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FIREFLY
The Complete Series

Review by Ed Nguyen

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Jewel Staite, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Morena Baccarin, Ron Glass
Directors: Joss Whedon, Tim Minnear, Vern Gillum, etc.
Audio: English, French, or Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video: Color, anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1
Studio: 20th-Century Fox
Features: Seven commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel, audition, theme song
Length: 675 minutes
Release Date: December 9, 2003

Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand,

I don't care, I'm still free, you can't take the sky from me.

Episodes ****

The short-lived TV show Firefly is the typical example of a quality program sabotaged by network indifference.  This is territory well-traveled among sci-fi shows, most infamously with the original Star Trek television series.  But while Star Trek lingered past its original cancellation date thanks to a massive write-in campaign launched by avid fans, such a similar campaign was not enough to save Firefly, which consequently became just another casualty in the never-ending quest for television ratings.

What exactly was Firefly?  Part western, part sci-fi, this fusion of genres was developed by Joss Whedon, the creative mastermind behind television's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.  Emphasizing a blend of frontier get-go with rollickin' good adventures, Firefly achieved high marks in all the right categories - engaging storylines, charismatic characters, and Whedon's trademark snappy dialogue.  Firefly was no slouch in the effects department, either (its innovative space sequences and zoom shots clearly influencing the popular Sci-Fi channel series Battlestar Galactica).

In the Firefly universe, set about five hundred years in the future, humanity has expanded its horizons across the vast reaches of space, with a core selection of totalitarian worlds forming an Alliance that governs the remaining planets. Well, most of them, at least.  The outer-most planets or moons cater more to lawless renegades, gamblers, and black marketeers than to respectable citizens.  Furthermore, a bitter civil war has only recently concluded between the Alliance and outlying "browncoat" rebels desirous of freedom from central oppression.  As a result, while there is peace, that peace still remains tenuous, particularly on the extreme outskirts of space.

Ever ponder what path the Star Wars films might have taken had they focused upon the Han Solos and Bobba Fetts of the galaxy instead of all those mumbo jumbo-ing Jedi?  Instead of self-important devotees to some ancient religion, solving their problems with "sorcerer's ways" and Force chokes, why not feature real, no-nonsense guys fixin' things the right proper way, with guts, sweat, and good old-fashioned perseverance?  That was Firefly - a gritty window into the fringe world of shady smugglers and struggling privateers thriving at the extreme borders of known space.  In essence, Firefly was a western at heart, displaced into the inky void of frontier worlds (not towns) and vast expanses of outer space (not prairies and canyons).  Even the show's country-style theme song (played over an opening credits sequence involving traditional shoot-outs, posse riders, and pistol-tootin' space cowboys) hammered in this very point, lest viewers feel they were in for a run-of-the-mill sci-fi show.

The on-going adventures of one Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), former rebel soldier and now smuggler-for-hire, were the focus of Firefly's episodes.  Mal was the proud proprietor of a hunk of junk called Serenity, a Firefly-class transport ship with all the typical nooks and crannies favored by smugglers.  Serenity was home to a quirky crew as well as a haphazard oil-and-water mixture of unusual passengers.  Half the fun of the show was derived from watching how these seemingly incompatible people managed to co-habituate peacefully within the very closed confines of a cramped spacecraft floating out in the middle of nowhere.

Mal served as autonomous captain of his space-faring Serenity.  However, not being much of a pilot, he delegated most of those navigational headaches to Wash (Alan Tudyk).  This wise-cracking goofball of a space jockey was coincidentally also the husband of Mal's former rebel-in-arms, Zoe (Gina Torres), a handy gal with the gun and Mal's indispensable right-hand warrior-woman.  Mopping up the remaining dirty work on and off the ship was Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin), a gruff, grumbling grunt; he was basically "The Thing," but without the rocky exterior.  Readily available to cheer on her shipmates was Kaylee (Jewel Staite), the ship's shiny and chipper mechanic, a gal with perpetual sunshine in her eyes.

