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Summer of Firefly

It’s the summer of 2012 and I’m going on a journey back through the world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly in celebration of the show’s ten-year anniversary. This page will have all the links to the blog posts chronicling that journey.

  1. Serenity (pilot)
    “We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty.” The Browncoats, the loyal fans of the show, get their first rallying cry as the crew of the Firefly-class starship Serenity come together through gunfire and strife.
  2. The Train Job
    “Crime! Good!” Firefly has to start over after “Serenity” is scrapped by the network; the result is a lighter, more fast-paced episode serving as both “second pilot” and first episode of the series. One good thing that comes out of the mess: a captain you can believe in.
  3. Bushwhacked
    “Wouldn’t be civilized.” Firefly tackles the issue of civilization, and the Reavers awaken fears from Simon and Jayne (and River too, but for very different reasons than the boys…) in an episode reminiscent of Alien or The Thing.
  4. Shindig
    “The establishment is not responsible for ball failure.” A fun and engaging Firefly examines the intersection of class and gender through Inara, builds up some serious unresolved sexual tension, and then gets all dolled up to go to the ball. Oh, and there’s a sword fight too, because why the heck not?
  5. Safe
    “We’re lost in the woods.” Blood family vs. surrogate family and good faith vs. bad faith. Everybody’s got a tale to tell in this episode of Firefly that fills in some blanks about Simon’s past while creating a few more blanks regarding Book’s past.
  6. Our Mrs. Reynolds
    Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Reynolds? Well, she is… but not for the reasons you think. Mal gets married(!) and things get wacky in this excellent Joss Whedon-penned episode.
  7. Jaynestown
    Jayne is a folk hero? Yes, you heard that right. He robbed from the rich and gave to the poor… sort of. Myths, rituals, and symbols are the key to cracking open this fan-favorite episode of Firefly.
  8. Out of Gas
    Engine trouble? Unfortunately, jumper cables can’t fix this problem, as Firefly delves into the past to uncover the beating heart of its raggedy old boat.
  9. Ariel
  10. War Stories
  11. Trash
  12. The Message
  13. Heart of Gold
  14. Objects in Space
  15. Serenity (film)
 

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