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Encyclopedia > Firefly (television series)
Firefly

Genre Science fiction
Running time 41 minutes per episode (approx. per episode)
Creator(s) Joss Whedon
Starring Nathan Fillion
Gina Torres
Alan Tudyk
Summer Glau
Jewel Staite
Ron Glass
Adam Baldwin
Morena Baccarin
Sean Maher
Country of origin United States
Original network/channel FOX
Original run September 20, 2002December 20, 2002
No. of episodes 14
IMDb profile
TV.com summary
For other uses, see Firefly (disambiguation).

Firefly is a science fiction television series that premiered on television in the United States and Canada on September 20, 2002. It was created by Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel fame. Whedon and Tim Minear were the executive producers. The series concept merges the classic "Western" genre with a science fiction backdrop, applying naturalistic science fiction concepts, such as showcasing flawed characters in humble circumstances. Image File history File links FireflyPoster. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Joss Whedon Joss Hill Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is a writer, director, executive producer, and creator of several television series, most famously Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. ... Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly Nathan Fillion (born March 27, 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian actor. ... Gina Torres as Zoë Washburne on Firefly. ... Alan Tudyk as Wash (left) and Gina Torres in Firefly Alan Wray Tudyk (born March 16, 1971 in El Paso, Texas) is an American stage, film, and television actor. ... Summer Glau as River Tam in Serenity (2005). ... Jewel Staite as Kaylee Frye in Firefly Jewel Belair Staite (born June 2, 1982 in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian actress, best known for her role as Kaylee Frye in the short-lived television series Firefly (2002) and its subsequent 2005 film, Serenity. ... Ron Glass as Shepherd Book in Firefly Ron Glass (born July 10, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana) is an American actor, best known for his role as the witty Detective Ron Harris in the long-running television sitcom Barney Miller (1975-1982). ... Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb in Firefly Adam Baldwin (born February 27, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor best known for his role as Animal Mother in Stanley Kubricks Full Metal Jacket. ... Morena Baccarin as Inara Serra (left) and Jewel Staite in Firefly Morena Baccarin (born January 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is an Italo-Brazilian actress, best known for her role as Inara Serra in the short-lived science fiction television series Firefly. ... Sean Maher as Simon Tam in Firefly Sean Maher (born April 16, 1975 in Pleasantville, New York) is an American actor, best known for his role as Simon Tam in the short-lived science fiction television series Firefly. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Firefly can refer to: Firefly, a type of beetle Firefly (television series), a science fiction TV program created by Joss Whedon, and the ship class from which the series derives its name Firefly (comics), a Batman villain Firefly (G.I.Joe), a mercenary and saboteur who works for the evil... A broadcast of the long-running and popular British science-fiction series Doctor Who. ... September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Joss Whedon Joss Hill Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is a writer, director, executive producer, and creator of several television series, most famously Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a U.S. television series loosely based on the 1992 movie of the same name. ... Angel was the highly successful spin-off from the American television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Tim Minear (born October 29, 1963) is an American screenwriter and director. ... Executive producer is a role in the entertainment industry that is sometimes difficult to clearly define. ... The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... Naturalistic science fiction, a term coined by Ronald D. Moore, is a presentation of a fantastical situation in naturalistic terms. ...


The series was broadcast on the FOX network in 2002 and was cancelled after only eleven episodes. However, strong sales of the DVD collection of all fourteen episodes that were made allowed Whedon to convince Universal Studios to produce a film based on the series, titled Serenity after the crew's spacecraft of the same name. The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... It has been suggested that Dual layer recording be merged into this article or section. ... The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal, has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County between Los Angeles and Burbank. ... Serenity is a film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ... Ariane 5 lifts off with the Rosetta space probe on March 2, 2004. ... Serenity during a VTOL manoeuvre on the surface of a planet. ...

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Setting

Firefly title screen
Firefly title screen

The series is set in the year 2517. Long before the events in the story, a large population emigrated from the Earth to a new star system in multi-generational ships that traveled much faster than today's ships, but nowhere near light speed (unlike most science-fiction shows). The emigrants established themselves in a new star system, with dozens of planets and hundreds of moons, many of which had been "terraformed," a process in which a planet or moon is altered to resemble the Earth. The terraforming process is imperfect, and the outlying settlements are typically set in forbidding, dry environments, well suited to the western genre. Image File history File links Firefly_opening_screen. ... Image File history File links Firefly_opening_screen. ... (Redirected from 2517) (25th century - 26th century - 27th century - other centuries) The 26th century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2501-2600. ... Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and the one we all live on. ... A star system or stellar system is a system comprised of a star or group of stars, with possibly planetary systems of smaller bodies (such as planets or asteroids), in close gravitational association. ... Cherenkov effect in a swimming pool nuclear reactor. ... Artists conception of a terraformed Mars in three stages of development. ... The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ...


