>Exciting news for all Browncoats out there in the ‘verse: the extremely well written, but doomed to an early cancellation TV show, Firefly, is now available for download on iTunes.
Why is this news so exciting? Because now it’s easier than ever to share this great show with those currently unfamiliar with it. After a brief run of 11 episodes in 2002, Fox television cancelled Firefly without really giving it much of a chance. Those who were familiar with it were excited when it became available on DVD and began sharing it with others. DVD sales were so good that Universal Studios gave creator Joss Whedon the “go ahead” to make the movie Serenity, which ran in theaters in the Fall of 2005 and is now on DVD.
There are many high hopes from the fan community that if the DVD sales continue at a strong pace, that there might be a studio willing to fund a sequel to Serenity, or even a network that might revive the television series. I would imagine that sales through iTunes will be another way the success of the show will be measured.
From the opening narration:
“Here’s how it is: Earth got used up, so we terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths, some rich and flush with new technologies, some not so much. Central Planets, them was formed the Alliance, waged war to bring everyone under their rule; a few idiots tried to fight it, among them myself. I’m Malcolm Reynolds, captain of the Serenity. Got a good crew: fighters, pilot, mechanic. We even picked up a preacher, and a bona fide companion. There’s a doctor, too, rescued his genius sister from some Alliance camp, so they’re keeping a low profile. You got a job, we can do it, don’t much care what it is.”
Firefly is a unique science fiction series because it combines many elements of the Wild West—not only in the visual design, but also in the dialogue. The stories and characters are cleverly written and are often very funny and quite quotable.
Wash: “Little River just gets more colorful by the moment. What’ll she do next?”
Zoe: “Either blow us all up or rub soup in our hair. It’s a toss-up.”
Wash: “I hope she does the soup thing. It’s always a hoot, and we don’t all die from it.”
One of my favorite aspects of the show is the documentary style of cinematography which has become rather common in shows like the new Battlestar Galactica, but at the time Firefly was made, it was something that I had never seen before on a Science Fiction show.
So, if you’ve never seen Firefly, download the pilot episode, also named Serenity—you won’t regret it. If you have seen it, gift an episode or two to a friend and let them experience it for themselves… you’ll then have a great show to quote when you’re hanging out (like, “I wanna go to the crappy planet where I’m a hero!” Wash, from Jaynestown) and another reason to gripe about how networks like Fox don’t know a good thing when it’s playing on their own airwaves.