How did you discover Firefly?

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Saturday, August 9, 2008 11:11 PM


Just wondered how everyone first came to discover the joy that is Firefly. I only discovered it a few years back around the time serenity came out it was more by word of mouth than on tv. Nothing was really advertised for it in the uk although it may of been on one of the cable channels like sci-fi or bravo when it first arrived on the scene. Took a chance and bought the dvd box set and fell in love with it from there, i think i watched the entire box set over two nights. The story and the characters just gripped me from the start. I was gutted though when they killed wash in serenity hes probably my favourite character followed by kaylee because shes kinda cute


Sunday, August 10, 2008 12:31 AM


Hey there MSC,

I first heard about FF back in 2002 when Fox (twew) first aired the promos for the new Joss Whedon series. What got me hooked was seeing the horses running free underneath what we now know as Serenity.

I always wondered why he didn't call it Serenity. I did not miss an episode. and when it was abruptly cancelled I was devastated. I really came to love those characters, plus I love a good sci-fi yarn involving some sort of fantasy woman butt-kicker who has secret "special" powers (plus she's cute too).

Joss spins a good yarn. My fav character was River, but I've come to really miss Wash. I think that the relationship between Zoe & Wash was one of the most special I've seen on TV in a long time. Saw the BDM with my son in 2005 and then discovered in late 2007 that there was a DVD set of the series and the rest is history.

Shiny! Let's be bad guys!


Sunday, August 10, 2008 3:10 PM


I first learned of firefly via the movie serenity while on leave from Iraq. Fell in love with the movie and upon my return home found out about the tv show. Went to the store, bought the series and have watched an rewatched ever since.

Glad to say that I am now home for good, married to a fine firefly loving woman, and Kaylee was born on July 20th.



Sunday, August 10, 2008 4:14 PM


I was looking for some DVD's to purchase at Best Buy and saw Ron Glass on the box set of Firefly. Well I know Ron Glass as a great actor so I took the chance and bought the set. I am a Science Fiction fan anyway, so it was not a stretch for me to buy it. The rest is like everyone else here. I quickly realized I was watching an great show and wanted more. I searched out the internet and found this site. A home for Browncoats.


Sunday, August 10, 2008 4:22 PM


I've been a fan of Joss' since I first saw Buffy pilot. When Firefly First aired. I was with my friend in the hospital. We watched train job together and when Mal kicked Nishkas man into the engine we were hooked. I love new, different, and Awsome. Joss does all that very well.


Sunday, August 10, 2008 4:51 PM


I was watching an episode of Without A Trace where stupendously hot red-head was featured and I was immediately smitten with her, for obvious reasons. "She" being our favorite seductress/devil women, Christina Hendricks. In a flash I checked imdb to see what she had done. I saw the odd guest spot on TV series, most notably ER. I also she did a couple episodes of a show called Firefly. I also saw there were only 14 episodes so I thought I could knock it out quickly. This was about 2 and a half years ago. I've been hating those heartless bastards at F*X ever since.


Sunday, August 10, 2008 5:53 PM


Someone from another site (from another show) suggested that I watch this show, and because I trusted that person I thought to myself that, sure, one day if I come across the DVD set and I have nothing else to do I'll probably watch it. Few weeks later, by accident, I found the Firefly DVD set & Serenity at my brother's home, - so I decided it was fate and a sign, lol, and that I HAD to watch it. (As I posted in another thread - it only happened for me this year), but I haven't been able to look back since. When that person suggested I should watch the show and how special it was, I remember quietly thinking to myself that I doubted I would be so taken with a show that was cancelled after only one season etc.,....I can't believe how wrong I was, lol.

I surprised even myself because I never thought I would love a show so diverse (you know, a bit of western, a bit of sci-fi...horses and spaceships, slightly old-fashioned and slightly modern)and yet there is something so undefinably beautiful about this series. The chemistry between the cast on and off screen was a wonderfully sweet bonus.

In a way I'm glad I didn't know ANYTHING about the show before I watched it (I'm an avid hater of "spoilers" in any event) as it allowed me to be entranced by every scene without knowing what was to come next.

