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    Is Firefly any good?

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    i'm thinking of picking this up for my brother since he loves scifi television (but hates Star Trek. go figure). i just want to make sure it's of actual quality. it got cancelled by Fox in it's first run. was it a "Fox cancels another brilliant show because they suck" type of cancellation or a "thank goodness, it was a pox on humanity" type of cancellation?
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    Firefly is basically a space western. It's not really sci-fi, though it does have elements. It's a Whedon production, so if your friend is a fan of Buffy/Angel, then go for it.
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    Let's put it this way. After Fox cancelled the show, the DVD sales went through the roof, and Universal bought the rights to allow Joss Whedon to make a movie that will come out September next year.

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    I've only seen a few episodes, but it really never seemed to be on par with Buffy and Angel. I mean, Buffy and Angel started out with small casts of three or four people and gradually built the cast. Firefly started with a huge cast right from the pilot. It felt too rushed. Not enough time to get to know the individual characters. Not enough of a continuous plot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Moron
    I've only seen a few episodes, but it really never seemed to be on par with Buffy and Angel. I mean, Buffy and Angel started out with small casts of three or four people and gradually built the cast. Firefly started with a huge cast right from the pilot. It felt too rushed. Not enough time to get to know the individual characters. Not enough of a continuous plot.
    You can blame that on Fox, I'm sure, as the pilot that was supposed to air was considered too boring by the network and they told Whedon to make another one. Can't remember if the "real" pilot is on the DVDs, though... meh..

    The movie, I think, goes into their origins though, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Shadow
    i'm thinking of picking this up for my brother since he loves scifi television (but hates Star Trek. go figure). i just want to make sure it's of actual quality. it got cancelled by Fox in it's first run. was it a "Fox cancels another brilliant show because they suck" type of cancellation or a "thank goodness, it was a pox on humanity" type of cancellation?
    I watched the pilot and then never watched again. that should tell you what I think of it.

    instead, I'd recommend an early season of the X Files. that is the best sci-fi tv I've ever seen. and there are some aliens, but not a whole lot of star trek-type stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cross blues
    I watched the pilot and then never watched again. that should tell you what I think of it.

    instead, I'd recommend an early season of the X Files. that is the best sci-fi tv I've ever seen. and there are some aliens, but not a whole lot of star trek-type stuff.
    Technically the pilot didn't air till near the end of it's run, so you never did really see it.

    However, the show is very much worth it. I loved every minute of it, up until the last episode when I realized I'd have no more to watch.

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    *sigh* Threads like this make me sad.

    The thing about Firefly when it aired, much like Wonderfalls, is that FOX didn't quite get it, so instead of give it a chance, they massacred it. They didn't like the pilot, they made Joss and Tim write a new pilot, they refused to air the real pilot and when they finally did - they had already cancelled the show and aired most of the first season. In the end, the pilot was the series finale. Not to mention Fridays on FOX are eventual death sentences for television shows.

    That said, watching the show on DVD, the way Joss intended it to be seen - it made me love the show so much more. It made sense. There was a story and unlike most garbage tv nowadays it wasn't spoonfed to you. It had pretty much any kind of genre thrown in there - sci-fi, western, drama, comedy, action, romance...blah blah blah.

    The short of it - heck yeah it's good!
    If you're a fan of Joss Whedon or Tim Minear - I guarantee you'll eat up every second of it. And if you aren't...you're missing out.
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    i HATE Joss Whedon, but i LOVED Firefly

    a space western? AWESOME!

    Fox is so stupid for cancelling this show....

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    It's a good show.

    The pilot HAS to be on the DVD, right? That and the completed first episode? It is the complete series right?
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