Critic Consensus: Firefly earns its audience's adoration with the help of Nathan Fillion's dry delivery, a detailed fantasy world, and compelling storylines -- even if it doesn't stand with creator Joss Whedon's most consistent work.
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News & Interviews for Firefly: Season 1
I'm not sure it's the best first impression a show could make, but it's different and daring enough to warrant a return for a second, and a third.
Firefly should be one of the names listed among the greatest science fiction series of all time.
I have to admit I kind of like Firefly. I'm not sure, though, whether that says more about my level of maturity than it does the series' potential appeal to older viewers.
Put back in its intended order, beginning with the original pilot, the series proves not just superb, but arguably Whedon's best series. It is certainly his only original show that was so clearly and fully established from the beginning.
What saves Firefly from wallowing in its own clichés is its self-aware send-up of both its parent genres.
Audience Reviews for Firefly: Season 1
Joss Whedon's cult sci-fi series Firefly streaked the heavens in a furious blaze that still resonates. Though only 14 episodes, the show marked a shift toward a grittier approach to sci-fi that focused on the characters' humanity. Set in the distant future where humans have ventured out into the universe, the series follows the ragtag crew of a mercenary space ship as they travel from planet to planet picking up odd jobs. Starring Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, and Summer Glau, the casting is quite impressive. Additionally, Mark Sheppard and Christina Hendricks guest star as recurring characters throughout the season. And although it's mainly a character driven show, there's plenty of action. Smartly written, Firefly shook up the conventions of mainstream sci-fi, and brought a new sensibility that moved away from the tech and the aliens, and toward the exploration of humanity.
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