MY CONFESSION

I’m showing my nerdiness here, but I don’t care. It needs to be said… 

Who has watched the one and only season of Firefly, and its movie spinoff, Serenity? What did you think of it?

Personally, I absolutely love it! I first watched it about ten years ago, when I was working for a high-profile PSD team, operating out of the American airbase in Kirkuk, Iraq. And I’ve sat and watched it a number of times since. It’s been my dirty little secret for some time. But alas, I’m stepping out of the closet and accepting my nerdy kink.

It’s cheesy at times, and some of the props are ropey, but hey, who doesn’t enjoy cowboys and space? So it only makes sense to mix them into an awesome script. The characters are simple, but brilliantly developed and played by the cast. Every member of the crew is a gem, in his/her own right. Their interaction and diversity makes for there never being a dull moment. And the storylines are thoroughly entertaining.

Jayne, played by Adam Baldwin, has got to be my favourite. His one-liners and facial expressions have had me in stitches, blowing snot bubbles, on a number of occasions.

Compared to the mediocre, rote crap that’s being churned out these days, Firefly was something very special. It was filled with humour, adventure, excitement and it was even sexy (without trying too hard to be). Inara… need I say more?

I’m no fan of Joss Whedon. I don’t like his politics and I consider most of the stuff he churns out to be little more than garbage (I’ll never forgive him for the fucking abortion he made of Alien-Resurrection with his writing), but Firefly was genius. Why did it get cancelled? It had good ratings, and the potential to go far. With a bigger budget for a second season, we could have been treated to something new and wonderful. Instead, we’re subjected to endless super-hero spin-offs, remakes and reboots. Or even worse, more reality rubbish that only shows us how talentless and desperate the vast majority of people are.

Such a shame that its potential was never reached….

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2 Comments to “MY CONFESSION”

  1. John E. says:

    Hi Luke… I like the books. But then you went and wrote this blog post and then I decided that I also now like you personally (at least the limited amount of you I know personally). Firefly is absolutely one of my all time favorite shows. EVERY character is interesting and endearing in their own way. The sheer number of quotable lines rivals any media I have seen. I have probably watched the entire series a double digit number of times.

    As for the reason it failed initially, you can blame that on the network. They only aired 9 of the 14 episodes and the aired them out of order. They sank the ship. I know that some of the cast never forgave the network for how they handled this show. After the cancellation, a huge grassroots movement pushed Firefly into the mainstream, resulting in the”Serenity” movie. After that Whedon said he didn’t see a way to bring these characters back to the small screen. Whedon has done some gems like this and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog”, but has also done some less than stellar work. His politics annoy me as well.

    From one military guy (10 years for me) to another. Embrace this inner nerd. There is little being written out there that rivals what Firefly accomplished with this eclectic group of actors.

    • Luke Duffy says:

      Hi John,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Always nice to speak with a fellow (closet) nerd…

      They aired only nine of the episodes and in the wrong order? How? Why? What the actual fuck? No wonder they never made a second season. It makes no sense whatsoever to me why they would cancel such an outstanding show like Firefly, after deliberately sabotaging it (from what you’re saying), yet continue to make shit like Melissa and Joey, or Marvel spin-offs and the other nine thousand and ninety-nine brain rotting sit-coms and super hero shows. It truly is a shame, mate. I’ve watched all the episodes, like you, a number of times, and I still enjoy each and every one of them.

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