For years, my brother kept telling me I needed to watch a show called Firefly. I always responded, "Why would I want to watch a show with that name?" He finally sent me a copy. During the first two episodes I thought, "What the hell is this?" Next couple of episodes? I became completely submersed in its awesomeness. By the end of the first season, the characters had become family. I quickly attempted to order the second season, only to have my heart ripped from my chest while it was still beating, watching it shredded and gorged upon by the fiendish brutal hell-hounds also known as "studio executives."There was no second season. Because of the suits in charge, a whole mess of mistakes were made regarding marketing, air times and show content. Ratings that were hoped for weren't achieved, so it didn't even run its entirety on air. And yet, it was one of the most creatively original sci-fi shows ever filmed.
But fear not. The complete episodes (even those originally unaired) are available on Bluray. Also, there was enough of an outcry from fans for a full length feature film entitled Serenityto be made that helped give some closure.
There are a ton of reasons to like the show: spaceships, sexiness, lots of action, cannibalistic-berserker-pirates known as Reavers. But what held it all together was Joss Whedon's writing. Please find below some of the brilliantly written humor and wisdom from the show. Once you get this taste, you'll rush out and buy both the season and the film. But make sure you don't start watching until it's a Friday, because watching the exploits of the Firefly crew is all you'll want to do for a couple of days."WE WORK BEFORE WE PLAY."
"YOU TURN ON ANY OF MY CREW, YOU TURN ON ME."
"YEAH AND IF WISHES WERE HORSES, WE'D ALL BE EATING STEAK."VERSION 2: "WHEN YOU CAN'T RUN, YOU CRAWL, AND WHEN YOU CAN'T CRAWL, WELL YOU KNOW THE REST." "LOOK, YOU GOT A LITTLE STABBED THE OTHER DAY. IT'S BOUND TO MAKE ANYONE A MIGHT ORNERY."
SHINY = MULTIPLE USES. COOL, GOOD, SWEET, BEAUTIFUL, AWESOME.
WEAK TEA = UNFRUITFUL, DOESN'T PAY OFF, NOT WORTH THE EFFORT. GORRAM (PR: "GORE AM") = GOD DAMN.
THE 'VERSE = THE UNIVERSE.
RUTTING = USED AS SYNONYM FOR THE WORD "F**KING." FOR EXAMPLE, "THE WHOLE RUTTING PLANET'S COVERED WITH REAVERS!"
A THRUST = SEX."WHEEL NEVER STOPS TURNING BUT THAT ONLY MATTERS TO THE PEOPLE ON THE RIM."
"LIVE TO SERVE." = STATED AFTER TELLING SOMEONE YOU'LL HELP THEM. "THAT'S AIR THROUGH THE ENGINE." = WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE OR WHAT'S DONE IS DONE.
"SEE YOU IN THE WORLD." = SEE YOU LATER."WHIMSICAL IN THE BRAINPAN." = CRAZY, LOOPY, NOT ALL THERE.
"WE SNIFF THE AIR, WE DON'T KISS THE GROUND." = WE'RE NOT STAYING IN THIS PLACE VERY LONG.
"SO THIS IS WHAT GOING MAD FEELS LIKE."
"COMPLETELY OFF HER AXLE." = CRAZY.
"DON'T GO VISITING MY INTENTIONS." = DON'T THINK YOU KNOW WHAT I'M THINKING.
"HEY MAL LOOKS LIKE WE GOT SOME IMMINENT VIOLENCE."
"SOMEONE EVER TRIES TO KILL YOU, YOU TRY TO KILL'EM RIGHT BACK!"
"I'M LOST, I'M ANGRY AND I'M ARMED."
And to close out, here's some vid:
Am hoping you found this a shiny post. See you in the 'verse!
Stephen Sumner is the science fiction columnist for Action A Go Go. He can be followed on Twitter at or on the Tumblr machine at