GENERAL DISCUSSIONS

English Browncoats!!??!!

POSTED BY: SHW
UPDATED: Sunday, March 13, 2005 10:02
SHORT URL:
VIEWED: 29423
PAGE 2 of 3

Tuesday, July 6, 2004 9:21 AM

WREN


Quote:

Originally posted by Obsidian:
Hi,

Which weekend is it? Can't believe I booked completely blind but will be available anytime and anywhere for Serenity but would be good to know!

Cheers



April 29th to May 1st.

NOTIFY: N   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Tuesday, July 6, 2004 10:20 AM

FRANCES


Hello fellow English (sorry, British) browncoats.

I am Frances and from Hull, I know several other Firefly fans here but they are all related to me!

I wanted to go to Fusion but was too broke, can someone tell me more about the convention next April, principly where and how much?

I have never been to a convention, are they worth doing?

Thanks

Frances

I'm standing right here...

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Tuesday, July 6, 2004 9:13 PM

OBSIDIAN


Wren,

I booked on-line at www.thistlehotels.com/main/hotel/heathrowpark/
so I hope they are honouring the booking.
It's £57 a night for standard double or twin room so will work out cheaper if you can get a friend to share.


NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Tuesday, July 6, 2004 9:56 PM

CERISE


Browncoat from Bristol here! Just joined the board.

I was lucky enough to attend Starfury : Fusion and can report that a fabulous time was had by all. Gotta say, Nathan stole the show EVERY SINGLE DAY! The 'photo sessions' were a great idea - buy a ticket and have your photo taken with the cast member(s) of your choice, eg Nathan, Jewel and Summer together. We bought tickets late for the con and were hence at the back of pretty much every queue, but even so we managed to get every autograph and have every photo taken that we wanted. With that many guests and almost 2,000 attendees, it was quite some feat.

If you're thinking of going to the Firefly con next year but don't know what to expect, do try and make it - Fusion was exceedingly well run and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Starfury. Just waiting for my convention videos..!

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Tuesday, July 6, 2004 10:20 PM

CERISE


Frances - you can find more info at http://www.starfury.co.uk/. It's usually best to book a room at the convention's hotel, as you're closer to the action, and if you mention that you will be attending the con, there will often be a reduced rate.

Generally, there is a small dealer room where you can buy photos etc, a restaurant / cafeteria for meals and usually some kind of snack bar. There will be a registration desk where you can pick up your registration pack and ask any questions.

There will be a main hall where you can see the guests' talks, then usually separate rooms for signings and photo sessions, if they do them for this con - but they were so popular, I can't imagine them leaving it out. In the main hall Starfury have a projection screen where ticket numbers are called for signings etc - mostly by registration number, so the earlier you book, the further up the queues you are. Watch out for your number. You are given an autograph card with all the guests' names listed - it will be ticked each time you collect one, to keep it fair (no sneaking back for extras!). At Fusion, you could get one personal item and three photos signed. For the major guests (Nicky Brendon, Emma Caulfield and I think for Robert Patrick too) you had to buy one of their photos (from the selection at the con) to get your personal item/photos signed.

For Firefly, there was a lovely range of individual shots and if you bought 5 (at £10 each, ouch, but worth it to get them all signed) you got a cast shot free - which was limited and could ONLY be obtained by buying 5 Firefly photos. The autographs themselves were free, but tickets for the photo sessions were for sale. They were around £15 for a photo with a single guest, then about £5 extra per additional guest. If you wanted a friend in the shot with you, that was an additional £5. eg, Bev and I had a photo taken with Nathan, Jewel and Summer, which cost £30 and our photo with Nicky Brendon and Emma Caulfield was £25. If I had had one taken alone with Nathan, it would have been £15. You get the idea.

In the evenings were themed discos. We didn't go to those for long but they were highly amusing - many and varied costumes were in evidence, around the general theme (Sunnydale High school disco one night, Toga Party another), and some guests attended. Nicky Brendon (Buffy's Xander) danced with a little girl of about 5, she was beside herself and the next day in his guest talk, she asked if he would do it again. He asked for some music to be put on and duly obliged there and then..!

Speaking of which - throughout guest talks, you can line up at the microphones and when it's your turn, ask away...

