthdown Abbey and that he never married.[1] In truth, “Derrial” was not even the shepherd’s real name, but rather the name of a man he had killed.

Book, whose birth name was Henry Evans, lived as a young boy in dread of his highly abusive father. He would listen to music to take himself to a peaceful place in his mind, only to be beaten. He finally chose to leave home, but after ten years had merely established himself as a successful thief, adept at avoiding law enforcement. He was then recruited by the Independence Movement, a representative of which having been impressed at his excellent combat potential. In four years he honed his fighting skills, easily defeating heavily-armed federal agents singlehandedly. Evans was not known among his Independence peers to attend their meetings, but he showed up for one and there he volunteered to take part in a highly-sensitive mole operation. Since the Independence organizers had learned that the Alliancewas creating warships, they plotted to plant a long-term mole to rise through the ranks of the Alliance and subvert them at every turn. Henry’s left eye was extracted and replaced with a biorobotic camera and transmitter, which would provide excellent surveillance. To join the Alliance, he needed a new identity. So he lured an unsuspecting young man named Derrial Book into an alley, murdered him with a garrote, and took on this name permanently.

In four short years, he orchestrated a “meteoric” rise through the Alliance ranks and was selected for the officer corps from the law enforcement on Jiangyin. He utilized brutal beatings on captured Independence members—men and women alike—which impressed his superiors. After six years, he was an officer aboard the I.A.V. Cortez, where he directed the final movement of an Alliance operation to ambush Independence transports on a massive scale: six installations on different planets and at least one space-borne transport convoy were raided by Alliance forces at the same moment, but each was ambushed. It was the “single greatest disaster in Alliance history”. The most prominent loss was the destruction of the I.A.V. Alexander and the loss of all 4,000 souls aboard; elsewhere, about 300 soldiers were captured. Book was immediately discharged without trial and thrown into an escape vessel in disgrace.

He lived as a derelict for six years after until he experienced an epiphany about his place in the universe while staring into a bowl of chicken soup. He was suddenly seized with purpose, and joined the Southdown Abbeywhere he remained for a decade, until he finally chose to leave the abbey—on good terms and with encouragement—and become a missionary. He then joined the crew of Serenity.

Book frequently made references to Christian theology and consulted and quoted the Bible. But Book later expressed concern that he was being corrupted by living on Serenity and he left the ship[5] and moved to the planet Haven. There he was killed by an Alliance soldier sent to destroy Haven after Serenity managed to shake an Alliance assassin known only as “the Operative”. However, he was not a passive figure in the events leading up to his death; he defended Haven and shot down the A.V.-Sparrow that attacked the settlement.After taking down the ship, Mal told Book that he did the right thing, to which Book replied, “Coming from you, that means almost nothing.”

“I don’t care what you believe. Just believe it!”~ Book’s dying words to Mal

Source: http://firefly.wikia.com/wiki/Derrial_Book

firefly – serenity 萤火虫 冲出宁静号

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最近总算追完了《firefly》这部美剧,然后又看了《Serenity》这部电影,算是交代了电视剧的结局。

Take my love
Take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care,I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t coming back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me

There’s no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me

这部电视剧以这首歌开始,体现了电视剧的基本内容:

即使夺走了我的爱和我的土地,让我无处可栖,但是我不怕,我向往自由,你无法夺走我的天空。

听到对白里面英语里面掺杂着我也听不懂的中国话,总感觉怪怪的。后来才知道导演比较喜欢中国,认为未来是中国的天下,剧中未来的世界,汉语和英语是通行的两种官方语言。话说回来,现在很多人说话,汉语里面插着不少英语单词,给老外也许也是怪怪的感觉。

這戲的偉大,在於它很短,就是被腰砍了,才播出11集(後來的dvd,出到14集),但不給人「爛尾」之感,而接續的電影版大結局serenity(衝出寧靜號),更是壯烈到驚人的地步,這麼艘破船,一船見錢眼開的爛傭兵,到最後,真是以命相博,就為了個,不知從哪撿來的,怪里怪氣的小屁孩。

