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This review is from: Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD]  (DVD)
Why on earth did they cancel this? It's terrific!
The basic story is familiar to all those who enjoy sci-fi. A group of people on a ship trying to avoid/escape a totalitarian authority and not always getting along with each other - we've seen it in, amongst others, Star Wars, Blake's 7 and, perhaps most gloriously, on Farscape. This is not a bad thing. The reason it is a sci-fi staple is because it works.
As with Farscape, the 9 main characters on the ship are completely 3 dimensional. They have complicated and evolving relationships with each other and changing loyalties. The cast are excellent, moving from light comedy to drama seamlessly. Anyone used to Joss Whedon and co's approach to storytelling on Buffy and Angel will be pleased to find the same clever dialogue and humour here, as well as the focus on human drama albeit in an unfamiliar world.
And what a world!
It sounds as though it should be awful and/or cheesy, but the cowboys in space thing really works. We're 500 years into the future and the last two superpowers, US and China, formed a totalitarian govt called the Alliance and we have a world where there is a strange blending of East and West. We don't see any bumpy headed aliens just humans on different planets trying to make a living. Our crew move from place to place taking jobs ranging from smuggling to petty theft to survive and come across some funny/strange/nasty types in the process, however, it is when they pick up a doctor and his mysterious, barking mad sister that they really fall foul of the authorities and their lives get more complicated than they'd like. The Firefly 'verse is fascinating and you will be left with a profound sadness that the series finished without exploring it fully (a film will not be enought to do it justice).
The DVD set contains all 14 episodes, in the right order (I understand that the TV networks messed that up). There are 7 commentaries from actors/writers/directors which are, for the most part, both amusing and informative. There are 3 documentaries (including a making of), a blooper reel and some deleted scenes.
Although this is clearly written by the same team that gave us Buffy it is aimed at a slightly older audience - perhaps going for the Angel demographic. It is a brilliant idea, well executed. I hope you give it a try - if nothing else it'll show you how to swear outrageously in Mandarin!
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2010 19:14:08 BDT
Mr. Alan Davis says:
Murdock's an idiot that's why!
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A. Murphy says:
I was sceptical in respect of buying a science fiction series there is so much rubbish produced but this is exceptional and if the writers etc. can be got together again there should be a continuation of this series. I have watched and read good sci-fi since I was 13 yrs old, when in this country our libraries did not recognise it as a sensible genre. Since then humankind has gone to the moon and sent probes out into space and it is clear that if we are to survive as a species we have to get off this planet which has sustained us up until now.The company that made this excellent series is big enough to carry the cost of another one. We now live in a world where anyone with any sense can see we have outlived 'our welcome'. Three time in the last 50 years we have been on the edge of nuclear destruction. Kevin Strange MacNamarra ex-Seccretary of Defense for the USA testifies to this and he should know. We need to be imaginative if we are to survive as a species. We need to explore the possible in as many ways as we can. Firefly was doing just that.
Posted on 14 Dec 2012 10:44:26 GMT
Ringo Kid says:
you sure about the 14 episodes i only got 8 on the set ?
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2012 21:36:50 GMT
Yes there are 14 episodes (with order aired):
Serenity (11), The Train Job (1), Bushwhacked (2), Shindig (6), Safe (7), Our Mrs. Reynolds (3), Jaynestown (4), Out of Gas (5), Ariel (8), War Stories (9), Trash (13), The Message (14), Heart of Gold (12), Objects in Space (10).
Fox did well...
Posted on 27 Apr 2014 20:05:04 BDT
Monika Nolte-Sparham says:
Thanks to Fox for cancelling this, as usual, anything Fox touches turns to dust, before it should do leaving lots of viewers upset.
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