Star Trek TNG was my first real grown-up, sci-fi, TV-series love. Sure, the first couple of seasons often sucked because the characters, actors and writers seemed unable to break totally free of the grip of Captain Kirk and old Star Trek. But once the show found it's own voice and tone, it was awesomeness. I still miss it. Great cast, great show, great stories.
At least TNG had a good run. Not so for Firefly. That show's fate still pisses me off. How could tptb on the network treat it so miserably? They had a bona-fide cult hit on their hands but bungled it completely: showing episodes out of order, changing its time slot around... bah! It had a lightning-in-a-bottle cast, awesome and original writing and premise and the look that just carried it right over the top into perfection. I liked the Serenity movie just fine, but the TV-show was better. And there were so many stories that could have been told in that universe... at least a good 5 or 6 season run imo.
Firefly's cast was not just great, it was great to see actors that had flitted by on other shows get their chance to shine. I still think Wash and Zoe was one of TV's best romantic couples ever. And the whole dynamic between Mal and Inara, Kaylee and Simon, River and Jayne, with Book there as the mysterious holy man - wow, it was character driven and shone all the better for it, because those characters were characters I thought I'd never get tired of. It was a sexy, funny, smart, unique and captivating show. And I want to kick whoever took it off the air!
So I raise a glass to you, the cast of Firefly, the best sci-fi show post-TNG:
|Nathan Fillion||...||Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds / ... (14 episodes, 2002-2003)|
|Gina Torres||...||Zoë Washburne (14 episodes, 2002-2003)|
|Alan Tudyk||...||Hoban 'Wash' Washburne (14 episodes, 2002-2003)|
|Morena Baccarin||...||Inara Serra (14 episodes, 2002-2003)|
|Adam Baldwin||...||Jayne Cobb (14 episodes, 2002-2003)|
|Jewel Staite||...||Kaylee Frye (14 episodes, 2002-2003)|
|Sean Maher||...||Dr. Simon Tam (14 episodes, 2002-2003)|
|Summer Glau||...||River Tam (14 episodes, 2002-2003)|
|Ron Glass||...||Shepherd Book (14 episodes, 2002-2003)|
And has any show managed to amass such a collection of superb quotes in just one season? I think not!
Mal: "We're not gonna die. We can't die, Bendis. You know why? Because we are so...very...pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die."
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!"
Wash: (Off an alarm sounding from the console) "Closing in."
Zoe: "Planet's coming up a mite fast."
Wash: "That's just cause I'm going down too quick. Likely crash and kill us all."
Mal: "Well, that happens, let me know."
River: (looking at Jayne) "She's a liar."
Jayne: "That don't exactly set her apart from the rest of us. And the plunder sounds fun enough."
River: "She's a liar and no good will come of her."
Jayne: "Well, I say as a rule that girlfolk ain't to be trusted."
River: "Jayne is a girl's name."
Jayne: "She starts on that 'girl's name' thing, I'm gonna show her good an' all I got man parts."
Simon: "I'm trying to think of a way for you to be cruder. It's just not coming."
River: "Also? I can kill you with my brain."
Wash: "Little River just gets more colorful by the moment. What'll she do next?"
Zoe: "Either blow us all up or rub soup in our hair. It's a toss-up."
Wash: "I hope she does the soup thing. It's always a hoot, and we don't all die from it."
Mal: "But she does have an oddness to her. And I ain't just talking about her proficiency with firearms. Girl knows things. Things she shouldn't. Things she couldn't."
Jayne: "Wha-...are you-are you sayin' she's a witch?"
Wash: (sarcastically) "Yes, Jayne. She's a witch. She has had congress with the beast."
Jayne: "She's in Congress?"
Wash: (amazed) "How did your brain even learn human speech? I'm just so curious."
Wash: "Psychic, though? That sounds like something out of science fiction."
Zoe: "We live in a space ship, dear."
Wash: "Yeah well, if she doesn't give us some extra flow from the engine room to offset the burn through, this landing is gonna get pretty interesting."
Mal: "Define interesting."
Wash: "Oh god oh god we're all gonna die?"
Mal: "This is the captain. We have a...little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then...explode."
Mal: "Yeah well, just get us on the ground."
Wash: "That part will happen pretty definitely."