Serenity complemented its more dubious smuggling runs with the transportation of legitimate human cargo, preferably the paying kind.  Simon Tam (Sean Maher), for instance, was a traveling doctor, just the sort of man who, if persuaded to stay on, could prove quite handy to a band of smugglers.  However, he also came with dangerous baggage in the guise of his strangely enigmatic sister River (Summer Glau), for whom the expression "more than meets the eye" hardly suffices.  Every western needs a preacher man, too, and for Firefly that fellow was Shepherd Book (Ron Glass), a missionary who saw as his new purpose in life the reformation of this potpourri band of brigands.  Last, but definitely not least, was Inara (Morena Baccarin), a gorgeous Companion, basically the final frontier's version of an exorbitantly expensive geisha girl.  Inara leased one of Serenity's two shuttle crafts in which to conduct her "business transactions" whenever the crew awaited at planetfall for a new contract.

Read on below for synopses of fourteen episodes in the adventures for our small band of unlikely compatriots.

1) Serenity

"You depend on luck, you end up on the drift, no fuel, no prospects, gettin' towed out to the scrap belt.  That ain't us.  Not ever."

This is the original, two-part pilot episode for Firefly and opens with a tremendous action sequence set during the final days of the interplanetary civil war.  Loyal and honorable Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds enjoys one last hurrah in the Battle of Serenity Valley just before his fellow browncoat rebels flee like yellow cowards and abandon him to his fate.  So much for a soldier's code of honor.

Flash forward six years, and the worlds of Mankind have presumably engaged in one big group hug, letting bygones be bygones.  That is, save for our Malcolm, who has degenerated into a malcontent.  Perhaps being on the losing side of a messy conflict has something to do with Mal's grudge.  Now a disgruntled scavenger, Mal survives off the refuse of derelict space junk and other people's interplanetary debris.  It's not a living, it's a meaningless existence.

As usual, Mal finds himself in a smoking heap of trouble.  An Alliance bulletin has been issued for the smuggler's arrest.  Consequently Mal's usual fence at the docks of Persephone develops an acute case of cold feet, giving Mal and Serenity's latest contraband the boot.  In desperate need of money, Mal is forced to take his ship and crew to a dangerous border world in the hope of unloading the "hot" cargo.  Along the way, he picks up several paying passengers, including Shepherd Book and Dr. Simon Tam, but little does he realize that in doing so he has compounded his troubles from bad to much terribly worse.  Not only does Mal have to worry about his own illegal cargo, but he has to contend with a secret fugitive who apparently has stolen something from the Alliance far more valuable than salvaged space junk.  But wait, there's more!  One of the new passengers is actually a secret federal agent, and before long an Alliance cruiser is hot on Serenity's trail.  The moral of this tale is, of course, don't pick up hitchhikers!

This episode also introduces the murderous Reavers, savage spacefarers driven mad (or worse) by years of radiation and isolation in space.  Even Alliance soldiers shun Reavers whenever possible.  Campfire stories have it that Reavers will "rape their victims to death, eat their flesh, and sew their skins into new clothing."  Hopefully in that order, too, if the victims are very lucky.

2) The Train Job

"I'm thinking, somebody needs to put you down, dog.  What do you think?"

Having dodged the bullet against the Alliance and the Reavers (and just about everybody else), Mal and company still find themselves short on capital.  Despite his better judgment, Mal decides to accept a commission from a dangerous and disreputable man named Niska.  The job entails train robbery.  Niska has a nasty fetish for torturing people who fail him, but pulling a train heist should theoretically be easy when one uses a space ship instead of horses for the getaway.  No sweat, right?

However, once Mal discovers (after the deed is done) that the stolen goods are desperately-needed medical supplies en route to a frontier mining colony, he must confront a moral dilemma versus a financial one.  Giving Niska the goods would condemn many innocent miners to death.  But, honorably returning the goods to the miners would lead to very unhappy unpleasantries with Niska.  What's a scruffy smuggler with scruples to do?

3) Bushwhacked

"Reavers ain't men!"

Not surprisingly, the botched train job leaves Mal and his crew in a worse pickle than before and still on the lam.  Black marketeers like Niska simply don't take kindly to smugglers who drop their cargo at the first sign of trouble.  However, Lady Luck finally seems to smile upon the Serenity crew when their fleeing ship happens across a space derelict seemingly ripe for pickings.

Too bad this ghost ship harbors some serious dragon tracks.  The Serenity gang soon realizes that Reavers have attacked this ship recently and are most likely still in the vicinity.  A few nasty parting gifts aboard the derelict prevent Serenity's hasty departure, and to make matters worse, a patrolling Alliance cruiser soon shows up to badger Captain Reynolds and his hapless crew before they can flee the scene.  This frightening and suspenseful episode is among the best in the series.