For those who miss guest talks due to queueing for autographs etc, for Fusion there will be a set of video highlights of talks and suchlike. Can't report on that yet as they haven't arrived, but I'm sure they'll be fab. I suspect they'll do the same for the Firefly con.

Anyhoo - all this fun was had by a 34-year-old who thought she was waaaay past conventions - haven't been to one for 7 or 8 years. But I was proved wrong in the most delightful way. Book tickets now if you can - you won't be disappointed!

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 12:21 AM

LILITH


Hello All,

I'm a Northern Browncoat, with affiliation to the West Midlands faction of the Independants. Name's Nicki, I live near Sheffield and have fellow Browncoat friends in Dudley. Hello!

Recently attended the Fusion con in Blackpool and have successfully booked tickets for Serenity. Yay! Nathan, Summer & Jewel were definitely the headliner guests at Fusion, incredibly humble and fascinating to listen to.

Does anyone know of a UK release date for the BDM? Us Starfury Looneys have plans....

Nic xx

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 2:01 AM

GRAKSTAR


Hi First post lady here!

I can see you geordiesteve - wheres Bahar?? - Hay Nic sweetie, how are ya chick?!!!!

Any-hoo - I think you would be mucho supprised to see just how many british firefly fans there are, infact someone told me recently that before the dvd came out on R2 - the majority of R1 dvd's bought online were being shipped to europe!!

The con being held in April next year is gonna be so huge, met a few of the guests at another con, and they were bowled over by the responce they got from the british fans, we made Summer and Jewel cry!!!

If ya head over to the starfury boards ( www.starfury.co.uk) you can find details on the convention taking place and also see just how many there are of us, all chatting about the wonder of FF!!!

Nice to meet ya!

G xxxxxxxxxx

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 2:36 AM

EMBERS


When I used the link to Thistle Heathrow I got an error message that the dates are not available,
could be that they've blocked them off for the convention and that they'll be available thru a different link/number soon
(I hope so!)

Francis: conventions are a hoot!
#1 meeting other Browncoats is wonderful
#2 meeting the star and telling them you love their work is great
#3 fun photos & autographs as souveniers of an exciting weekend

I've always wanted to do a convention in Great Britain! What can be better than the first ever 'Serenity' Convention!!!

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 2:46 AM

GRAKSTAR


Embers, yeah the organiser holds loads of rooms on reserve for the con, its best to book through starfury events as they give you a discount on rooms, but you should still be able to call the thistle hotel to book if needs be!

I am a self confessed con junkie, as are many of the brit fans I regonise on here, so yeah come to the con it will be shiney!! - Its also a tres social event, of course its about meeting the guests, but its more about meeting up with friends and collectively enjoying firefly/angel etc, also most of my mates at home tell me to shut up when I talk about the Weadon-verse, so its nice to 'chat firefly', and not be looked at like my hair's on fire!!

Nic - we have to place that little trip to the cinema, if ya know what I mean!!!

G xx


NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 4:01 AM

LILITH


Quote:

Originally posted by grakstar:

Nic - we have to place that little trip to the cinema, if ya know what I mean!!!

G xx




Hiya G! Right there with ya, hunney! Am trying to get a UK release date from somewhere to organise this but no luck as yet...

Keep you posted

Nic xx

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 4:38 AM

GEORDIESTEVE2003


Oooooooooooooh, count me in!!! Would love to go if I can get extra day off or something. I hope it comes out same week or around the time of the convention, then we can all go and see it with people who actually appreciate the movie.

Hiya GRAKSTAR!!!!!!!!


Quote:

Originally posted by Lilith:
Quote:

Originally posted by grakstar:

Nic - we have to place that little trip to the cinema, if ya know what I mean!!!

G xx




Hiya G! Right there with ya, hunney! Am trying to get a UK release date from somewhere to organise this but no luck as yet...

Keep you posted

Nic xx


NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 4:42 AM

GRAKSTAR


Quote:

Originally posted by geordiesteve2003:
Oooooooooooooh, count me in!!! Would love to go if I can get extra day off or something. I hope it comes out same week or around the time of the convention, then we can all go and see it with people who actually appreciate the movie.

