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There is nothing more disappointing than a good show getting cancelled. Just when you think it could really be going places, it gets completely cut off. The best example of which is Joss Whedon’s Firefly. Firefly was a show that premiered in 2002 and not a lot of people watched it. Following its got cancellation after only one season, it developed a cult following. Now it is considered one of the best sci-fi franchises of all time, in the same conversation as Star Wars, and Star Trek.
Firefly stars Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds, captain of the Serenity and former soldier. After humanity used up all Earth’s resources, they resorted to intergalactic travel. They terraformed new Earthlike planets to live on. Those towards the center of the galaxy were richer with new technology, those on the outer rim seemed to be taken straight out of the 19th century. “Mal” fought alongside the Independents in a war against the Alliance, a government formed in the central planets that decided everyone should be under their rule. A war that they lost. Now, he and his ragtag crew travel the outer rim of the galaxy avoiding Alliance rule, and working as men for hire. So is this series one to watch? Here are my thoughts…
Firefly gives a whole new meaning to the term “Space Western”. One episode they’ll be in a Mos Eisley-esque trade center, and the next they’ll be pulling off a train heist with a spaceship, and I loved every minute of it.
This show is one of those shows that doesn’t necessarily need to have great dialogue or dynamic characters. It’s simply a pleasure to watch. It’s adventurous, pleasing to the eye, refreshingly different, and a great show.
Nathan Fillion as Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds is perfect casting. Fillion pulls off the suave, fun-loving side of the character, as well as the bold commanding side when things get serious. He’s not alone in that matter. In fact, the entire cast did a great job really bringing their characters to life.
Although that isn’t always a good thing. The character of Jayne Cobb played by Adam Baldwin was annoying. He seemed too cliché for a show like this. Baldwin’s acting also seemed to really bring the clichés of that character into the foreground. Sometimes cliché characters are good for a show, but not in this case. He could have been completely removed from the show without much damage as well. He had the potential to be the standout part of the show, but in the end, he fell flat.
A lot of the episodes felt like filler. While some of that turned out to be the best parts of the series, it really didn’t do much to advance the plot. They would set up interesting plot lines that would never come to fruition. However, it is important to take into consideration that they might have had resolutions planned for future seasons. So, it’s hard to get too upset about it. That being said, not all of it gets excused by that. If anything, not having a second season to rely on simply spotlights the flaws of the first season. Maybe they were relying too much on the assuredness of a second season. While, there is a sequel film to the series that may answer more questions, there was a little too much left open.
So at the end of the day, I really enjoyed Firefly. Is it perfect? No. However, it is an incredibly entertaining show that gives an interesting twist to a genre we all know well. I would definitely recommend this to all science-fiction fans. It’s such a fun show!
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