(If you’re not a Firefly/Serenity fan, read this post anyway. You may soon find yourself wanting to watch the show, or at least the movie.)
If you’re a Firefly/Serenity fan, then today is the day you’ve been waiting for.
Actually, I’ll take that back: Monday was the day you were waiting for. Sadly, this post is not about some miraculous change of heart by the networks to return the series to TV. It’s also not the announcement of another Serenity movie, at least not in the big-movie-theater sort of way. This post is actually to announce that the documentary Done the Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly and Serenity, a massive DVD project which brings together the cast, crew, and noted fans such as writer extaordinaire Orson Scott Card (author of the Ender’s Game series) to pay a tribute to “the greatest science fiction series ever created” (according to Card).
I don’t disagree with him one bit.
Now, before you get the wrong idea, no I’m not a huge fan of the show. I like the show — a lot — but I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan. Still, this is an awesome development, especially if, like me, you actually like to watch the extras and commentaries included with DVDs. (I’ll gladly pay the little extra for the 2-disc edition almost any time.)
If you’ve never seen the show, imagine this: you see a guy who’s an ex-confederate soldier after the American Civil War. He goes out west to make his living transporting cargo — legal and otherwise — to the various sprawling cities, most of the time while trying to stay away from the authorities. He gets a together a posse (a doctor, a priest, a few hired guns, and a parlor maid) to do all this and — well, there you go. Now, take all that and put the guy in a junky, old spaceship, mix in some western music and Chinese culture, and make the cities planets. Finally, add the best writing you’ve ever heard on a science fiction show and you have yourself a show that can be loved by sci-fi geek and non-geek alike. (Think about it as science fiction that will attract more than just nerds and people with bad hygiene.)
Edit: To get a feel for the show, here’s the intro. Thanks be to YouTube.
Edit 2: Here’s the movie trailer, plus the first 15 minutes or so of the movie (divided into 2 clips), just to whet your appetite a bit.
The point of science fiction is not to focus on the technology. The point of science fiction is to focus on how people work within very real situations that wouldn’t necessarily be occurring (or would be occurring, but with different consequences) if the technology didn’t exist. This show covers all of that. Very human, very relatable, and the character development is awesome.
If you’ve never seen the show Firefly, at least do yourself a favor and watch the movie Serenity. After you fall in love with that, go grab the show (or stream it using WinAmp’s Shoutcast TV streams, available for free) or go grab the documentary, which can be pre-ordered right now for about $17.00. It includes something like 5-hours of lost footage and a ton of interviews with the cast and crew, so if you’re a fan it’s definitely worth it. (If you still doubt me, watch the trailer, or at least the celebrity highlights (Quicktime required).) By the time you’re done there, you’ll probably be in the same position I was when I first discovered the series: hungry for more.
Your assignment for tonight is to go out and either rent that movie or buy it, then sit at home with your significant other (whether they be spouse, pet, or android) and enjoy this incredible work.