07 January 2006

firefly

We just returned the second DVD of the sci-fi series Firefly to Netflix. We've both been enjoying the series a lot and are looking forward to the rest of the episodes.

The scripts are engaging, funny, and thoughtful. The characters are complex and quirky. And the setting is, well, intriguing - a future world where the division between the power-brokers and the commoners plays out in terms of a high-tech cosmopolitanism over against a rural, low-tech frontier life. Thus the series is partly a Western set in space, but much more as well, including many elements of Chinese and Asian language and art making for a eclectic cultural amalgam that involves the passing along of faith traditions as well.

I'll be interested to see how some of the theme will be developed throughout the rest of the series and in the film Serenity.