Movie Review – Firefly on Blu-ray

51734prq22bl__sl500_aa240_Firefly the complete series is now available on Blu-ray. Joss Wheden, the man who brought us such titles as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, takes you five hundred years into the future on a firefly class spaceship called Serenity. Joss brings the term ‘space cowboy’ to life in this tale of nine people who call Serenity home.

This means some new extra content for all the die hard fans who are just desperate for anything Firefly. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of experiencing Firefly it means you can do so in beautiful high definition. If you don’t mind spoilers I’ll tell you more on the other side…

The first time I saw Firefly, the entire season was loaned to me by a girl I work with (Thanks Karla). I had seen the movie ‘Serenity’ and was chatting water cooler style at work about the movie when she asks “have you seen the series?”  Just a few short days later I was lost in Wheden’s future universe. I knew by the end of the first duel episode that I was destined to own a copy of my own.

Imagine a universe where we (humans) have discovered another solar system (post our own nuclear catastrophe) and set about terraforming other planets, expanding our populations further and further into space.  There are no weird aliens or alternate species. The bad guys in this show are the governmental body (The Alliance), your average petty thugs from planet to planet, some mafioso type thugs in space stations of their own, and the Reavers. The Reavers were men who, it is believed, got to the edge of space and went mad in the face of the nothing beyond. They are insane cannibalistic hunters who commit unspeakable atrocities, and prefer to do so while their victims are still alive.

The Crew :

Captain Malcom Reynolds ‘Mal’ (Nathan Fillion) is a disillusioned former soldier who is living on the fringe of the universe. His constant struggle to balance a life of crime with a personal code of ethics in the face of adversity while making a life for himself and his crew will have you rooting for him in the end.

Zoe (Gina Torres) also an x-soldier, who had previously been under Mal’s command, is the complete package. A woman who takes names, kicks ass and looks fantastic while doing it.

Wash (Alan Tudyk) the sarcastic pilot who has no military experience but can manuver the ship with precision under the worst circumstances and has managed to end up married to the aforementioned Zoe.

Inara (Morena Baccarin) a licensed companion who rents one of the shuttles, lending the ship a small note of respectability.  She brings grace, beauty, passion, and a fabulous wardrobe into the mix.

Jayne (Adam Baldwin) a mercenary concerned mostly with getting paid, likes to blow things up, is crude, uncivilized and struggles with authority. He has now become my favorite Baldwin and I’m not even sure if he is related to the others.

Kalie (Jewel Staite) all sweet innocence, she is ‘the girl next door’ and she’s the genius mechanic who keeps Serenity flying through the universe day to day.

Simon (Sean Maher) was a talented doctor who gave up his promising career to save his sister from a secret Alliance facility where she was being held and turned into a living weapon.

River (Summer Glau) half out of her mind from the experiments the Alliance performed upon her, she is unpredictable. Shifting smoothly from seeming lucid to stark raving lunatic, you never know which River you will be seeing from moment to moment.

Book (Ron Glass) a preacher (shepherd) with a mysterious past. Although he is always the voice of reason and peace you get the impression his past wasn’t always so calm and peaceful.

In all, I have nothing but good things to say about this show. The cast, the music, and the filming style all come together in a way that makes you feel as if you are a part of the universe you’re watching and made me personally want to buy an old wreck of a spaceship and get off this rock.

Special Features:

There are a few new commentaries that were not included in the DVD version of the complete series. I won’t spoil these, you’ll just have to get them and listen for yourself. I personally enjoy listening to Joss explain just what he was thinking as he was making this show, and the more I hear the more impressed I am with the attention to detail that went into this project.

Extras Include:

Disk One

Here’s How It Was : The Making of Firefly

Trailers for the Buffy and Angel DVD’s and for Joss Wheden’s new show Dollhouse

Disk Two

Firefly Reunion: Lunch with Joss, Nathan, Alan and Ron.

Disk Three

Deleted Scenes \ Gag Reel \ Featurettes – Serenity: The 10th Character , Alan Tudyk’s Audition , Joss Sings The Firefly Theme , Joss Tours The Set

I give it a BUY IT! And if you haven’t seen the movie pick it up too.

Links:

Firefly: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
Serenity (Collector’s Edition)
Firefly (Original Television Soundtrack)

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2 Comments

  1. The only thing I ask for as a Christmas or B-day gift & NOONE ELSE in my family has a freakin’ clue about this series! Time to save up my pennies & dimes, I guess…

    -GNRPowdeR

  2. GNrPowdeR you won’t be sorry… truly Wheden’s finest piece of work. Still can hardly believe that fox was lame enough to drop the ball on this one… Oh wait… Fox canceling something great that the people love… nah… (infused with as much sarcasm as I could possibly manage.) 🙂


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