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Firefly: The Complete Series

Nathan Fillion , Gina Torres    DVD
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As the 2005 theatrical release of Serenity made clear, Firely was a science fiction concept that deserved a second chance. Devoted fans (or "Browncoats") knew it all along, and with this well-packaged DVD set, those who missed the show's original broadcasts can see what they missed. Creator Joss Whedon's ambitious science-fiction Western (Whedon's third series after Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) was canceled after only 11 of these 14 episodes had aired on the Fox network, but history has proven that its demise was woefully premature. Whedon's generic hybrid got off to a shaky start when network executives demanded an action-packed one-hour premiere ("The Train Job"); in hindsight the intended two-hour pilot (also titled "Serenity," and oddly enough, the final episode aired) provides a better introduction to the show's concept and splendid ensemble cast. Obsessive fans can debate the quirky logic of combining spaceships with direct parallels to frontier America (it's 500 years in the future, and embattled humankind has expanded into the galaxy, where undeveloped "outer rim" planets struggle with the equivalent of Old West accommodations), but Whedon and his gifted co-writers and directors make it work, at least well enough to fashion a credible context from the incongruous culture-clashing of past, present, and future technologies, along with a polyglot language (the result of two dominant superpowers) that combines English with an abundance of Chinese slang.

What makes it work is Whedon's delightfully well-chosen cast and their nine well-developed characters--a typically Whedon-esque extended family--each providing a unique perspective on their adventures aboard Serenity, the junky but beloved "Firefly-class" starship they call home. As a veteran of the disadvantaged Independent faction's war against the all-powerful planetary Alliance (think of it as Underdogs vs. Overlords), Serenity captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) leads his compact crew on a quest for survival. They're renegades with an amoral agenda, taking any job that pays well, but Firefly's complex tapestry of right and wrong (and peace vs. violence) is richer and deeper than it first appears. Tantalizing clues about Blue Sun (an insidious mega-corporation with a mysteriously evil agenda), its ties to the Alliance, and the traumatizing use of Serenity's resident stowaway (Summer Glau) as a guinea pig in the development of advanced warfare were clear indications Firefly was heading for exciting revelations that were precluded by the series' cancellation. Fortunately, the big-screen Serenity (which can be enjoyed independently of the series) ensured that Whedon's wild extraterrestrial west had not seen its final sunset. Its very existence confirms that these 14 episodes (and enjoyable bonus features) will endure as irrefutable proof Fox made a glaring mistake in canceling the series. --Jeff Shannon

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch television, grounded before its time. Oct. 14 2003
If you're not a science fiction fan, you may be looking at the endless string of rapturous reviews for "Firefly" and rolling your eyes. While "Firefly" certainly doesn't lack in geek appeal, its sharp writing, excellent cast and often-striking visual style elevate it into the ranks of Just Plain Great Television. After a somewhat bumpy start, this series found its groove with remarkable speed, and began cranking out hour after hour of compelling drama as if it had been on the air for years.
The Fox network employed a novel strategy to introduce Firefly to audiences in the fall of 2002-- sidelining its brilliant two-hour premiere in favor of a dumbed-down and hastily-written successor, airing the series out of order (with all its least compelling episodes up front), and frequently pre-empting the show in favor of the world series. Fox then proceeded to throw up its hands in feigned amazement when the series tanked in the ratings. While fans of writer/producer/creator Joss Whedon do tend toward fanaticism, in this case it's more a testament to the quality and intelligence of "Firefly" that the series has enjoyed eye-popping pre-orders on DVD and new life as a feature film.
Standout episodes include "Serenity," the series' haunting, dryly funny pilot; "Our Mrs. Reynolds," a sly mix of screwball comedy and crime caper; and "Objects In Space," a nail-biting, beautifully shot game of cat and mouse between the series' most mysterious heroine and one of the more memorably whacked-out villains in recent TV memory.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Jamie MacDougall TOP 500 REVIEWER
There have been few science fiction series in past memory that are as warm and memorable as Firefly. A perfectly cast crew of loveable characters (that you actually care about), well-written stories, beautiful sets, music, wardrobe and special FX blend into an intoxicatingly brilliant series. It’s a wildly fun-filled tale with wit, action, adventure and humor.

It’s a real shame that Firefly never stood a chance due to the network’s meddling and total lack of faith in the project from before it even made it to air. Thankfully the show developed a quick and loyal cult following of fans that fought valiantly to save their beloved series. In the end their passionate efforts did not resurrect the series, but instead rewarded us with Serenity, a motion picture I also highly recommend.

