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4.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch television, grounded before its time.
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...
Published on Oct 14 2003 by Nathan Alderman
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but . . . a little less "cowboy", please
Obviously this was a well-written series and deserves much of the praise that fans are giving it. I give them points for paying attention to little details such as "no sound in space" (as a previous reviewer pointed out). Kudos for that. (Altough it should be mentioned that the main reason other shows DO use sound in their space scenes is for dramatic impact - not...
Published on Oct 26 2003
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5.0 out of 5 stars should not have been cancelled,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)It makes you wonder why this show was cancelled. Very entertaining. Joss Wheden is a brilliant director. A must see.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi meets the old west.,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)This series was such an excellent mix of the old west and the future as we expect it to be. A great cast of characters and some exciting plots. I don't know what the network was thinking by cancelling this short lived series - or why it didn't get picked up elsewhere. Joss Whedon is a true talent. If you've seen the series, you'll want to check out the movie "Serenity."
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)Amazing series. Great characters, acting, and creative situations. Wity and funny. Give it a try and you won't be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, great acting! What more could you want except.......MORE!,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)Recommended for anyone that appreciates intelligent TV with some great action. This series died WAY too early. Far superior to most of the drek that runs for years on the networks. The actors are well chosen and believable in their characters. The stories are consistently interesting and explore many human conflicts, both internal and external, while maintaining a nice balance.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!!!!!,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)It is simply the best series that ever only lasted on session. I wish it had been on TV for longer. So, worth adding to the home DVD TV series/movie collection!!!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Best,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)If you missed watching this series - buy it today. Classic lines. Great series would have liked a Second Series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly une odyssée merveilleuse !,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)J'avais déjà fait un commentaire en anglais pour un autre produit maintenant pour mes amis québécois voici un commentaire en français. Tout d'abord en ce qui concerne l'aspect technique du DVD. Excellente image en 1.78 widescreen, très détaillée. 4 DVD dans un boitier design pratique et bien agencé. Plusieurs choix de langues : Anglais, Espagnol et français Dolby Surround. Sous-titrages en Anglais, espagnol et oh ! Surprise Pas de Français ! Dommage, passons, ensuite des bonus à foison : making of, scènes coupées et épisodes non diffusés (enfin aux USA car en France la série a été diffusée en entier), bêtisier et commentaires audio. Un bien beau coffret que nous offre Twentieth Century Fox.
Si vous adorez le space opéra et Joss Whedon, c'est un achat indispensable sinon passez votre chemin.
Quoi qu'il en soit cinq étoiles méritées pour ce produit !
5.0 out of 5 stars Am I too late for the party?,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)Well,I may have missed the initial party,but it's never too late to become a Browncoat.I am proudly displaying my Browncoat beside the suits of The Federation,Earth Alliance and the Commonwealth(I will let you savvy TV Sci Fi fans figure out which show belongs to what suit!).This Joss Whedon treasure is as surefire winner,from the brilliant writing to the direction to the wonderful ensemble cast,as any of the aforementioned shows were.The only difference between those and this show is this one was cut off in its prime.After only 11 eps(including the 2 hour pilot) the show faded to black.Three shows were filmed and left unaired,but have thankfully found a home in this set.
Star Trek was originally compared to being a Wagon Train-like show set in the future.Well Firefly takes the Wagon Train element and brings it more literally to life than Star trek ever did.There are horses,wagons,six shooters,rifles,cattle,cowboys;all the things a good western needs and more.The shows premise harkens back to the US Civil War where the Union fought the Confederacy,here referred to as the Alliance against the Independents.The lead characters consider themselves all members of the latter.The Firefly class ship(it actually is reminiscent of said insect)is called Serenity,so named after the famous battle of Serenity Valley which two of the lead characters fought through and barely survived.It was the battle that ended the war between the two factions.The ship and crew now do odd jobs for odd characters,going where the pay takes them and generally trying to steer clear of the Alliance.What sets this Sci Fi series apart from its competitors is the decided lack of aliens.This series focuses more on the human factor;that is our own progression out into the galaxy and our colonization of it.Goodness knows there is enough writing fodder to be had concentrating solely on humans,without having to add the alien dynamic into the mix.And Joss Whedon successfully does just that.
The cast was a dream cast.Everything gelled perfectly.They were:Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds,Gina Torres as Zoe,Alan Tudyk as Wash,Morena Baccarin as Innara,Adam Baldwin as Jayne,Jewel Staite as Kaylee,Sean Maher as the Dr Tam,Summer Glau as River and finally Ron Glass as Book.Glass is well known from Barney Miller and Gina Torres is one of my fave kick butt-type characters from Xena,Hercules and Cleopatra 2020.The characters were brought vividly to life by each actor,and each had their own back story to tell,which fleshed out the entire feel of the show.
The entire set of eps in this DVD set are in w/s format,clear and crisp for the most part,and there are oodles of extras for all those dedicated Browncoats out there such as:a featurette on the making of the series,the ship,deleted scenes,a gag reel,and more.
I never saw the original series in its original airing(the only one out of the aforementioned others-if you have successfully guessed by now which ones they are-I didn't).But I heard alot about it and its' premature demise.The first thing I ever saw of Firefly was the movie Serenity(see my review on that)and loved it.I did not know then about the back story but now having viewed the original series,it all comes beautifully into focus.This set of four single sided discs is da bomb,believe me.This series will show you what intelligent TV writing can do and Whedon is to commended for his vision on this project.Whedon killed off some of the shows characters in the movie but there is no reason a renewed series couldn't just pick up where the original left off,with all the same people and have the movie as the final fade out of the series once it is done.But that takes vision and guts on the part of TV execs,which unfortunately is sadly lacking when they see shows that don't neatly fit within their prescribed parameters.
Well,the ever swelling ranks of Browncoats just added one more enthusiastic member.I urge you to buy this set and guarantee after you watch it,you will be joining up too!
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing tv show,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)This is probably my favourite television series, despite only being 1 season long. The DVD comes with some great extra features including commentary for half the episodes.
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever you think this is- it's not. There IS no show like it.,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)Saying this is simply a sci-fi western isn't doing this show justice. It's a comedy, it's a character piece, it's a mystery. It exciting, it's creepy & it's at times so deliciously twisted & other times hilarious. It also takes a few episodes (I'd say 2-3) to get your head around this odd duck. Once you do, I ALMOST guarantee you'll love this show. I'm not exagerating. This is the only show I've ever seen where I found myself attached to every character. Fox never gave this show a chance to find it's audience, which is a major shame. For the record, I thought this show would suck. I wasn't expecting much but instead found a show that's deceptively simple & intelligently layered with character, story & spectacle.
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