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Firefly - The Complete Series - television series DVD review
FIREFLY - THE COMPLETE SERIES Not Rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 5 stars
Actors: Nathan Fillion, Ron Glass, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres
  Studio: 20th Century Fox
DVD release: 09 December 2003   Runtime: 675 minutes (4 discs)
Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
Features: Subtitles (English, French), Audio tracks (English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround; French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround; Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), 14 episodes (including 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, Objects in Space, Featurettes: "Here's How How It Was: The Making of Firefly," "Serenity: The 10th Character," "Joss Tours the Set" Alan Tudyk's audition, Gag reel, Joss sings the Firefly theme, Easter egg: Adam Baldwin sings "Hero of Canton"

It has been summed up as "cowboys in space," which, as far as a three-word summary goes, is not inaccurate. Firefly is a single-season series about a mostly loyal ragtag band of miscreants making their way through various exciting crimes while trying to stay under the radar. It is usually very funny and, more often than not, thought-provoking as well - though to be fair, it is usually tongue-in-cheek in its provocations.

The leader of this little group is one Captain Malcolm Reynolds, "browncoat" to the core in a universe now run by the Alliance. Mal is thoroughly an independent, and the Alliance just doesn't hold with that. His freedom is found in a not terribly beautiful but very spaceworthy ship called Serenity.

His crew is made up of a group of individuals who make the ship home. His first mate, Zoe, was with him through the war and is trusted implicitly by Mal. The pilot is Zoe's husband, the perfect comedic complement to her tough and serious butt-kicking ways. Inara, Kaylee and Jayne are necessary components for both undertones of humor and engaging plot twists. Sheppard Book was picked up along the way and serves to deepen the story and sharpen everyone's moral compass. though in which direction, no one is quite sure. To round out the gang, there is the Doctor and his "crazy" sister, River. The crew is eclectic and surprising, and their depth is revealed gradually through the 15 episodes.

There is no formula for each show, which is one of the most delightful things about Firefly. Each one is different, though they continue to explore relations between all the various warring factions. There are subtle (and not so subtle) developments as the season comes to a close. The dialogue is wonderful - it might just be the most quotable show to have aired on TV.

Firefly is easily one of the best-ever television shows with a huge cult following - like most of the other Joss Whedon hits. Don't miss out!

reviewed by Carolynn Evans
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