June 3rd, 2004


New Review: Firefly 1.1

In my opinion, this was the best science fiction series in the last decade or more. Even my beloved "Babylon 5" didn't have the consistency that "Firefly" had in its doomed original run. I never had the chance to review the pilot episode (taken as a two-hour whole) when it was run late in 2002, but now that the feature film is beginning production, now seems to be the time to revisit Serenity, doesn't it?

The plan, such as plans go, is to review the entire DVD set of episodes every few weeks, between the beginning of production on "Serenity" and the release date next year. All of my original "Firefly" reviews remain on the website for easy comparison...which ought to be an interesting exercise...

Anyway, here's my review for Firefly 1.1: "Serenity":


Overall, this is easily one of the best pilot episodes ever produced, and should have been the beginning of the series when it was aired. Uncut and in widescreen. The writing, direction, and acting is about as good as one could ask for, with only the most minor flaws that are inherent to any production. Nathan Fillion is the highlight of a superior cast. This was obviously a labor of love from beginning to end.
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Random Firefly Related Happy

I was in the supermarket today and I picked up a TV Guide to read its feature about the 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends. I was surprised, then excited, then vindicated to see, snuggled in between Doctor Who and Captain Picard (that didn't sound dirty in my head), none other than our own Captain Tightpants. The blurb about Mal mentions that they don't care if the show was cancelled after ten episodes because both the show and Mal made such an impression on the fans etcetera MOOOVIIIIIIE etcetera etecetera.

TV Guide knows how to make me smile.
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