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Monday, 2 July 2012
TV Review: Firefly Season 1 Episode 1 "Serenity"
is the very definition of a “cult favourite”, the series was cancelled
prematurely by FOX in 2002 after airing only 14 episodes. Since that time its
quality has been lauded by critics and has developed a dedicated and loyal
fanbase. Critics and fans alike all agree upon the mistake FOX made in the
cancellation. This has led to a great many fan campaigns in order to get the
show back on the air, even the show’s cast and crew such as lead actor Nathan
Fillion and creator Joss Whedon have spoken of their wish to continue the show
the series’ first episode the audience is introduced to the dynamic crew of the
Firefly-class spaceship “Serenity” and their adventures in the “Wild West”
landscape of space in the year 2517.
episode begins by showing the end of the Unification War during which Sgt.
Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds and Cpl. Zoe Alleyne fight on the side of the
Browncoats, trapped without air support they quickly lose the fight against the
Alliance in the battle of ‘Serenity Valley’. Six years later Mal is the captain
of a Firefly-class ship named Serenity, his crew, which includes his former
comrade Zoe, her husband Wash, engineer Kaylee and merc for hire Jayne Cobb,
take any odd jobs no matter the legal status and transport passengers in order
to scrape by, but when a passenger they are transporting has a secret that
could put the entire ship at risk, Mal must make some difficult choices and do
his best to command his ship under tough conditions.
a stunning cast it isn’t hard to see why Firefly is as good as it is. Nathan
Fillion is phenomenal as Malcolm Reynolds and brings a fresh take to the badass
captain role, his humour and easygoing acting style make him an instantly
likable and respectable character, and a perfect person to lead the crew of the
Serenity. The remainder of the characters in the show become more unique as the
series goes on since this episode focuses primarily on establishing the
characters, story and universe rather than deeply developing upon its characters.
Just 3 of firefly's great cast.
has always been my favourite aspect of Firefly is Joss Whedon. His writing is
just superb, he truly understands his characters and gives them such flair and
wit without it seeming unrealistic or too “written”, for other examples of his
fine work in television have a look at ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and its
spinoff ‘Angel’, for a more recent and theatrical example I point to the
excellent blockbuster of Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ which Whedon both wrote and
universe of the series has clearly expanded from our own and the characters
sometimes throw in some Chinese into their speech, this is to show the effect
of a joined empire of China and the USA and how it would impact those who live
under it. A pretty cool idea, which shows the audience some of the background
of the show and demonstrates how the characters live. I, however have never
been a big fan of this addition to the series at all, whilst I definitely see
its point and importance I still always found it kind of stupid and forced, I
never really took it seriously and viewed it as something that could have been
left out and would have benefited the show from doing so.
Cobb (played by Adam Baldwin) covers Mal and Zoe.
has been crafted by Whedon to be as unique as it is, it’s no mistake that the
tones of Wild West conflict are present in this space-raiders drama, the very
design of the world from its realistic portrayal of scientific advances
combined with natural evolutions of current technology and in some cases the
use of older items (such as Mal’s handgun) are used to show the influences of
the past and romanticisms of the Wild West making the series reminiscent of
that era including its many cases of “searching for treasure in a desolate
landscape” story arcs.
promise of more ends this premiere of the series. The promise that the crew
will go on more adventures, that the audience will learn more about the world
of the show and that more laughs and excitement may be had by the viewer.