Hiya GRAKSTAR!!!!!!!!


Quote:

Originally posted by Lilith:
Quote:

Originally posted by grakstar:

Nic - we have to place that little trip to the cinema, if ya know what I mean!!!

G xx




Hiya G! Right there with ya, hunney! Am trying to get a UK release date from somewhere to organise this but no luck as yet...

Keep you posted

Nic xx




My loonies!!!!! - nic and steve its so nice to see you!!

yes we mucho must see that film together - you too mr steve!!!

its very important to me that I see it with fellow browncoats - then we can spend the rest of the evening drinking and discussing the movie - sounds like a flippin good plan to me!!

G xxx

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 5:01 AM

GEORDIESTEVE2003


It sounds like a great idea to me. So someone (not me) has got to find out when its coming out in the UK and then we can start making some proper plans!!!! Its gonna be gorram amazing if you ask me and just hope we really do get 3 movies since they won't give us a new series of the show which is just evil


NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 5:37 AM

GRAKSTAR


think Nic said she was looking into dates and stuff, I'm sure we'll find out soon enough!!

we bloodly well better get 3 films, or I'll be most unhappy!!!

speak to ya soon steveo!!!

G xxx

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 10:47 PM

LILITH


HEEEYYY!! Ma Loonies!

Good to see people I know here, it can be lonely out here on your own!

I am working on finding the release date so we can make the proper plans - a shiny shindig will be had by us Looney Browncoats!

Cu all on the Boards...

Nic xx

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Wednesday, July 7, 2004 11:59 PM

ADIWANROC


Quote:

Originally posted by Lilith:
Hello All,

I'm a Northern Browncoat, with affiliation to the West Midlands faction of the Independants. Name's Nicki, I live near Sheffield and have fellow Browncoat friends in Dudley. Hello!




Hi Nicki,

Well, there was I thinking I was the only Browncoat in Dudley (actually about 6 miles away), save for the one at my workplace that I converted. Shiny!

Quote:


Recently attended the Fusion con in Blackpool and have successfully booked tickets for Serenity. Yay! Nathan, Summer & Jewel were definitely the headliner guests at Fusion, incredibly humble and fascinating to listen to.



I was gutted to miss Fusion (especially Jewel ) but am booked for Serenity and am already getting excited!

Quote:


Does anyone know of a UK release date for the BDM? Us Starfury Looneys have plans....



The thought's just occured to me that I could ask my friend who is the projection manager at the local cinema. Might be a bit far in advance to know, but I will ask.



Ade

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 12:26 AM

DECIDENDI


Quote:

Originally posted by Lilith:
Hello All,

I'm a Northern Browncoat, with affiliation to the West Midlands faction of the Independants. Name's Nicki, I live near Sheffield and have fellow Browncoat friends in Dudley. Hello!




I grew up in Dudley but have since moved to Windsor!! I been trying to convert people down here and up there and the last time I was in Dudley I managed to convert my parents which was great fun!

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 1:06 AM

BRITCHICK


Quote:

Originally posted by Decidendi:
[
I grew up in Dudley but have since moved to Windsor!! B]



Ooh. I live in Old Windsor.

Like fireflyfans.net?
Help keep the site running.. Why not donate?
see links on homepage

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 3:31 AM

DECIDENDI


Quote:

Originally posted by britchick:

Ooh. I live in Old Windsor.




Really! Ha ha I work in Datchet as well.

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 4:17 AM

LILITH


Quote:

Originally posted by AdiWanRoc:

Hi Nicki,

Well, there was I thinking I was the only Browncoat in Dudley (actually about 6 miles away), save for the one at my workplace that I converted. Shiny!

I was gutted to miss Fusion (especially Jewel ) but am booked for Serenity and am already getting excited!

The thought's just occured to me that I could ask my friend who is the projection manager at the local cinema. Might be a bit far in advance to know, but I will ask.



Ade



Hi Ade! I used to live nr Dudley, in Kingswinford - hence still have friends there. My pals Liz & Jay live in town now. It occurs to me we may know one another..

If you could ask your friend about the release, that would be cool! I'm trying all sorts of avenues to find out but none have any info as yet. You must join our plans when we have them!