4) Shindig

"I cannot abide useless people."

After the intensity of Bushwhacked, Shindig offers something more soothing along the lines of a Masterpiece Theater production (after the barroom brawl that opens this episode, that is).  Shindig is a nice costume drama, complete with spurned lovers and the prerequisite dance ball.  There are even hints of Pride & Prejudice here, with Captain Mal and cosmic concubine Inara trading verbal spars while exchanging meaningful glances.  Ah, young reluctant love!

During a stopover by Serenity on the planet Persephone, Inara takes the opportunity to entertain a regular, if obnoxious, client.  However, Mal, in his typically rash manner, invariably insults the spoiled dandy at the dress ball and as a result finds himself challenged to a duel to the death for Inara's honor.  Too bad the chosen melee weapon is to be the sword, a gentlemanly weapon but an awkward and completely unfamiliar weapon to a smuggler such as Mal.  More's the pity the captain is up against an expert swordsman!

5) Safe

"Ever see cattle stampede when they've got no place to run?  It's kinda like a meat grinder."

Mal somehow survives Shindig's showdown, and the smuggling assignment he picks up on Persephone takes the Serenity crew to the backwater world of Jiangyin to deliver contraband cattle.  Another world, another stopover, another crew member in dire straits.  This go-around, Dr. Tam is the victim, kidnapped by villagers desperate for the presence of a local physician.  Safe offers a glimpse into the hardships of colonial life and its simple pleasures, too.

Through flashbacks, this episode also delves into the past between Simon and his disturbed sister River, revealing the depth of the young doctor's undying devotion to his ill sibling.  A hint at River's psychic abilities is offered here, too.  On the cheerier side, Safe features a light-hearted country jig sequence which plays to actress Summer Glau's strength - her formal training as a ballerina.

6) Our Mrs. Reynolds

"You made me look the fool without tryin' and yet here I am with a gun to your head."

Captain Malcolm Reynolds gets plenty drunk at a bonfire dance and finds himself with a new wife, Saffron, the following day.  Too much partying or boozing tends to have that effect.  Mal must now figure out a delicate way of divorcing the innocent young lass without bruising her fragile feelings too much.

Then again, perhaps Saffron is not such a sweet little debutante.  The Serenity crew discovers this awful truth after Saffron disables the ship's controls, incapacitates anyone in her way, and then sends Mal's space heap careening towards heartless space scavengers for junking and instant dismantling (with the crew still on-board, that is).  Needless to say, Saffron reaps the benefits of her duplicity while skedaddling away, unharmed.  There's nothing quite like the wrath of a woman scorned.

7) Jaynestown

"You gotta be steely.  You can't be lettin' men stomp on you so much."

Somehow, Saffron's ploy is foiled and the ship remains intact...for now.  In Jaynestown, the crew manages to scurry away to the outer-rim world of Canton to drum up some business, only to discover to their surprise that Jayne, the ship's resident bloody-bruiser, is somehow the local community's celebrated Robin Hood-like folk hero.  What a guffaw!  The truth, as it turns out, is less inspirational - long ago, following a robbery, Jayne inadvertently dumped all his loot onto this small community while fleeing.  His loss, their gain, their devotion.  Some myths are simply better left un-debunked.

8) Out of Gas

"Everyone dies alone."

Out of Gas is Firefly's version of the "disaster" flick.  A sudden explosion in the engine room cripples Serenity and leaves the ship dead in the water, so to speak, with rapidly failing life support systems.  Some of the crew is injured.  Since the captain should always goes down with his ship, Mal decides to send away his crew aboard Serenity's two shuttlecrafts while he courageously remains behind in a desperate race to fix a broken engine part before the debilitating effects of dropping temperatures, anoxia, and injury render him unconscious.  It's like straightening the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic.  Mal's semi-coherent stupor during this crisis does provide an opportunity for flashbacks of happier times aboard Serenity, including a look at how the captain first purchased his ship and how he acquired his eventual crew.

9) Ariel

"Nothing buys bygones quicker than cash."

Serenity is in need of repairs, and the crew, as always, is in need of money.  Dr. Tam's solution to these problems is an appealing, if irrationally dangerous, one.  In return for the crew's assistance in infiltrating an Alliance hospital (so that the good doctor might run some covert diagnostic tests on his deranged sister), Dr. Tam will help his shipmates "borrow" desirable Alliance medical supplies for re-sale on the black market.  It's a crazy idea, but where there's a will, there's a way.

