What do people look for when they watch a show? Believable characters that you can connect with and that grow and develop as the story progresses. A tale of adventure that keeps spinning from one episode to the next. A touch of humor, action, and romance.
Firefly had it all.
But, the show only had a single season back in 2002, with a total of 14 episodes. The series concluded with the movie, Serenity.
The premise of the show, is that a revolutionary war in the future ends with the government still in rule, and the revolutionary Brown Coats must find their way in the universe. The story follows Captain Malcolm Reynolds, one of those on the losing side, and his crew aboard a Firefly class ship, Serenity. He manages to do jobs that brush closely with the Alliance, and often breaks the law in the process.
The feel of the show is a western/sci-fi/action thing. It is a bleak time in the universe as pioneers try to terra form different planets. It is gritty, and uneasy. It feels real, unlike a lot of sci-fi shows that have flashy CG that run the story.
The captain runs a ship of 9 people, each as different from each other as can be, each with different agendas, and each really endearing.
The Captain: A quick acting, man of few words, always stands up for what is right-kind of guy.
The pilot: The comic relief, happy-go-lucky guy.
The second in command: Fought with the captain in the war, always stands by him, but is married to the pilot…
The ship’s engineer: Young, naive girl who has a knack for mechanics. The sweetest person on the show.
The brute: He’s the heavy, but with not much in the brain department. Which side is he really on?
The companion: A member of the high class guild of… prostitutes?
The wayward reverend: Even more lost than the crew? Or is he?
The ship’s doctor: The dandy of the crew. He’s the intelligent, snooty one who will do anything for…
The Doctor’s Crazy sister: She was rescued from the Alliance… a victim of intense research on her special brain.
You don’t always like the characters, but you come to love them all.
Once you watch the show, you will come to understand what the lamenting fans of the series feel.
Check out the entire series and the movie that wraps it up (Serenity) on Netflix on the watch instantly section.
The theme song alone will draw you in and keep you.