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Wednesday, 19 April 2006

Know what I think?  I think Shepherd Book was an Alliance Operative.


Further, I think that he was at Serenity Valley and that HE falsified the order to Mal to lay down arms (Hey, they were holding their own, and reinforcements would have kept to battle going.  Serenity Vally’s strategic importance is a critical plot point several times in the show.  The Browncoats wouldn’t have just abandoned it.  I think the Alliance compromised the Browncoat’s communications and told the people on Serenity to surrender…and told the rebel command and control that the battle was lost.


Then, Book had a crisis of faith like the Operative in Serenity the movie, and went to the Abby to get his head on straight.


Then, he saw Serenity, and took it as a sign that this is where he was supposed to be…to go back out into the world and do good…and he found a way to atone for his sin…and the atonement that he decided upon eventually was helping Mal to restore his faith.


I don’t know, if I was writing it…that’s what I would do.


Wednesday, 19 April 2006 20:10:28 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) | Comments [3] | #
Wednesday, 19 April 2006 21:38:12 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Yep. Book was an operative. I think the movie all but screamed it.

BUT - Book had been at the Abbey for twenty years before he met Kaylee in front of Serenity, fourteen years too long to have had anything to do with the end of the war. Other than that, lovely theory.
Thursday, 20 April 2006 07:08:11 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Or maybe he lied about how long he'd been at the Abby.

It's my pet theory! I'm not going to abandon it just because you're more of a details geek than me. :-)

Besides, it doesn't make sense that he would be so up-to-date on current millitary protocols and security proceedures and technology if he'd spent that time in the abby meditating on scripture.
Wednesday, 10 May 2006 01:53:20 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Operative or special weapons and tactics type, only very high in the structure, like a general of police. Operative is better in some ways, but if so in the movie he would have seen the laying waste of Haven coming - as a Top Cop, possibly not. As a Top Cop, he'd have familiarity with the weapons and methods of current criminals (familiarity with Niska gives away that he was not just in the Abbey for 20 years, as does familiarity with specific models of up-to-the-minute weaponry and "some of the newer" chop shops in space), and familiarity with what operatives are and how one might be dispatched... but not detailed familiarity, not enough to save his people. Not enough to know what the Blue Hands could do, almost did do on Ariel to crew members. I suspect he was *trying* for expiation, maybe spent a couple of years in the abbey, after feeling that he'd nearly lost his soul (the "I don't give a hump" comment read by River in Objects in Space).
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