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War Stories; 'in my bunk' - continuity error or cliche?

POSTED BY: LUPINADDAMS
UPDATED: Friday, June 18, 2004 02:53
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Thursday, June 17, 2004 12:04 PM

LUPINADDAMS


OK my memory might be going (although I did watch the ep. recently) but as I recall it...

Wash was not present either time that Jayne said "I'll be in my bunk", being too busy getting tortured and so on.

So, why did he use the phrase "we'll be in our bunk" at the end of the story?

Rather than it being a mistake in the script (possible - nobody's perfect) I prefer to think that it's the shipboard slang for 'I am going to have some private time in my room, most likely of a sexual nature, so don't disturb me unless it's an emergency'.

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Thursday, June 17, 2004 12:06 PM

KASUO


Joss does this a lot in his shows. One character would say a line and another character in an entirely different scene would say the same line. In the very same episode you bring up, both Book and Niska mention Shan-Yu in their respective scenes. While they may have had a common past or not, Joss just likes to throw these quirky lines around different scenes of an ep, as it seems.


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Thursday, June 17, 2004 1:08 PM

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Quote:

Rather than it being a mistake in the script (possible - nobody's perfect) I prefer to think that it's the shipboard slang for 'I am going to have some private time in my room, most likely of a sexual nature, so don't disturb me unless it's an emergency'


While I'd agree that announcing to the crew that you'll be ' in your bunk' , signals 'don't bother me unless I'm needed' , I'm not sure it is uniformally accepted code for things done in a private, sexual manner. The way I see it, Book and Kaylee are oblivious to what Jayne means by his comment,( but the viewer sure is in the joke and that is what helps make it so funny ) as contrasted to what is meant when Wash and Zoe - the married couple - say it.

"Have you ever BEEN with a warrior woman? " Ha ha ha.



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Thursday, June 17, 2004 1:27 PM

GUNRUNNER


Well Book and Kaylee were busy ogling Inara’s client to care about Jayne announcement.

Or they may just have ignored Jayne cuz they didn’t want that image in there minds.

Or Jayne goes to his bunk so much they've stopped noticing...

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Thursday, June 17, 2004 2:23 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by LupinAddams:
OK

So, why did he use the phrase "we'll be in our bunk" at the end of the story?

Rather than it being a mistake in the script (possible - nobody's perfect) I prefer to think that it's the shipboard slang for 'I am going to have some private time in my room, most likely of a sexual nature, so don't disturb me unless it's an emergency'.




It means just what they're saying. That they will in their bunk. Bunk is what they refer to as their room. It has no deep meaning and is not meant to mirror what Jayne said. It just means that they're going to their room. The line delivered by Jayne is just suppose to be funny because of the delivery. If he were saying it in a different situation and didn't deliver it the way he did then it wouldn't be funny and you wouldn't debating a normal line.

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Thursday, June 17, 2004 3:43 PM

TOTHEBLACK


A group as tight-knit as the crew aboard Serenity are going to have many common or "inside" sayings and such. At least that's what I figure.



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Friday, June 18, 2004 12:22 AM

LUPINADDAMS


Well, I'm glad to see my silly little thought is causing some speculation... that's something I love about the show, the tiniest thing can have so many meanings.
(And by tiniest thing I am not casting aspertions on Jayne's, er, prowess...)

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Friday, June 18, 2004 2:24 AM

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May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


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Rather than it being a mistake in the script (possible - nobody's perfect) I prefer to think that it's the shipboard slang for 'I am going to have some private time in my room, most likely of a sexual nature, so don't disturb me unless it's an emergency'


While I'd agree that announcing to the crew that you'll be ' in your bunk' , signals 'don't bother me unless I'm needed' , I'm not sure it is uniformally accepted code for things done in a private, sexual manner. The way I see it, Book and Kaylee are oblivious to what Jayne means by his comment,( but the viewer sure is in the joke and that is what helps make it so funny ) as contrasted to what is meant when Wash and Zoe - the married couple - say it.

"Have you ever BEEN with a warrior woman? " Ha ha ha.



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The theory that it is a widely accepted phrase to signal "do not disturb" is a plausible one and makes as much sense as anything else.

It could be too that Kaylee filled Mal, Zoe, & Wash in on what transpired on Serenity while they were away & told them of Jayne's many trips to his bunk. May be something of an inside joke now.

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Friday, June 18, 2004 2:53 AM

RUTHIE


In Out Of Gas, when Mal first meets Kaylee when she is 'busy' with Bester, he asks Bester if there's something wrong with his bunk.

Implying that the bunk would be the more usual place for such activities.

I suspect that it's a cliche with a double meaning - comparable to the phrase 'to sleep with'.

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Friday, June 18, 2004 2:53 AM

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Quote:

It could be too that Kaylee filled Mal, Zoe, & Wash in on what transpired on Serenity while they were away & told them of Jayne's many trips to his bunk. May be something of an inside joke now.


While there are all manner of things which could have transpired off screen that the crew 'knows' of and we don't, I take the simple, straight forward approach and don't assume anything. Jayne's 'bunk' comment is meant to be as innocuous to everyone else, but WE, the gentle viewer, get his meaning. Kaylee isn't always up on the ulterior motives of people.." what ? we don't think that...do we? ", and Book is ..well, a Preacher.

Unless there's some visible, audible sign that the crew is 'in' on some lingo or hidden meanings, I'll not assume there is such. I think Joss is smart enough to give the viewer that kind of heads up, but then thats open to interpretation. Ain't this fun?



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