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In the day and age of DVD's, one of the big bonuses is that TV shows can often find a second life. Word of mouth is always the best form of advertising. Unfortunately, very few shows are ever given a good chance to succeed on the networks before they are put out to pasture. This is the story of a show called Firefly.
If you are a fan of Joss Whedon's other TV shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, then you are going to enjoy theFirefly universe. If you are not familiar with his other works, he has a sharp writing style with smartly written dialogue. His characters all have flaws and are all searching for something. He also has a tendency to write strong female characters. The show Firefly, while set in space, is not your standard heavy handed science fiction. While it will satisfy science fiction and western fans alike, it also has enough of a love story to keep others following right along.
My friend Holly loaned us the series, and my wife and I are now halfway through the 14 episode show. It's clear that this show never caught its audience in time to save it. However, this is not due to the quality of the show. The concept is a little different, a space western with searching souls, and the show is greatly aided by following it from the start. While there is little that I can do to the ratings of a show while it is on the air since I am not a Nielsen rating member, I can certainly encourage people to take the time to rent the series on DVD. Consider yourself so encouraged. (Furthermore, there is a follow up movie called Serenity which is also well worth the rental.)
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