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Old November 9 2009, 08:22 PM   #1
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Firefly's Sheperd Book

Did they ever explain why the Alliance was so quick to help him when he was shot and they took a look at his credentials? Also, some of the knowledge that he had that was unusual for a shepherd to have? I've seen all the episodes and the movie and don't remember them doing so.
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Old November 9 2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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Re: Firefly's Sheperd Book

SPOILER

One of the comic trilogies seems to imply he was under their employ and that the employ had been terminated (during that comic).

There a graphic comic novel coming about his past.
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Old November 9 2009, 08:31 PM   #3
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A friend of mine has a theory that he was an Alliance operative (Well, duh! you all say...) who was responsible for what happened at Serenity Valley, and that's why he quit and became a Shepherd.
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Old November 9 2009, 09:03 PM   #4
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Re: Firefly's Sheperd Book

Given his discussion with Mal in the movie, I assumed he used to be an Operative.
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Old November 9 2009, 11:25 PM   #5
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Yeah.. that's what i assumed too but I wasn't sure if they ever actually addressed it and I just missed it...
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Old November 11 2009, 06:09 PM   #6
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Re: Firefly's Sheperd Book

No, it's never been actually addressed. However, as Tharpdevenport stated, there is supposed to be a comic coming out that tells some of his backstory, although it should have already been released by this point. Also, apparently there was a browncoat cruise in 2007 where Ron Glass states Derrial was not the shepherd's real name, but the name of a man he had killed. As far as I know that's all the backstory there is so far.
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Old November 11 2009, 06:30 PM   #7
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Re: Firefly's Sheperd Book

Awesome Possum wrote: View Post
Given his discussion with Mal in the movie, I assumed he used to be an Operative.
Agreed....

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: It's of interest to me how much you seem to know about that world.
Shepherd Book: I wasn't born a shepherd, Mal.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: You have to tell me about that sometime.
Shepherd Book: [pause] No, I don't.
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Old November 11 2009, 07:54 PM   #8
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If we wasn't an operative he was definitely something else in the inner circle.
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Old November 11 2009, 10:09 PM   #9
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My theory, he wasn't an Operative, but he did work in Alliance Intelligence. Then he wanted out, so he created the persona of a priest and lived that life, eventually making his way to Serenity. He kept enough credentials of his actual identity should the need ever arise to reveal who he was, like it did that time he was shot.

Hey, that's my take on things anyway.
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Old November 11 2009, 10:20 PM   #10
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Re: Firefly's Sheperd Book

It was my take, as well, that he was an Operative for the Alliance who still had "some pull" with some of his contacts.
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Old November 11 2009, 10:31 PM   #11
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Re: Firefly's Sheperd Book

Siiiiiiiiiigh. I hate that this is all conjecture. We should just be able to point to, like, season 3, episode 17 of Firefly which would've delved heavily into Shepherd Book's past.

Sorry, I watched Serenity in BluRay last week and am just bitter about Firefly having had it's life cut short.
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Old November 12 2009, 12:19 AM   #12
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Re: Firefly's Sheperd Book

Count me in as another who thinks Book was an Operative in his previous life.
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Old November 12 2009, 12:23 AM   #13
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Re: Firefly's Sheperd Book

For anyone who's interested in one group of Firefly fans' interpretation of Book's past, check this out.
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Old November 12 2009, 12:31 AM   #14
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i'm another who thinks Book was an Operative. i think the story of the Operative in Serenity is a re-telling of Book's story. By the end of Serenity, it's not a leap to see the Operative going off to some secluded place, finding religion and at some point, years later, trying to reconnect with the world again.
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Old November 12 2009, 12:37 AM   #15
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Re: Firefly's Sheperd Book

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i'm another who thinks Book was an Operative. i think the story of the Operative in Serenity is a re-telling of Book's story. By the end of Serenity, it's not a leap to see the Operative going off to some secluded place, finding religion and at some point, years later, trying to reconnect with the world again.
That's the same thing I thought.

Then he find a time machine and he's sent back in time just in time to get on board of Serenity at the same time of Simon and his mysterious suitcase...
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