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Firefly 1 Season 2002

Season 1
4.8 out of 5 stars (11,555) IMDb 9.1/10

Sci-fi western set 500 years in the future, in the aftermath of a universal civil war, that centers on the renegade crew of a small transport spaceship.

Starring:
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

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1. Serenity

The crew of the spaceship Serenity attempt to rid themselves of precious salvaged cargo.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes Release date: December 20, 2002
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2. The Train Job

Mal and his crew are hired to pull off a train heist, but the cargo turns out to be badly needed medication intended for sufferers of a deadly disease.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: September 20, 2002
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3. Bushwhacked

The crew discovers the sole survivor of a Reaver attack aboard a derelict spacecraft, leading to an encounter with an Alliance commander bent on capturing Simon and River.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: September 27, 2002
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4. Shindig

Hoping to initiate a smuggling transaction, Mal attends an elegant social event with Kaylee. But when Mal upsets a wealthy man who hired Inara as his companion, he is challenged to a sword fight.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 1, 2002
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5. Safe

Book is critically injured when the crew of the Serenity is caught in the crossfire between policemen and outlaws; a backward people in need of a doctor kidnap Simon, and mistake River for a witch.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 8, 2002
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6. Our Mrs. Reynolds

After ridding a peaceful planet of a group of bandits, Mal and his crew are honored for their heroism. But when he returns to the Serenity, a horrified Mal is told he inadvertently married one of the local women during the celebration.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 4, 2002
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7. Jaynestown

When the Serenity crew travels to a planet to strike a smuggling deal, Jayne discovers the populace worships him as a hero; Inara makes a man out of a magistrate's 26-year-old virginal son; Book's nerves fray as he tends to River.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 18, 2002
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8. Out of Gas

The crew is forced to abandon ship when the Serenity is crippled by an explosion, leaving behind a dying Mal, who recalls how he first acquired the vessel and assembled the crew.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 25, 2002
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9. Ariel

Disguised as medical personnel, the crew infiltrates a hospital with the intention of stealing valuable supplies; meanwhile, Simon uses a high-tech imaging device to study River's brain in hopes of curing her - only to be betrayed by Jayne.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 15, 2002
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10. War Stories

The crew stages a rescue mission when Niska takes Mal prisoner and subjects him to torture; Inara raises eyebrows when she takes a female client.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 6, 2002
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11. Trash

Mal's "wife" Saffron resurfaces with a plan to steal a valuable gun from a collector, but the plan goes awry when the gun's owner turns out to be another of Saffron's husbands.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 1, 2003
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12. The Message

Mal and Zoe receive a crate containing the body of an old wartime friend, but the man turns out to be very much alive, and smuggling a secret cargo.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 1, 2003
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13. Heart of Gold

The Serenity crew defends a bordello from a gunslinger who got a prostitute pregnant and now intends to collect the child; Mal falls for the bordello's madam.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 1, 2003
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14. Objects in Space

A bounty hunter bent on apprehending River and collecting the reward for her capture boards the ship at night, catching the crew off-guard. He soon grows confused when River claims she's become one with the Serenity.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 13, 2002
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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Adventure
Starring Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres
Supporting actors Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass, Christina Hendricks, Mark Sheppard, Michael Fairman, Jeff Ricketts, Dennis Cockrum
Season year 2002
Network FOX
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I despise television. I even gave it up last year, and now only see a few shows a friend and I watch together. "The West Wing". "24". "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
Until last fall. Then I saw "Firefly", named somewhat whimsically about a cargo ship whose end lights up when it accelerates. But this is no flashy futuristic show about technical wonders, but rather a very nitty-gritty character study of nine very individual people.
Joss Whedon, who created "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel", had an idea for a science fiction show unique to that "Southern California born/spent time in Britain as a teenager" background of his: He read a book about the ground level grunts of the American Civil War called "The Rebel Angels" and wanted to do a TV series about the people who didn't make the history books: the people history stepped on. He wanted to do a story set in a future about a ship and where it went. Not a vast engine of war or a great vessel of exploration and diplomacy, but an old tramp steamer of a ship, so small it didn't even have a mounted gun, that made its way through thick and thin by taking any job, anywhere, no questions asked.
The nine people on board the Firefly-class ship "Serenity" aren't rich, famous, particularly smart or particularly gifted, for the most part. They all have pasts, and not all of them are comfortable about talking about themselves. They live in the aftermath of a major war that lead to the forceable unification of all of humanity, and not all of them were on the same side. The ship's name, "Serenity" is that of the climactic battle of that war, and they find themselves still trapped psychologically in a war that ended six years before.
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I liked Star Trek. But Star Trek was a sterile proto-socialist fantasy, without a comprehensible culture beyond starfleet itself.

I like Star Wars better, but despite the detailed world building it remained a fairly predictable space opera.

Firefly (and the Serenity movie) are the best damn science fiction I have ever watched on a screen. I can't believe that there is no more of this to watch. I will not believe it. I am going to think really, really desperate and evil thoughts until someone gives me another fix.

OK, so I hate reviews that just say something was good and the network is evil for having cancelled it, no matter how true that is. A person reads a review not to determine whether someone they have never heard of likes something, but, hopefully, whether they might like it. So here is my pathetic attempt to describe greatness. Why I loved Firefly

1. Detailed world building. I can easily see how the worlds of humankind shown in this series evolved from the world of today. Any projection into the future is hazardous, but at least this series makes a reasoned attempt at such a projection. I see bits and pieces of the world we know, taken apart and reassembled on another stage, as, indeed, they will have been after the passage of 500 years. Whether it is the Chinese characters in the shop windows, the opulent, almost Raj-like feel of the Tam estate and the clothes worn there, the eclectic, practical, almost wild west garb of the outer worlds, or the oriental but not quite specific derivation of Inara's quarters, I can tell that someone spent a lot of time and energy trying to trace out the lines of this future society. Which leads me to

2. The emphasis on the everyday and practical.
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Firefly was a show that came on the heels of Fox's usual brilliant decision-making--right after it cancelled my beloved Dark Angel. I first thought this show would be awful, but I sat down and watched it--and it was love. Truly. It's rare to find a show that can be taken seriously that also made me laugh out loud in every episode. The writing was extraordinary, and the actors/actresses were absolute gold. It was really like watching a movie each time around. Yet again, Fox shot itself in the foot and iced another good show. Nonetheless, at least the DVD is soon to come. At least they had the decency to do that. Come on, sing it with me: "Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand. But I don't care--I'm still free. You can't take the skies from me..."
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I'd never heard of this show until I noticed the customer reviews while browsing through Amazon.com ... The response was so overwhelming that I HAD to check it out. It is without a doubt the best series I've ever seen. I was completely absorbed by the stories and characters, and watched the entire series in one sitting - I just couldn't stop. I hope another station picks up on this great show and carries it forward!! (and I can hardly wait to see the movie!!!)
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Fox has had its share of failed shows in the past years. This is to say nothing of their chronic ability to underadvertise and pre-empt their best programming in lieu of sporting events and mindless programming.
How Joss Whedon's Firefly managed to get a prime-time Friday night slot on Fox is beyond me. It was smartly written, well directed, extremely well cast and for its short-run had enough sub plots to keep you watching week after week. Firefly is, hands down, one of the best shows that Fox has ever aired. Why they relentlessly under-promoted this well-viewed show may never be known.
It is my sincere hope that now that Buffy is gone, Whedon manages to find another network that will pick up Firefly. It is too good to die.
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