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Published:December 16th, 2010 09:44 EST
Firefly: The Complete Series DVD Review

Firefly: The Complete Series DVD Review

By Garrett Godwin

Firefly was Joss Whedon`s first project outside the Buffy and Angel universe that followed the adventures of the Serenity crew.  Set 500 years into the futuristic galaxy, Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion, Castle) looks out for himself and his crew. 

He lives by one simple goal: find a crew, find a job, and keep flying.

The crew consists of Zoe (Gina Torres), her husband and pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk), mercenary Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin, Chuck), mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite, Stargate Atlantis), Companion Inara (Morena Baccarin, V), Shepherd Book (Ron Glass, Barney Miller), Dr. Simon Tam (Sean Maher) and his sister River (Summer Glau, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse), who is wanted by the shadowy and powerful Alliance that will do anything to get her back. 

A sci-fi Western mixed with classic Whedon trademarks, Firefly premiered on FOX in the fall of 2002.  Despite being on Fridays at 8p, the series was praised by critics, but it only lasted 11 episodes.  However, fans never stopped the movement, which led to the show`s release on DVD that contains all 14 episodes (3 unaired) with audio commentaries from the cast and crew, interviews, deleted scenes, bloopers, and more.  Firefly`s cult following led to the 2005 big-screen sequel Serenity, comic books, a role-playing game, fansites, and reruns on the SyFy Channel.

The themes of Buffy and Angel have always been about trials and tribulations of high school and adulthood, "girl power", redemption, and good and evil. 

Firefly
could relate to this Great Recession because despite their "criminal enterprise", the crew of Serenity is, in a way, underdogs.  They`re people willing to take on any job -- legal or illegal -- as long as the money is good in order to provide the basic necessities that includes food, electricity, and gas, for they`re trying to get by in the world ... like us.


Judyth Piazza chats with Ron Glass, Actor (Serenity 2005)