Maybe Science Fiction Ain’t So Bad

In all my years of reading books and watching movies and TV shows, there is one genre that I have avoided like the plague. And that is Science Fiction. Sue me, but I just don’t find spaceships and laser beams that interesting. Which is why I haven’t watched ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ yet in spite of my cousin brother insisting that it is a confusing albeit wonderful masterpiece. I can count on one hand the number of Sci/Fi movies I have watched – ‘Inception’ which I watched only because Leonardo DiCaprio was in it, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ which I watched only because it was classified as a romance movie and ‘Chronicle’ which I watched by accident while I was channel-surfing. Okay, maybe there are more, but these are the only ones that I can come up with off the top of my head. Anyway, my point is that Sci/Fi is a big No-No in my dictionary.

At least it used to be.

See, I just started watching this TV series called ‘Firefly’. Maybe you have heard of it, but in case you haven’t, it is a science fiction show created by Joss Whedon of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ fame. Here‘s the Wikipedia link for the show, if you’re interested in knowing more about it. I’m here to talk about why I like, nay, love this show.

Simply, ‘Firefly’ is about the lives and adventures of the crew of the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity as they zoom through space engaging in illegal activities like smuggling. Honestly, when I first heard what the series was about, I wasn’t that interested. So I didn’t watch it until a few days back when God-knows-what made me watch it. And, let me tell you, I have been hooked since then. I don’t know what I’m going to do after I’m through with the fourteen episodes and the movie. I just know I am going to have a bad case of post-Firefly hangover.

A few awesome things about ‘Firefly’:

1) There are a lot of sarcastic quips in the show thanks to, well, most of the characters. And sarcasm, mon ami, is always my preferred type of humour.

2) Even though Serenity’s crew smuggle and kill, the show is ultimately about the triumph of good over evil. The crew have their own sense of honor.

3) Captain Mal and his crew live in a multi-cultural future, a fusion of Western and Chinese cultures. Hence, the characters speak English as well as Chinese in the show.

4) All characters are equally awesome. Although every character has its flaws, they all feel real. And they are all necessary to the plot. Except maybe Inara. She feels a bit like a last minute add-on.

Okay, that’s all I can come up with right now. Note to self: You’re bad at making lists.

Anyhoo, there you go, folks. This is how I’ve come to the realization that maybe science fiction ain’t so bad. So, now go and make yourself watch ‘Firefly’. It will be the best decision you ever made. Or at least one of the top five.