Like a lot of people, I somehow missed this show until the DVD release. I have a difficult time keeping up with TV as it airs anyway, and FOX screwed up on this one big time. We know this because damn near every geek with a keyboard has blogged about it before me. Episodes shown out of order, bad timeslot, long breaks in the middle of the run. The season of Firefly we did manage to get ran straight down the line of “How to Kill a TV show.” Textbook, even.
|Big Damn Heroes.|
The show really hooked me in with “The Train Job.” Science Fiction, western, colorful characters whose interactions and secrets can unfold slowly as the greater tale is told. All in all, classic Joss Whedon. There's a moment in that episode where Captain Malcolm Reynolds has subdued and captured Crow, the right hand thug of Adelai Niska and tries to return the money they were paid and negotiate “Let's just leave each other alone”. Crow stands, tells him to keep the money, because no matter how far they run, he'll hunt them down. Normally, this is where a major villain is set up. Mal simply says “Darn,” and kicks him into a nearby engine, and then deals with the next thug in line.
|The minor characters are likeable, too...|
even the rotten ones.
The cold water of reality ended the fan campaign to revive the series, with Nathan Fillion now on Castle, and other stars getting regular work (most notably Christina Hendricks, who played femme fatale Saffron now on Mad Men.) The rights not properly being for sale and Joss Whedon having moved on to other projects really does mean it is over. I'm going to say something controversial here. Firefly being over might be a good thing.
I love the show a lot, but canceled so early in the run, before the show's potential was reached made this show a legend. I'm not saying for sure if we'd had the two, or five seasons of Firefly we all desperately wanted that it for sure would have gotten lame. What I am saying is that the potential show we all hold in our imaginations that didn't have the chance to exist is way better than any show could have lived up to. Don't believe me? Something else a little controversial here... look at Serenity.
|Who am I kidding, you're looking at River.|
I saw it opening night, and a few more times before it left the theater, and there were some things about the movie that I had a problem with. From the opening, which was awesome from an action standpoint but completely at odds with the character development of Dr. Simon Tam, to the death of a major character offscreen with his mysterious background unresolved, I fear that the weaker parts of Serenity foreshadow grim portents of what might have been. Further evidence is found in some of Joss' other shows. I'm a fan in general of all of them, but Dollhouse (which partially gets a pass for being forced to wrap things up quickly) to Buffy (which doesn't get the same pass) both had some "issues" in their Final Acts. Joss always tells an incredible story in the middle, and gets around to a mostly satisfying final word, but we go through some weirdness in between.
I'm not happy Firefly is gone, but I can take some small comfort knowing it never got lame. Blog Gadgets