I loved all of the episodes, some more than others perhaps but seeing the episode "Out of Gas" made me into a Firefly fan for life.

I'm forever indebted to the person who introduced me to it.

And YES if anyone wants to know, I gave my brother his Firefly DVD set back and I have my own DVD set of Firefly and Serenity AND the original Soundtrack AND the Firefly Official Companion Vols I & II... lol


Sunday, August 10, 2008 6:29 PM


"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." -- William Casey, Reagan's presidential campaign manager & CIA Director (from first staff meeting in 1981)

I got hooked on Buffy and Angel back in the summer of '05 while on extended vacation, and a friend of mine told me if I liked those shows, I should try Firefly. Best Buy had the DVD set on sale for $19.99, so I grabbed it.

It actually took me a little bit to figure it out. I was into The Train Job when I realized, "This is a WESTERN - with spaceships!" I wasn't thrilled about that idea, but I figured, what the hell, I'm not hating it, so I kept watching.

And when Mal kicked Niska's guy through the engine, I was hooked. It was one of those "Oh HELL no!" moments that caught me completely off guard, and I loved that a show could do something like that. I knew I was in for something unique, western or not...



Sunday, August 10, 2008 6:35 PM


I watched it from the beginning.


Sunday, August 10, 2008 6:49 PM


Really you named your daughter Kaylee....dude that's awesome. I love it.

Three other names I like for a girl...

1) River (of course)
2) Inara
3) B'elana (as in B'elana Torres from Voyager)

Shiny! Let's be bad guys!


Sunday, August 10, 2008 6:59 PM


hey moni,

You put it so well into words. As I read your intro to the 'verse I was taken by your description of what it feels like to discover something new and just awesomely good.

You are so right about the chemistry and comraderie - it is rare for any tv show. I watched this show from the beginning and not until I bought the dvd set did I fully "get" what I had on my hands. Great Post!

Shiny! Let's be bad guys!


Monday, August 11, 2008 1:09 AM


Read two previews in Total Film(UK movie mag) about Serenity in the months leading up to the release, thought it sounded interesting & something fresh compared to the latest Star Wars films. Read the reviews in all the mags saying how good it was, so when it was finally released in the UK I had already seen it. How?, well I was on holiday in the US the week it came out so I saw it a few days before the UK release since in the US it was out for 3 weeks already.

I thought it was a great movie, something unique, but not one of my favourite films. But when it came out on DVD I bought it & rewatched it but this time I thought it was amazing I dunno why but when I watched it the second time I just thought it was so gorram SHINY. I rewatched it another 6 times over the next few weeks till I remembered that it was based on a tv show. So I bought the tv show Firefly, watched it all in one week, though I postponed the last episode till the end of the week cause I knew that was the end & I'd probably never see anymore new episodes of Firefly again. It instantly became my favourite tv show & the same goes for Serenity as my favourite film.

Knightfly on Xfire,


Monday, August 11, 2008 1:45 AM


My daughter, who is my movie buddy and an avid anime fan, heard about a movie called Serenity on one of the message boards she frequents.

She nagged me into going. I admit I was hesitant, thinking, "Oh no, she's dragging me to a horrible Sci Fi movie", even though I loved the original Star Trek, TNG and the original Star Wars movie. Hollywood doesn't have a good reputation with Sci Fi.

Sitting in the theater before the movie, some one around me mentioned that the movie was based on a TV series, and it was available on DVD.

The BDM blew me away,and that evening I ordered the DVD's from Amazon. The rest, as the say, is history.

Mal blowing Dobson away in the pilot as he strides up the ramp was my "Hey, this is totally awesome" moment though.


Monday, August 11, 2008 2:26 AM


Knew the minute we found out it was going to be a girl that we would name her Kaylee.



Monday, August 11, 2008 2:30 AM



I meant to previously say "thank you" for your "welcome" to the board from the "recruitment opportunities..." thread, it was so very kind of you... And I am grateful you even took the time to make me feel good about my little post in this thread, I feel now like I belong here and that I'm in good company... :)even if admittedly I won't have many opportunities to post often...


