November 12, 2013

Your Next Box Set: Firefly
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

Your Next Box Set: Firefly

On the lookout for a new boxset to fill your long, boring winter evenings with? Each week, will be recommending you a series that you will have wishing those cold nights would stay forever…

This week, we recommend short-lived, but much-loved sci-fi western Firefly….


What it is?

That’s right, you read the above paragraph correctly, Firefly is a sci-fi western. Set in the year 2517, the show follow the adventures of the crew onboard Serenity. The crew are space mercenaries, who move from place to place scraping a living in whatever way they can.

After picking up a mysterious package, the crew find themselves to be wanted men and women, forcing them to enter uncharted territories… 


Who’s in it?

Probably more importantly than who’s in front of the camera, is who’s behind it, which is none other Joss Whedon, the man behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and most recently, Avengers: Assemble. He scripted and created Firefly.

In front of the camera, the show’s star is Nathan Fillion, a man you’ll now know best as Richard Castle from hugely successful US series Castle, he plays the ship’s captain Mal Reynolds. Alongside him is Morena Baccarin, who most will now know from her role as Jessica Brody in Homeland, she plays the troubled courtesan Inara Serra.

Alongside them are Alan Tudyk, who’s now a regular on Subagatory, and Gina Torres, currently starring in Suits; they play husband and wife Wash and Zoe.

Other notable cast members include Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, who plays con artist Saffron, and Summer Glau, who stars in action series Arrow

Firefly FOX

Why should I watch it?

Though Firefly only lasted for one season, it said more in 14 episodes than many TV shows do in their entire runs. The chemistry between the crewmembers is sublime and the dialogue is superb, full of Whedon’s mixture of wit and wisdom.

The concept might seem terribly grand and complex, but at its heart, Firefly is a very human series. You’ll soon fall in love with the crew.


Will it ever come back?

In the age of Kickstarter and with the success of the Veronica Mars crowd-funded film, fans have been clamouring for Joss Whedon to do a similar thing and bring Firefly back. Thing is, Whedon’s a very busy man these days, he’s Marvel’s overlord of scriptwriting and is currently working on the Avengers: Age Of Ultron and he’s unlikely to have the time in the next few years.

So, for now at least, you’ll have to make do with this box set…


Describe the show in three words…

Quirky and majestic. 

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