So my dearest Jimmy Eat World and I got rid of cable. We decided we wanted to spend more time time sitting and staring into each others eyes or writing poetry...can you hear Honey Bunch retching right now? But really, the expense just wasn't merited, we weren't watching anything worthwhile and wanted to be watching less anyway. TV was just serving as a distraction from life and from each other. So we canceled it and because we live in the Hobbit Hole our bunny ears only gets PBS and if you squint you can make out CBS, NBC and ABC- and that is with tin foil and a precariously balanced fork. Now I can't be expected to just sit and do nothing on nights when Jimmy Eat World is working his late hours so I get things to watch from Netflix. For a mere $16 a month we get 3 movies at one time unlimited plus all I want to watch online! As I go through my viewings I'll give you a little review of what I'm watching.
This month will be my Firefly Review.
Firefly was created by Writer/Director Joss Whedon who also did Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Angel series. Joss Weadon is an excellent writer director and this shows in all his work. The thing I like about him is that he keeps you guessing and no one is ever safe. He will kill off people you love therefore you are always on the edge of your seat wondering.
When you think Firefly think space cowboys with hearts of gold. This series only ran for one season but had such a hardcore fan base that after it was canceled they came out with the full length motion picture Serenity to wrap up where the series left off. This movie was fairly successful and opened at number two. Think about that- a major motion picture coming out of a short lived canceled series. Pretty cool huh?
Meet Malcolm Reynolds, renegade smuggler captain of the Firefly ship named Serenity and former Sargent in the war between the Alliance and the Independents. He was on the losing side and Serenity starts around 6 years after the war. Zoe is his first mate as she was in the war with him and always calls him Captain. She is totally sassy, she fights, slings pistols, is smart and funny and totally hot. She's married to Wash, who pilots Serenity and adores her to no end and he's very funny!
Jayne, who is your shiftless no-good, back-stabbing, pig-stealing hornball jerk. He's likable because he's super funny but he'd sell his mother if the price was right. Occasionally his conscious creeps in on him and you can see him struggling to cope with the feelings of guilt that are not something he's used to. Kaylee is a cute down homey girl who is a wiz mechanic, good hearted and has a serious crush on the Doctor.
The non-crew inhabitants are Inara, who "rents" space in the ships pod and is a registered companion which is essentially a very high class call girl but more respectable and sought after. There are sparks that fly between her and Mal quite a bit.
Simon, the Doctor and River, his sister are what often ends up complicating the lives of the crew of Serenity. Simon enters as a wealthy doctor looking for transport but you find out that he rescued his sister from an elite school of sorts and is now wanted by the Alliance.
River is a very psychologically damaged girl and he tries to figure out what happened to her so he can help treat her. Their relationship is very loving and you come to understand that he gave up his whole life to try to save his little sister.
Shepherd Book is the Preacher Man. He's funny, knows more about politics, guns and such than you would expect from someone living in an abbey to know. There is more to him than meets the eye. Together they make up a little family/community on board their ship and you can see they have genuine affection for one another.
One of the things I love most about this show is the opening song that plays with the credits, this was written by Joss as well. It sounds like an old cowboy singing about independence and I can't stop myself from singing along each time it plays. Watching it just now made me a little...weepy almost...I just really grew to love these characters and I'm sad that this show was so short lived. ...sigh.
You HAVE to watch the opening credits below if for no other reason but to hear the great theme song.
Firefly is well written, the characters are compelling and the dialogue is really funny. It's good men (and women) in hard times still doing what is right because its right. Its a shame it only lasted one season.
5 of 5 stars.
some sexual situations
partial nudity (like the side of an ass or a bare back)
Violence...lots of it but not gory.
...what? There's a writers strike? I hadn't noticed! During this programing drought what are you doing with your time while you wait for the latest episode of Desperate Housewives?
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