My (Labor Day) Food Is Problematic

Are you a sci-fi nerdfan? If so, there’s a good chance that you enjoy Joss Whedon’s cult sci-fi TV series ‘Firefly‘. Next question: Are you doing anything this summer holiday weekend to showcase your nerdomfandom? No? Well, why don’t you whip up this tasty yet weird ice cream treat featured as a throwaway gag in one episode of the show? What, you have better things to do? I didn’t think so.

As seen in episode ‘The Message’, this oddball concoction called an “Ice-Planet” is basically a ball of ice cream dangling from a string on a stick. After several attempts to eat such a thing, River Tam declared, “My food is problematic.” Apparently, that hasn’t stopped fans from trying to recreate the goofy dessert.

How do you get a ball of ice cream to dangle from a string on a stick? Visit the Tasty Planner blog for all the instructions.

Try not to make too much of a mess eating it while plowing through a marthon of the show on Blu-ray.

[Post topic suggested by Mrs. Z.]


  1. River’s character seemed to be unevenly written. I am not sure if there were different writters on the episodes, but they seemed to confuse her being a mind reader who is tripping out all the time because of horrible stuff that was done to her with her being simplistic / autistic or something. I think the ice cream is a perfect example of that. The reason she was chosen, according to one of the episodes (or the movie) for the experiements was not just because of her gift, but because of her extraordinary brilliance and high IQ. The concept that she cannot figure out how to eat ice cream just really throws me off.

    That being said, I did something much geekier this weekend. I went to NASA in Houston.

    • River herself is a little uneven 🙂

      She seems to have at least three distinct modes. In one, she’s very childlike, the second she’s empathic and scared, the third she’s calculating and emotionless. Each of these presents itself at different times.

      I think the reasoning behind her childlike state is because of all the damage done to her brain during the process of trying to turn her into a weapon.

      It could also be a coping mechanism – retreating back to a childhood she never really had.

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