Firefly Recap: Season 1, Episode 5

Watching Firefly anew on Science Channel nearly a decade after the show’s original run on Fox does contain a few unexpected pleasures, and I’m not talking about the newly produced interstitials with physicist Dr. Michio Kaku. No, I’m talking about how present perspective can affect the way you process a previously viewed experience. Or, put another way: "HEY! IS THAT ZAC EFRON PLAYING YOUNG RIVER TAM?" It was, though I didn’t recognize theHigh School Musical star until late in the scene. I was too distracted by the ironies of the lad’s fancy textbook, an electronic reader with a penlight stylus for highlighting or recording key passages. I love it when sci-fi stories take a chance at imagining future technology. Nearly nine years ago when "Safe" first aired, that thing seemed like a decades-away innovation. Today, we have the iPad – and it doesn’t need no stinkin’ stylus.  That’s sooo 2002. Read More...


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