One of the saddest days of my life was when I read the news that my most beloved show was going to be cancelled. That show was called Firefly, and it is was brilliant; unequivocally and absolutely ahead of its time. Joss Whedon of recent Avengers fame, was the mind behind this sci-fi western mashup masterpiece, and I believe that it is one of the greatest shows of all time.
So let’s go back a bit, in 2002 just as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, another of his other well known shows, was wrapping up Joss Whedon created a story that via IMDB is described as:
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
Now, if you’ve never seen Firefly, please stop reading this article and open Netflix or buy the , seriously I’ll wait – go ahead.
Okay, now that you’ve finished watching Firefly, hopefully you’re just as in love with the characters and story as I am. But if you care as much as I do, you’re probably also disappointed that you only have 14 episodes to enjoy.
Yet, even with the disappointment of Firefly only lasting a single season, the truth is that Joss Whedon created something truly magical when he created Firefly.
Characters Were Unique
One thing can be said for sure about Firefly, the characters were well defined and had beautiful idiosyncrasies, from Captain Mal who would do anything for his crew but often puts them in danger in the first place. And the troubled science experiment gone wrong who has the power to defeat any opponent but truly just wants to find peace. And the faithful pilot who flies headfirst into danger but would rather avoid all conflict. Sometimes the characters fall into generic categories, but when you really look at them, you see the things that truly make them stand out.
The Story Was Funny and Unique
For a show about a group of renegades that operate on the fringe of the galaxy, you would think that it would simply follow the standard tropes of a science fiction opera: space travel, exploration and alien races that seemingly rehash the same stories. Now, even though it only lasted one season, it was building a story that was bound to be truly epic. There were so many small hints through the 14 episodes that led fans to imagine the much bigger
The Cast Was Stellar
How can you go wrong with a cast composed of Nathan Fillon, Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite, Morena Baccarin, Gina Torres, Ron Glass and Adam Baldwin? Each actor brought a truly unique portrayal of the character they were playing, and they loved the characters that they were portraying. When you have a talented team of actors bringing life to characters in a show like this, you are bound to see magic.
It Combines Genres
In a way that only the brilliant mind of Joss Whedon could do, he mashed up classic western with science fiction. Rarely can the two genres work together well for the long term, but Firefly had just the right balance of both to make it highly watchable. Normally when you think of space you don’t necessarily think of old west tactics and gun fights, but that’s what we have in Firefly. We meet the crew of the Serenity in several saloons as well as racing across planets in the midst of a gun fight. The genres mesh wonderfully when you watch the show.
Now, I know that the list could go on forever and ever, and probably even longer when talking about how amazing Firefly is, but for now we will leave it at these 4 reasons.
What other reasons do you love Firefly? Make sure to comment below and let’s all imagine how great the show could been if it had continued for multiple seasons!
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Just turned 30: Father of 2 sons who are starting to love video games, superheroes and generally awesome stuff just as much as I do. I’m a mobile application developer by day, but in actuality … shifts eyes side to side … Ssshhhh, I’m Batman.