Since today is the 12th anniversary of the debut of Firefly on Fox, I thought it an appropriate time to write an ode to Firefly and basically list all the reasons that we are disheartened, disappointed, and downright angry that Firefly is no more, and why we wish with every fiber of our being that Serenity was still flying on our TV’s each week.
The Characters: If you were to list them out by title, they might not seem any different or more special than any other show on television. A captain, a first mate, a pilot, a doctor, a preacher, a mechanic, a mercenary, a companion, a stowaway, and a ship. But you’d be wrong. Thanks to the brilliant acting capabilities of those chosen to portray these characters, and the chemistry between each of them, they make Firefly come to life and shine brighter than the sun. They are each wonderful characters in their own right, but what makes them even more grand is their interactions with each other.
Some of the best Kaylee moments are the ones she shares with Simon. I love seeing them both looking at each other and talking knowing that they both feel the same way about each other but they just can’t quite get the nerve to tell the other one how they feel. When Jayne makes his inappropriate comments to Book, and he gives him his disapproving preacher stare and comments on his wicked ways, you can bet that we are all going to get a good chuckle. Zoe and Wash are pretty much the best married couple in all the verse and watching them together makes you believe in love again. Mal and Inara, while they are the opposite of Zoe and Wash, are still the couple we wish would finally figure it out and just get together already! But watching them snake and dodge and throw stones because they are too scared to admit their feelings keeps us all glued to the screen. And River. Poor, sweet, crazy little River. I can’t pair her with one person because everyone on board reacts and interacts with her a different way. But each interaction keeps us guessing at to what River is going to do next.
Serenity: We can’t talk about how much we love Firefly without talking about Serenity. She’s the beloved 10th character of Firefly. More than just a ship, Serenity is a home for our wayward travelers. A cradle that keeps them safe from the cold and the dark. It keeps them together and keeps them flying. With the various colored rooms, she has her own personality and quirks, even when River isn’t incorporeally possessing her. There have been many shows and movies over the years, and many ships that we have traveled along with our heroes on their journeys, but none that feel more like home to us than Serenity does.
Untold Potential: For those of us who have watched the series over and over….and over again, we cannot help but think of all the potential stories that are left untold. All the unanswered questions, the untold quests and journeys of our crew. For instance, who is Shepherd Book? We all know that he wasn’t JUST a preacher. So who was he before he became a preacher and joined the crew of Serenity? What on earth was happening on Miranda that they felt that they needed to use PAX to calm their citizens? How did Zoe and Wash become the loving and adorable couple that they are? We all know that she didn’t like him when they first met and if she’d had her way, he would have never been on board the Serenity in the first place. If River was just one of many “subjects” that were experimented on, where are all the others?
Sadly, as much as we wish that Fox had been as captured by Firefly as we all were, we know they weren’t. We’re left with only one season and the Serenity movie to watch and re-watch and analyze. But that’s of no matter to us Browncoats. We’ll take what we can get.
Like the song says, “Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand. I don’t care, I’m still free, you can’t take the sky from me.”
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