Enthusiastic (but late) Firefly fan

FireflyI live in a house that proudly features neither cable or a TV antenna. There are plenty of screens, but they only display what we consider classier media - namely the internet or DVDs. And it's only thanks to BitTorrent that I even get to see the best television show of all time, The Simpsons.

Occasionally, though, we do watch a TV series on DVD, and a housemate's recent birthday acquisition of the slim Firefly oeuvre has introduced me to the show. Not only is it great, but it has distinctive libertarian themes, as Micha (quicker to catch the cultural wave than I) commented earlier.

The theme is not merely libertarian, but frontierist nomadic libertarian, taking advantage of the unclaimable expanse of dynamic geography that is space. You can see this from the theme song [MP3], which puns on the name of the ship, Serenity:

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.

Take me out to the black,
Tell them I ain't comin' back.
Burn the land and boil the sea --
You can't take the sky from me

There's no place I can be
Since I found Serenity --
But you can't take the sky from me

I'm sure this is part of why it appeals to me. The main characters live on a smuggling ship, eking out a living on the fringes of society. Despite making a profession out of the black market, they have a strong moral code, showing integrity and honesty in their actions. The government that runs the universe is portayed as bureaucratic, incompetent, and uncaring, much like the Empire in Stars Wars - or the real world :razz:. Unlike Star Trek, where the main characters are an official (if often roguish) arm of a vast galactic empire with an exact place in its command heirarchy, the Firefly protagonists are Stainless Steel Rats, lurking around the fringes, answering to nothing but their consciences and captain.

Firefly is a world where cops make you feel scared, not protected, where people often travel armed, and where security means having really well-forged papers. I guess it stems from the Sci-Fi Western theme, combining space travel with outlawish adventures. Its really not all that SF, though, as the episodes I've seen have made little use of technology. Instead, its about people - and they seem to be our kind of people.

If you don't have access to a DVD set (an ill commentary on your choice of friends!) despair not - a movie, Serenity, will be coming out next September.

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Wow. You managed to turn my

Wow. You managed to turn my bummed out grief over Serenity's 5-month postponement into happy.

Firefly got plugged on Catallarchy! You guys rock.

I actually bought the DVD

I actually bought the DVD series based on a previous post on Catallarchy (and Joss Whedon's excellent track record). I too was pleasantly suprised by the show and still can't figure out why it was cancelled, but then again Angel was also canned.

It's true the show doesn't make extraordinary use of technology, but it tries to be scientifically accurate whenever possible: you never hear a sound in any of the space scenes, even during a climactic "shoot out" after a vacuum is introduced into the cargo bay of the ship. To compare, how many times have you heard ships fly through space in Star Trek (this is coming from a huge Next Generation fan)?

Science + Science Fiction + Liberty + Space + Jewel Staite... Firefly is defintely one of the most enjoyable television shows I have ever seen.

I, too, am a major Firefly

I, too, am a major Firefly fan. I own the DVD series as well. I can't wait until Serenity comes out!

My mom's decidedly Democrat-leaning neighbors and one of my Kerry-voting coworkers are also avid fans, imagine that!

William - I avoided the

William - I avoided the bummage by not finding out about the movie until post-postponement. I'm actually not the first Catallarchist to plug the show - Micha was way ahead of me.

Victor - I guess I'm a little dubious of the accuracy in the sense of projecting technology forwards. Because ideas are cheap to copy, I would expect even frontier planets to have better tech. Also, a lot of what makes SF great (and what makes it SF) is using tech to speculate about the future, about the great questions (what is life, what is humanity, etc). Firefly doesn't do any of this, so I have a tough time calling it SF, rather than a show that's set in space. ST:TNG at least tackles a few issues (AI, the Holodeck).

But hell, there are lots of SF shows out there, the libertarian aspect is way more important.

Firefly is awesome--there

Firefly is awesome--there was a scene in one episode that made me laugh and cry at the same time--but I want to take this opportunity to plug Farscape as the ultimate individualist space adventure series.