ClearPlay Classic: Firefly and Serenity

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I was happy to see ClearPlay add filters for Firefly, a space western TV series fathered by Joss Whedon. It takes place in the ‘verse, a large solar system where humans fled after the earth ran out of resources. An oppressive Alliance keeps things in line, but Captain Malcom Reynolds (think an embittered Han Solo) and his trusty crew run jobs that pay to scrape by and stay one step ahead of the law. Firefly isn’t about space battles or sweeping epics, rather, it’s the story of a dysfunctional group of spacefarers struggling to survive the dangerous universe and each other.

ClearPlay In Action!

The universe of Firefly is a gritty one and deals with the underbelly of society and some really evil villains. ClearPlay is perfect for trimming out some sensuality and violence. I’d put the filters on medium strength. This isn’t a show for the entire family. One of the main characters is a prostitute and the crew frequently operates outside of the law, partly as a form of rebellion against the all powerful Alliance. Give it a couple episodes and you’ll find out why this series was a bestseller on for ages.

A Space Western with a Heart of Gold?…

Firefly is simultaneously a rousing success and a horrible tragedy. It is a success because everyone I know that has seen it loves it, even people who hate sci-fi. It is a tragedy because FOX, in a triumph of stupidity, canceled the series in its first season. Firefly and its movie follow up, Serenity, are endearing for the engaging characters and witty script. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll love Captain Reynolds more than most of your relatives. I wish FOX would bring it back, but just as the not so bright but really burly Jayne (not a girl) would say, “If wishes were horses, we’d all be eatin’ steak .”

Brian Fuller— ClearPlay Browncoat

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense violence and action, and some sexual references.; 42 min (15 episodes); 119 min; Directed By Joss Whedon
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