The series is set in the year 2517 after a Civil War between the Alliance a supergovernment made up of Corporations and The Independent Faction aka Browncoats. Now describing Firefly brings up two words that nerds everywhere can cherish...Space Cowboys!! The show follows the Crew of a "Firefly Class" Spaceship called Serenity as they try to piece back together their lives after being on the losing side of the War. Now sometimes that leads them into the outskirts of the law which always pays a lil bit more but it does bring them in contact with some really unsavory characters. And other times they fly the straight and narrow, IF the job pays enough! Just folks doing what they can to make ends meet.
The episodes happen on a variety of moons and planets around their solar system. The mixture of the Western and East Asian cultures is easy to see, the divide between rich and poor is massive and this tends to adds lil tension to some character interactions. It's interesting to note that a lot of the characters speak in a sort of Cowboy Slang that's peppered with Chinese swear words and it’s very entertaining!
The Captain of the beloved Serenity is Mal Reynolds who was raised by his mother and various Ranch Hands in his youth, which explains why he maintains a personal code of conduct and is fiercely loyal to his crew. He also fought as a platoon sergeant for the Brown Coats in the Civil War which honed his skills as a warrior.
The 2nd in command is a Valkyrie that goes by the name of Zoe Washburne, she fought alongside Mal in the war. She is a calm and very capable warrior and her loyalty to Mal is hardly questioned.
The pilot is Hoban Washburn and his flying skills are 2nd only to his offbeat sense of humor that seems to land him in hot water once and while. He is married to Zoe and loves the fact she is empowered warrior and is slightly less than thrilled about her loyalty to Mal as it can cause conflicts between them.
There is an Companion on board by the name of Inara Serra and she add an legitimacy to Mal's less than stellar reputation and rents out two of the shuttles for her private use. From which she makes visits to her wealthy clients who can afford her rates and her special attentions.
There is kick ass Mercenary known as Jayne Cobb, what he lacks in brain power he more than makes up in fire power! Mal gained his employment at an opportune time with an offer of better money and accommodations and he has been with him ever since.
The ship has the finest mechanic in the galaxy Miss Kaylee Fyre although she has no formal training she understands the engines on Serenity with an almost intuitive nature. Her innocent nature and huge heart make her popular with the crew.
The last member of the crew is Derrial Book who is a Shepherd (Preacher) with surprising talents of hand to hand combat and firearms. He does follow the righteous path and although he might stray slightly he also offers a conscience that is needed sometimes.
I would suggest you check out the commentaries on the DVD for more back story. Now plunk those Discs in and let's ride into the Space Sunset together!
Location - I found it for the very reasonable price of under $20.00 on www.amazon.ca. Also makes a great stocking stuffer at this price!! =)
- Solid episode story
- Fast Paced Action
- Space Cowboys
- As my good friend once suggested the only Cons on this series are the Convicts!