If you’ve never seen the short-lived, yet amazing, series Firefly, here’s your chance. Of particular interest is the new material that Science Channel is producing to go along with this modern classic. Kudos to Science Channel for making it doubly worthwhile to watch these episodes again. Here are all the details from the channel:
From the creator of the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer sci-fi savant Joss Whedon delves into the final frontier with Firefly, which lands exclusively on the Science Channel on Sunday, March 6 @8pm ET with the airing of the original 2-hour pilot. Immediately following, episode one of the 15-part series will air at 10pm ET.
Firefly will dominate the airwaves every Sunday with an encore episode of the previous week airing 9pm ET to be followed by the network premiere of the next episode in the series airing at 10pm ET.
As a special treat for Firefly fans, star of Science Channelís Sci-Fi Science, and the cofounder of string field theory, Dr. Michio Kaku, will be commentating on the science behind Firefly for each episode. From terraforming, to anti-matter, Kaku will be explaining why the science fiction featured in the show really isn’t that far from science fact.
When Firefly first aired in 2002, Whedonís sci-fi western quickly became a cult favorite. Set 500 years in the future, in the wake of a universal civil war, Firefly centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that doesn’t have a planet to call home. Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job – legal or not – to stay afloat and keep his crew fed.
Mal’s crew includes his fiercely loyal second-in-command Zoe (Gina Torres), who served beside him in the war and owes him her life; Wash (Alan Tudyk), the ship’s easygoing pilot and Zoe’s husband; Kaylee (Jewel Staite), the ship’s young and effervescent engineer; and Jayne (Adam Baldwin), a tough mercenary whose loyalties lie with Mal – for now.
With prostitution now legal among the planets, the beautiful and sophisticated Inara (Morena Baccarin) has her own shuttle docked on the ship and shares friendly, yet non-sexual relationships with the crew while serving as a paid companion to the Serenity’s guests. The wealthy and secretive Simon (Sean Maher) joined the crew as the ship’s doctor in the hopes of protecting his emotionally fragile, yet intellectually gifted younger sister, River (Summer Glau).
Rounding out the ship’s permanent denizens is Book, “The Shepherd” (Ron Glass), a preacher who is on board to spread the Word of God to the far reaches of the galaxy.
Thrust together by necessity, these disparate men and women are seeking adventure and the good life, but face constant challenges on the new frontier, such as avoiding capture by the Alliance, and evading death at the hands – and mouths – of the Reavers, human, flesh-eating mongrels who live on the fringes of the universe.