FOX (ended 2002)



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"Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand. I don't care I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me. Take me out to the black, tell them I ain't coming back. Burn the land and boil the sea, you can't take the sky from me......There's no place I can be since I found Serenity, you can't take the sky from me." Firefly is set five hundred years from today in a new planetary system after humanity abandons "Earth That Was". Under the leadership of Malcolm Reynolds, a renegade who fought against the new unified central government (the "Alliance"), the crew of the Firefly-class vessel Serenity struggles to survive any way they can. They fly between the border planets to keep away from the Alliance and below its radar. This series was described as a "science fiction western" but is different from other space-based shows as it features no aliens. (For stations and individuals seeking the intended air order of the series as specified by creator Joss Whedon, as opposed to the order Fox originally aired them or that they are informing stations is the order they should be shown in, see here) Each of the crew members has a special role: Malcolm Reynolds holds the duty of Captain - he is a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the Alliance to no avail. He strives to keep all his crew members on task and Serenity flying safely, while trying to make a living and do the right his rather flexible moral framework. Zoe (aka The Soldier) is extremely loyal to Reynolds as she served with him during the war and owes her life to him. Zoe has the strength and experience to take command of the ship, if necessary. Wash is Serenity's pilot (and Zoe's husband) - unassuming, self-deprecating, and calm with a sense of humor. Kaylee is the ship's mechanic - an experienced engineer who keeps Serenity flying. Inara is a 'Registered Companion,' most easily described as a high-priced courtesan or geisha. She is also the person with the highest social standing on the ship and acts as the crew's Ambassador. Jayne is the muscle of the crew. A tough, uncultured Mercenary, unpleasant and offensively direct, but loyal to those on his crew...usually. The newcomers are: Simon Tam is the Doctor on Serenity and comes from a wealthy family and has a privileged upbringing. He has spent his life savings and future to save his sister, River. River (aka The Fugitive) was experimented on by the government. Her psychic visions (a result of the experiments) are taken at first as babble by the crew but they slowly come to realize that there's more going on than what shows on the surface. Book or "The Shepherd," is a wise minister who knows far more about military matters and battle tactics than a man of the cloth should, and his past is shrouded in mystery.moreless
Nathan Fillion

Nathan Fillion

Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Kaywinnit Lee 'Kaylee' Frye

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Jayne Cobb

Alan Tudyk

Alan Tudyk

Hoban "Wash" Washburne

Morena Baccarin

Morena Baccarin

Inara Serra

Sean Maher

Sean Maher

Dr. Simon Tam

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Fan Reviews (620)

  • ive got a bone to pick with FOX...

    Seriously you guys make a masterpiece like this and end it after only one season!?! but leave other garbage on for numerous seasons... whom ever cancelled the show should be fired. I almost went and bought a satellite dish when I found this show.. (it being the only thing on TV worth watching)... until I found out it ended right away.... you guys boned yourselves ending it so soon... it would be well worth getting the crew back together and making SEVERAL more seasons....

    Signed angry fan... PS. the show was nothing short of amazing.moreless
  • incredible

    what can one say, that hasn't been said already? unique and amazing show, idiotic decision to take it down so fast, just look at the crap they're shooting nowadays
  • WOW unique great writing, characters, acting and cast the lot

    i dont like westerns but only one man on the planet thought you know what i will make a space western

    what a legend this show dont just work its freaking amazing . if you know about the show and if you ent what you been doing it almost didnt happen thanks to joshs success with the likes of buffy the big wigs couldnt say no to him and i for one am glad he force it down there throats . what you need to do now josh is forget the bank balance and making superhero movies and restart this amazing creation that you thought so hard to make happen none the the cast are massive hollywood stars so if the cast wanted it could possibly come back but i sadly cant see it happeningmoreless
  • A lesson in morality, cut short by X_REDACTED_X

    We can keep the Zombies and Aliens on the air (admittedly some good shows) but I knew on seeing it that this show would be cancelled. At the time I suspected it was too good a story for a show with Government and "Big Business" as the bad guys, to be allowed to continue by the people with money and the power to decide which programming you are fed.

    Malcolm Reynolds was a hell of a role model. A freakin' Hero. He admitted to being "the bad guy" in terms of breaking the law to keep from starving, but always stood up for the innocent/downtrodden... The kind of guy that would let you live if you promised never to shoot at him again, but drop you in a second if you did try it.

    The show wrapped good storytelling around characters with diverse backgrounds and points of view, in a not-too-far-fetched setting that was at once provocative and familiar.

    Violence and sex abound in almost any show called "popular" by people who are saying it to make it true, but I have happily played the Firefly DVD for my kids to show examples of morality and the decisions that make one a good or a bad person.

    (although I hate myself a little bit for paying for a DVD that profits the people who decided to cancel it)

    Edit: by "allowed to continue" I mean for the story to progress and keep us seeing new scenarios and examples of an entirely possible future where those in power seek and attain more power and are jealous of their dominion over *everybody*. This isn't the noble and mostly honest "Federation" portrayed in Star Trek. (which got how many seasons and spinoffs?)

  • Good but massively overrated

    A good show, with some quite intelligent writing, solid acting etc, But this is probably the most overrated TV series of the modern era.

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