Mal: “If anyone gets nosy, just…you know… shoot ’em. “
Zoe: “Shoot ’em?”
Nine completely different people look into the emptiness of space and see nine completely different things. That’s how Joss Whedon described ‘Firefly’, a short-lived series he did for FOX in 2002. The series was cancelled after eleven episodes due to low ratings… due mostly to how FOX mishandled the show and ensured it a quick death.
Jayne: “Ten percent of nuthin’ is…let me do the math here…nuthin’ into nuthin’…carry the nuthin’…”
Whedon’s fingerprints were all over this series, a ‘Western’ set in outer space. Brilliantly conceived characters, thrown into extreme circumstances, where the best and worst of humanity was allowed to unfurl itself before the camera. The writing was incredible, awe inspiring, and real. The scenes never followed a predictable path, always taking lefts, when rights seemed the obvious choice. Even at the most heightened and emotionally charged moments, there remained room for a witty line, a laugh, or a left.
Wash: “Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science fiction.”
Zoe: “We live in a space ship, dear.”
Shortly after the series was cancelled, it received cult status with millions of fans buying DVD sets and pooling money to buy large ads in Variety Magazine, urging other networks to pick ‘Firefly’ up. Due entirely to this effort by the fans, Universal decided to turn the series into a movie. ‘Serenity’ was the result.
Wash: “Yeah well, if she doesn’t give us some extra flow from the engine room to offset the burn through, this landing is gonna get pretty interesting.”
Mal: “Define interesting.”
Wash: “Oh god oh god we’re all gonna die?”
Mal: (into intercom) “This is the captain. We have a…little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then…explode.”
Eight years after the series ended it’s eleven episode run on FOX, recent polls of science fiction fans have named ‘Firefly’ as the best SciFi TV series of all time. ‘Serenity’ has been named the best SciFi movie of all time. I now happen to own both, and if you ever find yourself with a few hours to kill, come on over for dinner. We’ll turn down the lights and settle in for the unfolding of one of the greatest accomplishments in television and cinematic history.
Wash: “Inara…nice to see her again.”
Zoe: (beat) “So…trap?”
Zoe: “We goin’ in?”
Mal: “Ain’t but a few hours out.”
Wash: (confused) “Yeah, but…remember the part where it’s a trap?”
Mal: “If that’s the case then Inara’s already caught in it. She wouldn’t set us up willin’. Might be we get a shot at seein’ who’s turnin’ these wheels. We go in.”
Kaylee: “But how can you be sure Inara don’t just wanna see you? Sometimes people have feelings. I’m referring here to people.”
Mal: “Y’all were watchin’, I take it?”
Kaylee: (everyone looks guilty) “Yes.”
Mal: “Did you see us fight?”