Has anyone watched the short-lived Firefly TV series and it's movie follow-up Serenity? If not, allow me to give you some insight on this Sci-Fi show. Firefly began in 2002 as a 14 episode season which was created by Joss Whedon, known as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Recently, he's penned the script for the superhero film The Avengers. But back in 2002 when Fox was airing it, they aired the episodes of out of order and eventually it canceled before the show could even finish airing the entire first season. It stopped at episode 11 but the remaining 3 made it on the DVD set. Now what is the story about? It is set in the early 26th century. Earth-that-was (That's what the people refer to Earth as) was used up of resources and suffered from over-population. So humans began to colonize another solar system which suprisingly has so many planets and moons. All were terraformed. Eventually an alliance formed within the Central Planets (the first worlds that were colonized and are home to the wealthy, government, etc). The Alliance which was united by the Anglo-Sino Alliance (Back on Earth, China and the USA were the only two superpowers left) wanted to spread hegemony across the new solar system. The Outer Rim planets, which terraformed differently (akin to desert regions, wild west basically) wanted independence. So the Independent movement began and the system began a civil war. The Independents lost and the Alliance now has control of the entire system. So the story focuses on Captain Malcolm Reynolds, an Independent soldier who fought in the "Unification War". He runs a firefly-class spaceship called Serenity, which was named after the valley of the last battle he was in. Reynolds takes his crew along the system to do jobs, legal and illegal. Such as train heists, robbing banks, moving cargo , etc. This is all inspired by your typical westerns. The story arc for Season 1 begins when his ship picks up a young man (who is from the Central Planets). It turns out he brought his sister along secretly who carries a big secret that involves the Alliance government. Now before the story arc could be explored enough, the show was canceled as I said before. Despite it's cancellation, the show gained a large following and the fanbase dubbed themselves as Browncoats (named after the name that was given to Independent soldiers in the show's storyline). So it was up to Joss to revive the show. But instead, a movie was chosen to complete the story arc. Whedon then gained a 39 million dollar budget by Universal to shoot the movie. It was called Serenity because Fox owned the rights to the Firefly name. Despite it's criticial success, the film flopped even though tickets were sold out at some theaters at the time. The show was never coming back nor another sequel was gonna be made. Instead Firefly is explored in comic book form now at days. Firefly is a space western and it is somewhat original. But Reynolds (played by actor Nathan Fillion) kind of gives a Han Solo vibe. Even though I enjoyed some of the show's episodes (sadly I only managed to watch 5 out of 14 and watched Serenity after), there were some obvious scientific inaccuracies that I would never get past my head. The series's universe suggests hat the entire solar system had hundreds of earths that were terraformed. First of all, how could a solar system be that big and it seems impossible for every planet and moon to be terraformed. Now while a character on the show states that terraforming has it's "quirks", all planets are really fine for human habitablity. Fortunately Firefly does remind itself that there is no sound in space and FTL isn't shown to be available. However it wasn't the science that bothered me, it was just Joss Whedon's vision of this weird future. The technological line doesn't make too many sense. In the 2500's, people are carrying 20th century assault rifles and 19th century six-shooters. Now you could say, well the outer planets are just living off Earth's junk. That would make sense but I still don't know why I saw an Alliance soldier wielding an MP5, another modern-day weapon. The alliance were the ones that had the advanced weapons. It's likely how they win the war. Other than that, there's people dressing like cowboys. The fashion is just so weird. But if you think that's weird, what's weird is that Whedon believes that in the future, if chinese and anglos co-existed through a long trek to another solar system, we would be speaking English but only speaking mandarin if he want to curse at someone. So no one really speaks Mandarin regularly as english. So honestly Firefly/Serenity is a worth a watch anyway despite it's flaws. The Serenity movie in my opinion makes the whole thing look better (because the TV show had some really tacky prop/set design).