TV Time Travel: Firefly

Was Firefly cut before its time? George Bell takes a look at the show in retrospect.

George Bell
25th November 2019
Credit: IMDb
Before bringing together Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Joss Whedon brought together a very different group of individuals in the cult classic space western Firefly. If you loved the charm and wit of Avengers Assemble then I highly recommend you check this show out.

Starring Nathan Fillion as Captain Malcolm Reynolds and set 500 years in the future, Firefly followed a group of ragtag misfits taking any and all jobs they can get in the vastness of space aboard their space ship the Serenity. Despite its short run time, Whedon is able to create a fleshed-out and engaging universe that you can’t help but love.

When considering watching Firefly probably one of the glaring issues you may see is how quickly it was canceled but this was more due to network issues rather than quality with it gaining 9/10 on IMDB and 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. In some cases, the short run time might be beneficial for you as it means that it won’t require you to commit too much time to it.

Some real heartfelt moments complimented by super witty dialogue that will make you chuckle at least once or twice

The characters in the show are all unique and fun to watch especially when bantering with one another and really creates a sweet family dynamic. Similar to Whedon’s other projects like Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the dialogue in the show is on point with some real heartfelt moments complimented by super witty dialogue that will make you chuckle at least once or twice.

Being a combination of sci-fi and a western, Firefly includes a decent amount of action ranging from epic standoffs to intense chases through space. Surprisingly though, Whedon effectively portrays other genres in his scenes with some being genuinely scary or sad but never strives so far away to lose its original premise.

Credit: IMDb

The set pieces, props, and score personally are what I think really makes this show work. The combination of futurism with western vibes comes through in full force be it the guns, locations or outfits. This makes the show so unique as it feels like you get to watch two different shows at once, one moment it’ll feel like Star Trek and the next it’ll be The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

If you do end up giving it a watch and really enjoy watching it but are desperate for more be sure to check out the follow-up movie Serenity. The film acts as a grand finale for the show, tying up loose ends nicely, answering important questions and further building the world of Firefly. Also, any opportunity to spend more time with these characters is much appreciated and I would take with open arms.

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AUTHOR: George Bell
One half film addict, one part computer nerd. All parts Croc lover

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