Firefly
(2002)
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FIREFLY
60 Minute Drama
Science Fiction

ORIGINAL TRANSMISSION
2002

BROADCASTER
Fox

SEASONS / EPISODES
1 Season / 14 Episodes
1 Movie

Short-lived sci-fi/western hybrid created by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel / Dollhouse).

Despite a troubled existence during its brief stay on television — studio interference led to a new opening episode (Train Job) being written, and the plug being swiftly pulled shortly thereafter — Firefly has managed to establish itself as one of the great "lost" shows of recent years.

Set some hundreds of years in the future, when human civilisation has spread beyond our own solar system, Firefly is centered around the crew and passengers of the Firefly-class ship Serenity.

Sticking with the DVD order, which actually makes sense, the opening episode, Serenity, begins several years in the past, with one of the decisive battles in a civil war. Moving forward to the present day, some of the losers in that war now make a meagre living aboard the Serenity. Captained by Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), Serenity will take on passengers, move cargo, or smuggle illicit goods — anything to keep the ship in the air.

Over its fourteen episodes, Firefly managed to credibly create a future civilisation, albeit one that has visible ties to the nineteenth century in its representation of the lawless frontiers where humanity is slowly making its mark.

But despite being cancelled halfway through its initial run, the show managed to attract a legion of fans worldwide, resulting in the eventual DVD release becoming an enormous success. Buoyed by this popularity, a big-screen movie titled Serenity — written and directed by Joss Whedon, and reuniting the original cast — was released in 2005. Again, it was slow to find an audience, but to fans of the TV series it was a fitting end to a much-loved programme that disappeared long before its time.

Seriously, if you haven't seen Firefly, you should. Buy it, rent it or borrow it. Feel free to ignore the affiliated links above. Just do yourself a favour and have a look — it's more than worth the effort.
Script Books
Serenity: The Official Visual Companion

Serenity: The Official Visual Companion cover image
by Joss Whedon
  • UK
  • Paperback
  • Titan Books
  • 2005
Notes
  • A heavily illustrated behind-the-scenes book that also happens to include the complete screenplay to the film (including deleted scenes) as well as an in-depth interview with Joss Whedon.
Firefly: The Official Companion — Volume One

Firefly: The Official Companion - Volume One cover image
by Various
  • UK
  • Paperback
  • Titan Books
  • 2006
Episode Scripts
Serenity / The Train Job / Bushwhacked / Shindig / Safe / Our Mrs. Reynolds
Notes
  • As well as the complete scripts to the first six episodes of the series (all in the correct DVD order, not the muddled broadcast order used by Fox) the book also contains various interviews and background pieces on the making of the series itself.
Firefly: The Official Companion — Volume Two

Firefly: The Official Companion - Volume Two cover image
by Various
  • UK
  • Paperback
  • Titan Books
  • 2007
Episode Scripts
Jaynestown / Out of Gas / Ariel / War Stories / Trash / The Message / Heart of Gold / Objects in Space
Notes
  • The Official Companion — Volume Two contains the complete scripts to the final eight episodes of the series (all in the correct DVD order, not the muddled broadcast order used by Fox) as well as various interviews and background pieces on the making of the series itself.
Movie Novelisations
Serenity

Serenity cover image
by Keith RA DeCandido
  • United States
  • Paperback
  • Pocket Star
  • 2005
Other Books
Firefly: Still Flying

Firefly: Still Flying cover image
by Joss Whedon
  • UK
  • Paperback
  • Titan Books
  • 2010
Back Cover Blurb
NEW STORIES. UNSEEN PHOTOS. SHINY.

"We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."

Since its short-lived appearance on TV in 2002, Joss Whedon’s Firefly has indeed done the impossible. It's sold over a half a million copies on DVD, spawned the hit movie Serenity, and most remarkably, inspired a loyal fan following — the Browncoats — whose numbers are still growing to this day.

Still Flying is a brand new celebration of all aspects of the show, featuring a wealth of rare and previously unpublished images — including storyboards, production design art and candid behind the scenes photos — memories from the cast and crew, a tribute to the Browncoats, and, as a special bonus:

EXCLUSIVE NEW FIREFLY FICTION BY WRITERS OF THE ORIGINAL TV EPISODES

FUN WITH DICK AND JAYNE written and drawn by Ben Edlund

WHAT HOLDS US DOWN by Jane Espenson

CRYSTAL by Brett Matthews

TAKE THE SKY by Jose Molina
Short Stories
Fun with Dick and Jayne — Ben Edlund
What Holds Us Down — Jane Espenson
Crystal — Brett Matthews
Take the Sky — Jose Molina
Notes
  • As the blurb might suggest, Still Flying is a celebration of Firefly's legacy, looking at both its production and legacy. The four short stories included are all by writers from the television series: Ben Edlund scripted Jaynestown and Trash — the latter with Jose Molina who also wrote Ariel, Jane Espenson wrote Shindig, and finally Brett Matthews wrote Heart of Gold.