Firefly: That one show that should never have been cancelled. The series that inspired one of the most loyal fanbases ever: the Browncoats. Firefly made us all want to gather a crew and travel though space living crazy adventures.

In A Nutshell

Set in the year 2517, the story follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship. Led by Malcolm Reynolds, the crew travels through different planets to try to survive and evade warring factions and authority agents out to get them.

Meet the Characters

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Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds

Mal (Nathan Fillion) is the owner and captain of Serenity. He was also a former Independent sergeant in the pivotal Battle of Serenity Valley and fought for the Independent Army in the Unification War. He is a capable leader and skilled fighter who can come out as too blunt or rude sometimes. However, he has his morals and is very loyal and protective of his crew.

 

 

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Zoe ‘Alleyne’ Washburne

Zoe (Gina Torres) is the second-in-command. She is a very loyal friend to Mel and is the wife of Wash. She is a very capable fighter who helps Mal keep his cool during difficult situations. She served under Mal during the war as a corporal.

 

 

 

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Hoban ‘Wash’ Washburne

Wash (Alan Tudyk) is the ship’s pilot and Zoe’s husband. Wash is often jealous of her relationship with Mal, especially considering that he didn’t approve of their marriageHe joined pilot training just to see the stars, which were invisible from the surface of his polluted homeworld. He tends to make sarcastic and amusing comments, despite the severity of the situation.

 

 

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Inara Serra

Inara (Morena Baccarin) is a Companion. No, not the kind of companion from Doctor Who. In the 26th century, a Companion is the equivalent of an escort or mistress. She rents one of Serenity’s two small shuttles. Her presence confers a degree of legitimacy and social acceptance the crew of Serenity would not have without her on board. There is strong romantic tension between her and Mal, but each jokingly objects to the other’s “whoring” or “petty theft”, respectively. 

 

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Jayne Cobb

Jayne (Adam Baldwin) is a mercenary. He is someone who can be depended on in a fight, as he is very straight-forward. As Whedon states several times, Jayne is the man who will ask the questions that no one else wants to. However, despite his macho appearance, he has shown a particularly intense fear of Reavers, more so than the rest of the crew. Occasional hints of intelligence peek through this façade, giving the impression that he acts dumber than he is.

 

 

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Kaylee Frye

Kaylee (Jewel Staite) is the ship’s mechanic. She lacks any sort of formal training, but has a true intuitive gift when it comes to mechanics and their operation. She’s a very sweet and genuine character, truly loving the ship and every member of the crew. Joss Whedon once stated that if Kaylee believes something, it is true.

 

 

* There are more main characters but these are the first ones to appear as being part of the crew in the first episodes. Also, spoilers!

A Brief History of Firefly: The When, Where and How

Firefly was an American series created by Joss Whedon that was released in 2002 on FOX. Its genre could be defined as a space western with a bit of drama and comedy. Both Whedon himself and Tim Minear were the executive producers. 

It only has 1 season consisting of 14 episodes of 40 minutes each. Even though Firefly was cancelled after episode 11, the persistent support of its fanbase made it possible to release the movie Serenity in 2005, as a way of giving closure to these characters and their stories. 

Its cancellation is known as one of the most unfair and sad things to happen in the geek world during the 2000s, inspiring many references from shows like The Big Bang Theory or even geeky songs. The Firefly franchise also expanded to other media like comics and RP games.

Why It’s Awesome

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So we already said it’s a western sci-fi with very charismatic characters and written by Joss Whedon. Still not convinced!?

There are many things that make Firefly so awesome and one of the best sci-fi shows of the 2000s. Travelling through space always leads to mysteries and existential questions that make us wonder what’s out there for us. Also, space battles. Firefly has a situation for every viewer, so much that sometimes its genre comes out as confusing. There’s comedic situations, but there’s also very dramatic ones. Sometimes the show can get very intense, sometimes it’s just action scenes and sometimes it has more elements of thriller and mystery in it. 

All of that is accompanied with very clever dialogues. There are conversations that will make you have to pause the episode and just think about what a certain character just said. Because Firefly is not just about badass fighters that make cool postures. It’s also about humanity, human relationships and questions of morality.

But there’s one thing many viewers agree on when it comes to the best part about Firefly: the characters. This story gathers a crew of incredibly different and still lovable characters that make us very easy to pick our favourite. Their feelings and actions are very realistic, and so are the relationships among them. As Whedon himself said, Firefly is basically “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things”.

Overall Score

Category Score
Show Quality 9 / 10
Characters 8 / 10
Fandom 9 / 10
Ambience 10 / 10
Drama/Comedy 8/ 10
Total 44 / 50

 

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[…] group of people in a spaceship is nothing new by any means, I couldn’t help but feeling some Firefly vibes. In that sense, Three reminded me of Jayne Cobb, and Five reminded me of River Tam. […]

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