Characters in the story occasionally refer to "Earth that was" suggesting that the original home planet has been somehow destroyed, or is so far out of reach that for them, it is mythical (it is cryptically stated in the opening narration that Earth "got used up", and the humans left).


The show takes its name from the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity that the central characters call home. Somewhat resembling an insect in general arrangement, the ship's tail section (analogous to an insectoid abdomen) lights up during acceleration, causing it to resemble a firefly (and hence the ship class' name). Ariane 5 lifts off with the Rosetta probe on 2nd of March, 2004. ... Serenity during a VTOL manoeuvre on the surface of a planet. ... Classes & Orders Subclass:Apterygota Orders Archaeognatha (Bristletails) Thysanura (Silverfish) Monura - extinct Subclass:Pterygota Infraclass: Paleoptera (paraphyletic) Orders Ephemeroptera (mayflies) Palaeodictyoptera - extinct Megasecoptera - extinct Archodonata - extinct Diaphanopterodea - extinct Protodonata - extinct Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Infraclass: Neoptera Superorder: Exopterygota Orders Caloneroptera - extinct Titanoptera - extinct Protorthoptera - extinct Grylloblattodea (ice-crawlers) Mantophasmatodea (gladiators) Plecoptera... In anatomy, the abdomen is a part of the body; in humans, it is the region between the thorax and the pelvis. ... Genera Curtos Cyphonocerus Drilaster Ellychnia Hotaria Lampyris Lucidina Luciola - (Japanese fireflies) Photinus - (common eastern firefly) Photuris Pristolycus Pyractomena Pyrocoelia Stenocladius Fireflies (family Lampyridae), also known as lightning bugs, are nocturnal, luminous beetles. ...


Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds and his first mate Zoë are veteran "Browncoats" of the Unification War in which they attempted to resist the Alliance. The Alliance is an organization of "core" planets that succeeded in forcibly unifying all of the colonies under a single government. Although the central planets are well under Alliance control, the outlying planets and moons resemble the 19th-century American West, with little government authority. Settlers and refugees on the outlying worlds enjoy relative freedom from the central government, but lack the amenities of the high-tech civilization on the "core" worlds. After the loss of the war, Mal bought the spaceship Serenity to scrape together a way of life for himself and his crew by making cargo runs and performing other tasks, legal or otherwise. Nathan Fillion as Capt. ... The Unification War is the penultimate event in the backstory of Joss Whedons cancelled television show, Firefly, now a major motion picture entitled Serenity. ... Alliance Flag In the Firefly television series, the Alliance is a powerful government and law-enforcement organization that controls a large sector of colonized core planets. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Firefly-class transport Serenity
Firefly-class transport Serenity

Featuring a blend of elements from the space opera and western genres with a bit of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, the show depicts mankind's future in a way that is uncharacteristic of many contemporary science fiction programs. Unlike most traditional space operas, there are no alien creatures or space battles. Firefly takes place in a multi-cultural future, where the divide between the rich and poor is great. Chinese is a common second language for many people; it is used in advertisements, and characters in the show frequently use Chinese words and curses (pronounced with a varying degree of accuracy). According to the DVD commentary on the episode Serenity, this is explained as being the result of China and the United States becoming the two superpowers that expand into space. This Sino-American allegiance is supported by close examination of labels on the crates from the episode "The Train Job", where crates of Alliance goods are marked with a Chinese flag superimposed over a United States flag. An interesting intrusion of Japanese is noted in the form of katakana script throughout the television series and the film. Fair Use Screenshot from the Firefly DVD This work is copyrighted. ... Fair Use Screenshot from the Firefly DVD This work is copyrighted. ... Space opera is a subgenre of speculative fiction or science fiction that emphasizes romantic adventure, interstellar travel, and space battles where the main storyline is centered around interstellar conflict and character drama. ... The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... Robin Hood is the archetypal English folk hero; a courteous, pious and swashbuckling outlaw of the medieval era who, in modern versions of the legend, battles overbearing authority in various forms and most commonly steals from the rich and gives to the poor (usually to reverse the effects of harsh... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The Train Job is the second episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon, although it was actually the first to be shown. ... Japanese writing Kanji 漢字 Kana 仮名 Hiragana 平仮名 Katakana 片仮名 Uses Furigana 振り仮名 Okurigana 送り仮名 Rōmaji ローマ字 Katakana (片仮名) are a Japanese syllabary, one of the four Japanese writing systems. ...


