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Old May 6 2012, 08:28 AM   #862
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Re: sf/f TV development news - 2012

RJDiogenes wrote: View Post
I'm not familiar with Four Brothers, but Outland and Star Wars are not Westerns. There may be thematic echoes or homages, but the definition of Western includes a certain spectrum of time and place.
Would your definition exclude The Proposition and Quigley Down Under, then, since they're set in the Australian outback?

Star Wars is also an homage to The Seven Samurai, but that doesn't make it Japanese. Similarly, Firefly, which is called a "sci-fi Western," isn't a Western at all; it just borrows themes and imagery from that genre to inform its own identity.
An approach to genre that doesn't take usage into account and totally disregards iconography as a generic marker doesn't strike me as very useful.
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