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Shepherd Derrial Book

 

Shepherd Derrial Book is a Pastor/Preacher who seems to have vast knowledge of,... shall we say military or Alliance type things.  In addition, he seems to hold special status within the Alliance as in the episode 'Safe' a wounded Book was essentially refused service, until they saw his Ident Card, then he received prompt medical attention.  So, Shepherd Book was one of the characters who was a mystery and I really enjoyed seeing that mystery slowly play itself out during the series, but alas since Firefly was cancelled, most of his story is still a mystery.

I loved the way Ron Glass played Shepherd Book; he was almost always dead calm under virtually any conditions.  The only time I can recall that he kinda sorta broke from the calm was the time River Tam was tearing up his Bible.  If you would have told me, I'm making a show, it's going to be Sci-fi with horses and six-shooters and one of the characters is a preacher;... I'd have said, it's going to be shit.  But, of course, Firefly was great, and Shepherd Book was one of the many reasons.  Although it seemed he didn't get as much screen time as many of the other characters and certainly didn't have as many action scenes, he actually had some of the best lines in the show.

Shepherd Derrial Book - Firefly - Ron Glass


Shepherd Derrial Book - Ron Glass - inside Serenity


Below are some pics of Shepherd Book with a few of my favorite Book Quotes between.

Shepherd Book - Smile

Shepherd Book - arms crossed

Shepherd Book - dark gray shirt

Shepherd Book in fire fight

Shepherd Book with rifle in firefight

Shepherd Book - Hair

Book: " I don't care what you believe, just... believe. "

Shepherd Book - Firefly

Book: " A government is a body of people, usually, notably, ungoverned. "

Shepherd Book with bible

Book: " If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of Hell.  A level they reserve for child molesters... and people who talk at the theater. "

Sherpherd Book with Simon Tam

Kaylee: " How come you don't care where you're going? "

Book: " 'Cause how you get there is the worthier part. "

Shepherd Book lifting Weights

Book: " River, you don't fix the Bible. "

River: " It's broken.  It doesn't make sense. "

Book: " It's not about making sense.  It's about believing in something.  And letting that belief be real enough to change your life.  It's about faith.  You don't fix faith, River.  It fixes you. "

Firefly - Zoe Washburne, Shepherd Book and Jayne Cobb

Simon: " I've never shot anyone before. "

Book: " I was there son.  I'm fair sure you haven't shot anyone yet. "

Shepherd Book firing rifle - with Zoe and Wash

 

For more Shepherd Book info you may want to check out his Fireflywiki page.

 

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