When Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) came up with the idea of Firefly, he might have come up with one of the most amazing and original sci-fi shows ever made. It isn’t easy to combined space and westerns in a way that people love, but Firefly is an amazing space-western. Even though Fox, stupidly, cancelled it after only one season, Firefly has a massive cult following. In fact, it was so well liked, that the movie Serenity was released a few years after the show ended, in order to give it an end.
Unlike most futurist space shows, Firefly isn’t pristine and super teched-up in an obvious way. Most places don’t have the best technology or much wealth. The Serenity isn’t a flagship like the Enterprise in Star Trek. It is a ship that was chosen for the purpose of being a cargo ship and inconspicuous. Lots of the planets that the ship visits have little or no technology and use old western tools.
Firefly was cast perfectly. There are no other people that I could picture playing these characters, and not just because I’ve watched and fallen in love with these versions of them. Nathan Fillion (Castle) does an incredible job as the witty, cocky, and stubborn, but extremely loyal and brave, Captain Malcolm Reynolds of The Serenity. Gina Torres (Suits, The Matrix Revolutions) shines as Malcolm’s first mate, Zöe. She is compassionate, loyal, brave, and a total badass. Her husband, Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburn, is played by the hilarious Alan Tudyk (I, Robot, Frozen). Tudyk plays one of my favorite characters on the show. His line delivery never ceased to make me laugh. Wash’s first line is one of the many things that made me fall in love with this show. Morena Baccarin (Homeland, V) brings a poised and respectable personality to the role of Inara, a “companion” who travels with the crew of the Serenity. She is also Mal’s love interest, and the chemistry is undeniable. It is a real shame that nothing ever happened between them. It is hard to describe the character of Jayne Cobb, played by Alec Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket, Independence Day). He can be a little boneheaded, but he is hilarious especially in the episode “Jaynestown”. Jewel Staite (Stargate: Atlantis, Flash Forward) played the role of Kaylee Frye, the ship’s mechanic. Straite’s character is so adorable, that it is impossible not to love her. The love interest of this lovable mechanic is Dr. Simon Tam, who is played by Sean Maher (Much Ado About Nothing, Brian’s song). Simon’s sister, River Tam is played by Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse). I was very impressed by Glau’s performance, because before this, the only role I have seen her in before was that of Isabel Rochev in Arrow, which was a very different role from the young, naïve, tormented girl that River is. And last, but certainly not least, is Ron Glass (Barney Miller, Lakeview Terrace) who plays the role of Shepherd Book, a preacher who joins the crew of the Serenity.
There are many relationships on the show, be it romantic or otherwise. On the romantic side of things, you have the Mal and Inara will-they-won’t-they relationship. It is obvious that they have feelings for each other, but nothing ever happens!!!!!!!!!!!!! (this obviously angered me if you can’t tell). There also Zöe and Wash who are married. They don’t seem like they would be a good, but they are. And finally, there is Kaylee and Simon. They obviously like each other, and are super adorable together. (I 100% ship them!!!!!) On the other side of things, the brother/sister relationship between Simon and River is super sweet. Simon cares for his sister a lot, and will do anything to protect her.
The tv series was extremely funny, very entertaining, and action packed. It was an amazing show that was ended before it’s time. Which is why the movie Serenity was made a few years later. Serenity was made to offer closure as to what happens to Mal, River and the rest of the crew, and it was a nice way to end the series.
The movie mainly focused on figuring out what was going on with River, but it also focused on Mal as he discovered what type of person was. There were a few times when I was close to crying, because of (SPOILER ALERT!!!) totally unnecessary deaths. We also get our first look at the reavers, and they are totally creepy looking. I swear, I thought I was going to have nightmares.
Over all I give Firefly and Serenity an 8.5/10 stars. It was an amazing show that deserved a longer run, but it did have some episodes that were obvious filler, and sometimes it felt a little slow.