Firefly & Serenity

Finally I present you a review of the greatest and most epic (Yes, better than Battlestar!) scifi show in the verse!!!

“Firefly” is an American tv series created by Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) which can be classified as a space western. It pictures a dystopian vision of a future in which the two remaining superpowers USA and China have merged into one evil authoritarian regime called “The Alliance”. I really like how elements of Chinese culture and language are integrated into the show. For example most of the cussing is in Mandarin. The story takes place in a new star system in the year 2517 and follows the escapades of the renegade crew of the “Serenity”, a space vessel of the Firefly-class (named after the Battle of Serenity Valley) led by Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his first mate Zoe Washburne (Gina Torres) who fought on the losing side of a civil war. Further members of the crew are among others Zoe’s husband Wash, the ship’s pilot, mechanic Kaylee Frye and Jayne Cobb (He’s like a trained ape. Without the training!) played by Adam Baldwin who is famous for his role as Colonel John Casey in the equally awesome Chuck.
In the pilot episode Doctor Simon Tam joins as the ship’s physician smuggling on board his sister River (Summer Glau), who has been experimented on in an Alliance facility and now has telepathic abilities. Together they are traveling the fringes of both society and the star system.

the crew of the Serenity

The show which premiered in the fall of 2002 has been cancelled due to Fox┬┤s unreasonable and unaccomplishable expectations in its ratings after only 11 out of 14 episodes had been broadcast. However in 2005 a sequel movie called “Serenity” has been realised, in which we finally get to see the Reavers, a bunch of cannibalistic nomads. The movie resolves many plot points that had so far been unsettled and that way manages to offer some closure.

REAVERS!!! If they take the ship, they’ll rape us to death, eat our flesh and sew our skins into their clothing. And if we’re very very lucky, they’ll do it in that order.”

After the movie only meagerly made back its budget the franchise can be considered dead, although three graphic novels have been released between 2006 and 2010. However Firefly still has a very active and loyal fanbase.

No, building this must have been what going mad feels like!

As you may have expected I proudly bestow both the series and the sequel movie 5 out of 5 Kurisus and hereby recommend you to watch them immediately!!!

And by the way, Firefly is one of the few examples where explosions and weapon fire in space don’t make any sound. (I know that doesn’t make any sense since there’s no air to hinder the sound waves!)


Written by Shaft | Posted on 27. September 2011, 12:00


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