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    How Has OS Inspired You?

    As I was partially inspired by this thread here, it got me to thinking a bit more about inspiration. On that note, how has Outlaw Star inspired you, if at all?

    For me, one of the biggest ways I'm continuously inspired by OS is its message of inner discovery (as my current sig probably demonstrates). Life is more ambiguous than many care to admit or realize, and that can be daunting. Even though it's a fun romp of a space-adventure series, OS flirts with themes of existentialism numerous times, noticeably via Gene's internal struggles. A major reason behind his carefree attitude and somewhat hedonistic lifestyle (he's in his early twenties, I can relate) is the loss of his dad, to be sure, but I think tied into that is also having no real sense of purpose or direction for much of his life (again, I can relate).

    And speaking of life yet again, it's also a lot of putting on a face, faking it till ya' make it, and stumbling until you find your way and get your proverbial sea legs (in this case...space legs?). Gene goes through all of this and more, and even after overcoming his fears of space, deciding to help Melfina, and finding the freakin' Galactic Leyline, I think Gene learns by the end that the adventure of life isn't in the destination...it's in the journey. And by golly, YOUR journey isn't going to be the same as your older sibling's, or your parent's, or that of your friends, role models, or anyone else: as a wise woman once said, "you've gotta' walk your own path" no map included. The older I get, the harder it is to remember this simple truth, and OS is a handy little reminder.

    At least, that's what I learned from OS! Wherever my next adventure may take me, as long as I've got a good crew of fellow outlaws by my side, well, come what may...as the song goes, "I get by with a little help from my friends." I'll figure out the rest as I go.

    So, anyone else? I know I'm not the only one (okay, seriously, was not trying to quote a song that time).
    No one's gonna' give you a map. You've gotta' walk your own path.
    - Hilda

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    Glad my thread inspired this one

    I am re-watching the series now after many years and when I think about being a little girl enjoying it, it has been almost therapeutic. I was always a strange bird. I didn't have many friends, I was the quiet one in school. Even my teachers didn't even know I was there half the time! So this show for me, was almost like an acceptance. Like it is OKAY to be different and march to your own drum, it is what makes like an adventure. Seeing these characters who have very little in common bond gave me hope in myself. I hope that makes sense, pretty late here and I am sleepy!

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    Wow, that is a really interesting question. Outlaw Star came out in a time when I was really thinking about being a screenwriter. I always loved storytelling, mainly in film but during my teenage years I grew an appreciation for the way stories are told in other mediums. Filmmakers like Sam Raimi, John Woo and Ridley Scott inspired me at the time to come up with stories that would make people respond to the same way I responded to those stories and film. What does Outlaw Star have to do with this you ask? Well, because Outlaw Star is everything that I love in storytelling all in one package. It has characters that you grow to love, action, romance, drama, comedy and it juggles all of that with finesse. If you think about it, that is a tough thing to juggle but Outlaw Star is one of those shows that do it so gracefully. The rollercoaster of emotions made me think "Man, I want to make something just like that!".

    So in short Outlaw Star inspired me in the sense of wanting to create that same feeling in the audience that I had if I decide to become a screenwriter or director.

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