I once had a flair button on Facebook that declared Joss Whedon was my new god. I really meant it. His writing style and his work as a director makes him one of my favorites. He made Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse. His best work though has to be Firefly. A western in space....I mean really how could you go wrong?
Sadly Fox didn't think the show was doing so well and gave it the ax. A crime of the century if you ask me. Only fourteen episodes and the surface was barely scratched on this masterpiece. The characters alone carry the story but you add the backdrop of the bigger picture in this universe and you've got some complex and fun entertainment. Many of the actors on this show have now become fixtures on the geek scene. Just look at Adam Baldwin on Chuck and Nathan Fillion on Castle. Two other shows on my favorite list.
Really this could go on and on about how much I love this show. I've watched it a million times and will probably watch it a million times more. One of the best parts of this show are the lines that the actors deliver. Some of my favorite quotes come from this show:
Wash: "Everything looks good from here... (beat...playing with plastic dinosaurs over his console) Yes. Yes, this is a fertile land, and we will thrive."
(as Stegosaurus) "We will rule over all this land, and we will call it... 'This Land'."
(as T-Rex) "I think we should call it...your grave!"
(Stegosaurus) "Ah, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"
(T-Rex) "Ha ha HA! Mine is an evil laugh...now die!"
Mal: "And Kaylee, what the hell's goin' on in the engine room? Were there monkeys? Some terrifying space monkeys maybe got loose?"
Book: "If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater."
Mal: "Well, look at this! Appears we got here just in the nick of time. Whaddya suppose that makes us?"
Zoe: "Big damn heroes, sir."
Mal: "Ain't we just!"
Again, I could go on and on and on. The writing is fantastic, the cast is phenomenal, and the ship Serenity is just a dream come true. Sure it's a ship with a glowing butt, but it's one of the best ships ever because of it. Now of course I want to go watch Firefly....
Long live the Browncoats!