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Stargate Universe, created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Icarus Base is located on a remote planet as part of the SGC.  The current team run by Dr. Nicholas Rush believe that they could extend the range of the Stargate by utilizing the naqudria located in the core of the planet that is currently powering the Stargate.

To date only 7 chevrons have been used with regularity on any Stargate allowing travelers to pass through to other planets within their galaxy.  Adding an 8th chevron allows for travel to another galaxy but takes on a huge amount of power usually from something like a ZPM (a very powerful battery).  To fathom a 9th chevron is seen as boarding on insanity.

When Dr. Rush creates a video game to try and find the most brilliant minds across Earth to help him solve and test his theory he is presented with Eli Wallace, a mathematics genius.  Rush is joined by Wallace as well as Chloe Armstrong (the daughter of the Senator funding the Icarus Project) and several of the military members on the base in order to solve what the Ancients have laid out as a possibility.

As the group tries to figure out how to achieve the connection of a 9th chevron, they get devastating news.  The core of the planet is rendered unstable after an attack from an alien race known as the Lucian Alliance.  Attempting to contact earth Rush realizes that the impending explosion of the planet will just follow them through the wormhole and takes the chance at dialing a 9th chevron.  As it locks the survivors make it through the gate and end up aboard an old starship.

Destiny has its own abilities and mission, only dropping out of hyperspace in order to connect its Stargate to others in the network.  No one can control the ship.  The survivors are at the mercy of the ship itself as it drops in and out of hyperspace for limited amounts of time.

What are the survivors to do when they have no control over the ship they are stranded on?  Will they ever get back to Earth?  And just what problem is Destiny supposed to be solving…

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction, Military

-Creator: created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper

-Length: 2 Seasons, 40 Episodes (43 minutes each), with an additional 34 Webisodes

-Rating: currently unrated- most likely TV-14 based on other country codes (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild use of alcohol and other substances, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Robert Carlyle, Lousi Ferreira, brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Jamil Walker Smith, Ming-Na Wen

-Page of Reference in RP1:

Review (contains spoilers):

I’m only 3 episodes into this series at them moment.  Who ever had the genius idea to make the first five episodes of this show a 3-part episode and a 2-part episode was seriously overestimating the fact that people can or will want pay attention to brand new characters for that long…  it was a bad move on the part of Wright and Cooper in this case. 

Even with SG-1 and Atlantis the first few episodes did introduce new characters but they were amidst characters we were already familiar with from either the film or the previous series.

There just isn’t a lot to say at this point…I really think going with the set up they did with the first season was not only detrimental to the composition of the show but is also difficult for long time fans. Especially on the heels of a BRILLIANT series in the Stargate world with Atlantis.

Season 1:

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Rating:

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Stargate Atlantis, created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper: a Television Review

Synopsis:

After the (accidental) discovery of a second Stargate on earth by the original SG-1 team, a new team has been studying the technology in the areas around the gate.  They have found that the gate system wasn’t actually created by the Goul’d as originally thought.  Another alien race, called The Ancients, are actually the ones who created the Stargate.

With this information the team working at the second gate finds even more technology and the information that the gate (which up till now has only been able to utilize 7 of the chevrons on the gate) is actually capable of FAR more so long as it has a power source to do so.

Dr. Elizabeth Weir is granted the opportunity to take a team on a mission through the Stargate to another galaxy powering the gate long enough to dial the 8th chevron and establishing a wormhole to the distant Atlantean gate.  As they proceed with the mission it becomes apparent that while the team made it through (one that is quite a bit larger than the teams we are used to seeing go through the gate) they may not be coming back to the Milky Way Galaxy anytime soon.

Pair that with a new big bad and suddenly the reason the Ancients left their beloved Atlantis is vitally clear.  What will the team do? And how will they survive the strange and frightening war they have somehow awakened by simply being in the city?

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction Action

-Creator: Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper

-Length: 5 seasons, 100 episodes, 45 minutes per episode

-Rating: TV-PG (rare sex and nudity, moderate violence and gore, science-fiction themes, mild profanity, some use of alcohol and smoking, intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: DVD, Blue-Ray, or find it at your local library

-Main Cast: Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Rainbow Sun Francks, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa, Paul McGillion, Amanda Tapping, Jewel Staite, Robert Picardo

-Page of Reference in RPO: 215

Review (contains spoilers):

Season 1:

This was a really great start to the spinoff of the wildly popular Stargate SG-1.  It has a great cast, some familiar and some new which is nice for the transition to the new show.  This season takes place during season 8 of Stargate SG-1 so there is some but not a lot of overlap and while the show can be watched independently of any other knowledge of the other show it is helpful to have some of the background for a full experience.

