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Joss Whedon's Firefly (2002) & Serenity (2005)

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Firefly is an American space western drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear. The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as "nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things".

The show explores the lives of a group of people who fought on the losing side of a civil war and others who now make a living on the outskirts of society, as part of the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. In this future, the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures. According to Whedon's vision, "nothing will change in the future: technology will advance, but we will still have the same political, moral, and ethical problems as today".

Firefly premiered in the U.S. on the Fox network on September 20, 2002. By mid-December, Firefly had averaged 4.7 million viewers per episode and was 98th in Nielsen ratings. It was canceled after eleven of the fourteen produced episodes were aired. Despite the series' relatively short life span, it received strong sales when it was released on DVD and has large fan support campaigns. It won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2003 for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. The post-airing success of the show led Whedon and Universal Pictures to produce Serenity, a film based on the series. TV Guide ranked it #5 on their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon".

The Firefly franchise expanded from the series and film to other media, including comics and a role-playing game.

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Serenity is a 2005 American space western film written and directed by Joss Whedon. It is a continuation of Whedon's short-lived 2002 Fox science fiction television series Firefly and stars the same cast, taking place after the events of the final episode. Set in 2517, Serenity is the story of the captain and crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The captain and first mate are veterans of the Unification War, having fought on the losing side. Their lives of petty crime are interrupted by a psychic passenger who harbors a dangerous secret.

The film was released in North America on September 30, 2005 by Universal Pictures. It received generally positive reviews and was #2 during its opening weekend but it did not make back its budget until its home media release. Serenity won numerous awards, including the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.


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My thoughts:

After more than 10 years, I finally got to watch Firefly and Serenity back-to-back last week, and I'm telling you. For a series that dates back a decade ago, It's a pretty damn good series. One of the best ones ever, no argument. It still hold's up as one of the iconic sci-fi shows ever.

First, the series. Never have I seen such lovable characters, intriguing and engaging story, easy to digest and a very interesting setting. When I watched the Pilot episode, it instantly got me hooked, no questions asked. I submitted to Joss Whedon's power of story telling. You can tell Joss really poured all his creativity into this show. I could really see that this is exactly the story he wanted to be telling and I know that feeling. Where you have this great idea that you want to really share, and you believe that it IS good. Well, for me, I think it is perfect. I am glad to have watched this show before I died. It's a gift. Fanboygasm.

Lastly, the concluding film, Serenity. I was sad to see that Firefly didn't go for more than 14 episodes. Didn't even at least finish a season. Boggles my mind. I couldn't understand why. But, given the fact that it happened, it didn't stop Joss to finish what he started cause, IT IS. a great story to be told from start to end.

I would easily call this film the best season finale of a series ever. Remember when I said the CGI were good at the series? Multiply that by 10. Equals the movie. So breathtaking. Enough with the minor details, and let me talk about how it went down. You can tell Joss had to condense all his ideas for the series into one film in lest than 2 hours. It may have not been enough, but Joss executed it almost perfectly. Full of awe and action and thrill. Trust me, I don't mean those generic feelings from generic film. This is a film that wakes your true emotions. I gasped, bit my nails to the bone, almost broke into tears, I tell you. It rarely happens to me. It's while not 100% perfect, 99% is enough for me, is an awesome, entertaining, emotional ride. Its an enough conclusion for me for the series. I miss it already. Fanboygasm* :rotflmao:

My Rating:
Firefly 9/10
Serenity 8.5/10
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