Monday, August 11, 2008 4:04 AM


Either or the commercial I saw about Firefly on Fox.

Now how I got addicted, well, it's this site's fault


Monday, August 11, 2008 6:34 AM


Heard the word "cannablism" from simon on safe when my dad was watching it and then watched it on sci-fi.


Monday, August 11, 2008 8:00 AM



Originally posted by yellowjacket:
I watched it from the beginning.

wow, yellowjacket, I love your signature!

And I also watched from the beginning, I was already a big fan of Joss' BtVS (and a lesser fan of Angel), so I knew it was starting and I had it on my calendar....

I didn't love love the first (Train Job) episode, but I loved seeing Ron Glass and Adam Baldwin, since I knew and loved them....

I didn't fall head over heals in love with the show until Jaynestown, THAT episode met all my expectations and more!
But it was 'must see' TV for me from the beginning.

And 'must see' meant staying up through the Baseball games and phoning my local Fox affiliate asking them "will you be running 'firefly' AFTER the game? Okay then, after the stupid 'Friends' rerun?"
(getting to see all the aired episodes was a real challenge back then!)

New Firefly fans should check this out:


Monday, August 11, 2008 8:10 AM


I used to catch it on television. I have been waiting forever till I was able to buy it. I bought it two days ago and I love the three episodes that weren't aired. The gag reel isn't bad either.


Monday, August 11, 2008 8:50 AM


I was a big fan of Dark Angel (wink at Chrisisall). When they cancelled DA for Firefly, I had to see what I was missing Max and Logan for. I was mildly entertained until Mal kicked the guy into the engine. Then I was hooked. I swore I would watch anything else this guy ever did, and found Buffy and Angel afterwards.

I still miss Dark Angel, but Firefly was worth it.

Lacy, gently wafting curtains. -- Captain Hammer


Monday, August 11, 2008 8:59 AM


I never saw the Series when it ran.
I didn't see the movie when it came out.
One day I saw Firefly & Serenity listed as "Suggestions" from Amazon. I read the reviews. Firefly & Serenity had the best reviews I'd ever seen of anything, ever, so I ordered them both.


Monday, August 11, 2008 10:28 AM


I actually discovered it after it had come and gone. I think I maybe heard about it once on an advertisement but of course fox didn't promote it well at all so it didn't catch my interest.

So then the guy that had gotten me addicted to buffy and angel mentioned there was this other show by joss which was also excellent, and he lent me the discs. I went through them in about a day and have been hooked since.

"Haha, mine is an evil laugh."


Monday, August 11, 2008 10:53 AM


I first heard about Firefly when voting for The Pretender on a poll. I watched a few minutes online, but I'm going to hold out and watch the series and movie when my DVDs arrive. I can't wait!

Please nominate The Pretender on the Rich LaBonte poll.


Monday, August 11, 2008 10:58 AM


I discovered it when it aired but my now ex husband wouldn't watch it... then it came out on dvd and I was so excited. I got all my friends into it and then I found FFF through my friend Marnii and ... joy ensued:)


Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.


Monday, August 11, 2008 11:39 AM


We sniff the air, we don't kiss the dirt.

Saw only 1 episode during the regular airings (Ariel), then got hooked when it made it's original run in Sci-Fi. Ordered my 1st set of the DVDs after seeing Bushwacked.


Monday, August 11, 2008 2:15 PM


Ahh yes. The good ol' days. Saw the promotions on F*X for Firefly. Looked HI-larious. Been hooked from Day One. Funny rememberin' my soon-to-be ex-wife would see me watching those episodes over and over. She would always tell me, "Again? Don't you ever get tired of that show?" Yet, no matter which ep I was watching (whether live or rerun or recorded), she'd always sit down to watch it with me. And she did enjoy them, every time.

Everyone dies alone.


Monday, August 11, 2008 4:13 PM


I saw "Train Job" back in 2002 when it originally aired on a Wednesday night. I thought it had an interesting concept, and I wanted to see more. However, the show was immediately moved to Friday nights (along with "John Doe"), and the job I work at the time had me working on Friday nights so I couldn't watch it. Plus, my grandfather just died and my brother just joined the army during wartime, so I really wasn't interested in starting a new TV show at the time.