For fans, the dialogue and interplay between characters is central to the charm of the show, resulting in stories that are alternately serious and humorous. The show's visual style also differs from contemporary shows in that camera shots are often handheld, with deliberately misframed or out-of-focus subjects, in an attempt to give scenes an immersive and immediate feeling; computer-generated scenes mimic the motion of a handheld camera. Exterior shots of action taking place in the vacuum of outer space realistically lack sound effects, an approach that stands in contrast to many science fiction films and television series. The pseudopod in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ... Layers of Atmosphere - not to scale (NOAA) Outer space, also called just space, refers to the relatively empty regions of the Universe outside the atmospheres of celestial bodies. ... For the album, see Sound Affects. ...


Cast

Main characters

The show's plot pits these characters against various criminals and schemers, Alliance security forces, the utterly psychotic and brutal Reavers, and the mysterious men with "hands of blue" who are apparently operatives of a secret agency which is part of the megacorporation referred to in the DVD commentary only as The Blue Sun Corporation. The crew is driven by the need to secure enough income to keep their ship operational, set against the need to keep a low profile to avoid their numerous adversaries. Their situation is greatly complicated by the divergent motivations of the individuals on board Serenity. The show's brief run did not allow full elucidation of all the complex interrelationships of the cast and their external contacts. The Reavers are a group of humans in the television series Firefly and the movie Serenity who live on the fringes of civilized space and have become animalistic. ... In astronomy, stellar classification is a classification of stars based initially on photospheric temperature and its associated spectral characteristics, and subsequenly refined in terms of other characteristics. ...

The crew of Serenity. From left to right: Jayne, Kaylee, Book, Simon, Inara, Mal, Zoë, Wash, and River.
The crew of Serenity. From left to right: Jayne, Kaylee, Book, Simon, Inara, Mal, Zoë, Wash, and River.
  • Nathan Fillion plays Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity's captain and former Independent sergeant in the pivotal Battle of Serenity Valley. Captain Malcolm Reynolds was named #18 in TV Guide's "25 Greatest Sci-fi legends" list in 2004. [1]
  • Gina Torres plays Zoë Alleyne Washburne, second-in-command onboard Serenity and loyal wartime friend of Reynolds.
  • Alan Tudyk plays Hoban "Wash" Washburne, Serenity's pilot and Zoë's somewhat timid husband.
  • Morena Baccarin plays Inara Serra, a Companion, which is the 26th century equivalent of a courtesan, sometimes mistaken for a prostitute (and is often called a "whore" by Captain Reynolds). Like her Renaissance colleagues, Inara enjoys high social standing. She and Mal have a strained relationship, with unspoken romantic tension playing a significant part in several episodes.
  • Jewel Staite plays Kaywinnit Lee "Kaylee" Frye, the ship's mechanic. With no formal training, she keeps the ship, Serenity, running with an intuitive gift for the workings of mechanical equipment. Her talent shows when she talks about equipment, sometimes speaking in a manner others can't keep up with. She is very sentimental about Serenity's workings, and as a result, she's extremely sensitive to insults (or even candid observations) about the ship's appearance. A carefree and bubbly young woman, Kaylee pines after Dr. Simon Tam.
  • Adam Baldwin plays Jayne Cobb, a hired muscle who joined the crew, often being the "main gun" for jobs. Jayne, a keenly skilled mercenary, is crude, large (6'4"), uneducated (though intelligent), and often appears to lack both morals and ethics of any kind, though he does struggle with his conscience more and more as the season progresses. Jayne is often tempted to sell out his crew members, especially River and Simon, and sometimes appears to cross over the line between "good guy" and "bad guy". At the same time, he sometimes displays unexpected emotional sensitivity.
  • Sean Maher plays Dr. Simon Tam, a medical researcher and trauma surgeon of the first caliber, on the run after breaking his sister River out of a government research facility. His bumbling attempts at a relationship with Kaylee are a recurring subplot throughout the series.
  • Summer Glau plays River Tam, a stowaway. River is an unparalleled genius and child prodigy, but suffered from brain experimentation at the hands of Alliance doctors, where, among other horrific "testing," they stripped her amygdala. She sometimes gives way to bouts of psychosis and is at these times nearly impossible to communicate with, yet still undeniably brilliant. She seemingly has the ability to read minds, but this is never explicitly stated.
  • Ron Glass plays Derrial Book. He is a "Shepherd," the equivalent of a reverend, minister or pastor. He has priority status in the Alliance for unspecified reasons, and demonstrates a peculiar depth of knowledge about firearms and criminal activities, such as an electromagnetic field ("net") that disables ships and leaves them vulnerable in space. His full identity remains a mystery throughout the series, and like many characters on the show, he is more than he appears.