這群人,最終不但揭漏了聯邦的無恥祕密,其代價更是無比昂貴,只因他們基本上是下定決心,命不要了,集體立志犧牲生命……。

至此,firefly 終於成就了一個影史的特例,一部被砍的小美劇,竟然能衍生出 serenity 這樣的電影鉅作,科幻鉅作,太空史詩鉅作,類型電影鉅作。它,不但成為影史特例之一,不但是影迷心中的cult,它,更變成影迷心目中的孤絕象徵。

片中,mal 帶領著寧靜號,抵抗聯邦。

戲外,我們這些影迷,也跟該死的fox電視台抵抗呢。

你把我們的影集砍了,我們用dvd的銷量,還有用電影版的賣座,證明你們的無知和罪惡!

(Joss Whedon:「這部電影本不該存在的」,他繼續說:「遭停播的電視劇,沒有資格拍成電影,除非製片、演員和影迷,能相信……這部電影,意義空前。」)

电影的结局以mal和river的对话,讲述了他和Serenity的关系,

You know what the first rule of flying is?

well, I suppose you do, since you already know what I’m about tot say.

Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sue as the turn of the worlds.

Love keeps her in the air when she ought to fall down, tells you she’s hurting before she keels.

Makes her a home.

桃夭(TAO YAO) peach blossom

桃夭(TAOYAO) peach blossom

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桃之夭夭

桃之夭夭,灼灼其华。之子于归,宜其室家。

tao zhi yaoyao, zhuozhuo qi hua. zhizi yugui, yi qi qhijia.

桃之夭夭,有蕡其实。之子于归,宜其家室。

tao zhi yaoyao, youfen2 qi shi. zhizi yugui, yi qi jiashi.

桃之夭夭,其叶蓁蓁。之子于归,宜其家人。

tao zhi yaoyao, qiye zhen1zhen. zhizi yugui, yi qi jiaren.

 

[注释 Comment]

夭夭(yao yao): 桃花怒放的样子, blooming aspect of the peach blossom

灼灼(zhuozhuo): 花开得很茂盛,broomy  flower

华(hua):花 ,same as 花(flower)

之子(zhizi):指出嫁的女子,the girl getting married

归(gui):女子出嫁,wedding,specially for a girl

宜(yi):和顺,和善, good for something

室家(shijia):指夫妇,the couple

蕡(fen): 果实肥硕的样子, fruitful,always represent a large family with many children.

蓁蓁(zhenzhen): 树叶繁盛的样子,flourishing leaves.

 

《孟子》:“丈夫生而愿为之有室,女子生而愿为之有家”,上指其夫,故专言家,下论夫妇之道,故兼言室家。

Meng said, A man is willing a home for Her, A woman is willing a family for Him. First line of the poem, indicates the man, talking about the home.  Second and third line talk about the way of the couple.

–王先谦《诗三家义集疏》

一场盛大的婚礼,一对璧玉的新人,在牵手走过红地毯的时候,唱响这一首歌曲,《桃夭》,在当年,或许就是我们今天的《婚礼进行曲》, 关于婚姻的一切,在这一刻得到了透彻的祝福。

–沈文婷《〈诗经〉是一枚月亮》

An image of the wedding ceremony, a new couple walk through the red carpet. Taoyao, just like the nowaday’s  Wedding March, describes the wish to the new marriage.

 

The Age of Worry

“The Age Of Worry”

Close your eyes and clone yourself
Build your heart an army
To defend your innocence
While you do everything wrong

Don’t be scared to walk alone
Don’t be scared to like it
There’s no time that you must be home
So sleep where darkness falls

Alive in the age of worry
Smile in the age of worry
Go wild in the age of worry
And say, “Worry, why should I care?”

Know your fight is not with them
Yours is with your time here
Dream your dreams but don’t pretend
Make friends with what you are

Give your heart then change your mind
You’re allowed to do it
‘Cause God knows it’s been done to you
And somehow you got through it

Alive in the age of worry
Rage in the age of worry
Sing out in the age of worry
And say, “Worry, why should I care?”

