A space-western with a motley down-and-out crew struggling on the edge of a semi-dystopian planet-spanning civilization.
Easily one of the best television shows I've ever seen. I don't just consider this mandatory, I will dog people to watch it. I bought two copies of this series just to give one away.
Let me stress this. This is a series so good that even after cancellation there was enough popularity to produce a movie. A movie for a cancelled series. The only one I've ever heard of. Serenity is itself mandatory viewing for those who have enjoyed Firefly.
Mandatory viewing. I have been brought to tears more than once.
- Sabotaged by Fox.
Continues with Serenity, sortof.
- Serenity uses the same characters in the same world, but is not meant to progress story arcs from the series.
- signal.serenityfirefly.com -- Podcasts.
mosquitoverse.com -- short film parody of Firefly and Serenity.
"Browncoat" groups exist here and there. For example
- http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/canadianbrowncoats/ -- Regular discussions are redirected here.
- 1 Early Intro
- 2 General notes
- 3 2006-04-19 note
- 4 Roleplaying game
- 5 cd01
- 6 cd02
- 7 cd03
- 8 cd04
Early Intro ∞
I was initially attracted to Inara (Morena Baccarin), but never did get to see this show live. I'm really glad I ended up buying it.
A "space western" is a mixed-genre I'm already familiar with, so I knew just what to expect going in. But this show really impressed me beyond anything I could have predicted.
Everything is astounding, most especially the writing. I don't know which elevates which, the character writing or the acting. They amplify one another to create a riveting screen presence. All of the actors together is even more enthralling. There is a "feeling" throughout the show that even the actors talked about. Their comfort with one another really shines.
The main set is an actual whole thing, though the upstairs and downstairs were created in two parts. The lighting is natural, so-to-speak. There are no partial sets with false walls for cameras and lights. The ship is a whole container that a camera can do a 360 to view.
The story lines are unique and interesting. Each episode is a mini movie, and the overall story arcs are fantastic.
I cannot over stress how important it is for this to be on one's viewing short list. It's good enough that repeat viewing is still great.
There is a certain feel of the ship. Had this show continued, I think it would stand the test of time in the same sense as the technology in Alien (1979).
General notes ∞
There is no "play all episodes" feature for these DVDs. =(
I can't keep skipping tracks until it begins playing. It's annoying to have to interact with the menus.
2006-04-19 note ∞
A quick note about the fireflywiki entry for Inara:
They are idiots talking about a special needle for her to maintain her appearance. It was shown in 0:55:42 of the first episode.
Firstly, the needle was shown in a flurry of everyone reaching for weapons in preparation for aliens/the flood .. uh, Reavers yeah.
Secondly, the comment that she hasn't aged a day was from another (former) companion, and the two characters have been shown to always be putting on a front. It's likely that it was yet another hollow thing to say just to keep up appearances.
That was in a way later episode. So these snippets shouldn't be linked so hastily.
From the writer's mouth, there was no decision as to what this meant. He drops things early on without making any plans, so he can later pick them up in a later story arc.
Roleplaying game ∞
wait.. where do these notes go?
cd02e06 - shindig ∞
cd01e07 - safe ∞
cd02e08 - our Mrs. Reynolds ∞
cd02e09 - Jaynestown ∞
cd03e010 - out of gas ∞
cd03e11 - Ariel ∞
(no notes were taken)
cd03e12 - war stories ∞
cd03e13 - trash ∞
TODO - I want this episode's opening song!!