Firefly - The Complete Series [DVD] 
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Disc 1: Serenity - Parts 1 and 2, The Train Job, Bushwhacked
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Disc 3 :Out of Gas, Ariel, War Stories, Trash
Disc 4: The Message, Heart of Gold, Objects in Space. Special features.
Much praised and much missed after its premature cancellation, Firefly is the first SF TV series to be conceived by Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and cocreator of Angel. Set five centuries in the future, it is a show where the mysterious personal pasts of the crew of the tramp spaceship Serenity continually surface. In fact, it's a Western in space where the losers in a Civil War are heading out to a barren frontier. Mal Reynolds is a man embittered by the war, yet whose love of his comrades perpetually dents his cynicism--even in the 14 episodes that exist we see him warm to the bubbly young mechanic Kaylee, the preacher Book, the idealistic doctor Simon, even to the often demented River, Simon's sister, the psychic result of malign experiments.
Firefly is also about adult emotional relationships, for example Kaylee's crush on Simon, the happy marriage of Mal's second officer Zoe and the pilot Wash, the disastrous erotic stalemate between Mal and the courtesan Inara. Individual episodes deal with capers going vaguely wrong, or threats narrowly circumvented; character and plot arcs were starting to emerge when the show was cancelled. Fortunately, the spin-off movie Serenity ties up some of the ends; and in the meantime, what there is of Firefly is a show to marvel at, both for its tight writing and ensemble acting, and the idiocy of the executives who cancelled it.
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Good series and this should have included the film.
For the unfamiliar - boy, are you in for a treat! The soundtrack is Old West with a few modern twists, and the feel is that of a good Western, despite being set in space and way into the future. Nathan Fillion heads a matchless cast, and the writers have combined a very serious background story with bursts of humour that left me crying with laughter. The writing is highly intelligent and oddly believable. I have watched the box set countless times, and never, ever tire of it.
Ultimately, Firefly is about the importance of freedom and individuality, which is reflected in the actions and relationships of its wonderful characters, several of whom are initially bewildered by the moral grey areas they find themselves facing. I also found that the characters' passionate love for their ship, Serenity, is strangely infectious - by the end of the series, I loved her just as much as they did...
The subsequent movie, Serenity, rounds out the series nicely. Thanks, Joss Whedon, for an unforgettable show that it seems will live forever.
N.B. For those of you who are gamers, the online game is currently in development - see keepflying.com.
How could there *not* be? It's all so well done. The performances are perfect, full of charm - the camera's always catching the facial expression here or there that brings these characters to life. The dialogue is gleeful both in its accentuated eloquence and in its Wild West (via Beijing) twang. The characters are written with buckets of depth, and the storylines take the classic Star Trek blend of moral exploration, character development and sci-fi action and renovate it, winking back to its roots whilst gunning down its cliches, finding fresh patterns in the dark and the light. It holds back from the easy sell-out, but then provides unexpected satisfactions. When its decisions are more obvious, it carries them off with polish and sparkle. But it also rejoices in *almost* being predictable, *almost* settling for what any decent series would do, and then spinning on its heel to laugh at the tropes and kick off in its own, quirkier direction. Yet it feels familiar instantly and knows precisely how to make a tin can in cold space seem like a home you don't want to leave.
It's inconceivable that there aren't more episodes. Everyone involved in making this was sorely robbed. Still, what there *is* remains a hell of a gift for everyone else.
Even if it sort of leaves you falling off a cliff you knew full well you were driving towards for eleven hours and still wondering where on earth the ground went to.
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