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Recurring characters

Main article: Minor characters in Firefly

Despite the short run of the series, some recurring characters emerged from the colorful inhabitants of the Firefly universe: This article is about minor characters in the television series Firefly (defined as any characters appearing in the show, or the follow-up movie Serenity, who arent core cast members — the crew of the spaceship Serenity). ...

  • Badger: An established smuggling middleman on planet Persephone. He has provided jobs for Serenity on at least two occasions.
  • Adelei Niska: This criminal kingpin has a reputation for violent reprisals, including severe, prolonged torture, against smugglers who fail him.
  • Saffron: A con artist whose original name is unknown. In the series she also uses the aliases "Bridget" and "Yolanda", leading Mal to jokingly refer to her as the compound "YoSaffBridge" on one occasion. She has a habit of marrying her marks in order to achieve her scams.
  • "The Hands of Blue": Two anonymous men wearing suits and blue gloves who pursue River (apparently to return her to the institute she escaped from), as shown in "The Train job", "Ariel", and the comic book miniseries Serenity. They have a tendency to kill off anyone, including Alliance personnel, who has had contact with her, using a mysterious handheld device that causes fatal bleeding to anyone in its proximity except them. How they shield themselves from the device's effects is unclear.

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Episodes

Chronological order

The fourteen episodes of the series are, in the order originally intended:

Episode First airdate
1. Serenity December 20, 2002
2. The Train Job September 20, 2002
3. Bushwhacked September 27, 2002
4. Shindig November 1, 2002
5. Safe November 8, 2002
6. Our Mrs. Reynolds October 4, 2002
7. Jaynestown October 18, 2002
8. Out of Gas October 25, 2002
9. Ariel November 15, 2002
10. War Stories December 6, 2002
11. Trash June 28, 2003
12. The Message July 15, 2003
13. Heart of Gold August 19, 2003
14. Objects in Space December 13, 2002

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Cancellation

Though the show had a loyal following during its original broadcast, it was cancelled by FOX in December 2002 after only 11 episodes aired in the USA and Canada due to low ratings. In the hopes of getting another network such as UPN to pick up the cancelled show, fans formed the Firefly Immediate Assistance campaign. They were unsuccessful in promoting the show's continuance. Three members of the Firefly cast appeared on Joss Whedon's other TV series as villains. Fillion was cast in the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, while Torres and Baldwin took on recurring roles on Angel in its fourth and fifth seasons respectively. In addition, Jewel Staite appeared in several episodes of the Tim Minear-produced Wonderfalls. The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... December 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → // Events December 31, 2002 United States troops get into a brief gun battle with paramilitary forces of the Warzirstan Scouts of Pakistan, in a remote tribal area along the undefined Afghan/Pakistani border, in Paktia Province... The official logo for UPN. UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) is a television network in the United States, owned by Viacom Inc. ... Wonderfalls was a television series on Fox, created by Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me) and Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle) with executive producer Tim Minear (writer and director for Firefly and Angel). ...


