Sci-Fi and Fabulous: Firefly

JDL just received the complete TV series DVD of "Firefly."  20th Century Fox cancelled the series after 11 shows - a huge mistake, according to its many and vocal fans.  From the fertile brain of Joss Whedon ("Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Angel"), the show was a unique take on the premise that mankind has colonized the stars.  But that colonization took the form of two very different factions:  The Core planets are a wealthy, high-tech fusion of the best of the two superpowers - China and the U.S.  They are joined in an Alliance, a Big Brother type government.  The Outer Rim planets are poor, sparsely settled and definitely low-tech.  They resemble the American West in many ways: they raise cattle, sheep and goats, they use old western-style guns, they ride horses, wear Western clothes and are governed by the strong fist.  They are a no-mans land, yet just the customers that the crew of Serenity is looking to serve by interplanetary transport. 

Serenity is a Firefly-class transport, captained by Malcom Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) with his crew consisting of first mate Zoe Washburne (Gina Torres), pilot Hoban "Wash" Washburne (Alan Tudyk), Registered Companion Inara Serra (Morena Baccarin), Ship's Mechanic Kaylee Frye (Jewel Staite), Muscleman Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin) and three passengers; Simon Tam and his sister River (Sean Maher and Summer Glau)and Shepherd Book (Ron Glass).

Simon and River are on the run from the Alliance.  Simon rescued his sister from a "lab" where they were performing invasive and damaging brain surgery on "gifted" children.  Mal and Zoe were on the losing side of the Alliance/Rebel war and try to fly beneath the Alliance radar.

The plots are unique and challenging.  You think a story is going in some direction and then "Bam" it takes in an entirely different one.  This 'Verse is refreshingly unPC and the language, manners and customs of the two parts of the 'Verse couldn't be more different - The Core (of Central) planets are urbane, and elegant and the Outer Rim is crude and rough.  Everyone speaks English but cusses in Chinese.  The dialogue sparkles and made me laugh out loud in many places.

Fox was crazy to cancel this show which won a primetime Emmy on only 11 episodes.  The DVD has lots of behind-the-scenes explanations and goodies about the characters and cast.  Joss Whedon felt so passionately about the show he vowed to find them another home and eventually, Universal picked up the rights and financed a movie, called "Serenity" also in the JDL DVD catalogue.  Order them both, the TV series and the movie and get set for the most exciting and unique cast and stories you will ever be priviliged to watch.

Comments

Tessa's picture

This is one of my favorite

This is one of my favorite shows of all time.  It is so "shiny,"  (aka cool)! I own them all and can't wait for the next movie or spinoff.  If you like sci fi, you will probably like Firefly.

Just a note:  It isn't for kids.  The language, violence and some sexual content make it for the mature.

One of the best features of Firefly is the humor--it pokes fun at everyone, no character is exempt, even as it redeems some of the worst characters.

~Tessa

Tessa

 

janedb's picture

Shiny!

I'm glad there is another fan here.  I wasn't prepared for some of the events in the movie, they were a schocker!

Jane

Firefly on DVD

 

I'm glad JDL has the TV series now.  Your comments on the series Firefly include the information that FOX only let it run for 11 episodes.  The truly amazing thing is that the DVDs built up a huge fan base -- it was a word-of-mouth phenomenon that grew and grew -- that allowed Joss Whedon to find a studio willing to make Serenity the movie.  So the DVDs were an extremely powerful tool, introducing an unbelievable number of folks to a stillborn series.  I'm not sure this has happened with any other program in such a dramatic fashion. 

I'm a big Firefly fan.  My favorite episode is 'Out of Gas' although 'Shindig' has many fun moments.  At one time or another I "fell in love" with each character, as each episode gave us more to love.   The balance of humor and adventure made for something for everyone and the characters' relationships and dialogue were both human and witty.  I liked Serenity the movie, but it had to be focused to accomplish its mission within an allotted time, which lost a lot of the series' flavor.  It would be great to see the story continue but it's also gratifying to see the opportunities for exposure grow.  Thanks for the good news about the new acquisition -- 

Debbie S