The classic American Sci-fi TV series Firefly was a short-lived 14-episode show that gained a lot of fan base, but the show was suddenly halted. There was never really any closure for many fans, until the movie Serenity came out.
Despite the number of fans who followed the show, there are still those who think it was an insult to many sci-fi series in many levels. For instance, Firefly was into the ‘space cowboy’ motif wherein characters were dressed in cowboy clothing. Many people found this very odd and out of place because the setting was supposed to be the future – the year 2517, in fact. The timeline was so fast forward that space cowboys just didn’t seem realistic. Ironically, it may be one of the factors why many fans were drawn to it. But whether the space cowboy theme was an effective audience-drawer or not, it surely wasn’t enough to make the show stay on for longer seasons.
The year 2002, which is the time when the Firefly Classic TV Show was released, was a time for sci-fi fad in the movie industry. For about a decade since the year 2000, many movies came out around this time that had a sci-fi theme. These included Battlefield Earth, Mission to Mars, Space Cowboys, Supernova, Steven Spielberg’s A.I., K-Pax and dozens of other sci-fi movies which continues up until the year 2012. It was a fad, much the same way that vampire movies with a romantic theme are a fad today. So it is no surprise that it will gain a lot of followers as there were already a lot of sci-fi fanatics since Star Wars came out.
What Firefly gave the viewers however, that not a lot of sci-fi shows were able to give, was the situational scenario when people are migrated from one planet to another and start life over again. It made people think, never mind the numerous contradictions in the setting and characters. It gave people the sense of what it would be like to start a new life away from the planet they once knew. It wasn’t just about space wars and confrontations. There was a lot of drama going on and that’s what probably pulled in a lot of audiences.
But despite the many contradictions in the show, many followers were saddened when the series suddenly ended. And ironically, the series still sells until now. When a behind-the-scenes book came out several years after the show ended, fans were eager to get a hold of the copy. It only seems to prove that sci-fi fans will neither grow old nor get tired of the things that they love.