Fans (self-named Browncoats) attributed the low ratings in part to actions of the FOX Network. Most notably, the fact that FOX broadcasted the episodes out of chronological order, making the plot much more difficult to follow. For instance, the two-hour episode "Serenity" was intended to be the pilot episode and therefore contained most of the character introductions and back-story. However, FOX decided that "Serenity" was not a suitable pilot, and so the second episode, "The Train Job", was rushed into production to become the pilot episode. In addition, Firefly was promoted as an action-comedy rather than the more serious character study it was intended to be. Episodes were occasionally preempted for sporting events. Browncoat is a term used to describe an especially devoted fan to the science fiction Western TV series Firefly, which spawned the movie Serenity. ... Serenity is the two-hour series pilot for the Firefly science-fiction television series created by Joss Whedon. ... A television pilot is the first episode of an intended television series. ... In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ...


Original airing

The sequence in which the episodes originally aired varied by locality:

  • In the USA and Canada, starting on September 20, 2002, Fox broadcast the episodes on Fridays at 20:00 (except for the second hour of the pilot which was shown at 21:00). The order was 2–3, 6–8, 4–5, 9–10, 14, 1; with 11–13 unaired in the USA.
  • In South Africa, starting on 2003-04-15, the SABC3 broadcast the episodes on Tuesdays at 19:30. The order was 2–3, 6–8, 4–5, 9–10, 14, 1a–1b, 11–13.
  • In Mexico and South America, starting on 2003-04-19, MundoFOX broadcast the episodes on Saturdays at 18:00. The order was 2–3, 6–8, 4–5, 9–10, 13, 11, 14, 12; the pilot episode was not shown.
  • In the United Kingdom, starting on May 12, 2003, Sci Fi Channel (United Kingdom) broadcast the episodes on Mondays at 21:00 (except for the first hour of the pilot which was shown at 20:00). The altered episodes of the first season were shown in the originally intended order.
  • In Australia, starting on November 10, 2004, the Seven Network broadcast the episodes on Wednesdays at 12:30am. The order was 2, 1a-1b, 3-14.
  • In Switzerland, TSR1 (Swiss French channel) showed the whole series in three weeks starting on July 25, 2005, one episode per weekday; dubbed in French on one sound channel, and the original English on the other.
  • In the United States, starting on July 22, 2005, the Sci Fi Channel aired the show on Fridays at 19:00 Eastern/Pacific in their originally intended order. Following a marathon on Friday, January 6, 2006, Firefly was removed from the Sci Fi Channel line-up[2].
  • In Canada, the first 7 episodes were shown in order on Space: The Imagination Station on September 5. The remaining 7 episodes were then shown in order the following week.
  • The Sci Fi channel (United Kingdom) aired the episodes as a marathon run over the weekend of October 1-2, 2005, timed to celebrate the release of the film Serenity.

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Theme song

The series theme song, The Ballad of Serenity, was written before the episodes by Joss Whedon. A preliminary recording performed by Whedon is found on the DVD release. Sonny Rhodes sang the final version. Joss Whedon Joss Hill Whedon (born June 23, 1964) is a writer, director, executive producer, and creator of several television series, most famously Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. ...

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 'em 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.

Awards and nominations

Awards

An Emmy Award. ... The Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects has been a category for television shows, mini-series, and TV movies since 1984. ... The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror in film, television, and home video. ... Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds on Firefly Nathan Fillion (born March 27, 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian actor. ...

Nominations

  • Visual Effects Society: Best compositing in a televised program, music video, or commercial, 2003
  • Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA, "Golden Reel Award": Best sound editing in television long form: sound effects/foley, 2003
  • Hugo Award: Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, 2003 (episode "Serenity")
  • Hugo Award: Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, 2004 (episodes "Heart of Gold" and "The Message", which at that time had not been shown on television in the USA)
  • Golden Satellite Award: Best DVD Extras, 2004

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DVD release

A box set with the 14 completed episodes, including those previously unaired in the USA, was released on region 1 DVD on December 9, 2003, region 2 DVD on April 19, 2004, and region 4 DVD on August 2, 2004. The box features the episodes in the original order in which the show's producers had intended them to be broadcast, as well as several episode commentaries, outtakes and other features. The DVDs feature the episodes as they were shot in 16:9 widescreen, with anamorphic transfers and Dolby Surround audio. By September of 2005, its DVD release had sold approximately 500,000[3] copies, and was one of the top movers at both Amazon.com and DeepDiscountDVD.com for months. This is a DVD cover. ... It has been suggested that Dual layer recording be merged into this article or section. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 19 is the 109th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (110th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The aspect ratio of an image is its displayed width divided by its height (usually expressed as x:y). For instance, the aspect ratio of a traditional television screen is 4:3, or 1. ... The inner box (green) is the format used in pre-1952 movies and pre-HDTV television. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sign for Dolby Surround Dolby Surround was the earliest consumer version of Dolbys multichannel analog film sound format Dolby Analog SR (Spectral Recording). ... Amazon. ...


