Firefly takes place 500 years in the future, following a war which resulted in the unification of all planets in the star system under one government, known as the Alliance. The show focuses on the crew of Serenity, a firefly-class starship purchased and capained by Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, who fought alongside his second-in-command, Zoe, on the losing side of the war. They, along with the rest of Serenity‘s crew make a meager living by making cargo runs as well as smuggling. Mal’s world is greatly complicated when he takes on passengers, including Simon Tam, who, unbeknownst to Mal, is on the run from the Alliance with his sister, River.
Firefly was a science fiction western series that only lasted one season before it was cancelled, but it then made the unprecedented jump to the big screen with the movie Serenity. Firefly is a show that is hard to explain, but intensely entertaining to watch. While the overarching story comes back to the concept of family, it does so with a mix of both great humor and intense sadness. Firefly was directed by Joss Whedon. Yes, the same man who directed The Avengers and created the popular television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Fans of his work as well as anyone who likes science fiction or westerns will enjoy this cleverly crafted show.
Pick up a copy of Firefly at your library. You can locate a copy and place a hold through the library’s online catalog.