So I can finally claim my geek card as I have got round to watching the cult classic tv series FIREFLY! My sister and I watched all 14 episodes in just over a week :O
I can safely say that the show deserves it’s cult status. The crew of Serenity are basically scavengers and tradesmen trying to survive on the edge of space, bonded by war, love, loyalty and even desperation - which creates a great dynamic in the group and kind of a family feel.
The futuristic backdrop is well thought out, and ultimately timeless too; the mix of western and sci-fi worked really well (I was a bit worried it wouldn’t, but they pulled it off superbly). The story lines were captivating and different each time (I discovered that spn’s Ben Edlund wrote some of my favourite episodes!)
But for me what makes Firefly such a good show is it’s CHARACTERS. The show has 9 actors in it’s main cast, but each is developed, with their own back story and distinct personalities which reflect their background something which we are seeing less of these days…
By about episode 3, I was shouting at the tv "yes, that’s exactly what *insert character name here* would do!” and when your audience can understand your characters so quickly and really GET them, then you’ve got a winning show right there. Personal favourite character is probably a close tie between Zoe, Kaylee, Jayne, Mal… okay basically I loved everyone
It is such a shame the show was cancelled, I can see that it didn’t have the ‘umph’ and action packed feel that seems to be the norm these days, which is probably why the viewing figures weren’t spectacular. BUT YOU DON’T NEED ACTION PACKED TO HAVE A GOOD SHOW! As Firefly has undoubtedly proven here. In the meantime, I look forward to watching the follow-up film “Serenity” and applaud Joss Whedon on his fantastic efforts in creating the show.
I’D DEFINITELY RECOMMEND WATCHING IT!