Nic xx

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 4:41 AM

OBSIDIAN


Hey all Black Country Browncoats,

This is getting rather creepy as I live in Kingswinford also. Seems that there is a large concentration of browncoats associated with the area must be something in the water, or just very good taste.

See everyone at Serenity

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 5:10 AM

ICCLEDAMES


Oooo a fellow Hullster! Well I live in "Burton Pidsea" a few miles outside of Hull but its the same area lol.

Am moving to Lincoln university in September though :D

So erm, now you know a Firefly fan who's not related to you. As far as I know in any case lol :D

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 6:22 AM

GEORDIESTEVE2003


Well as the name says, I'm originally from Geordieland, but currently living nor far from Leeds. We should have a midlands or north-ish shindig!!! ie, beer and a pub and drunken people.

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 8:47 AM

RUTHIE


Another Northern Browncoat here - Wigan - just off J27 of the M6.

I'm booked in for Serenity. I was planning to travel down by train, but it just struck me that if there's enough people wanting to get together from the Nort-West I could drive a car-load down - I have a 7-seater car.
I seem to remember that the hotel offers free parking for people staying.

Any interest?

I'd also be up for some sort of Northern meet-up or shindig.

I just took the plunge of telling my 2 sons that Mum has booked to go to an S-F convention - response - "One of those geeky things where people dress up?" "Yup" "giggle, giggle, giggle".

Sigh. It will be nice to meet people who DON'T think it's weird....

*******************
Ruthie
*******************
By the data to date, there is only one animal in the Galaxy dangerous to man - man himself. So he must supply his own indispensable competition. He has no enemy to help him. (R.A.Heinlein)

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 10:05 AM

FRANCES


Quote:

Originally posted by iccledames:
Oooo a fellow Hullster! Well I live in "Burton Pidsea" a few miles outside of Hull but its the same area lol.

Am moving to Lincoln university in September though :D

So erm, now you know a Firefly fan who's not related to you. As far as I know in any case lol :D



I used to work for University of Lincoln, and my husband still does...

He has been trying to convert everyone else at UoL, one of his workmates left this week and Husband was in charge of the collection, bought him the FF DVD box set as his leaving present! So you can help him spread the word

Frances

I'm standing right here...

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 10:07 AM

FRANCES


ooh Northern shindig - yes please

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 10:55 AM

GEORDIESTEVE2003


Hi

Well some people dress up, some dont, I dont usually cos I dont feel like it. Best thing about cons are the people, from all walks, ages, places, but all have common link and all get well because of it. You will have fun.

NOTIFY: N   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 12:25 PM

ADIWANROC


Quote:

Originally posted by Lilith:
Quote:



Hi Ade! I used to live nr Dudley, in Kingswinford - hence still have friends there. My pals Liz & Jay live in town now. It occurs to me we may know one another..




Hi Nic,

Wow, this is damn shiny I must say. I am in Kingswinford myself, in fact I've lived here all my life apart from when I was away at uni oop north. I thought I was singlehandedly charged with trying to convert all the purplebellies around here, but clearly not . Bring on the reinforcements!

Quote:


If you could ask your friend about the release, that would be cool! I'm trying all sorts of avenues to find out but none have any info as yet.



I'm on it... I don't expect to be successful (I expect the information won't even be available to cinemas for months yet) but I will try. You never know...

Quote:

You must join our plans when we have them!



I'd be happy to! At the moment, the only local I've converted is the chap who sits next to me at work (a big fan but not as obsessed as myself... yet) so I'm always up for meeting new Browncoats for shindigs etc, and I will be at Serenity too.

Regards,


Ade, also waving a Browncoat flag at Obsidian...

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 8, 2004 12:28 PM

ADIWANROC


Quote:

Originally posted by Obsidian:
Hey all Black Country Browncoats,

This is getting rather creepy as I live in Kingswinford also. Seems that there is a large concentration of browncoats associated with the area must be something in the water, or just very good taste.




Heh. Probably good taste. If it is something in the water, we should start piping it out to other areas of the country quick, preferably before April next year!

Cheers,




Ade

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Friday, July 9, 2004 4:46 AM

GRAKSTAR


so are all the brit browncoats from up north??