The new Atlantis team is comprised in a similar format to the team we fell in love with during Stargate SG-1.  You have the brainy scientist, the headstrong military man, a kickass lady and a strong but kind alien who they pick up on some mission.  Occasionally they get joined by other characters.  Mostly the head of medical who adds a sweet but sassy tone to the group.

This season is a lot of set up but not in a way that is condescending or heavy.  We learn as the team learns.  Action and exploration reign over the story which is one of the best parts of Stargate and one of the reasons I love it so much.  It has some serious Star Trek vibes but way more action.  This is a great start to the new series.

Season 2:

Michael…. Oh Michael.  Not really sure what to say about this season.  Between the experiment to change the Wraith to humans and Ford getting changed into a superhuman/Wraith hybrid…thing… there is just a LOT going on.

Rodney has a lot in this season between blowing up a star system, getting someone stuck in his head, getting caught in a virtual reality, gets caught in a sunken jumper and

We get introduced to Ronin and he joins the team.  Hilarity and danger ensue.

Shepard and the team discover how Wraith became Wraith and Shepard ends up feeling a little bit of how the whole process goes.  He even gets the chance to Ascend…though that doesn’t go as well as one would hope…or maybe it does since he is still with the team.

The Genii come back in and Atlantis comes to their aid. The team messes up a bunch and ends up with a Atlantean warship. And they learn a lot along the way.

Overall a great season full of action and intrigue. A definite push into the third season with some great storylines coming to fruition.

Season 3:

This season was full of ups and downs for the team and for my emotions. By now we have gotten to know the team and things have gotten hairy. It is important to note that this season takes place during the same time as season 10 of Stargate SG-1.

We have a few big things that happen: the ancients appear, the replicators (yes like the ones from Stargate SG-1) have taken a unique form, we lose someone dear to the team, McKay nearly ascends, Atlantis is attacked (as usual), and we end up in a vicious attack that almost ends in the destruction of the entire crew.

Between the explosions and the nanites, the replicators and the general battles that the Atlantis crew must deal with, this show is constantly full of action.  It is one of the most captivating and entertaining science-fiction shows ever created.  And this season didn’t disappoint.

I had to hold off on watching the finale episode because I had the foresight (watching this on Amazon Prime Video/DVD much after the show was over) that this would be a three-part episode and that some very upsetting things happen in the episodes… it took me a while to get into the headspace to watch it.  I’m glad that I did because boy was the end of this season heavy and I’m super glad I didn’t have to wait the summer to get to the next two episodes

Season 4:

So, season four starts off high on the emotions.  With the first two episodes being the continuation of the season three finale, we start the season off on a really nerve-wracking foot.  We nearly lose Dr. Weir…and then we lose her in a different way. We nearly lose Atlantis all together. And they have to find another new planet.  Not exactly the smoothest moments for the team.

The Replicators have become another big bad though Atlantis has reactivated the Wraith attack code in their makeup.  They seem to also want Ascend…which isn’t as easy as it seems for some bits of metal with incredible technology. 

We get more information on Ronin’s past. There is a lot of body hijacking, kidnapping, loss of memory and other diseases…just a lot of general insanity. We get to see how awesome the new head of medical is and how she will fit into the general makeup of the team and everything as a whole.

Rodney’s past comes back, and his sister gets kidnapped to solve a problem on Earth.  He also learns that maybe he isn’t the most adept at things outside of his world of technology.

The gate bridge to get from Atlantis is created and invaded during the course of this season.  Ronin and McKay have to join up to save Earth and Atlantis.

We get more information about Tayla and the missing Ethosians from earlier in the season. Beckett makes a surprise return in an incredibly interesting way (I was super thrilled to see him because his death at the end of season 3 really hit me hard).

This was really a great season. A lot of action. A lot of intrigue. And one of the craziest ends to a season…and I really enjoyed seeing how they solved a problem thousands of years in the future.  I can’t wait to see what happens with the next season.

Season 5:

This feels like the start to an excellent ending of the series though I do believe that the show could have fun for another 2-3 seasons without becoming tiresome or repetitive.  Todd becomes a big character which is incredibly interesting to see, especially as he is a Wrath and normally not someone the team interacts with kindly or well.  We get to see more aspects of the Atlantis team.

