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the best television show ever

 
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a permaculture forum is probably not the best place to relay this information, but ....  while I have never seen this on actual TV (I haven't owned a tv in years) I have seen this from a friend's dvd. 

And now, anybody with internet access can watch all of the episodes for free ....

http://www.hulu.com/firefly



 
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I'm so with you on this. BEST SHOW EVER! If only they could pull an "Arrested Development" and reunite for another season.
 
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Paul, I thought this show was like watching a crew full of Han Solos re-enacting old scripts from 1950's western serials. So many people absolutely LOVE this show. Can you tell me what makes it great to you? I've been told that I'd like the movie better than the show, but I haven't had time to check it out.

We have TV, but no cable. Ours has a computer hooked up to it though.

My favorite show was Space: 1999 and UFO (both Gery Anderson)

I also liked the original Star Trek a lot.

The first Star Wars was amazing and they get progressively less good as they go (this is a movie and doesn't count, I'm sure).
 
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Alex Ojeda wrote:Paul, I thought this show was like watching a crew full of Han Solos re-enacting old scripts from 1950's western serials.



You might be on to something there, Alex. Supposedly Hans is in every scene.

(Pic came from a sci-fi FB page).
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Oh, and check out the photos Paul found of a Serenity gingerbread house.
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:

Alex Ojeda wrote:Paul, I thought this show was like watching a crew full of Han Solos re-enacting old scripts from 1950's western serials.



You might be on to something there, Alex. Supposedly Hans is in every scene.

(Pic came from a sci-fi FB page).



"I did not know that." Done with my best Johnny Carson impersonation!
 
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I like the series better than the movie.

I have watched the whole series at least four times.

I am trying to think of why.... i suppose one reason is that the mechanic is beautiful. I was telling jocelyn a while back that there are no women in movies or tv that I find attractive and then it hit me: except for the mechanic in firefly.

Granted, the episodes with "Saffron" .... Saffron has her merits, but still doesn't come close to the mechanic.

Character development is good. Humor. The idea of the contrast of cowboys in space. Grit. A lot more grit than star trek ever had. In comparison, star trek feels like everybody is wearing pajamas all day and their problems are kinda wispy.
 
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mechanic:





saffron:





 
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paul wheaton wrote:I have watched the whole series at least four times.



Ah, but did you know or notice the Hans Solo in carbonite toy is in every episode?
 
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:I have watched the whole series at least four times.



Ah, but did you know or notice the Hans Solo in carbonite toy is in every episode?



I never saw that even once!

I'll need a list of when and where to look and then watch all of the episodes again! Maybe next winter.
 
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Those are some quality women. I remember from the show that the mechanic is a real happy, innocent kinda girl. Very pretty!
 
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Let's not forget the excellent Firefly theme music by the great Sonny Rhodes.

http://prostopleer.com/tracks/4457720deDY

"The Ballad of Serenity"

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me.

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me.

Have no place I can be
Since I found serenity
You can't take the sky form me.


Leave the men where they lay
They'll never see another day
Lost my soul, lost my dream
You can't take the sky from me.

I feel the black reaching out
I hear its song without a doubt
I still hear and I still see
That you can't take the sky from me.

Lost my love, lost my land
Lost the last place I could stand
There's no place I can be
Since I've found Serenity

And you can't take the sky from me.
 
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It was an absolutely brilliant cast of misfits in a completely made up world that dealt with real issues that "reality" TV of today just can't.

Definitely a favorite.
 
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Pretty much everything Whedon does is brilliant. Firefly is a perfect little universe contained in 12 episodes and 1 movie. I wish he'd had a chance to take it further. And Kaylee is definitely the cutest one, though I admit I I might leave my life and fly away with Cap't Mal if he showed up at my door.

Buffy is a bigger commitment, and because it lasted 7 seasons it definitely has weak spots, but for me it changed what television could be.
 
