Fifteen Years On, is it Time to Get Over “Firefly”?

Matthew Loffhagen
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It has been fifteen years since the start of Joss Whedon’s short-lived sci-fi show “Firefly”.

Boy. Fifteen years. I feel old.

In celebration of this asspicious occasion (that was a reference, not a typo), Zoic Entertainment has put together a highlights reel, along with some fun brand new footage of Serenity in action.

Serenity
Zoic Entertainment

(You’ll have to click this link to see it, as Vimeo doesn’t allow embedding.)

Watching this, I can’t help but wonder: is it time to get over this show?

Very few sci-fi television properties have had quite the cultural impact that “Firefly” has enjoyed. All this time later, people still idolize the dozen or so episodes of the show that exist, and lament the fact that, let’s face it, we’re never going to get more.

It’s certainly a nostalgia trip to watch Zoic’s video. If nothing else, it’s fun to see Nathan Fillion from the era before he got fat.

He was just so tiny!

But, beyond the continued cries for a show revival, there’s not much more to say on the subject of “Firefly”. As nice as it is to have this crutch, plenty of other very enjoyably sci-fi shows have come and gone since Serenity flew off at the end of the feature length movie of the same name.

Maybe, we have to accept that the show is gone, and embrace the fact that we’re never going to get any more “Firefly”.

At least, that’s what I thought when watching the first half of Zoic’s video.

You Can’t Take the Sky From Me

The idea of seeing more of Serenity in action didn’t particularly wow me. The special effects have improved, but there’s not much more that needs to be said on the subject of a ship passing through rocky canyons.

Then the clips from the TV series started, and I remembered just how much I love this show.

“Firefly” has always been something that I come back to periodically. It’s a comfort food that keeps me going when I’ve had a bad day.

I have to admit that my relationship with the show has been tainted by the revelation that Joss Whedon was probably sleeping his way through most of the cast while filming. Suddenly the series’ fixation on whorehouses feels decidedly more icky.

So it’s been a while since I’ve popped back in to take a look. This highlight reel reminded me just how much I love this show.

Perhaps I’m not quite ready to completely move on from “Firefly” just yet. Maybe this will continue to be the show my mind reaches for first when I’m in need of a pick-me-up.

I’ll check again at the twentieth anniversary, but for now, it turns out, I’m still a browncoat.

I’m still flying.