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Firefly 

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Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

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Joss Whedon
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Top Rated TV #25 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Nathan Fillion ...  Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Gina Torres ...  Zoë Washburne 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Alan Tudyk ...  Hoban 'Wash' Washburne 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Morena Baccarin ...  Inara Serra 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Adam Baldwin ...  Jayne Cobb 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Jewel Staite ...  Kaylee Frye 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Sean Maher ...  Dr. Simon Tam 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Summer Glau ...  River Tam 14 episodes, 2002-2003
Ron Glass ...  Shepherd Derrial Book 14 episodes, 2002-2003
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Storyline

Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds is a former galactic war veteran who is the captain of the transport ship "Serenity". Mal and his crew, ensign Zoe Alleyne Washburne; Zoe's husband, pilot Hoban 'Wash' Washburne; muscular mercenary Jayne Cobb; young mechanic Kaylee Frye; former Alliance medical officer Simon Tam; his disturbed teenage sister River (both on the run from the interplanetary government "The Alliance"); the beautiful courtesan Inara Serra; and preacher Shepherd Book do any jobs, legal or illegal, they can find as the Serenity crew travels across the outskirts of outer space. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Meet the most spaced-out crew in the galaxy.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Firefly: The Series See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Although it has been long known that the relationships between Firefly's show runners and FOX, the network on which it aired, were fraught, in 2014, Business Insider and Amy Pascale's biography of Joss Whedon both provided some never-before-published further details about how FOX executives completely misunderstood the show's aims. Some examples include:
  • FOX at first refused to pick up the show because they didn't like the fact that the characters Wash and Zoe were married (thus scuttling any chance for romance between Zoe and Mal); they relented when Joss Whedon insisted.
  • The network constantly asked for the show to be less dark, but also wanted Mal to shoot more people.
  • Pascale also recounts how completely FOX misrepresented the show in its ad campaign--instead of advertising it as either a science fiction or a western show, it instead made ads implying that it was an offbeat comedy, scored to the wacky 1997 Smashmouth song "Walking on the Sun."
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Goofs

In commentary for Firefly: Shindig, costume designer Shawna Trpcic states that Gina Torres wears her lariat necklace "binding" her neck as symbolic of her marriage bond. However, Zoe is shown wearing her lariat necklace in the flashbacks of Firefly: Out of Gas, which take place before Zoe meets her future husband. See more »

Quotes

[opening narration for episodes: Safe, Ariel, War Stories, Heart of Gold]
Mal: Here's how it is: The Earth got used up, so we moved out and terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths. Some rich and flush with the new technologies, some not so much. The Central Planets, thems 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 Serenity. She's a transport ship; Firefly class. Got a good crew: fighters, ...
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Alternate Versions

The two-hour pilot "Serenity" also featured a scene in Simon's cabin with him and Zoe: he's listening to an encyclopedia entry on the Battle of Serenity Valley, from which the ship gets its name, and she comes in and gives an eyewitness account of it, from Mal commanding over 2000 people after a week due to high officer casualties, to both sides stacking corpses for cover, to medical relief for both sides being held back for a week after a cease-fire was declared, to her and Mal being the only survivors of their platoon, and that she'd kill Simon on a word from Mal. See more »


Soundtracks

The Ballad of Serenity
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
Written by Joss Whedon
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User Reviews

 
Beautifully crafted and enjoyable series
7 January 2004 | by RabitSee all my reviews

This show blew me away. The beauty of the production, the detail in the sets, the well written characters, the intelligent stories and concepts, the fun, the drama, and the excitement all amazed me. I don't usually spend time watching TV, but I honestly hated having to wait until the next show! :)

The special effects are seamlessly integrated and beautifully detailed. The manner in which the show was presented - the hand-held cameras, the use of zooms, and the occasional off-focus effect - was very intriguing, giving it a look of a show that was real and gritty, something that really caught your attention but didn't distract you from what was being presented. It made you feel like you were really there, like it was believable.

While there was a Western attitude and flavor to some of the episodes, I always felt that it was more about the lack of authority, the fact that people were just dropped out on these planets without the kinds of support that you would expect. It's presented very well and makes sense to me, although I've heard others take a different approach to it.

If you have the opportunity to get the DVDs, I would highly suggest it. It is well worth the money!


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