Okay readers I am back again with another TV series that went well before its time but nevertheless receive the love from yours truly. I need you to sit back in your seat, put your tray tables in their up lock position. This is Firefly.
Gorrahm spoilers in my space…
Show creator Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and The Avengers) embarked on a TV quest to make the encompass of both past and future and prep it for the present folk kick back and enjoy. Firefly was in essence Wagon Train in Space. Put on the air in 2002 (Yes 10 years ago…ooOoOoO ancient.) The Earth as we knew it grew full of Homo sapiens and we began colonization into other worlds such as terraforming (creating an environment artificially for oxygen and nitrogen atmosphere for human life) and the more “civilized planets or core worlds as they were called are part of a large conglomerate of civic minded citizens called the Alliance. The planets that had more of a rustic nature, almost a throwback to Steam Age were simple known as Independents. Hard working people that had no desire of joining a universal government that told them how to live their lives instigated a civil war spanning across the universe and all neighboring planets. After many years of this conflict the Alliance won and the Independents were crushed.
Enter a band of thieves and smugglers sneaking contraband on the down low is the crew of the Serenity, firefly class cargo vessel. Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan FIllion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Miss Match, Slither, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along and Castle), First mate Zoe (Gina Torres of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Cleopatra 2525, Angel and Suits), gunfighter Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin of Independence Day, Stargate SG-1, Angel, The Inside and Chuck), goofy but amazing pilot Hoban ’Wash’ Washburne (Alan Tudyk of A Knight’s Tale, I, Robot, Ice Age, Young Justice and Tucker and Dale vs Evil) and sweet, innocent mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite of Flash Forward, Just Deal, Wonderfalls and Stargate Atlantis). Barely escaping Alliance custody with their ill-gotten gains; the crew is underpaid, tired and ship is running on fumes. The scams, hustles and usual snow jobs pay better than honest cargo hauling but are just as equally risky. The crew has no option but to pick up passengers that want to see the galaxy for a reasonable fee.
Upon getting new passengers we see a loosely based member of the crew, companion Inara Serra (Morena Baccarin of Justice League Unlimited, Stargate SG-1, V, Homeland and Old Days) a lady of refinement but also of solicitation. The good but enigmatic Shepherd Book (Ron Glassof Barney Miller, The New Odd Couple, Rhythm & Blues and Teen Angel) Doctor Simon Tam (Sean Maher of Party of Five, The $treet, The Playboy Club and Make It or Break it) has smuggled his brilliant sister, River Tam (Summer Glau of Angel, The 4400, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, The Cape and Alphas) away from an Alliance secret project so this just increases the stakes.
Whedon and crew referred to Serenity as the 10th character of the show and in many ways this massive set fits the bill. Dirty, rusty and falling apart, this old girl has plenty of charisma but looks like a mild popcorn fart would tear it to shreds. Yet as a vessel this was really a home for lost souls seeking a sense of belonging and peace. But out on the rim lurks pirates, slavers and the worse of all, reavers. Men and women had gone cannibalistic. So keep a hogleg handy, yer wits about you and you’ll make it through the day. Oh best part of this storyline is the mixture of American and Chinese culture. Even if you have the IQ of a nerf herder you can speak Mandarin.