I'm a south london chick, any londoners on this board??? -theres gotta be at least one???

G xxx

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Friday, July 9, 2004 11:12 AM

EVILGNOME


Speaking of being from an island. I'm in Hawaii. I don't think that there's that many Firefly fans here. Of course I'm probably wrong (or at least hope so).

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Monday, July 12, 2004 3:02 AM

LIZZI


Hi Guys,

My first post on these boards too!

Hi Nic, Grace and Steve! I feel all at home with the starfury loonies here.

I'm Liz, also from Dudley (there really does seem to be an awful lot of us Browncoats in the Midlands!). Am booked in for White Room and Serenity cons and was also at Fusion in April.

NOTIFY: N   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Monday, July 12, 2004 3:14 AM

TALLNMOODY


Quote:

Originally posted by Frances:
I wanted to go to Fusion but was too broke,



Husband at hand, (also in Hull)

I thought what the hell and I've used my credit card, we now have two tickets to the convention on the 29th of April 2005, Thistle Hotel, Heathrow, UK.

Just hope they finished the film and can give us some choice clips or even *fingers crossed* a premiere showing.

'Man walks down a street in a hat like that, you know he ain't afraid of anything'

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Monday, July 12, 2004 3:31 AM

STICKS


sticks here, im here on merseyside...havent found any browncoats in the merseyside area so far?

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Monday, July 12, 2004 4:49 AM

GRAKSTAR


hi lizzi my dearest!!!

hope you are ok chuck???

how flippin great is firefly con gonna be, its gonna be fabby dabby dobby!!!!

yay!!!!!!!

nice to see more familier faces!!!!!


G xxxx

UK browncoats are taking over!!

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Monday, July 12, 2004 5:22 AM

WREN


If any of you haven't already done so, could you please leave a review on the UK Amazon site. Remember to click five stars (or whatever rating you want to give the dvd). Only one review each please. The site currently only has 32 reviews! The more reviews, the more likely someone will buy the dvd.

Why are you still reading? Go and type a review.

NOTIFY: N   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Monday, July 12, 2004 9:22 AM

OUTSIDER


Nevermind the English Browncoats - where are all the WELSH Browncoats?

"You're not entitled to your opinion... you're entitled to your INFORMED opinion." -Harlan Ellison.

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:24 AM

GEORDIESTEVE2003


I did one already, going to see if anyone found it useful!!

NOTIFY: N   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:44 AM

HAWK


Cornish browncoat reporting (though I have never carried the accent).

Currently in the business of recruiting my peers.

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Tuesday, July 13, 2004 12:43 PM

NERVOUSPETE



Hullo all!

I'd be really up for a meet-up in the North, Manchester would be an idea, as would Leeds, which is where I live and work.

Anyway, posted a review on www.amazon.co.uk

For those who can't wait past the annoying vetting stage, here it is pasted. (And also so I can yank it from here and try again if it goes wrong)

5 Stars
"Have no place that I can be, since I found Serenity..."
Reviewer: Peter Evans
Firefly is quite simply the most mature science fiction show since Channel 4's 'Ultraviolet' and has more genuine heart than pratically any television show I can think of. Set 500 years in the future, Firefly follows the adventures of nine strong characters aboard the Firefly class transport 'Serenity'. The stories contained within this rickerty vessel are ones that revolve around human nature rather than shiny technology. You won't find any technobabble, nor will there be plots involving time travel, spatial distortions or aliens. The core of the show is human drama with a good mix of adventure, horror, action, comedy and tragedy thrown in... sometimes within the same episode! The nine characters who inhabit the ship are all distinct and the friction between them fuels the plots, as does their loyalty, morality and friendship. Remarkably, for such a large core cast, not one character is badly served by the script and each performance is on target and true. For it's size it is possibly the tightest ensemble cast I've ever seen within a science fiction show, the people on board seem to genuinely like each other and there is a very strong chemisty. The supporting cast are just as good, characters that appear only in one episode are very memorable, and you find yourself craving further stories about them. Badger is a personal favourite, a cockney crime lord with an inferiority complex and a wonderful hat. Or how about Adelai Niskai, a reputation obsessed 'businessman' with the psychotic demeanour of an aged Nazi war criminal? Or Saffron, the woman of whom if I were to reveal anything about before you saw the episode, you'd be well within your rights to shoot me with a harpoon gun? Firefly's universe of characters are its greatest asset.
Not forgetting that the ship, 'Serenity', is herself a character. Probably the coolest ship since the Millenium Falcoln, and just as desirable. A battered old cargo vessel with a penchant for breaking down, the drive of the show is the captain's frantic desire to keep her in the air, to keep her moving. Like the old navy captains, his ship is his first love and he is willing to kill for her.

