I’ve always been interested in how time works. It can be so many things and meanings; time is a line that we graph our history on, time flies and crawls, when we recall memories we look back through time, and things can be old or new depending on who’s looking at it. It’s a “big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff”, an intangible concept that people are obsessed with…
Now you may ask me “Freak of Nature, why are you being so profound and deep? Aren’t you usually littering the internet with your fangirl nerdiness?” have no worries my readers the reason for my deep thinking is this
That’s right nerd stuff! And not just any nerd stuff it’s Firefly. This year is Firefly‘s 10th anniversary (kinda makes me feel old). For those who don’t know Firefly is a scifi show made by the almighty Joss Whedon and honestly I feel that it was some of his best work. I’ve seen I think all of his creations, Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly (someone let me know if I missed a show p.s. I’m not counting The Avengers but only because it’s a movie) and I love them but Firefly stood out. It only lasted one season (13 episodes) and it was like watching a supernova. The show starting out a beautiful star (even if a certain network starting with F and ending in OX couldn’t see it because it’s run by blind monkeys) and it ended in a beautiful explosion of light and fandom. The reason I called it a supernova is because when a supernova explodes it’s an ending and a beginning. Yes, the star dies but what’s left of it remains to grow and create new things. That was Firefly it lived on and even grew in popularity so much so that they were able to make a movie, Serenity. I was one of those fans that found Firefly after it had been canceled and if you haven’t seen it first of all you are so deprived and second of all go watch it! Here I’ll even give you some reasons why.
Reasons to watch Firefly (besides the obvious fact that it’s amazing)
- Space Cowboys: I really shouldn’t have to say anything more than Space Cowboys but I will. Firefly is a beautiful, well blended mix of Scifi (spaceships, cool tech, etc) and Westerns (gun showdowns, old school costumes, they even have covered wagons!) some people would think that these two genres wouldn’t fit together cohesively but it does. So basically you’re getting two shows in one without it feeling like they should be two separate shows.
- The Crew of Serenity: What’s a show without its cast? Joss Whedon hand picks his actors and these people just fit together so well. The way the characters are written and how the actors portrayed them they feel like actual people. They have faults and quirks that make up their personalities in a way that you feel that you know them without knowing everything about them (like you would with actual people) You don’t get to know everything about them all in one neat paragraph. Once in a while you get a glimpse into a part of them you hadn’t seen before and you see them in a new light.
- Language and Story: Thing I love most about Joss is that he expects his fans to have some semblance of intelligence. You see this most in Firefly because you’re thrown into a fully developed world with history and you are expected to just go with it, learn as you go. For example in Firefly they occasionally speak Mandarin. They don’t tell you why unless you search for the answer outside of the show, basically the logic is that English and Chinese (mandarin) are the two most spoken languages and that as humanity progresses in the future they are eventually the only two languages and everyone speaks both fluently. It’s also a good way to get around the FCC because its ok if you swear in Mandarin on TV, and it’s fun. You do eventually figure out what some of the words mean and then you have nifty and colorful words to add to your vocab.
There are a million more reasons to watch; it has a great soundtrack, you explore the depths of humanity, there are cool catchphrases, on and on etc. But if I haven’t convinced you yet I doubt I will. But you really should watch it, dong ma?
Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me.