I’m living the bachelor life for a couple more days, until my wife comes home from her mom’s (her sister had her baby last night – welcome to the world, Kara Renee!). I’ve been busy with work or Cub Scout stuff every night this week so far, so last night, I just wanted to veg out. A perfect opportunity to catch up on the Firefly DVD box set I bought and never got more than three episodes into.
So, I watched about 5 hours of Firefly last night – starting with the fourth episode, “Shindig”, and progressing through “Safe”, “Our Mrs. Reynolds”, “Jaynestown”, “Out of Gas”, and “Ariel”.
I LOVE this show. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s great sci-fi, set about 500 years in the future, but everything is kind of old west-style – outlaws, smuggling, etc. The writing is great – you never know what twists are coming. It’s hilariously funny – lots of smart dialog and laugh out loud moments. And you can’t help but love each one of the characters.
Fox TV had the broadcast rights to the show, but screwed up by airing the episodes out of order, then canceling the show after one season, even though it had a cult-like following. The movie Serenity was made last year, set in the Firefly universe, and was actually my first exposure to the show.
If you haven’t already, check out Firefly and Serenity. I’m doing a lousy job of explaining why it’s great, but you’ll know right away if you’re going to like it, and chances are, if you like, you’ll love it.