Review of Firefly

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Five hundred years in the future there's a whole new frontier, and the crew of the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity is eager to stake a claim on the action. They'll take any job, legal or illegal, to keep fuel in the tanks and food on the table. But things get a bit more complicated after they take on a passenger wanted by the new totalitarian Alliance regime. Now they find themselves on the run, desperate to steer clear of Alliance ships and the flesh-eating Reavers who live on the fringes of space.
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by Lucy
Sep 24, 2015 11:49AM EDT

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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.




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Mar 10, 2016 3:16PM EST

It is such a classic!

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Mar 7, 2017 4:11PM EST

@Lucy - It's one of my most loved shows. Like you, I watched it after it had been cancelled, but didn't know it had been cancelled - *whimpers.* You're so right about the characters, it usually takes a long, long time (plus very well-written and acted characters) to be able to tell who is saying and doing what but with Firefly, it's so fast! I feel like they're all still out there, flying around, getting into trouble but always saving the day. : )

Absolutely, when the symptoms hit, you've always got 'Serenity' to keep yourself and your sister from going into full blown Firefly withdrawal. Serenity is really, really good.

Until someone eventually gets around to renewing it (every time I see a 'Firefly' actor in another show I just sigh and think, "Well, not this year,"). At least we can all re-watch the episodes when needed.

Loved reading this, I was clearing out my tracker and discovered I'd forgotten to write a review of Firefly, I don't need to now, yours is exactly what I would have wanted to say! Tyvm, this was great. : )

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Mar 7, 2017 7:17PM EST

@scotwot thank you for your kind compliments! Glad I was able to sum up your feelings on the show too :) I'm such a big fan of Serenity, must watch the film and most of the episodes every couple of months just to relieve how awesome the show and the characters are. Watching a new show without knowing it's cancelled and then finding out is the worst feeling, like when there's actually one less stair on a staircase than you think - I sympathise with you there!

I don't think I could ever clear Firefly out of my tracker - I'm still (unrealistically) hopeful for another episode to air, hopefully in the future it'll happen :D

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