A sad confession
Originally published October 27th, 2005.
Filed under Hollywood, Lex
I was even later to the Firefly series than the Captain – just finished watching it in the past coupla weeks. SO regret not following up on what Lex wrote back in 2005… Firefly was da bomb diggity.
Yes, Kaylee was hot as was Inara. But give me Captain Malcolm Reynolds with a side of Merc. Jayne. Hmmmm.
The Firefly series was one of the best sci-fi series that almost nobody had heard of. I found it from a friend who is a cinimaphile – a good 8 years after it was cancelled.
Blame Fox for that; they didn’t show the pilot until the series was well underway, they showed all but 14 episodes.
Never gave it time for people to find it.
Even Seinfeld had a rough sputtering start the first year – until people “got it”.
The show’s premise?
Take some people who were on the losing side of galactic civil war, add a mysterious “Shepard” – a priest (Ron Glass) – who apparently was a bigwig on the winning side (but his past us deliberately kept a mystery) but abandoned all that, a beautiful courtesan, a medical doctor on the run and his sister who has both psychic and has martial arts powers (Summer Glaw who in actual training was a ballerina – think Bruce Lee meets ballerina wearing combat boots) –
They are all on this old cargo ship that they keep patching as it goes from planet to planet –
The series had the potential of being another Star Trek or even Star Wars.
Come to think of it even Star Trek lasted only 3 years on NBC.
Until people got it .
The Serenity movie answered some, not all of the open questions that the series left unanswered – and is best seen after you see the series.
Glad Lex was able to “get it” with the series.
kaylee was the woman we’d want to bring home to mother. Inara was…well, a Ginger vs Mary Ann kinda thing
I think with the Ladies it is the same as Malcolm vs Jayne
Bill – not quite true, at least speaking for myself. I’d bring Malcolm and Jayne home….why not?
Sorta like brains and muscle – scotch and soda Kris?
An aside here. Saw over at Maggie’s Farm that Marianne Mathews has passed. I can hear Lex & her having a wonderful discission now about; well just about anything.
Tom in NC
Tom – thank you for letting us know. This deserves more attention so I have taken the liberty of linking to Maggie’s Farm in a separate post which I also added to the NepLex Memorial Page on Facebook. I can only imagine their conversations now. To be able to sit across from each other and just – talk.
Tom – as short a time as I have been with you all know Marianne lost a love in WW2 – battle of the Bulge? Lot’s of catching up to do!
I watched Firefly the whole time it was on, from the first episode to the last, except for 2 episodes that I missed due to being out at sea. Bought the DVD set when it came out. Saw Serenity in the theatre. Bought the DVD. Bought the Blu-Ray after the DVD was stolen. Bought all 3 versions of each issue of ‘Those Left Behind,’ and bought the hardcovers of all three volumes.
I still can’t believe it got f*cked over the way it did.
I still haven’t read volumes 2 and 3 of the comics yet. Whedon has said that he wasn’t going to tell Book’s story in full until he was sure that Firefly wasn’t going to get back on screen, and Volume 3 is called “The Shepherd’s Tale.” I just can’t bring myself to crack that volume, and reading #2 means I’d be just that much closer to #3.
Lt Rusty – something I didn’t realize until recently – that – particularly with Joss Whedon – where a series leaves off he will continue it in comic books –
With my friend the cinamaphile – we sat though the entire series of Buffy The Vampire Slayer” – also by Joss – a series I watched very sporadically when it was on the air and only when watching the DvDs – got it – but the last season – Sarah Michelle Gellar was getting tired of doing it (I guess after 7 years) – and it ended before Joss wanted it to end – so it continued in either graphic novel or comic book form.
Unlike Firefly when one network dropped Buffy Joss found another network that took it. I wonder if Lex ever saw Buffy.
It is a shame he (Joss) couldn’t do that for Firefly although he tried.
Incidentally Kris, Nathon Fillion (Malcolm in Firefly) auditioned for the part of Angel in Buffy – didn’t get it but in the later part of the series played a rather evil demon.
These days I suspect getting a quality series on network TV is very hard – with a much smaller audience share, the few that are presented have such a small time frame to “prove themselves” – but one could almost say Fox wanted to kill Firefly
“Reality” shows are so cheap to produce and get good audiences.
“Bread and circuses” my movie friend calls them.
Bread and Circuses my movie friend likes to say. Cheap filler.
It makes me happy to see a readers of this site have such good taste in books, movies and TV series. I sat and watched all three Lord of the Rings movies in a row once. About 10 or 11 hours straight through. It was very intense and emotionally draining. More difficult than I imagined, but I may try it again before the Hobbit comes out.
A friend introduced me to Firefly after the series was cancelled. I now have it and the Serenity on DVD. I recommend it to everyone I think may have an interest in that kind of show. It is so hard to find well told stories anymore that it seems a shame to not share them. Maybe that is why this community developed over time. Lex’s old posts and the other contributors new ones make my day.
For those who are interested, there will be a reunion show on the Science Channel Nov 11. Details here.
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