Lileks and Firefly

I know I am a few days late on this, but for those that don’t read James Lileks’ The Bleat on a regular basis, I wanted to share this (Lileks is one of the big boy bloggers who is always quite clever and humerous).

I know a few of you are waiting for the “Firefly” review. Well. I watched the pilot. I should preface my remarks, by way of explanation, with a confession of prejudices. Western stuff doesn’t do much for me – horses, six shooters – and it’s not what I look for in my sci-fi. And I find myself less and less interested in committing to another sci-fi world, since the ones in which I invested anything either disappointed … or went on too long…. When “Firefly” first came out I read good reviews, and stayed away because I was certain it would be cancelled, and I would be annoyed. … So I watched the pilot Friday night out of obligation, really – arms crossed across the chest, remote in hand on the FF button, looking for an excuse to bail, because it just can’t be that good.

About fifteen minutes in, I thought: well, this is just the best sci-fi TV pilot ever. An hour into it I hit pause, shrunk the screen and hit Amazon to see if they had any Serenity toy ships. I enjoyed every minute. Every half-minute. Sometimes I rewound and did a frame by frame so I could enjoy certain seconds at my leisure. I’m sure there will be lesser episodes and better ones; I don’t care. I love it. And, as usual, I’m late. But at least I don’t have to worry about it being cancelled; as far as I’m concerned, it’s just begun, and it ends with a big movie. Happy day.

What the hell is wrong with you Fox? If only you had actually promoted and been dedicated to the show ::cough Arrested cough:: !! I think Fox chooses shows based on the reaction of chimps.

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  1. March 4th, 2006 at 12:12 | #1

    I just did some kind of survey. It looks like they may make a season two of Firefly and have it as pay per view, or something. I can’t believe no one is looking to pick it up. I’d watch it. I’d guess I’d even pay to see it. I would want the show to follow the first season and not so much the movie.

  2. March 4th, 2006 at 13:12 | #2

    LOVE Firefly and Serenity. A few weeks ago there was a rumor that the new CW network might pick up a second season of Firefly, but Whedon quickly shotdown our hopes put that rumor to rest.

    Hopefully, we’ll get to see more soon!

    Oh, and in case you didn’t get back to my site for the reply to your question about handbaskets. My ansnwer was, “Only until the ride comes to a complete stop.” ;-)

  3. March 4th, 2006 at 13:21 | #3

    I REALLY hope they do make a second season, I would definitely do a ppv kind of thing, but I am not holding my breath. As Carla said, Joss isn’t very hopeful. There is the petition website that is pushing for it. Unfortunately, (Executive Producer) Tim Minear isn’t very postiive about it. Glenn Reynolds also did a podcast with Minear (second half of the podcast) where Minear said “there is always a chance… sure. Is there a Santa Clause?”

    Has anyone watched Minear’s Wonderfalls? Reynolds seems to like it and it appears to have a Firefly-like cult following.

    And Carla, good answer, heh. :)

  4. March 17th, 2006 at 01:53 | #4

    I love Firefly too. And I find it so sad that it was cancelled. A second season would be nice. But on PPV? Well, I don’t know how people will like that…

  5. March 17th, 2006 at 11:24 | #5

    It is extremely sad it was cancelled! I would be perfectly fine with a ppv cause I would just wait and buy the DVD :)

  6. March 19th, 2006 at 23:44 | #6

    Well, if you’re in another country like mine, I don’t think we’d be able to get Firefly at all unless someone puts up the files online or something. Sad isn’t it?

  7. March 20th, 2006 at 15:57 | #7

    Seems to happen to a lot of good shows! :(

  8. Becky
    November 9th, 2006 at 00:47 | #8

    Haha, I was actually introduced to this show tonight. It was highly entertaining. I like how they have like 6 time periods in one stinkin’ show. It’s great!!!

  9. November 9th, 2006 at 01:31 | #9

    Hehe, you must have watched “Out of Gas”, that is a great episode! You REALLY need to see the entire series!! It is wonderful!

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