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Worst acting in an opening scene ever.
I like it overall.
For a society that one can assume had a huge Chinese influence at some point in the past (since they swear in Chinese) there are 0 Asians that I have seen so far.
 
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The Man They Call Jayne......
 
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Rick Roman wrote:Let's not forget the excellent Firefly theme music by the great Sonny Rhodes.

http://prostopleer.com/tracks/4457720deDY

"The Ballad of Serenity"

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me.

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me.

Have no place I can be
Since I found serenity
You can't take the sky form me.


Leave the men where they lay
They'll never see another day
Lost my soul, lost my dream
You can't take the sky from me.

I feel the black reaching out
I hear its song without a doubt
I still hear and I still see
That you can't take the sky from me.

Lost my love, lost my land
Lost the last place I could stand
There's no place I can be
Since I've found Serenity

And you can't take the sky from me.



Powerful words.

and a few deleted scenes from the movie that told the Battle of Serenity Valley story.


 
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I'm going to give this show a look, but I can't imagine a show with a more engaging subject than "Dexter". Anyone who has delt with hundreds of idiots, thieves or worse, can vicariously enjoy gory retrabution without the legal worries associated with vendettas
 
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Firefly... Mmmmm... Shiny.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
Ah, but did you know or notice the Hans Solo in carbonite toy is in every episode?



I never saw that even once!

I'll need a list of when and where to look and then watch all of the episodes again! Maybe next winter.



Paul, you need to do the awareness test!

 
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I'm a browncoat too !

Series much better than Serenity.

Some fans have done their own movie too.

think its here
http://www.browncoats.com/index.php?ContentID=42ea91bca1d27

and

http://vimeo.com/14699408


I think Kaylee is a darling, and love her little paintings all over the ship...
Like the redhead in "heart of gold " , very sultry lass.
 
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I got a shirt for Christmas featuring a quote from this clip:





Which then led me to the best part of the whole series:






 
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<as much as I am a fan of SF and fantacy you cannot beat Black Adder
Series 4

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I have a soft-spot for Blackadder, too.



And on a rather different note, I bought the BBCs Human Planet series for my other half for Christmas, and it's truly excellent.

Here's the blurb - "Uniquely in the animal kingdom, humans have managed to adapt and thrive in every environment on Earth. Each episode takes you to the extremes of our planet: the arctic, mountains, oceans, jungles, grasslands, deserts, rivers and even the urban jungle. Here you will meet people who survive by building complex, exciting and often mutually beneficial relationships with their animal neighbours and the hostile elements of the natural world."

 
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episode 1:

 
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I watched the series on TV and was sorely disappointed when the TV execs did their usual stupid and killed it. I have watched it many more times since and have given the DVD set away to a couple of people and I also have the movie - which I do love. It is some of the best TV that had come along in a while and I wish there was even more.

I have this shirt from Nathan Fillion's effort to raise money for Kusewera



I have also enjoyed the Con-Man series that Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion did together - that was a fun Kickstarter. Lots of great cameos, to include Joss Whedon.
 
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Nice shirt, Bill!

I think Paul's friend Andrew had the inevitable betrayal t-shirt (Amazon affiliate link there) which inspired me to find one for Paul.





I tried to get Paul a hand-knit cunning hat from Etsy one Christmas (I don't knit), but the creator was plumb out. So I ordered a Firefly brand acrylic one. I have a picture of Paul in it somewhere.

This hat:



 
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Ah yes, I love the "Cunning Hat".



A man walks down the street in that hat, people know he's not of afraid of anything.

Damn straight.

 
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There are probably other forum threads that I "should" reply to before this one (do as I say, not as I do, and don't "should" on yourselves, people!), but I just found this!

Can you blame me? >

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paul wheaton in a cunning hat
paul wheaton in a cunning hat
 
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Pretty sweet.



From here.

 
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That is awesome.
 
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Would that be a spoiler if I say that the government stuffed up the water supply and people either went mad or died.
Clean water is important
 
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