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November 08 2004

Firefly DVD Boxset Review. Maybe Fox wanted ’Buffy In Space’? Hey! So that's why it was cancelled!

Sorry, If this has been posted before.

[ edited by BurkleFreak on 2004-11-07 22:47 ]
No it hasn't but I changed your link to where the article actually came from.
That was an excellent read, BurkleFreak. Everytime I read one of these articles, I'm overwhelmed with sadness that FOX didn't give this series a chance to fly. I could see Joss' brilliance written all over this one and to see it nipped in the bud is painful. I could sense that he was building these characters and was taking them to an all another level than the buffyverse. I was just watching 'War Stories' and what a wonderful ride. That scene in which River shoots down the gunmen, then turns to Kaylee with that sweet smile. "No power in the verse can stop me." And the shocked and horrified expression from Kaylee to learn this young girl that she took under her wing was capable of such. Classic Joss.

OK, I know I'm rambling. I'll crawl back underneath my rock now.
It's wonderful to read another enthusiastic review of Firefly. This reviewer did a great job and I'm hoping his influence spreads far and wide. But I differ with his assessment that the DVD extras are "a bit light." For 14 episodes total I'd say the extras are relatively generous compared to most other TV DVD sets, and darn right they should be considering how great this series is.

Also, gotta say I'm glad it's not the RSC performing the parts. Shudder. You're a Shakespearean actor? Good for you, but that doesn't mean that you'd triumph in tv. I get annoyed when people frame their assessments of tv acting with "it's not Shakespeare, but..." Let the acting stand on its own two feet. TV requires a different kind of acting than classical and Shakespearean theater does. Not to say that RSC grads couldn't do a great job. (Didn't Alexis Denisof do work with the RSC?) But back to Firefly: two of the Firefly cast are alums of Julliard. And hello, Julliard? Prestigious as hell.

Wow, I must be in a snippy mood. Because really, where's the bad in this review? Great stuff. Thanks for posting this, BurkleFreak.
Also enjoyed the read Burklefreak. I'm with Madhatter though that everytime I read a review that praises the show to high heaven it makes me so sad and really angry that it was nipped in the bud. I watched this series feeling that it was going to be the biggest show ever because it was just that good and then the quick talk of it possibly getting cancelled stunned me but I thought, hey, this show is just too good, they'd never cancel it. I still haven't gotten over it and I don't think I ever will. Can't wait for Serenity but I would've loved years of the series more.
blwessels and others who went through this horrible cancellation, I don't envy you. I was unable to see the show until it came out on DVD which softened the blow - I knew going in that it was going to end abruptly and years (yes, years) before its natural time. Still made me furious but I was prepared for it.
I'm with phlebotinin. I didn't get the chance to see Firefly before the DVD, and when I did. I was like 'This is the show Fox cancelled?" ''What idiots." :)
Isn't it amazing, that almost two years -- gawd, really, it is! -- after the cancellation, people (new fans and reviewers) are still getting it?

Good review. Thanks BurkleFreak.
I didn`t catch all the shows first time round on TV,so bought the DVD as well and just couldn`t understand the logic of cancelling it. I guess we just live on different planets to them.Thinks, if there is a planet for the suits in charge of things,could we get the Reavers to pay a little visit?.Anyway,its the reruns on SciFi tonight so i know what will be at the top of my viewing list. Mutch as i love the DVDs theres something about watching things on TV that is so much better.
I didn`t catch all the shows first time round on TV,so bought the DVD as well and just couldn`t understand the logic of cancelling it. I guess we just live on different planets to them.Thinks, if there is a planet for the suits in charge of things,could we get the Reavers to pay a little visit?.Anyway,its the reruns on SciFi tonight so i know what will be at the top of my viewing list. Mutch as i love the DVDs theres something about watching things on TV that is so much better.
Opps,sorry,hit the wrong key.
Outstanding points, phlebotinin. And you aren't being snippy at all, many of us feel the same.
I didn't get to watch the series when it aired, the time it aired was difficult for me, my VHS at that time (and now) only plays tapes but the timer doesn't work to record (it's really old) and the guy I was seeing didn't get my Buffy/Angel/Joss fixation. At the time there were three Whedon shows on the air - I remember thinking at the time I was watching Angel and Buffy and just didn't have enough time to spend getting involved in a third show. Odd but that's how I felt then. Angel season 4 was on and I was travelling and when I missed an eposide(or two) I felt I was missing too much in the next episode.

Even though I hadn't seen the show I remember being disappointed Firelfy was canceled so soon. I just assumed Joss would succeed. After buying the Firefly set I was so impressed with the show, and now I am really looking forward to the movie. Truthfully if the first show I saw was TrainJob, I'm not so sure I would have gone out of my way to continue watching.
I read this on buffy.nu yesterday, and sent this review to my friend as a means to persuade her to watch/buy Firefly. Its a good review, and here's hoping it will persuade her

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