October 15th, 2004

valen

New Review: Firefly 1.8

I loved this episode the first time I watched it, and it gets better every time. I think listening to the commentary just made me appreciate the artistry involved on a more complete level. It's rare for a series to hit all cylinders so quickly, and it's even more amazing when the structure of the season is so clearly defined yet so unpredictable at the same time.

Here's my review for Firefly 1.8: "Out of Gas" (DVD version):

http://www.entil2001.com/series/firefly/season1dvd/ff1-8.html

Overall, this episode is easily one of the best episodes of genre television ever written. The plot is wonderfully simple yet structured in a fluid and complex way, revealing much about Mal’s relationship to each character and reinforcing what has already been established. Even the smallest moments work incredibly well, and the entire production from beginning to end is an obvious labor of love. This is an episode that gets better every time.
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