I ended up going home fairly early on Tuesday thanks to a hereditary migraine and, after languishing in bed for an hour or two, finally managed to shake it off. It was then, while watching television with my son, that I had a chance to watch an afternoon-long SciFi marathon of Firefly. It was a thorough introduction to a very well-done show that I should have been watching regularly since it started.
The background of the show is summed up quite simply in the introduction. In the future, human beings move to other planets beyond the Earth and eventually start fighting. This take on things isn’t really a new concept, but it only provides a glimpse of the show’s richly developed setting. I’ve seen very few genres convincingly mesh hyper-advanced technology with medieval farming implements, but Firefly pulls it off nicely.
I absolutely love the theme song, although I was disappointed to find out that it isn’t a shortened version of a full-length song. Only recently did I come to realize that Nathan Fillion, the actor who plays Captain Reynolds, also played Caleb, a villain from the seventh season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I guess I just didn’t catch the connection at first since he wasn’t talking with a country accent.
The show also features a wonderfully diverse set of different characters and personalities, but doesn’t come off with horribly complex plot lines despite this. I have yet to decide which character I like the most simply because they’re all played so well. I highly recommend this show to anyone with even a passing interest in science fiction. I, for one, will be watching it as much as my schedule allows.