Serenity Shindig

Like a flash of light in the darkness, Firefly glowed brilliantly for a brief moment in late 2002 showing the world what television could achieve at its finest. Little respected by its network, it never had a chance to survive for long. Yet, so loved was it by its small core group of followers that simple word of mouth helped surge the ranks of its fans after its inevitable cancellation. The result of this groundswell was the recent release of the movie Serenity.

Shedding the rigid environs of traditional science fiction television, Firefly explores the orders in the process of formation at the edge of civilization. Gone is the shiny sleek chrome of spaceships. The boats sailing this sea of black are covered with grit and rust. The doors don't woosh when they open and close. Mechanical dialogue between ranking officers is replaced with the folksy twang of smugglers and cowboys. Laser guns are expensive and rare, horses are the preferred mode of transportation when in the world, and a cargo of cattle can yield a hefty booty. Assuming, of course, the exchange goes without a hitch, which it never does.

For anyone hoping to escape the reach of the Alliance, the open land between civilization and barren shores is the preferred destination. But freedom on the frontier comes at the price of hardship, and the specter of death hovers permanently over the shoulder. It usually pays to take the road less traveled, if only to ward off the malicious designs of brigands and lawmen. Men shoot straight, women shoot straighter, and a simple failure of a compression coil can mean a cold, oxygen-deprived death at the corner of no and where.

Into the void travel settlers hoping for a better life and gangsters wanting to skirt the law. New worlds tempt businessmen hoping to strike it rich and tickle the egos of petty thieves with delusions of standing. The terra forma provides sanctuary to discontents like Malcolm Reynolds who cannot abide by the prevalent order imposed upon them. The frontier gives hope to the jaded, breaks the hearts and wills of romantics and the rugged, and tames the bluster of hotshots. And that's just before sunset.

Like other Joss Whedon creations, Firefly is a mix of genres blending science fiction, western, horror, and myth. The quiet blackness of space often quickly transitions to a horse chase and dusty shootout. Spaceships that appear functional from afar turn out to be catacombs of the massacred at closer inspection. Damsels in distress leave their deliverers knocking on heaven's door after robbing them blind. At times Firefly plays like a drama, at others, a comedy as scenes elicit laughter one moment, sadness the next. It evokes the gamut of emotions as it examines the themes of love, belonging, redemption, and finding a station in life in a chaotic, often absurd, universe.

Through it all, the characters are what carry the show. They each have their reasons, not always revealed, for winding up on Serenity. Together, they have to learn to live with each other at the edge of society, nine people trying to get by in the unforgiving trappings. In their time together, they laugh, cry, fight, love, and ultimately survive. Like real people with all their quirks and neuroses, they grow and change with the events of their lives. They are people to cheer for, share in their joy, commiserate in their sorrow, and find common bond with their humanity.

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I have come to see Firefly

I have come to see Firefly and the new Galactica as the best science fiction shows aired in decades, if not ever. Firefly unfortunately looks like it will never return to television with new episodes. However, the movie Serenity only cost $39 million and is expected to take in about 27 million in the US alone--which does not count the foreign markets nor the inevitable DVD sales. Add those up and it seems likely to be quite profitable, which means the odds of at least one more movie if not a couple more are pretty high. Although I'd be happier to see it return as a series, the movie was great, and more would be very cool.

Serenity Shindig Jonathan

Serenity Shindig
Jonathan Wilde at The Catallarchy has a Serenity Shindig, a summary of the movie , every individual episode, and the theme song. Spoilers present, spoilers for the movie are hidden. I tend to see Jayne as a more sympathetic character,...

Cattallarchy does a

Cattallarchy does a Serenity/Firefly round-up
Julian Sanchez alerts us to a bunch of Firefly and Serenity posts at Catallarchy: Like a flash of light in the darkness, Firefly glowed brilliantly for a brief moment in late 2002 showing the world what television could achieve at...
Mover Mike reviewed "Serenity, The Movie" and dialog at

Mover Mike

Enough, already.

Enough, already.

Alright, Damnit! Fine, fine,

Alright, Damnit!
Fine, fine, I'm convinced. I've heard from InstaPundit and Brad Warbiany and Owlish that I have to see Firefly and Serenity. Now, along comes Catallarchy with a monster review of Serenity, a veritable plethora, a virtual shindig, one might say....

Serenity OK, I finally saw

OK, I finally saw it. Great themes of the dangers of authority, the dangers of rebellion and resistance to authority and what it takes to survive as a rebel. Likable and somewhat complex characters. I could see a lot more of this series either on the ...

Serenity Roundup The folks

Serenity Roundup
The folks at Catallarchy have a Serenity Shindig going on.

Serenity Roundup The folks

Serenity Roundup
The folks at Catallarchy have a Serenity Shindig going on.

You could take the sky from

You could take the sky from me
... there is a massive Serenity/Firefly Shindig over at Catallarchy. Worth checking out.

Haven't seen much of Firefly

Haven't seen much of Firefly yet, but just wanted to second the idea that the new Galactica is one of the best shows to air ever. Absolutely perfect.

Serenity Shindig Over at

Serenity Shindig
Over at Catallarchy. Jonathon Wilde explores Firefly at length and presents a review of each of the episodes. Oh, if you haven't seen Serenity yet just what are you waiting for? Go now!...

OK, I'm an old guy, 65, and

OK, I'm an old guy, 65, and have watched and read a lot of sci-fi in my day. I heard all this rucus about Firefly and Serenity and went to see the movie and then rented the TV series and watched it twice, then went back and saw the movie again. My comment? Very good story telling, a good yarn spun with good enough special effects to pull off the ship, the places visited and give a background for the very real interaction of the characters. The stories are good, and the whole mix put together well enough one wonders what people want from TV or a movie. I am dissapointed but not surprized that it was pulled from TV and that the movie really passed by without a lot of people who would have liked it seeing it.

The best for me, for sure, are the characters, each quite unique, well casted and well developed over the TV series and movie. I'm watching the sales and hope that the magic $80 million is arrived at with DVD sales to keep this grand yarn going somehow. I'll go see it.

Great Movie, Great Series!

Great Movie, Great Series! I'm broken hearted that there are no new episodes. All you got to see is one episode to fall in love with the crew. We need some new episodes (with good marketing) and it can't miss. I'll keep strong to hoping and wishing for Firefly's return.