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What should I do about Firefly?

Asked by pplufthesun (591points) February 1st, 2009

I was not old enough when the show first aired on fox, but recently, I “rented” the show, and now, I am addicted to it. I don’t know what to do now. I mean, I have all the episodes and everything, but what is there to do when I am done watching it? Please help me.

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eponymoushipster's avatar

well, the series is over, so you can do 2 things:

1) rent Serenity, the movie continuation of the series
2) kill yourself, because it probably ain’t coming back.

we lost a lot of good folks after “Arrested Development”; on the other hand, we skimmed the gene pool upon the conclusion of “Mad About You.”

delirium's avatar

Serenity. Watch and love.
Then Dr. Horrible’s sing along blog.

Essentially, just start exploring the rest of whedon’s repitoir. He’s an absolutely incredible writer, and lends that wit to everything he has his hands in. Buffy is excellent. Angel is excellent (though it gets weak by the last few seasons.)

laureth's avatar

Fanfic. It’s out there.

Jayne's avatar

What is there to do? From hard-earned experience, I can tell you that the only solution is to watch it again…and again…and preferably a few more times after that. It should be viewed both au naturel and with commentary. If you speak another language, watch the translation. Once you can recite it by heart, you can probably take a break.

That break, of course, will consist of watching Serenity for the requisite dozen viewings (the first with terror in your heart, because its bloody disturbing, and then with gaining confidence). With that done, you settle back for a life of misery lit only by the faint hope that the show will get picked up again, or that the Fox headquarters will be swallowed by an earthquake of divine precision.

Have fun, fellow Browncoat.

Jayne's avatar

For a slightly more practical and less personal answer, there are a number of fan sites out there, notably link

Also, I would heartily recommend that you watch Battlestar Galactica: a wonderful show, though heavier on the plot and less warm and fuzzy.

delirium's avatar

@Jayne, I can’t help but giggle at the relevance of your username. Are you, perhaps, named after the character?

Jayne's avatar

@delirium Indeed I am :) Now if you’ll excuse me…

I’ll be in my bunk.

delirium's avatar


I dress and act in public more like Inara, and more like kaylee in private with close friends.

PupnTaco's avatar

Enjoy it for the little treasure it is.

Jayne's avatar

Classy, sexy and skilled! The perfect combination.

Vinifera7's avatar

Fox originally aired the series out of order, which is one of the main reasons why it didn’t continue beyond a single season.

It’s really a shame. Firefly is an amazing series.

marinelife's avatar

Also, you are in good company on Fluther. Search on old questions and you will see there are a lot of Firefly fans here. It is still a total mystery to me why such a great show didn’t work. I loved Serenity too.

Tantigirl's avatar

Browncoats of Fluther unite!!!! We have a Serenity member called pplufthesun who is in distress. This must end, we must hide pplufthesun from the reavers!!! Quick, call Captain Tightpants!!!

aidje's avatar

A couple of good suggestions (nay, essential) have been made: watch repeatedly, including Serenity. Don’t miss the commentaries. Start exploring Whedon’s other works. And there’s one specific work that you should know about now, as it’s happening:

Dollhouse, Joss Whedon’s new show, airs on February 13th. I certainly plan on watching.

And now, I must go watch the first episode of season two of Angel.

Note: I never, ever thought that I would like Buffy. I am now the proud and happy owner of both the Buffy and Angel box sets. They’re different than Firefly, but at least it’s another taste of Whedony goodness. (And yes, Dr Horrible is very good, too. But I expected to like that. The Buffyverse, however, surprised me. And don’t give up in the first season of Buffy, ‘cause it gets better.)

tehrani625's avatar

I have recently watched all the episodes on Hulu (they are evil), and the Movies makes more sense now. I would say I am most like Mr. Universe although I think I can get a real girl friend. My favorite character is a tossup between Walsh and Kaylee.

Tantigirl's avatar

For me it’s a toss up between Captain Tightpants and Jayne. ;)

Jayne's avatar

@Tantigirl Oooh, pick me, pick me! or I’ll go get Vera

Tantigirl's avatar

@Jayne: Oh yeah, I forgot about Vera. As long as you don’t go swapping me for her I’ll pick you!! ;)

have you juggled any geese yet?

Jayne's avatar

Well, I have to keep her- how else to protect us from the reavers? So I guess we’re good.

Funny you should ask that; if the goslings were small enough and didn’t struggle too terribly, I could actually juggle seven of them! And you wondered how Jayne spent his time when he’s not in his bunk.

tehrani625's avatar

@Jayne To bad she don’t work without an oxygen rich environment.

Jayne's avatar

Aha! I got her a new case. Stripped it off the body of a merc what came to kill me. I took him down using nothin but my teeth.

tehrani625's avatar

@Jayne Ah, that should solve many problems. I also like Niska… the one into torture and has a space station. A correct spelling would be much appreciated.

aidje's avatar

@tehrani625 – You’ve got the spelling right. It is indeed “Niska”.

laureth's avatar

I always liked Wash. Knew what he was doing; also wacky.

delirium's avatar

There’s a guy I know who is so similar to Wash that its absurd. Cute too.

Tantigirl's avatar

The very first time we see Wash (when he’s playing with his dinosaurs) in the first episode defines him for me throughout the entire series:

This is a fertile land and we will thrive. We will rule over all this land. We will call it… this land.

I think we should call it your grave!

Ahh, curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal.

Zaku's avatar

You could look for a good sci fi role-playing game.

mrswho's avatar

There is no such thing as justice. When the series was new I was young and thought Niska was scarey and refused to watch… Part of me blames my self. Stupid child! sigh. It’s a gorram shame, that’s what it is. The perfect show. Battle Star numbs the pain, but this is its last season. Dr. Horrible is a good Whedon/Fillion fix. I’m pretty sure Firefly would have eventually had a musical episode if there was such a thing as justice. Sigh…

Shegrin's avatar

Stalk Nathan Fillion. He writes a tremendous blog on MySpace, when he has the time.

Jayne's avatar

Or, challenge him to a race (make sure to read on).

evegrimm's avatar

Go watch Cowboy Bebop, if you haven’t already.

I find the two series unnervingly similar. (Especially the characters and situations.)

(A friend said that Joss had seen/was attempting to do a homage to anime in general, and perhaps Cowboy Bebop in particular. I’m not sure how true that is.)

Shuttle128's avatar

I second Cowboy Bebop! It’s essentially a very similar premise (it’s good all on it’s own as well).

Also there is a comic book continuation of the series. I believe there are three so far that span the times between the series and the movie.

Also, lol at xkcd. You’ll find a fairly large group of fans on

I think the major difference between Firefly and most Sci-Fi shows is that it is ‘hard’ science fiction as opposed to the softer stuff of Star Trek or the likes. That’s at least why I like it. Cowboy Bebop has a similar take on it.

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