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Old October 10 2008, 11:03 PM   #46
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Re: Do you think I'd like Firefly?

Oh wow, I can't believe this thread still exists .

I'd actually started watching Firefly a while ago (and started enjoying it as well) but wasn't able to continue beyond the first episode for a number of reasons (none of them to do with the show mind you).

It's still on my list of must sees. I'm just not sure when I'll get around to it.
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Old October 10 2008, 11:21 PM   #47
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I didn't even realise it'd been bumped
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Old October 11 2008, 01:52 AM   #48
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Re: Do you think I'd like Firefly?

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I'm forced to agree that starting on Out of Gas is a bad idea.
Hmm. Maybe that was part of my problem, since that was the episode I started (and ended) with.

Although I did see some of "Trash" - that was definitely better. It had the one bit of Whedon dialogue that actually made me laugh: "I appreciate your honesty. Not, you know, a lot..."
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Old October 11 2008, 02:20 AM   #49
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Re: Do you think I'd like Firefly?

"Firefly" is a character driven drama, much more so than DS9, so I would think you'd like it.

I'm not too familiar with the new BSG series, but I know a little of it's space battles, and FF outerspace sequences, like it's battles, are close in style (in fact, you can see the FF ship briefly in one BSG episode!), and they follow the rule of no sound in space.


Start from the correct viewing order. It's only about 14 episodes, so jsut give the whole thing a chance.
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Old October 13 2008, 01:15 AM   #50
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I do.
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Old October 13 2008, 07:27 AM   #51
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Considering Firefly can be had for as low as $14.99 at some stores, it's one of the best deals out there.

Firefly was the Show My girlfriend got me into as I introduced her to Star Trek. It's very light, and a lot of fun. Nathan Fillion will be a sci-fi icon for the rest of his life due to that show.
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Old October 13 2008, 01:18 PM   #52
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While there's been nothing to watch on Sunday nights during the summer, we've been watching a Firefly episode a week, at my wife's insistence.
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Old October 13 2008, 01:47 PM   #53
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Hey! I just started this show 4 days ago and have watched the first 6 episodes.
I like the captain....he's Kirk enough without seeming campy. He's what Archer should have been like.
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Old October 14 2008, 07:27 PM   #54
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Re: Do you think I'd like Firefly?

One of the things I really liked about the show was the fact that these people may not have been "sanctioned," but they definitely carried the banner of heroes, whether they intended to or not. Even though the main goal was to "find work & keep flying," oftentimes that work meant doing the right thing even if it was a crime against the Alliance to do so, and when presented with the moral choice, Mal always did the right thing, and expected the same of his crew. In that way, he was as much the "Star Trek ideal" as one could want.

The characters were much more diverse than Trek ever offered (even with Maquis on board, how 'diverse' was the crew of VOY, really?), and even if they spoke with very unique dialects and cadences (esp. Mal), I always thought their dialogue was a lot more natural than most other SF TV or movies; I also never really felt that there was anything sarcastic or too self-aware about any of the dialogue, but maybe it's that I think, and often speak, much the same way (just not sprinkled liberally with Mandarin ).

FF wasn't so much sci-fi as it was future fiction - these people were normal folks who just happened to live in the future, where all the tech was just part of the landscape (like cars are now) and they were going about their business, not trying to explore the limits of science. Like any genre, it's as much how the story is told as what the story itself is about, and FF was real storytelling; if you like that, you'll probably like Firefly.
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Old October 15 2008, 08:40 PM   #55
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Firefly the series and Serenity the theatrical film are amazing with rich characters and stories. It's the finest SF show IMHO since DS9.
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Old October 15 2008, 09:02 PM   #56
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I'm not a big fan of Buffy or Angel, Angel4576. I could never get into those somehow. But then I'm not that big a fan of fantasy really.
It doesn't matter if you like Buffy or Angel. I despise them, and love Firefly. The only similarities in my opinion are in the way the characters quip with one another, a quick, wry style of dialogue, which is a thin comparison to draw between such very different series. It seems that those who draw those comparisons generally really like or really dislike Joss Whedon and use it as a way of condemning or praising all of his work as a whole. Me, I don't care about him personally. I just happen to dislike his vampire shows and love the SF one.

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Concerning Farscape, one of the things that really put me off that show (among other things) was the type of aliens they had and the way they looked (yeah, I know if sound superficial but getting past that was always hard for me). Is that similar on Firefly? From the screen caps I've seen so far, I've only seen human players. Is that the way the entire show is?
There are no aliens in Firefly.

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Also, I'm not a big fan of anime either and unfortunately haven't seen the two you mention, Delsaber. So I can't really speak to that.
I don't know about the anime comparisons; I don't watch anime. It appears that they're generally referenced because of a western theme, though. Again, that's a thin comparison to draw, if you ask me. Firefly is often criticized because of it, but it makes sense when you think of it. Dumping a bunch of humans on a colony world is going to bring forth lifestyles similar to the western expansion of America. This isn't Star Trek, where every colonist has a phaser and a replicator at their disposal. They have to live off the land, far from the opulence of the core worlds. (Which are shown in the series, by the way.)

Give it a try.
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Old October 16 2008, 10:37 AM   #57
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FWIW, going into Serenity with a friend who'd never seen the series before I made sure I had time to show him the 2-hour pilot and Out of Gas first. The pilot does a good job of setting up the show (and has elements pertinent to Serenity), plus you get to see howw the "newer" people join the crew. OoG does an awesome job of showing how the original crew was established, plus is often considered the best episode of the series.
Serenity was actually my introduction to Firefly. I'd wanted to watch the series when it was on Fox, but couldn't figure out when it was supposed to air until I'd already missed several episodes (by which time I'd started school). I caught the movie on HBO (or a similar channel) perhaps a year or so after it was in theaters. I bought Firefly the next day.

As events transpired, I think it was better to see Serenity first, even if that meant I knew where some things were going to go. Firefly was such a great series that I think I would've been very disappointed with the (still very good) movie if I'd seen it last.


(I also have yet to meet an anime I like . . . well, except for Yu-Gi-Oh, maybe, but that's more a case of not being able to look away if I don't escape within ten seconds of coming across it. The show is terrible, but addicts instantaneously.)
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Old October 16 2008, 10:44 AM   #58
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I'm not too familiar with the new BSG series, but I know a little of it's space battles, and FF outerspace sequences, like it's battles, are close in style (in fact, you can see the FF ship briefly in one BSG episode!), and they follow the rule of no sound in space.
BSG doesn't follow the 'no sounds in space' rule. Firefly does, much to its credit.
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Old October 16 2008, 04:22 PM   #59
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Re: Do you think I'd like Firefly?

I hated both Farscape and Firefly. If you dislike Farsape then I doubt Firefly will interest you.

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Old October 16 2008, 06:17 PM   #60
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I'm not too familiar with the new BSG series, but I know a little of it's space battles, and FF outerspace sequences, like it's battles, are close in style (in fact, you can see the FF ship briefly in one BSG episode!)...
That's because both shows are done by the same CG effects house.
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