The direction is never less than tight in the show, and has an earthy, intimate feel lacking in the standard sci-fi show. Every filmic trick is used in this show, keeping it more 'Homicide: Life on the Street' in visual terms rather than the remote stagey elegance of Star Trek. The production values are astonishing, approaching a high budget film in terms of effects, costume and set design for the two hour opener and the episode 'Ariel', and never looking less that impressive through the other episdoes. Sound is generally decent, the musical score is wonderful, though I wish they'd beefed up the sound effects of the guns, shallow as that sounds. I wanted 'Open Range' loud, instead there's sometimes a bit of a weird effect that's part laser gun, part pistol. Gah. There. My only complaint. Apart from that the production is wonderful.

Joss Whedon's story arc and writing are a career high for him. Despite one dodgy plot, 'The Message', each episode is a masterclass in adventure fiction with the speed and punch of Elmore Leonard's westerns. And yes, this is a western as well as science fiction, and it works astonishingly well if you look at the logic behind the concept. Horses don't break down and need repair after all on frontier planets, and can cover any ammount of terrain. And just because there is a colony on a terraformed moon doesn't mean that it will be a happy, shiny, prosperous affair. No, unlike Star Trek's spandex clad people and lovely carpeted enviroments, Firefly favours the failing, brutal towns straight of Sergio Leone. Life is cheap, as are bullets.

I beg you to watch this show, convert your friends and turn up for the upcoming movie in April. I'm not normally a lover of science fiction, my preferred kicks coming from drama classics like 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' and 'Our Friends In The North'. Only 'The Prisoner', the original 'Twilight Zone' and 'Ultraviolet' within the sci-fi genre have excited me to this degree in the past. So you can see that I am not easy to please, and that I hold Firefly up there with the greats.

Firefly was and is a joy to watch, a show that took genuine risks and pushed what was possible in terms of style, intelligence and narrative in genre television. For its pains, it got cancelled due to a failure of imagination amongst Fox's executives. That they neglected the show that they commissioned is tragic, that they treated Jos Whedon, the man who along with 'The Simpsons' pratically made Fox as an entertainment channel, is criminal. Watch Firefly because it is the most glorious lost cause in the history of television, and is therefore incredibly romantic, like the Charge of the Light Brigade.
"Executives to the left of them, Accountants to the right of them, onward, onward, rode the nine browncoats!"

I really wish this show had continued. It showed infinite promise. As it is, you get a little resolution of sorts at the end as far as character goes, though many questions are left unanswered. In conclusion, it's a show to break your heart. It broke mine.




"If you can keep your head whilst others... eurgh! Ack! I've spilt my ink! Ugh! Ink on my trousers! Agh! Ink on my shirt! My only hope! The window! Aieeeeee!" (Falls to death)
- Jonathan Nash

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:56 PM

HAWK


(Sound is generally decent, the musical score is wonderful, though I wish they'd beefed up the sound effects of the guns, shallow as that sounds. I wanted 'Open Range' loud, instead there's sometimes a bit of a weird effect that's part laser gun, part pistol. Gah. There. My only complaint. Apart from that the production is wonderful.)


Exactly the point I raised in the Gunfighting in Serenity topic! Nice review by the way... and nice sig :)

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, July 15, 2004 1:07 PM

LUPINADDAMS


Blimey, nearly missed this!

I'm in Bristol and might be able host a Shindig some time (I've got a pretty big house, the DVDs and many chairs... I guess that's all that's needed) - if folks want to contact me, feel free.

