Monday, July 23, 2012

Firefly Fandom

"I don't care, I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me."-Firefly Song Intro
        It was a random day on Netflix when I stumbled across Firefly.  Firefly is the kind of show that should have lasted ten seasons.  It should have gone through a creative slump somewhere in season three or four only to turn around and become genius once gain.  It got one season and a movie instead.  Created by the geek-approved Joss Whedon, Firefly follows Captain Mal, played by Castle's Nathan Fillion, in the aftermath of a war with a universe alliance.  Mal takes odd jobs in even stranger places and planets, taking his spaceship Serenity with him.  A runaway girl stows away on the ship, causing all kinds of chaos for Mal and the crew on Serenity.  When I set out to watch Firefly, I meant to watch one episode.  Instead, I was sucked into the space western, which draws from classic John Wayne and Star Trek equally, throwing in comedy for good measure. 

       At Comic Con this year, years after the show and movie came out, a panel for Firefly drew thousands.  There is a reason for all the loyalty.  It is a cult favorite deserving of all its loyal following.  The only comfort Firefly fans can have is that Firefly never got the chance to be bad.  Check it out on Instant Netflix, along with its movie Serenity. Be prepared to marathon it. For the die hard fans, get excited for a Sci Fi special on the Comic Con panel.

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