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Firefly and other things

Firefly and other things

  07:08:19 pm, by Damon   , 613 words  
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Categories: TV/Movies

Why are all the good TV shows always cancelled?

I heard of a show called "Firefly" about Mal Reynolds and his crew of a ship called Serenity. The series follows the lives of the crew after it's been altered by the joining of two siblings, Simon and River Tam, portrayed by Sean Maher and Summer Glau respectively.

To quote Wikipedia's article (and save my lazy self the work of writing a synopsis:

Firefly is an American space western drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear.

The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as "nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things". The show explores the lives of some people who fought on the losing side of a civil war and others who now make a living on the outskirts of society, as part of the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. In addition, it is a future where the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures. According to Whedon's vision, "nothing will change in the future: technology will advance, but we will still have the same political, moral, and ethical problems as today".

It's a really intelligent and well written show, and I love how it flawlessly integrates the "Wild West" and Sci-Fi concepts. There's nothing more entertaining than seeing the crew of Serenity race to their ship on horseback while firing lazer guns that resemble the shotguns and revolvers of the period. It's a great show worth watching, and don't get me started on Serenity, the 2005 movie continuation of the one season show.

As to the opening question: It's rather depressing how the "smart" shows are seldom watched and end up cancelled, whereas the... Let's find a blog friendly way to say this... Rather loose and friendly ladies of Jersey Shore get renewed year after year. Where's the entertainment in that? I can't see it, and I am very upset at how the television of today is. The only "current" show I watch is Criminal Minds (and even then, I forget to watch it 3-4 weeks in a row at a time), and I'm left to the shows of old, such as Firefly, Red Dwarf, Lie to Me, Damian Lewis's short lived police drama "Life".

Anyways, to a second topic, since I have a load to ramble about, and I've been lazy about writing the past month, since I've been busy:

I am a BIG fan of the Finnish "love metal" (that's how they classify themselves) band HIM, and ska band Streetlight Manifesto, and for a shorter lesser important note, I found out that both have albums marked for release on 30 April. (Tears on Tape and The Hands That Thieve, respectively).

To be honest, I'll admit that's the whole note. Whatever. It's a shameless plug for two good bands, and I'll throw in a song I like from each one for good measure. Here is HIM's cover of Ke's Strange World, which they recently released, and here is some amazingly good cellphone video of an awesome song from The Hands That Thieve that Streetlight Manifesto did live:

That's the ramblings of me... See you all later :p


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