Saturday, August 15, 2009

Old Show - New Review - Browncoats Unite!

So I finally got around to watching the entire Firefly series and it's companion movie, Serenity on DVD and may I just say DAMN IT! I really wish this show would have been advertised better when it originally aired so many years ago. It is in one word AMAZING. If you have not seen it yet, get it on Netflix or buy it. Now! The short lived show was laugh out loud funny, and deeply moving all at the same time (as all of Joss Whedon's shows are). It can most accurately be described in 2 words as a space western (trust me, I do know how stupid that sounds) but those 2 words do not even begin to touch the magnitude of the world in which Firefly lives. The show revolves around 9 rebels who come to live together on a space ship well after Earth has been blown to pieces. How they all came to be there is revealed throughout the 15 episodes and the subsequent movie (Serenity). The series is action packed and full of tons of whit and more heart than you can even imagine. Even my boyfriend likes it and he hates Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Whedon's most popular endeavor). The captain of the ship is Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (played by Nathan Fillion who also appeared as Caleb on Buffy) and he is equal parts sexy, cool, sarcastic, and fearless. He is backed up by a crew of (mostly) honest thieves who range from the hard ass, egomaniac, weapons specialist Jayne (played by Adam Baldwin) to the sweet as pie mechanic Kaylee (played by Jewel Staite). There is also some serious sexual tension between the resident "Companion" Inara (played by the beautiful Morena Baccarin) and Mal - so thick you could cut it with a battle axe. The real intrigue though, comes with the arrival of River Tam - the genius girl turned inside out by the new government regime created when the two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance. Guessing what she'll do next or how she might react to each situation creates TONS of suspense. Not to mention the girl is grace embodied (played by real life ballerina Summer Glau). Other players include River's adorable and well intentioned doctor brother Simon Tam (played by Sean Maher), the very jocular pilot Wash (played by the hilarious Alan Tudyk, "A Knight's Tale," "Dodgeball") and his kick ass wife Zoe (played by Gina Torres, "Bones," "Angel") who could win 1st place in a "Hot in Leather" contest any day of the week. It's very hard to compare this show/movie to anything I have ever seen before but I highly recommend it for anyone in favor of smart dialogue and thrilling action. If you have already seen both, check out the video below to see a great homage to River Tam. If you have not seen either, watch the show and movie and come back for the video. Trust me. It's worth it!

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