Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Firefly: The Complete Series DVD Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Created By Joss Whedon

Genre
Science Fiction, Adventure, Action

Cast

Nathan Fillion as Malcolm 'Mal' Reyonds
Gina Torres as Zoe Washburne
Alan Tudyk as Hoban 'Wash' Washburne
Morena Baccarin as Inara Serra
Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb
Jewel Staite as Kaylee Frye
Simon Mahler as Dr. Simon Tam
Summer Glau as River Tam
Ron Glass as Shepherd Book

Certificate 12

Synopsis

Five hundred years in the future there's a whole new frontier, and the crew of the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity is eager to stake a claim on the action.

They'll take any job, legal or illegal, to keep fuel in the tanks and food on the table. But things get a bit more complicated after they take on a passenger wanted by the new totalitarian Alliance regime. Now they find themselves on the run, desperate to steer clear of Alliance ships and the flesh-eating Reavers who live on the fringes of space.

Firefly is created by Joss Whedon, the creative mind behind Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and stars Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk.

Special Features
  • Audio commentaries from directors, producers, writers and creator Joss Whedon 
  • Deleted scenes 
  • 'Serenity: The Tenth Character' featurette 
  • 'The Making Of Firefly' featurette 
  • Joss Whedon tours the set 
  • Footage from Alan Tudyk's audition 
  • Joss Whedon sings the Firefly theme! 
  • Gag reel 
  • Easter Egg (hidden feature) 

Review

Firefly was a series with a great mix of comedy and action, while still having an emotional heart to the stories. Sadly however it only ran for one season but what a great season it was.

Written and created by Joss Whedon, the creator of the ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, ’Angel’ and ’Dolls House’ television shows, the quality of the writing shines through the entirety of the season. You care about the characters, the stories are exciting and Whedon’s trademark wit is there in abundance.

With such a short season there’s no let up in the excitement with the stories. The pilot episode is slow starting to begin but that gives the backstories for the characters enough time to develop without feeling too rushed.

The acting is very well done and there is a great chemistry amongst the lead characters. That really helps to show the sense of family that the characters have about one another. One facet that I like is that while Mal Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion, is a wisecracking smart ass, there’s a bit of a darker and more cynical side to him as well. I like the fact that his character has lots of different levels.

All in all a great collection of episodes.

Surprisingly considering the darkness of the space scenes, there are absolutely no problems whatsoever with the picture transfer. Even the scenes inside of the spaceship are very well handled considering the washed out colors used.

The sound is fantastic on this collection, especially on the action scenes. The sound effects pop with such clarity that it really adds an air of excitement.

An absolute plethora of extras just serves to underscore just how good a collection this is. One of the best sci-fi shows in recent years is given a great collection that’s worthy of its reputation amongst sci-fi followers. A mix of humor, ala ‘Red Dwarf’ and balls to the wall action, make this one that is a definite must have.
Show 5/5
Picture 4.5/5
Sound 4/5
Special Features 4.5/5
Overall 18/20
Firefly (2002–2003) on IMDb

2 comments:

  1. What are you talking about this is a terribly written show full of terrible, awkward, useless lines. Its also full of characters personalities changing just to make the story work and its absolutely terrible, that's why it was cancelled.

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  2. Ya completely agree, just awful writing. Guns that look like 21st century guns but are chrome and make lazer noises. Such awful terrible junk. The other reason people like it is because they listen to other dumb people, the same reason people who believe in chem trails and think that Islam is centered around killing. Just a bunch of useless gullible idiots that don't know how to have conversations with people like this terribly written show.

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