"You are what you do."
Andrew Vacchs

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Tuesday, February 8, 2005 3:46 AM

CAPNERIC


Howdy, y'all !

a Yank in Cambridge here.

How did this thread die out?

See you all at the preview tonight!

Stay shiny,

Cap'n Eric


"How drunk was I last night?"
"I dunno, I passed out"

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, February 10, 2005 7:09 AM

CASUALTY


Maybe it died out because there were no new English Browncoats left to post!

Hi pleased to meet you all.

I'm a fairly newish browncoat who spnds half her life in Canterbury, Kent and the other half in Witney just outside Oxford. Now we know (or think we know) the release date for here we should see if people really want to meet up for the BDM!

I'm not going to the Serenity Convention, no matter how much I'd love to, so I'd like to meet some/all of you in person on a different occasion.

"If nothing we do means anything then the only thing that means anything is what we do"

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, February 10, 2005 7:45 AM

HUITZIL


okay I reckon I'm the most south-easterly browncoat - but i'm open to a challenge, I live in Surrey.

I'm too purple to go to a convention on my own, plus have no money. or time off work or time off uni, and my stupid friends aren't willing to watch firefly even thoguh I GAVE one of them my old tapes and pesterd her for six months to watch them (and occsionally when it comes up)!

um forgot where i was going. no idea. anyway, who's with me to persuade them to make spin off toys - I require action figures!

___________
the turtle and the wolf are natural enemies

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, February 10, 2005 8:35 AM

CAPNERIC



y'know, I hadn't actually considered the toy angle.

I dibs a scaled down model of Vera that fires cork balls!

Stay shiny...

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, February 10, 2005 10:35 AM

HUITZIL


Quote:

a scaled down model of Vera that fires cork balls!


that is, officially, the most excellent thing I have heard all day!

___________
the turtle and the wolf are natural enemies

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, February 10, 2005 10:41 AM

AMDOBELL


Another Kent browncoat here, from Margate. I'll be at the "Serenity" con in London in April and will be crawling over broken glass to make "Serenity 2" in November. I don't often visit the boards but am so ruttin' excited about the upcoming movie, which if it makes a good enough impact may lead to two more films...
Keep Flyin',
Ali D :~)
MAL: "We've done the impossible and that makes us mighty."

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, February 10, 2005 10:54 AM

ZOL


I`m discovering more and more of these `hidden` threads - there`s just so many of them

I`m located in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and there`s a few friends who also have an interest.

I was one of the lucky few who saw the Serenity screening in London & will be going to the Starfury Serenity Convention at the end of april (in full captains gear, but maybe not Mal )

Darin (Zol.)

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

Thursday, February 10, 2005 11:26 AM

CASUALTY


'Serenity 2'! Have I missed some vital piece of information somewhere along the way?

"If nothing we do means anything then the only thing that means anything is what we do"

NOTIFY: Y   |  REPLY  |  REPLY WITH QUOTE  |  TOP  |  HOME  

YOUR OPTIONS

NEW POSTS TODAY

USERPOST DATE

OTHER TOPICS

DISCUSSIONS
In your opinion is there a perfect movie?
Sun, June 16, 2024 11:21 - 78 posts
The one fim you want released on dvd!
Fri, June 14, 2024 11:06 - 34 posts
Victorian Female Batman???
Tue, June 11, 2024 04:31 - 48 posts
5 Reasons it sucks being a Joss Whedon fan
Sun, June 2, 2024 03:46 - 23 posts
Top 10 sci-fi battles
Sun, June 2, 2024 02:45 - 13 posts
The man who may have been able to save Disney says, I'm out of here
Fri, May 31, 2024 14:32 - 5 posts
Kicked off Facebook!
Tue, May 28, 2024 21:09 - 26 posts
What are your thoughts on god?
Tue, May 28, 2024 21:06 - 187 posts
Enneagram Personality Types
Mon, May 27, 2024 05:20 - 10 posts
Morgan Spurlock dead at 53
Fri, May 24, 2024 16:28 - 3 posts
Canadian Humour eh
Thu, May 23, 2024 08:02 - 32 posts
Anybody I used to know still post around here??????
Thu, May 23, 2024 04:59 - 314 posts

FFF.NET SOCIAL