Thursday, March 8, 2012

Firefly review: Why must the good die young?

*Note: I am not a professional TV critic nor do I claim I'm the most knowledgeable in the world. These reviews are strictly for entertainment and informative reasons only. All images/video belong to the network and or their respective copyright holders. Please don't sue me. Seriously.*

If I had to choose just one show to bring back from the dead, it would have to be Firefly.

Damn you, Fox! Damn you all to hell!

This show was amazing. Sure I only caught it because of its cult following (it only lasted one season), and because it was Netflix, but still, I want it back. Can you really blame me for that? Sure you can, but it would stupid to. Anyhow, bottom line is that the show is something anyone who appreciates Sci-Fi will love. The show has a wild wild west feel to it mixed with traditional Chinese flare. Sounds odd at first, but it works. 

It's science. Trust me.

The show focuses on the crew of the spaceship named Serenity which is a firefly (see what the producers/writers of the show did there?) class ship. The crew does Robin Hood inspired/style stuff such as steal things for people who hire them to do so or to transport goods from one place to another. 

Ain't she just a beaut? Really, she is.

While doing these odd jobs, they are constantly on the run from the Alliance and the Reavers. the Alliance are basically the power/control hungry government faction in charge of the majority of the galaxy. They are some shady people which you will eventually learn by watching the show. 

They have a flag. 

The Reavers are essentially feral people of the galaxy and are completely insane. While you only ever see one Reaver (rather a person become one), it's enough to make you not want anyone to be their victim. I'm not going to go into detail about them. Again, just watch the show for yourself and you'll see what I mean. 

No Reavers here. Just kittens.

Malcolm Reynolds (played by Nathan Fillion) is the leader and captain of the crew aboard Serenity. Personality wise, he's decisive, smart, funny, and at times, intimidating. He also is almost never without his trusty signature revolver. Overall, he's a great character to watch and you'll definitely grow an attachment to him.

It's Nathan Fillion. That's all you need to know.

Zoe Alleyne Washburne (played by Gina Torres) is the second in command behind Malcolm Reynolds. She's a fighter and fairly well rounded. She's been a long time friend to Malcolm Reynolds and it shows. She trusts him and he trusts her. 

One word: Badass

Hoban "Wash" Washburne (played by Alan Tudyk) is Zoe's husband and the pilot of Serenity. He's a fairly funny character and really entertaining to watch him at work. He does show jealously of Zoe and Malcolm's friendship and it becomes an entertaining thing to see. 

Three words: Not exactly badass

Inara Serra (played by Morena Baccarin) is a companion or the future equivalent of a high class call girl. She's the most "dignified" when compared to the other characters. Despite her higher class status, she seems to enjoy being on the crew even though she rarely participates in what they do. Malcolm constantly calls her a whore and of course, she hates that. It's called sexual tension, kids.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Jayne Cobb (played by Adam Baldwin) is the hired merc of the crew. He's a fairly greedy character and a bit hot headed. He's the type of person you can rely on in a gunfight or fights in general. He's not exactly likable a few of the episodes, but still, he's alright in my book. 

I would kill a man for a hat like that.

Kaywinnit Lee (Kaylee) Frye (played by Jewel Staite) is the ship's mechanic. She's a real sweet person and she really shows her love for the ship. She never had formal training in terms of fixing a ship, but she knows what she's doing. She's probably one of the most likable characters.


Dr. Simon Tam (played by Sean Maher) is the crews doctor/surgeon. It's very clear that he's really good at what he does and had sacrificed a prestigious career in medicine. I won't say why, but you'll see for yourself. He is a fairly passive guy and doesn't really participate in the fighting and rather just patches up the wounded after the fight. 

He's an alright guy by my standards.

River Tam (played by Summer Glau) is Simon's sister. She's a bit crazy, a freaking genius, and slightly psychotic, but the people to blame are not in the crew. While she is crazy, it's kind of crazy most of the crew can put up with. You'll see what I mean. 

She's also okay. Sort of.

Derrial Book (played by Ron Glass) is what's known in the Firefly universe as a Shepard or a modern day equivalent to a pastor or priest. Being a priest, he doesn't fight very much and is fairly quiet. Despite this, he can still hold is own in a hand to hand combat situation as well as know his way around guns. However, he doesn't kill, only injure. 

He's a cool guy. Also badass.

So, as I mentioned previously this show only lasted one season. Now, some of you may think, "well, if it only lasted one season, it must have been a terrible show". Well, you would be wrong. Basically, the only reason why it lasted one season (it wasn't even it's intended full season either) was because all of the episodes were aired out of order. This meant bad ratings which lead to to the cancellation.

It's like watching a bald eagle take it's first flight only to watch it get shot down moments later.

As it stands today and forever, it's a fantastic show and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys sci-fi. It's got great writing, acting, and scenery. There was also a comic and movie made afterwards explaining more of the universe and lore. The movie is titled Serenity and it too was also good. Seriously, just watch Firefly, take a short 24 hour break or so, and watch Serenity. You can't go wrong. 

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