What exactly is the deal with Shepherd Book?
Although it was never explained on the show or in the movie, the story of Shepherd Book's past was eventually told in a graphic novel called Serenity : The Shepheard's Tale. After running away from home and his abusive father, the young Henry Evans fell into a life of crime, and was then recruited into the Independence movement. As tensions between the Independents and the ruling Alliance increased, Evans volunteered to infiltrate the Alliance military and spy on them using a video transmitter implanted in his eye. After killing a man named Derrial Book and stealing his identiy, Evans joined a law enforcement agency, from where his ambition and drive attracted the attention of the military. When war broke out, Evans/Book attempted to orchestrate a simultaneous six-planet strike to end the war "in one day", but instead presided over a massacre of Alliance forces, including the loss of the starship IAV Alexander and the 4,000 aboard. Book was then discharged and dumped on a nearby planet via escape pod. Several years later, Book woke up in a homeless shelter after being beaten by Alliance soldiers for his role in the Alexander disaster, and had a spiritual revelation while eating a bowl of soup, which prompted him to join the church and train as a Shepherd. Ten years later, he left the church as a missionary, and took passage on the transport Serenity (as seen in the episode of the same name).
Sep 04, 2016 |