Cut to 2006. I'm moving out of my ghetto apartment (seriously, it was in the ghetto) into a much nicer place. The same brother is helping me with the move, and he gives me his copy of the box set. He was introduced to the show while he was in Iraq. I watched all of episodes and special features over the weekend while I was unpacking, and the fallowing Monday I went out, rented, and thoroughly enjoyed the BDM. After I finished the DVD, I sent my brother a text message that said, "Fox execs are going to the Special Hell." I've been a browncoat from that moment on.

Experience the Horribleness!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:00 AM


I found Firefly through SERENITY, which is another reason why Universal should have a sequel to our BDM. We are gaining in numbers and Si/Fi looks to be on the rise again. More moola.



Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:30 AM


May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.

I remember seeing the original ads for Firefly on Fox and though it looked interesting the whole "space hooker" thing threw me a bit. I tuned in for the "pilot" which Fox had ordered Joss to replace the actual pilot, and saw "The Train Job".

I'll admit I was a bit lost at first. The opening scene in the bar was good, but what was this war they were talking about? Why were both sides so worked up about it? Why were these characters together on this ship & how did they come to be here? The episode just didn't set the stage well for me.

I wasn't sold on the episode until near the end of the episode when Mal kicked Crow through Serenity's port engine. I was stunned at first, but busted out laughing when Mal starts to talk to the second thug and his reaction was priceless. I knew from that moment I was onboard. Been a fan ever since.

Holding the line since December '02!

Richmond, VA & surrounding area Firefly Fans:

Color Officer / X.O. Echo Company


Tuesday, August 12, 2008 4:14 AM



Originally posted by embers:
wow, yellowjacket, I love your signature!

Thank you. Just doing my part to give a shout out to my fellow Utah Browncoats.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008 10:03 AM


I was out of town visiting some friends. One of them said I lent me and a friend the series and we watched the DVD that night. After watching the first episode, I was like "this is the greatest sci fi show ever." Then I watched the rest of it and found out I was right.

This above all, — to thine ownself be true.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008 11:15 AM


A friend of mine would tape them when they originally aired. He was always telling me about it, but I wasn't much of a TV person. I was a sci-fi fan, but mainly just movies. After Firefly was cancelled, he had taped Serenity. I was at his house and he was like, You've got to see this." So, he put it in, but I really didn't remember much about it other than Mal shooting Dobson. There were other things going on so the TV was kind of just background noise. Wasn't really paying attention.

After the DVDs came out, I was visiting him again. We were just kind of sitting around and he didn't say a word. He just got up and popped in Out of Gas. I was interested. Then, he showed me Shindig. I was in love with Kaylee. Then came Serenity. Even though I had seen little bits and pieces of it months before when he showed me the taped version, it was like seeing it for the first time! My attention was NOT divided this time. I was hooked and absolutly in love with the characters, the world, and the show!

He was living in Memphis at the time and I was about a 2 hour drive away. After I left his place, I went to Best Buy and bought the box set before I got home. I also called some friends up and told them to meet me at the house. I had something to show them! I was unwrapping the box set as I was walking in the door and made 2 more Browncoats that night!

Firefly is my favorite TV show of all time. I can't see anything else coming close!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008 11:50 AM


Well, I missed everything.

My brother and my Dad saw the film at the cinema, but it was a 15 and I wasn't, so I couldn't go. Then my Dad bought the Firefly DVD, and he was painting my brother's room and watching it at the same time.

I wanted to help paint, but I didn't wanna watch Sci-Fi - he refused to turn it off, though, so I watched with him.

I remember, he was on Shindig, and ever since then I've become an addict.

The boxset was in my room so often my Dad just gave it to me. I was well chuffed.