Features:

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • All 14 episodes, including the 3 that never aired
  • Commentary on Serenity Part 1 & 2, The Train Job, Shindig, Out of Gas, War Stories, Objects in Space, and The Message
  • Deleted scenes from Serenity, Our Mrs. Reynolds, and Objects in Space
  • Featurettes: Here's How How It Was: The Making of Firefly, Serenity: The 10th Character, and Joss Tours the Set
  • Alan Tudyk's audition
  • Gag reel
  • Joss Whedon sings the Firefly theme
  • Easter egg: Adam Baldwin sings Hero of Canton

Spin-offs

Several spin-offs from the television series have been released in the years following its cancellation, spanning various kinds of media. Included are a comic book series, a motion picture, a book series (upcoming) and a role-playing game.


Comics

Main article: Serenity (comic)

A three-issue comic book miniseries titled Serenity, written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, illustrated by Will Conrad and Laura Martin, and published by Dark Horse Comics, serves as a link between the final episode of the series, "Objects in Space", and the film Serenity. Each issue of the series features three different covers, with each cover featuring one of the nine main characters, each by a different illustrator, including Joe Quesada, Bryan Hitch, Tim Bradstreet, John Cassaday and Jo Chen. The first issue was published in July 2005, and the final one appeared in September. The story focuses on the crew of Serenity taking a salvage job from Badger following a botched theft on a backwater planet, and the pursuit of River by the ominous blue-gloved men seen in two Firefly episodes. The story is considered part of the Firefly canon and bridges the TV show and the movie. The comics quickly sold out on release and both #1 and #2 issues went to second printings. A compilation trade paperback titled Those Left Behind was released in January 2006. Serenity is the name of a three-issue limited run comic series published by Dark Horse Comics to link the television series Firefly to the sequel film Serenity. ... Serenity is the name of a three-issue limited run comic series published by Dark Horse Comics to link the television series Firefly to the sequel film Serenity. ... Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book publisher, one of the largest independent publishers behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. ... Objects in Space is the fourteenth and final episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. ... Serenity is a film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ... Joseph Joe Quesada (born December 1, 1962 in New York City), colloquially known as Joey Q, is the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and a comic book writer and artist. ... Ultimates #1 cover by Brian Hitch. ... Tim Bradstreet (born February 16, 1967, in Cheverly, Maryland), is an artist and illustrator, best known for his work on comic books (covers and interiors), book covers, movie posters, roleplaying games and trading cards. ... John Cassaday is a comic book artist, best known for his work on Planetary with Warren Ellis, and Astonishing X-Men with Joss Whedon. ... Manga artist Jo Chen (咎井淳) was born in Taipei, Taiwan on the 4th of July and emigrated to the U.S. in late 1994. ... Look up July in Wiktionary, the free dictionary July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In the context of fiction, the canon of a fictional universe comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ... A trade paperback can refer to any book that is bound with a heavy paper cover that is generally cheaper than the hardcover but more expensive than the regular paperback version. ...


Film

Main article: Serenity (film)

Joss Whedon said in an April 2003 USA Today interview that he had not given up on the show and hoped to continue it in any format. Serenity, a movie continuing the cancelled television series, was released in Australia on 29 September 2005, the USA and Canada on 30 September 2005, and the UK and Ireland weeks later. At a preview screening for the film, Whedon indicated that he would consider reviving the series if a network purchased the broadcast rights from FOX Television, as he refuses to work with FOX again. [4] More recently, Whedon has said that he would prefer to continue the stories in films, but if he were offered a television deal and not a film deal, he'd probably accept (though any TV continuation would not be Firefly per se). Serenity is a film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ... 2003 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - → A timeline of events in the news for April 2003. ... USA Today is a national American newspaper published by the Gannett Corporation. ... Serenity is a film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ... September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 30 is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 92 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Books

Following the motion picture release and its subsequent novelization, a Firefly-based book series of original stories will be released. It is not yet known if they will be considered canonical, as is the comic book series, although it is unlikely considering Whedon's comments regarding the film novelization: "I don’t have much involvement ... I just whistle and look the other way." [5] Keith R. A. DeCandido, author of the Serenity movie novelization, said in an interview that two novels are definitely going to be published. Additional books may follow, depending on the success of the franchise. There is no news on who will write the novels (although DeCandido and Steven Brust hope to write one, and in fact Steven Brust has one written and submitted), when in the Firefly timeline they will be set, who will be in the novels, or what the plots will be. Keith R. A. DeCandido (born April 1969 in New York, United States) is an American sci-fi writer. ... Steven Brust poses for a portrait for Wikipedia in 2006. ...


