I don’t get it. I’m in the last season of Sons of Anarchy, maybe five or six episodes left; into the second season of Breaking Bad and mildly enjoying it; almost through the first season of Mad Men and kind of digging it; a few episodes into the second season of Hannibal and really liking it; and have quite a few fantastic (most likely) films I’ve picked up in the past few Go Hastings sales. So what am I doing? I’m fucking binge watching Firefly. Again. And when I’m not binge watching that one, I’m binge watching The X-Files. Make no mistake, those are two great shows and deserve to be watched multiple times, but I have all this other stuff I’ve never seen, and here I am glued to shows I’ve seen numerous times. I’m guessing it has to to with the comfort of knowing I won’t be disappointed (sorry kids, but Mad Man is not living up to its hype), but it’s not like I’m afraid of trying something new. I just don’t get it.
I will say this, though, I do like seeing actors in these shows before they got huge. There are countless in The X-Files, of course, as well as genre stars like Tony Todd. But there are some great…I don’t know…before-they-were-stars stars? I don’t know if I could call them cameos because my idea of a cameo is someone who’s a big name showing up unannounced — kind of like Connery in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. But I digress. Back to Firefly. There was an episode where Mal gets married unknowingly, and his wife turns out to be — SPOILER ALERT! — Christina Hendricks (speaking of Mad Men!). There’s a few others that show up too, but that’s one that stood out. And as far as cameo’s go, there’s a sweet one by Larry Drake (who’s going to be at the Scares That Care Weekend Convention, that you too should be attending).
With all that, Firefly is such an unfortunate show. It’s so good, but Fox (it was Fox, right?) fucked up so hard and never gave it a chance, not to mention it didn’t help that some of the episodes were ran out of order. I mean, it’s great that it got a movie and all, but there are SO MANY unanswered questions. Like what was Shepherd’s story?? Okay, that’s the only question I really ever wanted answered.
It had a great cast too, my favorite being Adam Baldwin. I always dug him ever since I first saw him in My Bodyguard. And Ron Glass knocked it out as Shepherd. Nathan Fillon did a solid job dancing between stern captain when it came to his crew and goofy love-sick puppy to Inana (Morena Baccarin). I particularly like how Jewel Staite could make her character be Kaylee be so innocent and girl-next-doorish and at the same time be so strong and not put up with any shit whatsoever. Hell, every single cast member rocked their role. Again, it’s so unfortunate how it never got a chance to live up to its true potential.
I wouldn’t mind seeing a return of this show, if only to tie up some loose ends. I don’t ever see it happening, but one can hope.