Zelinka gets the chance to shine throughout the season as does Dr. Keller.  We get to see the strong character we knew she would become (and know from her performance as Kaylee in Firerfly).  Woosley also gets the chance to step up in, what is my least favorite television trope: the clip show.  It was nice to see him step into the role that was so beautifully performed by both Elizabeth Wier and Sam Carter (of SG-1 fame).

The social interactions of the team as well as things like the reintroduction of Dr. Carson, Michael and Todd are all things that create a solid show.  It really is this aspect that makes me sad to see the show end after only 100 episodes.  Rarely do I wish for a show to continue to past its expiration date but this is one that I do wish had continued on past its final season.

Having watched the season finale I have just two things that bothered me.  One is that I felt the second to last episode was quite out of place with its style.  I understand that it was to set up what happened in the final episode but still…. very odd, yet very well-done CSI episode.  Second was that the final episode should have been at least two episodes long.  There were a few times in the series where a two-part episode didn’t feel needed but then this time it should have and they didn’t.  Just a weird choice in my opinion.

I highly recommend this show.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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UPDATED: Star Trek: The Next Generation (Full Series), created by Gene Roddenberry: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Set 78 years after Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation series follows the adventures of the new Enterprise (NC-1700-D) and her crew.  Headed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard and a team of accomplished and diverse officers, the show focus on the years following an encounter with an immortal, sentient life force known only as Q.

Throughout the series new characters and life forms are introduced like the Ferengi, the Trill, and the Q.  new adventures, planets and discoveries abound during the seven season run.

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction Drama

-Creator: Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 7 Seasons, 178 Episodes (average 45 minutes per episode)

-Rating: TV-PG (for Science-Fiction action and violence, some sexual content, some adult themes and mild language)

-Where to Watch: Netflix, Hulu, CBSAllAccess, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube ITunes, DVD, BlueRay, and look for the series at your local library

-Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Gates McFadden, and John de Lancie

-Page of Reference in RPO: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

Please note this review will be updated as I continue to watch through the whole series….

Season 1:

This season is incredibly rough as are many first seasons of Star Trek.  Some episodes are alright while most are okay at best, horrible at worst.  While this is my favorite of the Star Trek series there is much of the first season that is difficult to get through.  From the questionable introduction of Q (usually the Big Bad of a series isn’t introduced in the first episode…and not as what appears to be a throw away character though incredibly charming and quite vexing), to the childish Ferengi, to the various bigger than their britches Starfleet personnel, this season is shaky at best. Save a few important episodes you can basically just skip to Season 2…

Season 2:

This is where the show starts to hit its stride in my opinion.  We get the introduction of Ten-Forward and Whoopie Goldberg’s character, the holodeck makes several appearances, more complex and nuanced storylines become commonplace, season long story and character arcs are worked into the show…its just overall a much better season than season one! 

There are some really great episodes and moments in this season.  I love Data taking on the mantel of Sherlock Holmes and Riker working with the Klingons in an officer exchange program.  We get more of the mysterious Q, more of the moments that Star Trek is really known for: explorations and first contacts even if some of them are accidental.  Unfortunately, we also get a clip show which are my least favorite types of episodes but we got a third season, so I guess it wasn’t so bad.

This is the season that really made me a Star Trek fan. 

Season 3:

This is one of the most complex seasons of The Next Generation.  From more interactions with the Klingons to the real introduction of the Romulans to this series, some interesting information on Q when he is dumped on the Enterprise without his powers, a few moments with Vulcans, new characters and current characters development…. There is so much more going on in this series from here on out.

And the BORG! The Borg….the final two part episode of this season into season 4 is one of the most renowned and well crafted episodes of The Next Generation.  It is often ranked in the top 100 best episodes of television ever…and I have to agree.  From here on this show is just going to be fantastic.  You can just tell from how this season is composed.

Characters have more depth.  We get to find out their hopes and dreams, their loves and their challenges… The planets and alien interactions are all there to continue our knowledge of both their races and of the crew on the ship. Story lines are more thoroughly developed and contain so much more amongst the whole universe that is surrounding the Enterprise.

This is where The Next Generation shows why it is one of the most popular Star Trek series to this day.

Season 4:

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Season 6:

Season 7:

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Addams Family, created by David Levy and Donald Saltzman, based on The Addams Family by Charles Addams: a Television Series Review

Synopsis:

The Addams Family is all about the exploits of the eccentric and wealthy Addamses.  The Father, Gomez, is madly in love with his wife, Morticia.  They have two children, Wednesday and Pugsley.  They live in their mansion with Uncle Fester, Grandmama (Morticia’s mother), and two servants- Lurch and Thing.