Rage in the age of worry
Act your age in the age of worry
And say, “Worry, get out of here!”

千万不能“不懂装懂”的英语大盘点

Sporting house 妓院(不是体育室)
Dead president 美钞(不是死了的总统)
Lover 情人(不是爱人)
Busboy 餐馆勤杂工(不是公汽售票员)
Busybody 爱管闲事的人(不是大忙人)
Dry goods 纺织品 谷物(不是干货)
Heart man 换心人(不是有心人)
Mad doctor精神病科医生(不是发疯的医生)
Eleventh hour最后时刻(不是十一点)
Blind date(由第三者安排的)男女初次见面(并非盲目的约会或者是瞎约会)
Personal remark人身攻击(并非个人评论)
Sweet water淡水(不是糖水或者甜水)
Confidence man骗子(不是信得过的人)
Criminal lawyer 刑事律师(不是犯罪的律师)
Service station加油站(不是服务站)
Rest room厕所(不是休息室)
Dressing room化妆室(不是试衣间或者更衣室)
Horse sense常识(不是马的感觉)
Capital idea 好主意(不是资本主义思想)
Familiar talk 庸俗的交谈(不是熟悉的谈话)
Black tea红茶
Black art 妖术(不是黑色艺术)
Black stranger 完全陌生的人(不是陌生的黑人)
White coal (作动力来源用的)水
White man忠实可靠的人(不是皮肤白色的人)
Yellow book黄皮书(法国政府报告书,以黄纸为封,不是黄色书籍)
Red tape 官僚习气(不是红色带子)
Green hand 新手
Blue stocking 女学者,女才子(不是蓝色长筒袜)
China policy 对华政策(不是中华政策)
Chinese dragon 麒麟(不是中国龙)
American beauty 一种玫瑰,名叫美丽动人(不是美国美女)
English disease 软骨病(不是英国病)
Indian summer 愉快宁静的晚年(不是印度的夏日)
Greek gift 害人的礼品(不是希腊的礼物)
Spanish athlete 吹牛的人(不是西班牙的运动员)
French chalk 滑石粉(不是法国粉笔)
Pull ones leg 开玩笑(不是拉后腿)
In ones birthday suit 赤身裸体(不是穿着生日礼服)
Eat ones words 收回前言(不是食言)
an apple of love西红柿(不是“爱情之果”)
American beauty一种玫瑰,名为“美国丽人”(不是“美国美女”)
be taken in受骗,上当(不是“被接纳”)
bring down the house博得全场喝彩(不是“推倒房子”)
black tea红茶(不是“黑茶”)
black art妖术(不是“黑色艺术”)
black stranger完全陌生的人(不是“陌生的黑人”)
busboy餐馆勤杂工(不是“公汽售票员”)
busybody爱管闲事的人(不是“大忙人”)
blue stocking女学者、女才子(不是“蓝色长统袜”)
blind date(由第三者安排的)男女初次会面(并非“盲目约会”或“瞎约会”)
capital idea好主意(不是“资本主义思想”)
China policy对华政策(不是“中国政策”)
Chinese dragon麒麟(不是“中国龙”)
confidence man骗子(不是“信得过的人”)
criminal lawyer刑事律师(不是“犯罪的律师”)
dead president美钞(上印有总统头像)(并非“死了的总统”)
dry goods(美)纺织品;(英)谷物(不是“干货”)
dressing room化妆室(不是“试衣室”或“更衣室”)
eat one&0#39;s words收回前言(不是“食言”)
English disease软骨病(不是“英国病”)
eleventh hour最后时刻(不是“十一点”)
familiar talk庸俗的交谈(不是“熟悉的谈话”)
French chalk滑石粉(不是“法国粉笔”)
Greek gift害人的礼品(不是“希腊礼物”)
green hand新手(不是“绿手”)
handwriting on the wall不祥之兆(不是“大字报”)
have a fit勃然大怒(不是“试穿”)
have the heart to do(用于否定句)忍心做……不是“有心做”或“有意做”)

Dana’s Travel in China

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Dana, one of my america friends, came to China and traveled in several cities. In every cities, he got great passion from the students. He is a religious Christian.