However, a monkey wrench is thrown into the mix when Jayne develops his own devious and decidedly less bright idea.  Why not just betray fugitives Dr. Tam and his sister River instead to Alliance agents for a handsome ransom reward?  Once a back-stabbing mercenary-for-hire, always a back-stabbing mercenary-for-hire.  Too bad the Alliance agents are back-stabbing, too!

In Ariel, we learn about the mysterious interplanetary conglomerate known as Blue Sun, which is somehow responsible for River's present condition.

10) War Stories

"I'm angry.  And I'm armed."

Needless to say, Mal is not amused by Jayne's recent Benedict Arnold maneuver, which nearly earns the dim-witted mercenary an opportunity to experience the thrilling imprudence of floating around in outer space without a spacesuit.  However, there are bigger headaches on the horizon.  Remember Niska, our unfriendly neighborhood black marketeer?  Niska remembers Mal.  Niska particularly remembers how Mal bungled a commissioned train heist, and now Niska wants bloody revenge.

The black marketeer's operatives track down Serenity's location and deliver Mal and Wash into Niska's hands.  Many hours of unpleasantries, torture, and ultimate demise await the captain and his unlucky pilot unless the remaining Serenity crew can somehow stop Niska from executing his fiendish plans.

War Stories offers the first truly tangible look at River's hidden combat abilities.  It also offers some highly amusing dialogue between Mal and a jealous Wash, who feels somewhat left out by his wife Zoe's many loyal life-and-death adventures with Mal over the years.  Of course, being hooked up to painfully sharp instruments of torture in face of certain death was probably not what Wash was looking for, exactly.  Thank goodness Zoe comes to the rescue of her captain and her emasculated hubbie Wash!

11) Trash

"You just may be the most gullible fool I ever marked.  And that makes you special.

Trash never aired on television, which is a shame because it is a great follow-up to Mrs. Reynolds.  Remember Saffron, the "black widow" bride from hell?  Well, she's back!  When Mal interferes with her latest flim-flam scam to bamboozle one of his underworld buddies, Saffron bats her pretty lashes at Mal and offers him a percentage of the take for her latest brainstorm - the "acquisition" of a priceless artifact from some poor rich dude's private collection.  All Mal has to do is help Saffron instead of leaving her to rot on some desolate moon.  So says a wise man, "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me."

Natural fool that he is, Mal goes along with Saffron's scheme.  If a guy can't trust his own wife then who can he trust?  Well, in this case, not his wife!  Trash starts out with Mal sitting buck-naked on a vast alien desert in the middle of absolutely nowhere (the rest of the episode being one big flashback), which just about sums things up!

12) The Message

"What'd y'all order a dead guy for?"

Even renegades receive correspondence now and then.  The latest mail arriving for our intrepid gang of stellar misfits includes an orange woolen cap for Jayne (from his mom) and a corpse for Mal and Zoe.  As it turns out, the corpse is not quite dead, merely tranquilized, and it soon revives aboard Serenity into Tracey, an old war comrade who had mailed himself to Mal to escape from some corrupt feds.  Surely there must be easier ways to avoid detection?  Regardless, the feds track down Tracey, and as usual, it's another fine mess for Mal and the poor Serenity crew, who find themselves caught in the middle of an illegal organ-harvesting racket.  A dangerous spaceship chase through outer space, narrow canyons, and snowstorms ensues before culminating in a climactic face-off with a twist ending!

The Message was the last episode filmed.  Sadly, it never aired on television, a pity considering this episode's strong emotional resonance and particularly high production values (including flashbacks of Mal and Zoe's days in the rebellion and combat).

13) Heart of Gold

"Really?  Folks asking for help from us petty crooks?"

No western would be complete without the prerequisite "hooker with a heart of gold."  For the Firefly series, that role is very nicely filled out by Morena Baccarin's luscious Inara.  In this episode, Inara persuades the Serenity crew to help protect a frontier brothel run by a fellow Companion.  Apparently, the townsfolk are as fidgety as an angry hornet's nest over the imminent birth of a love child between one of the brothel's prostitutes and the town's most prominent and wealthy landowner, who is determined to lead the siege upon the brothel.  Consider Heart of Gold a revisionary update of the Last Stand at the Alamo, albeit with corsets and petticoats.

