Joss Whedon's cult sci-fi series Firefly streaked the heavens in a furious blaze that still resonates. Though only 14 episodes, the show marked a shift toward a grittier approach to sci-fi that focused on the characters' humanity. Set in the distant future where humans have ventured out into the universe, the series follows the ragtag crew of a mercenary space ship as they travel from planet to planet picking up odd jobs. Starring Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, and Summer Glau, the casting is quite impressive. Additionally, Mark Sheppard and Christina Hendricks guest star as recurring characters throughout the season. And although it's mainly a character driven show, there's plenty of action. Smartly written, Firefly shook up the conventions of mainstream sci-fi, and brought a new sensibility that moved away from the tech and the aliens, and toward the exploration of humanity.
I just finished watching Firefly (again), and I keep coming back to the same conclusion: it takes a real piece of shazbot (or a whole network of them) to cancel a show so amazing. I pray the same brain factories still aren't in charge (tho that might explain some things), and if they are, they can eat my disappointment.
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.
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 happening
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?)
Firefly brings together a unique blend of great characters, relationships, action, comedy, geek, and romance. It's quite literally a show for anyone. If you haven't see it, you must and if you have seen it you should be recommending it to anyone looking for a great TV series to watch. The only way Netflicks will pick up the series is if Firefly's audience can grow from it's original size. So if you want more firefly and serenity, watch the shows on netflicks, torrent them, hell liking them on facebook even helps because Netflicks considers all of it. So fellow Brown coats keep hope and keep watching eh.
Stupid Stupid Stupid people for pulling this off the air. It's exiting and funny, well written fantasy, awesome characters. Thankfully they've gone through the trouble and money to end it with a brilliant movie. I agree with Dodge_hickey; watch the series first and finish with the movie as a final episode.
The movie shows that it knew where it was headed all along and it would've wrapped it up in an action-packed series with more cool standalone episodes and more depth then it had the chance to get to now. So sad...
When I first heard about Firefly many years back I didn't give it much thought, not many people talked about it. Since then people have were coming up to me about this show with the label "Greatest show ever!". I checked it out, I went in with some expectations but not many. I was taken by how brilliant the writing was, even the smallest but of dialogue made you listen closely. The characters are strong, not many shows with such a short life span could cover so much. Joss Whedon had something wonderful and original which sadly was before it's time.
I ALSO WARN YOU, watch Firefly all the way through before you watch Serenity.
That was my question about this series... Cancelled after a couple of episodes and has a fan based that, after 10 years, still asking for more... Hmmm... saw the first 10 episodes, BOY I GET IT NOW!!!! What a show... Can't get myself to watch the last epidodes knowing that's it... To all involved... Thanks!!!
Awesome cast, great chemistry, thrilling adventures, people writing the scripts are geniuses. Cannot believe, it was cancelled. Someone up there made a bad decision, based on targeting a wrong market group. I am 41 and I want new episodes. I love this show. This show brings thrill, necessary, yet not over-border violence, clever plots, various ideas of how humans organize their societies, and values. I hope this show comes back, and fast.
Summer Glue is amazing on here. Joss is really good at picking the best. I loved the sister/brotherly love between River and Simmon. Simmon is so overprotective of her and that makes them the best to be on a crew of savage theives, hah. Some warmth on the ship is always good. The fact the Shepard Book being a part of the enemy guys in the Alience. Fire fly should never have been cancled, because the story line is great. I own the movie and can say this for sure. Fire fly and Serenity were one of the best combonations of TV show and Movies!
I can easily say that when it comes down to this show, it has always and will always hold a special place in my heart. It goes to show anyone out there that has ever come across this series whether it be a full blown self appointed 'Browncoat', a person merely just getting into it or an avid fan of 10 years, Firefly will remain a classic in the eyes of many. I can't even begin to say that this show should come back, because frankly put, it really should. If any show out there deserves to have a proper run on the air, it should be this one. If you're actually reading this and are still wondering whether or not to spend the 13 hours to watch the series in its entirety, stop wondering and make it happen.
Even after all this time it still irks to think this show only lasted so few episodes. Jaynestown is a masterpiece! If any show deserved six seasons and a movie..........well at least it got the movie. Nate Fillion can do no wrong but for a cast to develop so much chemistry and believability in only 13 episodes was awesome. The order they showed it here in New Zeland was messed up, so thank the gods for dvds. Finally, three words....Jewel Staite, wow!
Love this show so much. I cried when it was over because I would never see it again. I wish they would just finish Castle (because it feels over already) and Homeland (I watched first episode and was totally board) and let there be more Firefly!!!
Yes it is a space western. And the best freakin space western EVER! I used to hate sci-fi shows where the majority of the eps. were spent on a spaceship, but then came a beatiful breath of fresh air. Firefly, boy was it the best sci-fi show ever. And really funny too. But then FOX cancelled it, ahh FOX curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal. If you liked Angel or Buffy, heck if u like Great TV, go buy this dvd NOW!!! U wont be dissapointed, I promise u with my life u wont be dissapointed. Go buy it NOW!!!!!
What have we scify lovers done to deserve shows like these not being respected. Are we not a good advertising target or a we simply too few? I have one question why has a show like stargate (not bad but not even an 8) been for 10 seasons and this poor show only has 13 episodes, not even the movie (a very good one by the way) helped to rescue the show!!!!
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