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Another great series from the creator of Buffy,
This review is from: Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD]  (DVD)
This series revolves around the crew of Serenity, a Firefly-type spacecraft, centuries in the future. Captain Mal and his second in command, ZoŽ, are veterans from the losing side of the war against the dictatorial Alliance that now rules their solar system. As such they can now only work as mercenaries. Their crew also includes Wash (ZoŽ's Air America type husband), Kaylee (a gifted mechanic) and Jayne (despite his name, a ruthless hired gun). They also hire out a shuttle to Inara, a professional companion - a highly respected occupation.
In the first episode, Serenity takes on two passengers, Simon (a doctor) and Shepherd Book (a religious minister whose past may be rather different from his current vocation). The crew quickly discovers that Simon is a fugitive having rescued his sister, River, from the clutches of the Alliance. Soon Serenity is not a ship of tolerated mercenaries, but the entire crew becomes fugitives for harbouring Simon and River.
The early episodes of this series are quite self-contained as the characters become established and perform various action-packed, money-making missions. But gradually the story develops. River starts off as a constantly screaming nervous wreck traumatised by the Alliance, but then we begin to glimpse the talents that her captors were trying to exploit. There's an obvious attraction between Mal and Inara. And Jayne becomes a surprisingly humorous character.
But then, just as this series starts to get really interesting, it ends. The American executives cancelled the show! Luckily, the film Serenity has just started showing at the cinema. It carries on where the show left off and explains why River is so valuable to the Alliance. It would have been better for the story to have continued in the series rather than cramming it all into a couple of hours, but the film is excellent and necessary given the loose ends where the series ends.
I highly recommend this series with the film. It deserves to be a classic - darker than Star Trek, I liked it much more than Buffy and Angel.