Regardless of if you’re a fan of the science fiction genre or not, I recommend the series to everyone. This Blu-ray is a must have for old and new fans alike and should find a place in everyone’s collections as it provides a solid upgrade from the previous DVD release of the show. The set also boasts an array of extras, including a partial cast reunion segment and an additional episode commentary exclusive to the Blu-ray release. You won't regret picking this one up. Highly Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Series in Years Aug. 15 2006
This has to be the best sci-fi series I've seen in ages. It's probably at the top of my list, (maybe even above Starhunter 2300). I first heard about this show on the Starhunter forums. Never got to see it while it was actually being shown on televsion. A space western? I was skeptical. I was never a fan of Wild Wild West of anything like that, so I didn't really know what to expect. Never a Buffy fan either.

Finally got the DVD set last year. I put on the first episode and couldn't stop watching. This series has everything! It's a well thought out sci-fi adventure, with very realistic FX. It's thankfully free of the usual phony science jargon and cheezy looking bumpy-headed alien-suits. What it does have is an intricate ongoing plot through the series (and continuing in the movie, 'Serenity'), plus great episode plots that are entertaining as hell. Blending sci-fi with an old-west kind of frontier setting along with Chinese and Russian influences throughout this future society, the whole thing is facsinating and could be expanded upon for dozens of episodes (if some dummy at a certain 'un-named tv network' hadn't cancelled the series).

The characters are just great. A group of anti-heroes, just barely coping with the harsh future that they live in, and barely tolerating eachother. You can almost feel what it would be like to be cooped up in a spaceship for months on end. They survive mostly as criminals, taking any job that comes to them. They get into scrapes with all kinds of folk, government agents, local authorities, crimelords, bounty hunters, you name it. The plots range from nail-biting suspenseful, to emotionally gripping, to dark and depressing to absolutely hilarious. I can't believe how much was accomplished in such a short run of a series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's never been another show like Firefly April 28 2006
The cancellation of this series has to go down as one of the biggest boardroom blunders in the history of tv broadcasting. What were the execs at Fox thinking when they pulled the plug on this brilliant piece of television?!?
This series had everything. Science-fiction/western/action/mystery/social commentary/romance/comedy. Firefly was so hard to just pin down to one genre, that it is almost impossible to describe to somebody who hasn't watched it. I had only seen bits of episodes when the show was originally aired and had to wait for this DVD release to see the whole thing.
I was skeptical when I first started watching it, noting similarities to Starhunter and other shows, but by the time I was a few episodes in, I was totally hooked. OK, I'll say it, I'm a 'browncoat' now.
Enough of the other reviews should give you a decent synopsis of Firefly, but what I think, is that Joss Whedon and company have accomplished, is a complete re-invention of the space-opera genre. There's none of the ridiculous pseudo-science-techno-babble that series in the Star Trek vein (and others) seem to suffer from. The universe of Firefly is far-flung, but beleivable. The technology looks far-future, but well-used. I liked the blending of space-colonization and frontier-towns. It works really well. And I like the fact that there are no tacky bumpy-headed-alien costumes to be seen, anywhere in Firefly. It's a future where humanity has colonized and terraformed dozens of worlds in the galaxy, but still human nature has remained unchanged. All the greed, corruption and the basic need for survival are active driving forces in the show. Firefly is like a bittersweet satire of our world as it is now. It also doesn't have the problem of taking itself too seriously all the time (though there is a lot of drama).
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Published 13 days ago by NathanJ
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it~
Wish this show was still on-going, I love it~
Published 17 days ago by Ashley Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series
I so loved this series when I watched the episodes in order--and not as they were broadcast. It's a DVD that I pull out at least once a year to hold a marathon, so I can do just... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best. T.V. Series. Ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where are you now Joss Whedon/
What can I say? To know Firefly is to love Firefly and to hate that it was cancelled. No more is needed to be said. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Haxelrod
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly the series
Just a good all around SciFi show. Loved this when I first seen it and decided to buy it so I could enjoy it anytime.
Published 2 months ago by Rudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect combination of sci-fi and Westerns
I am a long-time fan of both sci-fi and Westerns, in books, movies, or TV. Firefly is a great combination!
Published 2 months ago by airgrunt
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Bad quality of Blue ray discs.
I love the show and wish that it had not been cut short.

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