One of my classmates asked him, why you come to China. He said, everyone is like a mirror, which can reflect the light of God. We could help others just like the mirror reflecting the light.

He does help the students a lot in Springfield, He spends 25 hours to help the student, even 35 hours a week, that is to say, 5 hours per day.  That why he can receive the great passion here. I don’t think if other professor who also comes from Springfield can receive better than him.

Common people, but great man.

Since I am not a Christian, but I want to thank him.

Dragon boat festival without rice dumplings

Today is Chinese dragon boat (Duanwu) festival. Because of the time difference, I called my family in the morning and they asked me how to spend this festival. I told them I will buy some rice dumplings (Zongzi) this afternoon.

After a nap, I drove to Seoul oriental market located Campbell Ave. I looked all round the shop, I couldn’t find it. So I asked the boss (Korean) if they have rice dumplings, the boss murmured, “Rice dumplings??” One of the staff (American guy) answered, “Zongzi? For the dragon boat?”

“Yes, for the dragon boat day.” I said.

“We used to have it, but it is seasonal goods, we sold it out. Today is the dragon boat day?” asked by the staff.

“Some kinds of food with bamboo leave outside? We have bamboo leave sold here, you can buy some to make it yourself.” The boss said.

If today were yesterday, maybe I would make Zongzi myself. I had to leave this shop and drove to another Asian food and gift shop. I asked the staff where I can get the rice dumplings; they said they don’t know what it is. I explained that it is made of rice and with bamboo leave outside and should be eaten on Dragon boat festival which is on May 5th based on Chinese Lunar calendar. And I thought Korean should know this day and I told them. But she told that May 5th is the Children’s day in Korean! And she took me the book shelf and introduced some Chinese food books and let me find the English name for Zongzi. I tried to find the name from the books, but I failed. I had to look for it around the shop myself. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it.

I knew she also couldn’t eat Zongzi this year. I was a little disappointed.

Following is the introduction of Zongzi that I copied from Wikipedia. Maybe I should learn it before I went to the market.

Zongzi (or zong) (Chinese: 粽子) is a traditional Chinese food, made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. They are cooked by steaming or boiling. They are known in Japanese as chimaki. Laotians, Thais, and Cambodians (known as Nom Asom) also have similar traditional dishes. In the Western world, they are also known as rice dumplings or Chinese tamales. In Indonesia, they are known as bakcang or bacang (Chinese: 肉粽; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: bah-chàng), a loanword from Hokkien, a Chinese dialect that is commonly used among Indonesian-Chinese besides Mandarin. Along the same lines, zongzi are more popularly known as machang in the among the Chinese Filipinos.

What is love?

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

you are my sunshine

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You are my sunshine

my only sunshine
You make me happy

when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear

how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away

The other night dear, as I lay sleeping
I dreamed I held you in my arms
But when I awoke, dear, I was mistaken
So I hung my head and I cried.

 

 

Yesterday Lynn showed us this song in the church. I heard this song before and even forgot it. But when I heard it again, I knew who is my sunshine.

–to fiona, thank you.

–to Mumu, you also the sunshine of world.

What is a panda?

What is a panda?

A panda walks into a restaurant, sits down and orders a sandwich. He eats the sandwich, pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter dead. As the panda stands up to go, the manager shouts,

“Hey! Where are you going? You just shot my waiter and you didn’t pay for your sandwich!”

The panda yells back at the manager,

“Hey man, I’m a PANDA! Look it up!”

The manager opens his dictionary and sees the following definition for panda:

“A tree dwelling placental mammal of Asian origin, characterized by distinct black and white coloring. Eats shoots and leaves.”