Heart of Gold never aired on television but is a good illustration of the pure relativity of right or wrong in a frontier setting. On the one hand is a wealthy man who, in his own caustic way, simply wants to take care of his baby boy.  On the other hand are women fighting against perceived tyranny to preserve what little dignity or sense of self-sufficiency they possess in a world that cares little whether people live honorably or die miserably.

14) Objects in Space

"Girl knows things - things she shouldn't, things she couldn't."

We see in Objects in Space the inspiration for the main villain in the theatrical film Serenity.  In this episode, the villain is a dark-skinned bounty hunter.  He's cool, he's calculating, and he's ultra-deadly.  In the movie Serenity, the central villain is an Alliance super-agent but otherwise the characters' motivations and attributes are the same.  Simply put, both men want to capture River, and both men are intelligent and crafty enough to get the job done.  Neither man ultimately succeeds, obviously, because smugglers don't typically play by the rules.

Objects in Space offers a glimpse of the eventual path this television show might have taken.  A great deal of time is devoted to the world as seen or experienced by River, whose exceptional abilities are only suggested in the show (but fully blossom to deadly effect in the film Serenity).

In the end, with so much going for it, why did Firefly fail?  Nebulous network scheduling was the most probable culprit.  The show was poorly publicized.  Inconsistent programming, with episodes frequently shown out of chronological order, and a constantly changing airing schedule both worked to the show's detriment.  Several of the original fourteen episodes never aired at all, with the pilot being the last installment of Firefly to air.  Understandably, confusion among  the show's fans led to poor ratings and an eventual dismissal from the Fox television schedule.

Fortunately, this DVD set rectifies the short-sightedness of impatient television executives.  For the first time, the show's ever-increasingly rabid and vocal fans can view all the Firefly episodes, including the pilot, in their proper sequence, including those episodes never broadcast.  Firefly may have been short-lived, but to paraphrase from Blade Runner, the light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.  If Firefly is no longer with us, then at least this show burned most brightly during in its brief existence.

Video ****

Kudos to 20th Century Fox for a gorgeous transfer of Firefly.  Failed television shows (especially those lasting a mere half-season) seldom receive a second life on DVD and certainly not with this degree of attention given to their transfers.  Perhaps the Fox studio finally paid some heed to Firefly's multitude of fans, as the show looks fantastic in this collector's set.  Colors are crisp, and details are sharp.  The image quality is quite pristine.

Audio ***

In Firefly's alternate universe, Chinese culture has influenced virtually every aspect of interplanetary pop culture, including the introduction of many Chinese phrases into the colloquial.  In principle, this is a cool concept.  In practice, this merely presents the show's actors with ample opportunity to mangle Mandarin phonetically.  Fortunately, these phrases are few and far in-between, which is just as well, for they are mostly incomprehensible and unimportant.

Otherwise, the audio is quite solid, as should be the case for any action-oriented television show.  Interestingly, there is virtual silence during the outer space sequences, aside from occasional background music or breathing noises.  Sound doesn't carry in a vacuum, after all, and Firefly is the rare instance of a sci-fi show actually observing this much-maligned law of physics.  The audio track is available in English, Spanish, or French 2.0 Dolby Digital surround.

Features ****

There is no lack of commentary tracks, seven in total, for this collector's set.  Series creator Joss Whedon and star Nathan Fillion speak up on the pilot episode Serenity, describing the various characters' personalities but mostly just trading non-stop whimsical humor.  Fillion whole-heartedly acknowledges the cast's love for the show yet also its extreme dislike for the occasional wire-work or tongue-twisting Chinese dialogue.  In general, though, these two wacky guys aren't saying anything reliable; take their goofy comments with a grain of salt.

Joss Whedon returns with co-executive producer Tim Minnear for words on The Train Job.  Both men discuss the chaotic eleventh-hour rush job to get this script ready on time for studio approval (the Fox studio eventually bought the series on the strength of this script).  Whedon and Minnear also discuss the show's extraordinary sets and innovative cinematography.  Coincidentally, if the Alliance soldiers in this episode are attired suspiciously like soldiers from Starship Troopers, that is because the producers rented that film's combat gear for Firefly!