A non-fiction book about the series, entitled Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly, was edited by Jane Espenson with Glenn Yeffeth, and was published in paperback on April 1, 2005. Through numerous essays, the book analyzes the various themes and ideas of Firefly. Jane Espenson is a writer who has worked on several television series, comic books, and on a variety of other projects. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Role-playing game

A role-playing game entitled Serenity, published by Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd, was released in 2005. A role-playing game (RPG) is a type of game in which players assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create narratives. ... Cover Serenity RPG Serenity is a science fiction role-playing system released in 2005 and set in the universe of the movie Serenity and television series Firefly. ... Margaret Weis Productions, Ltd is a publisher. ...


Notes

  1. In 2005, New Scientist magazine's NewScientistSpace.com website held an unscientific poll to find "The World's Best Space Sci-Fi Ever". Firefly came in first place, with its cinematic follow-up Serenity in second. [6]
  2. In the series, it was not made completely clear whether the planets and moons seen were in one star system or many (or whether Serenity's mode of propulsion was sub-light or faster-than-light). The film Serenity makes it clear that all the planets and moons are in one large system, and production documents related to the film indicate that there is no faster-than-light travel in the Firefly/Serenity universe.
  3. A website, Fireflyseason2.com, has been created in order to spur interest in a possible second season of Firefly. The site's goal is that the data collected from the survey can be used to convince a TV network company to pay for the production and distribution of the series.
  4. Many fans of Japanese anime say that "Firefly" was heavily inspired by two sci-fi anime series, Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star. Particularly telling is one shot in the pilot episode of "Firefly" when Simon's suitcase is opened to reveal River curled up in a fetal position, naked. This shot bears an extremely strong resemblance to a similar shot in the first episode of Outlaw Star, when Gene Starwind opens up Hilda's suitcase and finds the female android Melfina in the exact same position, also naked. There are other similarities as well, such the mercenary anti-hero style of the protagonists, and the overall space-western genre of the show. The music is very similar as well.

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References

  • Firefly — The Complete Series DVD set (ISBN 6308024716)

External links

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Episode analysis and media

  • Firefly at The Internet Movie Database
  • Firefly wiki
  • Serenity Shindig Firefly commentary, episode analysis, and miscellaneous thoughts
  • Can't Take the Sky - images
  • Ambarenya Firefly - Images, Audiofiles
  • Chinese words in Firefly
  • Firefly and Serenity at wikicities
  • Firefly and Serenity on Whedonesque
  • Firefly timeline
  • Firefly fortune quote collection add-on
  • Firefly fashion
  • Firefly at the TV IV

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Fanbase discussion and collaboration

  • Browncoats.com fan community, an unaffiliated Firefly resource site.
  • Browncoat board, forums set up for Browncoats when the Universal forum was closed down.
  • Firefly at Prosporo forums, the original Firefly board.
  • Haken's Firefly Fan forum
  • alt.tv.firefly (Google Groups)
  • The Signal Firefly/Serenity podcast
  • Firefly Talk weekly Firefly podcast
The Firefly series
Episodes Serenity | The Train Job | Bushwhacked | Shindig | Safe | Our Mrs. Reynolds | Jaynestown | Out of Gas | Ariel | War Stories | Trash | The Message | Heart of Gold | Objects in Space
Articles The Alliance | Moons and planets | Minor characters | Blue Sun | History of the Firefly Universe | Unification War
The Independent Faction | Serenity ship
Terminology Reaver | Browncoat | Curse words in Firefly | Companion
Spin-offs R. Tam sessions | Serenity comic | Serenity film | Serenity RPG
Main characters Malcolm Reynolds | Zoë Washburne | Hoban Washburne | Inara Serra | Kaylee Frye | Jayne Cobb | River Tam | Simon Tam | Derrial Book
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