"Firefly" - when does it get good?

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  1. DWMarch

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    The good episodes start at #6 with "Our Mrs Reynolds" and continues right through to 11/12 ("Trash"/"The Message"- some like "The Message" and some don't). "Heart of Gold" is hit-and-miss with some great moments but some stock cliches too. "Objects in Space" is absolutely excellent.

    Some non-spoilery spoilers to keep you interested:

    Our Mrs. Reyonds- "You're good." "You're amazing... who are you?"

    Jaynestown- the bartender slapping the bottle out of Jayne's gaping maw. Simon finding an appropriate time to swear. Book's hair.

    Out of Gas- Kaylee getting hired by Mal.

    Ariel- the whole episode, particularly Simon getting a chance to do what he does best. Beware though- this episode has one very gory scene in it.

    War Stories- Wash and Mal's conversation about Mal's feelings towards Zoe. "Screw you!" "Get in line!"

    Trash- "Is there anybody there...? Anybody else?"

    The Message- The way the actual message is used throughout the episode and how it ties in to the end.

    Objects in Space- "I'm not on the ship. I'm in the ship. I am the ship."
     
  2. RoJoHen

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    I'd say "Our Mrs. Reynolds" is definitely where the show gets most comfortable with itself. It also helps that the episode is hilarious.
     
  3. cultcross

    cultcross The truth is precisely the opposite Moderator

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    I think you may have an issue with the show that is more fundamental than waiting for it to get good, if I may be blunt. If you don't like the characters, you probably won't like the show - it's premise is the characters, essentially. And unlike the movie, that's all the characters, not just Mal and River. River is a 'slow brewing' mystery, a background interest to keep an arc going, she's not the focus of the series, despite being the focus of the movie. Her development is therefore slow, although Ariel and War Stories march things on a bit.
    Basically, the River and Simon arc was set in motion as if Joss had all the time in the world, but concluded in a mad rush because he only had one movie.

    The pilot episode is rather different to the rest of the show - if you'd just watched that, I'd say keep going, it changes - but if you watch past Our Mrs Reynolds and don't like it, it probably isn't for you.

    That's a Cockney accent.

    Well if you're expecting a heavily arc driven serial, you'll be disappointed. It's an ensemble, episodic show. A dysfunctional TNG if you like. There are story arcs - River, Book, Jayne's past, Mal and Zoe's war history, the Alliance themselves, etc, but primarily, the show is episodic. It is most similar, I would say, to early Buffy in Joss' history - episodes that tie together but are still standalone, plot-wise. Compared to say, late season 7 Buffy where the episode breaks were more just places to put credits than actual story breaks.
     
  4. RoJoHen

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    ^I pretty much agree with all of that.
     
  5. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Premium Member

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    It's a Joss Whedon show. I think we can infer from his previous efforts what the pattern would have been. Season 1 would have been establishing premise and characters; then a clear-cut arc (probably the Miranda stuff) would have taken shape in season 2, and thereafter each season would have its own arc with a slightly different focus.

    Oh, and season 7 would have just ended last spring.....
     
  6. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    But would there be a spin-off? And who would it be about?
     
  7. Lindley

    Lindley Moderator with a Soul Premium Member

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    None of the characters we saw really seemed suitable for spin-off status. Maybe Saffron, but that's iffy.

    It'd be just like Joss to make the spin-off be about the Alliance. Maybe even about the Operative. Two shows, same universe----different sides!
     
  8. RoJoHen

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    Saffron and Bester! Ooh, that could be fun.
     
  9. Ayelbourne

    Ayelbourne Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Man...how I'd love to be in that parallel reality where that actually happened...
     
  10. cultcross

    cultcross The truth is precisely the opposite Moderator

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    It's weird to think it's that old.
     
  11. Deckerd

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    It's a shame some of the cast got really good gigs afterwards and others almost vanished.
     
  12. Forbin

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    If a shootout is the first thing that interested you, you're watching the wrong show.
     
  13. Forbin

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    It's got a lot of shooting, so maybe he'll like it best.
     
  14. iguana_tonante

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    Book's hair. They are still out there, you know. Waiting.
     
  15. RoJoHen

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    And whores. Everybody likes whores!


    :shifty:
     
  16. Tulin

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    Hear, hear!

    I quite enjoyed the series and film for what it was, however the rampant gushing and seemingly mindless, brainwashed proselytizing of the "Browncoats" almost made me start to dislike it.
     
  17. Deckerd

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    I must have missed all the brainless fanaticism. Are you sure it was on the Trekbbs?
     
  18. Ethros

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    Agreed.


    Like Lindley said, I'd love to just watch an ep where nothing happens and the crew all just sit around chatting.
    In fact "Out of Gas" is my favourite episode, but I almost wish that explosion didn't happen, and the entire ep was just the crew having dinner for Simon's birthday
     
  19. Lindley

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    Oh, we did have World War 3 a while back, no doubt, but that was an effort due to both sides of the issue.
     
  20. Deckerd

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    It sounds like fun. I miss all the fun [kicks dust moodily].