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Tuesday, August 12, 2008 12:48 PM


My husband received the box set on DVD for his b-day a few years back. Neither of us had ever heard of it but his friend was confidant we would love it. I first saw bits and pieces of a couple episodes in passing and thought, "this looks kinda lame!" I was soon proven drastically wrong when my hubby made me sit down and actually watch the first couple of episodes. I am proud to say I was half hooked by the opening theme song and completely mowed under by the end of the first episode. I proceeded to stay up until the wee hours of the morning watching the rest of them because I couldn't bear to stop! River is my favorite character but I absolutely fell in love with the stubborn relationship between Mal and Inara. Picture me yelling a the TV "Just kiss for crying out loud! You know you want to!" Anyway, that is my story, and I can only hope and wish we see something new from that world in the near future!


Tuesday, August 12, 2008 1:34 PM


My brother in law had been a fan of Buffy/Angel and watched Firefly, not sure when tho. He ended up coming to live with us for a while, and kept talking about this series he knew I would like. I was interested, but didn't have time/money to pursue finding out more. Then he bought the series on dvd, and kept telling me I needed to watch it. Well, still felt I had no time, until he saw me sitting watching tv on a day off. He went up to his room, grabbed the first disk, and walked up to the tv, said"You're watching it, right now" and put it in. Well, I loved 'Serenity', how Joss didn't make noise in space, and the characters were just great. I have since bought the series, several times, and have both versions of the movie, and spend lots of time here, so I am a Firefly whore!

'Who are you and how did you get in here?' 'I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith.'
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:09 PM


I hope you don't mind my laziness in copying this from my profile but here is the story on how I discovered Firefly:

Well, a little backstory about how I even started watching Firefly. Like a few others here, I came to Firefly very late in the game. I had a friend who kept bugging me about this show called "Buffy....". I mean BUGGING me! It got to the point where it was almost intervention time! lol Anyways, I caught an episode of Buffy somewhere in the 6th season and thought, "Why is this redheaded girl's hair now black?!?!" Then, a little while later, I catch a 3rd season episode of Angel and think, "Who the heck is this Gunn character and why is that girl named Fred?!?!" Well that was it, I just knew these shows were stupid! What was I thinking? ppfffttt!!!

Well, suffice it to say, I gave Buffy another chance. I actually rented the only (it seemed) VHS tapes of Buffy I could find. I liked what I saw so I bought the 1st season of Buffy on DVD. With every boxset I bought (both Buffy and Angel) it just got better and better. It was like a frickin' drug!! I couldn't stop myself.

Then a good friend of mine (who I had met through an Angel website) started suggesting that I watch this "Firefly" show as well. ("You've GOT to get the DVD's! They are just awesome!") Well, by this time, money was tight and I really couldn't justify buying them right then. Thank the gods for the Sci-Fi channel! I found out they would be showing the episodes and I was so freakin' happy!

So, to make a long story even longer, the scene that really reeled me into this show was the same scene that was showed over and over again in the Sci-Fi promos....from "War Stories"....when Mal is being choked by Niska's henchman and Zoe says something like, "This is something the cap'n has to do for himself." Through Mal's muffled throat comes the pathetic cry, "No it isn' it isn't!"

Ya just can't write stuff like that! (Oh wait a minute, yes you can!!)

"Well ya know, we studied bludgeoning in the academy first year but by the time you graduate, you just forget everything. I'm a bad cop." ----Laurence Dobson


Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:31 PM


I never watched the series when it was originally aired. Which was odd because I usually like Sci-Fi shows and I think it happened to be on right after as show I did watch "John Doe"...

Anyway... I heard about the movie and had my DVR record it. I kept it on my DVR for months without watching it as I wanted to see some of the series first for at least a background to what was going on. So then about a year ago I was taking a business trip and I typically load up with some shows on iTunes I can watch at the airport, on planes, at the hotel etc... So I decided to purchase a few of the Firefly shows for my trip. On the trip I started watching them, and was so hooked I actually went looking for the Firefly Series DVD's while still on the trip. When I got back I finished watching the series and the movie over a weekend and have watched them over and over again since!!!

I'm pretty ticked off at myself for not catching it earlier, not that my viewership would have made a difference in it being cancelled so early... but still....






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