Firefly - A Question about Reavers

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by marillion, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Gaith

    Gaith Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 11, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
    I'm hardly a zombie expert, or even a zombie fan, but to my knowledge they've never been portrayed as capably operating machinery. ;)
  2. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Moderator

    Nov 30, 2001
    Bonney Lake, WA
  3. Admiral Buzzkill

    Admiral Buzzkill Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Mar 8, 2001

  4. Ayelbourne

    Ayelbourne Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Apr 25, 2005
    Ah, but that was just a trick to conceal his real capabilities. After all he was Han's friend and didn't wanna hurt his feelings.
  5. IcecreamLtDan

    IcecreamLtDan Captain Captain

    Jan 24, 2004
    North Carolina, USA
    This may be the reason the Alliance never bothered with them. Since they'll burn themselves out anyway, why bother wasting resources or getting more people involved who may say something to the civilian populace since they went out of their way to deny their existence. Then, once they're all gone, start the project over again, just like Mal mentioned in the movie. I don't have too much problem justifying the differences in them from the movie and the series. I always took what the rescue team member said about them as more of a description of them than an actual medical explanation. Sort of like saying "That person is crazy". While it's a specific description, it doesn't mean it's completely accurate. Just like the descriptions going around of the pilot in Texas.

  6. The Borgified Corpse

    The Borgified Corpse Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2000
    Ouch! Forgotten already? You were just down ther
    Perhaps there are degrees of Reavers. The most savage, most visible ones that provided the greatest threat to the scientists on Miranda eventually burned out or killed each other. However, perhaps there was a slightly less savage variety that was able to form a coherent society, even if they still feared normal humans and wanted to eat them. SEE the Infected in I Am Legend.
  7. darkwing_duck1

    darkwing_duck1 Vice Admiral

    Nov 18, 2001
    the Unreconstructed South
    If it helps, think of Reavers as less "zombie" and more "Hannibal Lectre on steroids". The Pax obviously was an endorphin stimulator; the behavior described in the film is exactly like that from the classic lab rat experiments in endorphin response.

    Reavers came from that 1% of the population whose endorphin response is triggered by ABNORMAL stimuli: the sociopath/psychopaths. Think Ted Bundy, Jack the Ripper, et al.