Title

Fighting a War You've Already Lost: Zombies and Zombis in Firefly/Serenity and Dollhouse

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

32 p.

Publication Date

Fall 2011

Publisher

Liverpool University Press

Source Publication

Science Fiction Film and Television

Source ISSN

1754-3770

Original Item ID

doi: 10.3828/sfftv.2011.12

Abstract

This article explores the use of zombie imagery in two sf narratives created by Joss Whedon: Firefly (US 2002–3), Serenity (US 2005) and Dollhouse (US 2009–10). The translation of the zombie from its traditional horror-movie context to the far-future space opera of Firefly/Serenity and the near-future cyberpunk of Dollhouse reveals the zombie's allegorisation of the consequences of biopolitical governmentality and neoliberal capitalism. In both series zombies function as a figure for both the dehumanisation caused by state and market forces and the possibility of Utopian resistance to these forces.

Comments

Science Fiction Film and Television, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 2011): 173-204. DOI.