'Firefly' returns to TV.
This should excite a special segment of the TV audience, but regular viewers might pick up a thing or two: Science Channel announced Thursday that it will televise the entire run of one of the ultimate cult series, Firefly, beginning in March.
'Firefly' returns to TV.
This should excite a special segment of the TV audience, but mainstream viewers should also take notice: Science Channel announced Thursday that it will televise the entire run of one of the ultimate cult series, Firefly, beginning in March.
It's a space Western, set in 2517, in which an ensemble cast of misfits operate on the edges of the law in a frontier in a new star system. Nobody watched, but lots of people have bought the DVDs, and it spawned a series of comics and a feature film, Serenity, that did just about as well at the box office as the show did on TV.
Still, there's lots to like in the series from Joss Whedon, overlord -- there's the new hot word -- of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, one of television's greatest series. Not the least of which: the introduction of sci fi goddess Summer Glau, who is currently dying on the vine on NBC's The Cape. Another appealing feature of the series was made-up "future" language that accented the normal English spoken by the crew. Whedon had demonstrated his mastery of that art in Buffy, where the kids often said things that sounded like teen-speak, but were created for the show.
Another cool thing about Firefly: Even if the guys did zip around in an anti-gravity space ship (when it wasn't constantly breaking down), there were no aliens or space fights. Of course that turned off a lot of the audience, who only saw a weird Western.
A big-time scientist, Michio Kaku, cofounder of string field theory and star of Science Channel’s Sci-Fi Science, will comment on the science behind the show, and maybe even try to explain what string field theory is, while he riffs on such real-science things in the show as terraforming and anti-matter.
With this one, at least, Science Channel, which used to be called Discovery: Science, is tyring to stick at least a little bit to topic. It is also televising Idiot Abroad, which follows the adeventures of Ricky Gervais' pal Karl Pilkington, one of the funnniest comedians alive, as he visits exotic lands. It has nothing whatsoever to do with science, but is extremely funny.
New episodes of Idiot Abroad go Saturdays at 10. Firefly starts March 6, with the two-hour piliot at 8 p.m., followed by the first regular series episode at 10. On subsequent Sundays, the network will show the next episode at 10 p.m., repeating the previous one at 9. All 15 hours will be shown.