Before we get down to the business of discussing the best gorram show to ever be unfairly and stupidly canceled by the Fox television network, let me just express my extreme excitement (wait a minute...E was yesterday. Lemme try this again) fanatical frenzy (yes, I can Google 'thesaurus') at having reached the 200 followers mark (thank you, Doreen McGettigan).
Wow. Just wow.
I'm flattered. I really am. I feel like I should do a giveaway or something to celebrate your awesomeness. Of course, I don't really have anything to give away. This just in...The Man would like to offer up our cats as a prize. He says you could even choose which one you want-- the sick one with no bladder control (super fun!) or the evil one with no purpose apart from making your life miserable.
He is, of course, joking. I mean, yes, the description of the cats is accurate. I'm just not going to be offering them up as a prize (sorry, hon). Which, when you think about it, is kind of a prize in itself...
So CONGRATULATIONS to all my followers who are indeed WINNING because they don't have to live with my cats.
Anyway. On with the show...
As part of the A to Z Challenge which has taken over my entire existence, I have chosen to spend this day of F talking about Firefly, the little space western that could. Joss Whedon's (I heart Joss Whedon, in case you weren't clear on that) genre melding show is one of my all time favorite shows, neck and neck with Buffy the Vampire Slayer for my favorite show of all time. And I watch a lot of television. I mean, a lot. This show is smart. This show is funny and comes with the shiniest cast of characters in the whole gorram universe. And I love them and watch them every chance I get.
In the interest of time, I am only going to list my Top Five Episodes (which is not unlike choosing which of your children you like best) and some of the highlights from each:
1. Serenity, Parts One and Two
This was the actual intended pilot episode that Fox, in all their infinite glory and wisdom (yes, sarcasm.) decided to air last. Whatever. Anyway, this episode was written and directed by my idol Joss Whedon. Highlights include the whole damn episode. Since I can’t list the whole damn episode here, here are some highlights from the highlights:
WASH: This is a Fertile land and we will thrive…
WASH (as stegosaurus): We will rule over all this land, and we will call it… This Land.
WASH (as T-Rex): I think we should call it… your grave!
WASH (as stegosaurus): Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!
WASH (as T-Rex): Ha HA! Mine is an evil laugh! Now die!
JAYNE: Testing. Testing, Captain, can you hear me?
MAL: I’m standing right here.
JAYNE: You’re coming through good and loud.
MAL: ‘Cause I’m standing right here.
ZOE: I know something ain’t right.
WASH: Sweetie, we’re crooks. If everything were right, we’d be in jail.
2. Our Mrs. Reynolds
Written by Joss Whedon and directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall: Probably the most hysterical of all the episodes. I would really like to quote just the entire damn episode here but I shall restrain myself to just these two lines:
MAL: I swear by my pretty flowered bonnet, I will end you.
MAL: Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle.
Written by Ben Edlund and directed by Marita Grabiak. Possibly the second funniest episode. Highlights:
Uh…the Ballad of Jayne. Duh.
WASH: We gotta go to the crappy town where I’m a hero!
4. Out of Gas
Written by Tim Minear and directed by David Solomon. This is a non linear episode that'll make you laugh and then sob. It also offers you a chance to see how the crew ended up on Serenity. It's just overall awesome. Highlights:
ZOE: Get her running again?
ZOE: So not running now?
MAL: Not so much. But she will.
MAL: I need that in Captain Dummy talk.
Plus, Mal and Wash's fight on the bridge that ends with Wash's exclamation "Well, maybe I should do that then!" I'd post it here but it loses a lot on the page. If you know this episode, you know what I mean.
5. Objects In Space
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and the very last episode to air. This episode is focused on River Tam, one of my all time favorite characters. Highlights:
WASH: Little River just gets more colorful by the moment. What’ll she do next?
ZOE: Either blow us all up or rub soup in her hair. It’s a toss-up.
WASH: I hope she does the soup thing. It’s always a hoot, and we don’t all die from it.
SIMON: You’re out of your mind.
EARLEE: That’s between me and my mind.
So that does it for my list of Rive Favorite Firefly Episodes. Did I leave yours out? Tell me in the comments. Are you as mad at the Fox network for ruining your life? Tell me in the comments.
Oh wait. Two final highlights, otherwise known as the Hats of Firefly: