In 2002, Joss Whedon introduced us to his next great creation, Firefly. Firefly is probably best described as a space western, but really there just isn't anything else like it.
If you know who Joss Whedon is, there is no doubt you'll enjoy Firefly. If you don't know who Joss Whedon is, then it's about time you learned.
Joss Whedon is the creator, producer, and director of the Firefly series. Joss is a huge geek and his fans love him for it. He has created many other sci-fi classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel, and Dollhouse. Joss is also the mastermind behind Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Joss also has a few writing credits to his name including the 1995 children's movie Toy Story.
Firefly's Amazing Cast
Firefly brought back a lot of familiar faces for Joss Whedon fans and many more who would become regulars in his future works.
Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds is the main character and the captain of the Firefly vessel around which the series in centered. Captain Mal is a headstrong, yet crafty character who always has an ace up his sleeve and a smile to go with it.
Captain Mal is played by Nathan Fillion who has now gone on to play the part of Richard Castle on the ABC series Castle. Even though Castle is not a Joss Whedon series I believe that fans of Castle will definitely enjoy Firefly as well.
Jayne Cobb is the muscle. Jayne is always looking for a fight and tends to look out for no one but himself. Somehow though Captain Mal manages to keep him in line.
Zoe is the basically the first mate on the ship. She is Mal's right hand man or woman rather. Zoe fought will Mal in the war and has stuck by his side ever since.
Hoban 'Wash' Washburne is the pilot of the Firefly. Shortly after joining the Firefly crew he married Zoe. He is loyal to Mal, but even more loyal to Zoe. Wash is played by Alan Tudyk who you may recognize from movies like A Knight's Tale or Dodgeball.
The Firefly series ended abruptly in the middle of its first season as it was cancelled. In total 14 episodes were produce although only 11 aired before it was cancelled. All 14 episodes can be found on the Firefly DVD.
Due to an unprecedented amount of fan support and the abruptness of the series ending, a Firefly movie entitled Serenity (the name of Captain Mal's ship) was eventually produced.
Serenity does its best to wrap up all the loose ends from the abandoned Firefly series. For the fans this was a big win. Firefly should never have been cancelled in the first place, but this movie is living proof of the amazing fan base that Firefly had.
If you enjoy Firefly you should definitely check out Serenity, but you need to make your way through the Firefly series first. It will be worth it.