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on November 14, 2003
If you managed to catch this show during the 35 seconds that Fox allowed it to air, you know that it's unlike anything else. For the rest of you, a brief summary:
In the future, the Earth finally gets trashed by mankind. Fortunately, before that point we developed the technology for spaceflight, and the ability to quickly terraform asteroids and other planets. So the folks with the tech did that, then scooped up whole populations of other folks and dumped them onto those terraformed places, with not much more than basic supplies, seeds, and food animals.
So what you've got now is essentially what we had during the settlement of the American West: transplanted pioneers in isolated towns, some as little more than slaves to corporations and others with money.
Of course, most don't know this because Fox, in its infinite wisdom, chose to show the episode that explains all this LAST. Before cancelling the show without even showing 3 of the episodes.
While some shows are doing "Vietnam" or "World War II"... Firefly is doing the Civil War. You're looking at a post-Civil War society, and people trying to put together the shattered pieces of their lives. And then there's the girl in the box...
The characters were quirky but not cute. The show was doing a GREAT job of fleshing them all out, and moving the plot, and making you want to know what happens next. You could see signs that none of them were quite what the stereotypes said they should be. (Well, maybe Jayne was. Except when he was a hero.) The high tech was very realistic, down to the dirt and grit and up to the great use of smart paper and other REAL technology.
I'm really looking forward to getting the DVD, so I can finally understand all the nuances of what was going on!! You won't be disappointed.
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on January 12, 2004
Combining classic sci-fi elements with a touch of the western, Joss Whedon's Firefly was a sadly short lived show which Fox had the brilliant idea of cancelling before the season was even over. Firefly's story revolves around the crew of the Serenity five hundred years into the future as they partake different mercenary jobs while on the run from the Alliance and other deadly forces. Just like Whedon's other hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Firefly contained plenty of smarts and humor but also managed to keep the viewer riveted from beginning to end. Rumor has it that Whedon is busy at making a Firefly film, which will be a must see for the show's surprising amount of dedicated followers. All in all, if you missed out on Firefly when it was on TV, check out this series now that it's on DVD; you won't regret it.
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on July 28, 2003
revealing some information about the upcoming Firefly DVDs: (Nathan) Fillion-who played Capt. Mal Reynolds-said that he is completing audio commentaries for a complete DVD set of the Fox series' 15 produced episodes, including three that never aired. "I just finished commentary with Alan Tudyk [Wash] on 'War Stories,' an episode where he and I got tortured. ... And then, Monday, I go in to do audio commentary with Joss Whedon for 'Serenity,' the two-hour pilot."
The DVD will also include on-camera interviews and maybe even some of Fillion's own behind-the-scenes home video and photos. As for the unaired episodes, Fillion said, "My naked ass is in them. In the very last episode. I'll let you know that much. They called me Capt. Tight Pants for some time. And now it's going to be Capt. No Pants for sure."
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on December 20, 2003
If your a FireFly fan buy it now. The shows are great, good sound, widescreen (Fox never showed'm that way) and lots of the plot arc of makes sense (since Fox showed them out of order so things were very strange). The only complaint is the quality of the DVD Menus and such. The graphics just have a cheap feel and the selection 'bug' disapears into the background from time to time. Not a fatal flaw, but glaring compared to the quality of the shows.
The missing espisodes explain alot too - why Irna was leaving at the begining of 'Objects in Space' (my fav) and more of Mal and Zoe's history. Plus of course you get to see a real live alien (or is it.....)
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on December 8, 2003
I'm hoping I get this set for the holidays. I originally questioned Fox's decision to show the episodes out of order, but after being hooked in AND THEN seeing the pilot (slow) I understood why.
Joss did a terrific job of melding old-time western and futuristic high-tech into a believable sci-fi world where it can all exist at the same time. I've never seen it done so smoothly before. Always: great theme song, interesting characters, great plot development (why, Fox, why did you cancel? Did you not know about the plot development?) He's not just a horror-geek--this man is a huge talent.
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on June 6, 2004
I never watched this show when it was on the air but since I am in withdrawal from Angel's cancellation (which stung since this season was so good) I decided to check this out. Joss Wehedon is a master of his craft and I enjoyed watching this. There is your expected Whedon humor and I wasn't really convinced of how much I liked the show until I saw the eps 'Jaynestown' and 'Out of Gas'. The acting is very good and the effects are great as well. I completely agree with those who say if you like 'Buffy' and 'Angel' you should give this a look.
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on December 15, 2003
The crew of the Spaceship Serenity, a Firefly class cargo ship, did not deserve the short run on TV. The series is a true western, set in space (please ignore the small time/distance problems of REAL space and just enjoy the action). The DVD set presents the series in the correct sequence, not the way that it was shown on TV, that way you get to meet the characters in order and don't have to say "what was that?" and "where did he/she come from?"
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on December 27, 2003
The dvd lacks due to the fact that the pilot on the dvd is not the originally FIRST aired pilot, but is the original pilot that was shot first(they shot the pilot on the dvd first, and fox told them to reshoot, and the reshot version was what aired--that is the better version in my opinion)--personally I would have enjoyed the dvd containing both pilots, but what can you do.
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on July 23, 2003
Finally, after many months of waiting, the Firefly DVD has come out! The show was one of the best series i have seen in a long time. Hopefully, there will the unaired shows included on this DVD. I rated it 4 stars just because it hasnt come out yet. I still dont get why FOX canceled the series even though it was popular.
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on September 3, 2008
I'm actually looking forward to this release.
Here's a snipit of information released by Fox that was pulled from a blog I came across.

Featuring exciting new BD exclusive content, the "Firefly" - The Complete Series three-disc set includes all 14 episodes in HD format and is highlighted by an all-new "Firefly Reunion" roundtable discussion about the series plus a brand new episode commentary with Whedon and select cast members. The "Firefly" - The Complete Series Blu-ray Disc will be available for the suggested retail price of $89.98 U.S. / $119.98 Canada.

Blu-ray Content:

The "Firefly" - The Complete Series Blu-ray Disc is authored in BD-J on three dual-layer 50GB discs presented in widescreen format (1.78:1 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Lossless Audio, Spanish and French Dolby Surround and German 5.1 DTS, plus English, Spanish and Dutch subtitles. Individual disc content as follows:


Serenity (Part 1 & 2) Commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon and actor Nathan Fillion

The Train Job Commentary by executive producers Joss Whedon and Tim Minear


Shindig Commentary by writer Jane Espenson, actress Morena Baccarin and costume designer Shawna Trpcic

Special Features: Here's How It Was: The Making of "Firefly" featurette



Our Mrs. Reynolds BD Exclusive - Commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon and actors Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass


Out of Gas Commentary by executive producer Tim Minear and director David Solomon


Special Features: BD Exclusive - "Firefly" Reunion: Lunch with Joss, Nathan, Alan and Ron featurette (HD)


War Stories Commentary by actors Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk


The Message Commentary by actor Alan Tudyk and actress Jewel Staite

Heart of Gold

Objects in Space Commentary by executive producer Joss Whedon

Special Features:

Serenity: The 10th Character

Joss Sings the "Firefly" Theme featurette

Joss Tours the Set featurette

Deleted Scenes

Gag Reel

Alan Tudyk's Audition
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