|Submitted by Wilde Silas |
(Aug 15, 2007)
The cancellation of Fox's "Firefly" series rivals Jar-Jar Binks as the worst mistake in the history of sci-fi. Maybe it was Joss Wedon's shady past with that Buffy chick, maybe it was the revolving time slot and spotty promotion. Most likely it was that the idiots at Fox would rather invest in shows like, "Who Wants to Marry My Mom's Third Cousin's Niece?" or whatever other reality tripe they're cramming down our throats this season. Regardless, you (yes YOU) should be angry and writing letters to said idiots expressing your rage and disappointment.
Take a burnt out, smart-mouthed revolutionary, his stoic First Sargeant, a hot shot pilot, a dumber than mud mercenary, a hottie mechanic, a preacher, and a hooker, cram them into a vintage Firefly model spaceship, and have them smuggle stuff from one end of the Alliance controlled galaxy to the other. Fun, mayhem, introspection, and bite-your-nails suspense every single episode without fail. And to that a brain-damaged lobotomy victim and her doctor brother for an edge of claustrophobic danger, and you have Firefly.
This is like Star Wars if it had been about Han Solo, minus the terrible dialogue and bad haircuts. Or Star Trek without the rampant geekery. Or John Wayne and Clint Eastwood with laser guns. From one show to the next, you will ask yourself repeatedly how a show this good could have possibly failed to draw rabid viewers just as much as it drew critical praise.
Wedon's characters grow, change, argue, and become a family over the course of the painfully short season in which it aired. The "Serenity" movie was a concession to fans who rallied around the little show that could - a good movie to say the least, but not enough in my opinion. This DVD set is a must for any fan of good writing, strong characters, and great action/suspense stories.
I still hold out hope that one day we'll see the crew of Firefly on the small screen again, but until then, this painfully meager single season will have to suffice.
|Submitted by Dave Ellis |
(Jul 29, 2005)
I can't believe no one else has reveiwed this on the website. Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy and Angel, created a tv show that was a meld between science fiction and westerns. He took the saying The Final Frontier a bit literally. However the series was cancelled after only nine epsodes, and only fourteen were made. Now available on DVD, it is clear to see from these limited episodes that given time it could have rivalled the best Star Trek has to offer and even the late, great Babylon 5. The show has great characters, not just sci-fi cliches but proper rounded characters, like the captain who's lost everything in a war but finds comfort on board the ship, or the mercenary who you never can trust depending on the money offered. The plots run from dark and brooding to the downright hilarious and by the end of the run you just want to learn more about the characters and the universe they live. Thank god there is a movie coming out, Serenity in September. But I want more, comics, novels, films and just because I'm greedy bring the series back. Give Joss Whedon the respect he deserves. And by the way if you have no idea what I've just ranted about, go to your local seller of DVD's and buy it today, you won't regret it.