Writer Jane Espenson, costume designer Shawna Trpcic, and super cutie Morena Baccarin do the estrogen-heavy ear-bending on Shindig.  They get downright giggly over the fight scenes.  Then they swoon over the fancy costumes, ballroom sets, necklaces, pink liquors, jealous tensions, romantic overtures, and so on.  Oh my!  By the way, the hoop skirt under Kaylee's dance dress is the original one from The King and I!

Tim Minnear and director David Solomon offer their thoughts on Out of Gas, which was originally conceived as a "submarine" episode with a takeover theme.  The men particularly focus upon this episode's complex flashback structure, part of which filled in the characters' backstories in lieu of the unaired pilot (which was finally aired at the very end of Firefly's initial run on television).  On a side note, Gina Torres only has limited screen time in this episode; she was otherwise preoccupied at the time with a honeymoon to husband Laurence Fishburne!

Actors Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk have a lot of irreverent fun on their commentary for War Stories.  They are about as goofy here as they were in the actual episode itself.  Half of what they say here is completely off-the-wall and not to be taken as the gospel truth.  Alan Tudyk returns with Jewel Staite for the jovial commentary track in The Message.  In both commentaries, Tudyk describes his character Wash's background story, much of which was to have been addressed in later episodes had the series progressed beyond a half-season.  Tudyk and Staite both reminisce about the somewhat melancholy atmosphere during this episode's filming, as by then everyone knew the series had been cancelled.  Tudyk also amusedly confesses to turning klepto with the set props during these last few days of filming.

The final commentary track is by Joss Whedon for Objects in Space.  He divides his time between discussing the symbolism and concept for this episode, the characterization of River's disassociation from reality, and some philosophical ramblings about his own life.  The comments are generally quite relevant if somewhat lofty-sounding at times.

"Here's How It Was: The Making of Firefly" (28 min.) reunites cast and crew in a series of interviews as each recalls the thrill of working on the series.  Whedon describes the post-war, futuristic concept for the show, its innovative contributions to the television sci-fi genre, and the general scramble to make episodes that could please both demanding audiences and fickle television executives.  The cast describes the various characters aboard Serenity and unanimously groans about Whedon's bright idea to force them to "speak" Chinese from time to time.  On an interesting note, we learn that Rebecca Gayheart had been originally cast as Inara.  This featurette concludes poignantly with the cast and crew biding farewell to the show and speculating the show might have evolved beyond its first and only season.

Notably, fan reaction and loyalty to Firefly even after its cancellation was very instrumental in persuading the Fox studio to greenlight Whedon's theatrical film follow-up, Serenity.  That film addressed certain sub-plots only teased at in the actual series - the cause of River's paranoid schizophrenic spells and the true breadth of her abilities, the tragic origin of the Reavers themselves, and the dark nature of the Alliance super-agents hot on Serenity's trail.

Some clues might be gleamed from the deleted scenes (12 min.).  These scenes include an original sequence for the pilot, key information about the Battle of Serenity, and a couple of bizarrely telepathic moments for River.

Among the shorter extra features, a gag reel offers just over two minutes of on-set bloopers and practical jokes.  Alan Tudyk gives an amusing audition (1 min.) featuring "talking dinosaurs."  Joss Whedon sings the Firefly theme (1 min.), which he penned, over the actual opening credits for the show.  He also gives a brief, one-minute tour of the actual colossal sets used for Serenity's interiors.

For more about the sets, check out "Serenity: The 10th Character" (10 min.).  In this featurette, the crew reminisces about working on the Serenity sets while director and crew members discuss the design and lived-in look of these sets.  Conceptual artwork, miniatures, and CG models are also shown.

Lastly, there is an easter egg on Disc Four!  Adam Baldwin sings "Hero of Canton" (2 min.) from Jaynestown.  From the special features page, highlight "Joss Sings the Firefly Theme" and then press the left arrow to highlight an ornamental pattern that, when selected, leads to Baldwin's song.  This easter egg is a hoot, as Baldwin dons a goofy orange cap (from The Message) and proceeds to chew up the scenery with his campy, off-key rendition.

Summary:

Although doomed by network indifference during its original television run, Firefly was too imaginative and well-written not to eventually attract a very loyal fan following.  Check out this excellent collector's set to experience what Firefly fans already know - during its brief run, Firefly was the best sci-fi series on television.

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