From going to school for the first time to romances to dancing around the house the stories of this loving but macabre family were created as a contrast to the accepted “normal” American family with its 2.5 children, house in the suburbs and the white picket fence.  They show throughout all of their episodes that the love one has for ones family is not determined by outside appearance but by a person’s heart.

General Information:

-Genre: Black Comedy Sitcom

-Creator: David Levy and Donald Saltzman, based on the cartoons of Charles Addams

-Length: 2 seasons, 64 total episodes, 30 minutes each

-Rating: TV-8+ (morbid and macabre moments, dark comedy, some slight violence and some slight sexual innuendo)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, DVD, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Carolyn Jones, John Astin, Jackie Coogan, Ted Cassidy, Blossom Rock, Lisa Loring, Ken Weatherwax

-Page of Reference in RPO: 177

Review (contains spoilers):

Season 1:

Such a fun show and lovely, well-developed characters right off the bat.  Jones and Astin laid a wonderful foundation for Gomez and Morticia.  They are loving, and kindhearted, and care deeply for their family.  They jump right into the troubles of their children, hate to be parted from each other and their brood. 

The eccentric acts of the family are sweet but interesting enough to keep you entertained. And the writing is amazing.  I’ve been laughing all throughout the season.

Season 2:

The show continues to be delightful.  The main cast is impeccable and I’m floored by the fact that the writers could continue to do such a good job considering the fluctuating group of side characters.   I honestly don’t understand why the show would have been done after a mere two seasons.  I am glad that I was able to watch this show for the first time ever having already fallen in love with the Addams Family.  It made seeing where they came from all the more enjoyable.

Overall the show is quite entertaining and watching it after having fallen in love with the later renditions of the family is definitely unique.  I can see how the actors in the early series laid a very detailed and comprehensive character study for later performances.  They captured the odd but loving couple.  The rather insane and morbid (but not disgusting) pastimes and various moments of chemistry that made later renditions so beautiful.  Its also fun to know that the entire set was bright pink because it was what created the shade of grey they wanted for the set.

And no matter the rendition of Gomez and Morticia they will always be my favorite couple. And their love remains #goals.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation (Full Series), created by Gene Roddenberry: a Television Review

Synopsis:

Set 78 years after Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation series follows the adventures of the new Enterprise (NC-1700-D) and her crew.  Headed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard and a team of accomplished and diverse officers, the show focus on the years following an encounter with an immortal, sentient life force known only as Q.

Throughout the series new characters and life forms are introduced like the Ferengi, the Trill, and the Q.  new adventures, planets and discoveries abound during the seven season run.

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction Drama

-Creator: Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 7 Seasons, 178 Episodes (average 45 minutes per episode)

-Rating: TV-PG (for Science-Fiction action and violence, some sexual content, some adult themes and mild language)

-Where to Watch: Netflix, Hulu, CBSAllAccess, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube ITunes, DVD, BlueRay, and look for the series at your local library

-Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, Gates McFadden, and John de Lancie

-Page of Reference in RPO: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

Please note this review will be updated as I continue to watch through the whole series….

Season 1:

This season is incredibly rough as are many first seasons of Star Trek.  Some episodes are alright while most are okay at best, horrible at worst.  While this is my favorite of the Star Trek series there is much of the first season that is difficult to get through.  From the questionable introduction of Q (usually the Big Bad of a series isn’t introduced in the first episode…and not as what appears to be a throw away character though incredibly charming and quite vexing), to the childish Ferengi, to the various bigger than their britches Starfleet personnel, this season is shaky at best. Save a few important episodes you can basically just skip to Season 2…

Season 2:

Season 3:

Season 4:

Season 5:

Season 6:

Season 7:

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Firefly, created by Joss Whedon: a Television Review

Synopsis:

The year is 2517 and humanity had worn out the old Earth. So they have terriformed hundreds of other Earth like planets. Some, like the inner allied planets, thrive on technology and the protection that comes with being allied together. Others, such as those on the outer edges, are not so lucky.

For those who have the mind, and want the freedom, they will take just about any job. These rogues run anything from supplies to medicine to people to where ever their money will take you.

The crew of the Serenity (a Firefly class space vessel) is one of these such crews. While on Persephone, a planetary port, they pick up several passengers and a large piece of cargo that is to accompany one of the men. When they head out from port things get dicey for both the crew and their passengers when the contents of the package and the type of jobs the Serenity takes on are revealed.

General Information:

-Genre: Space Western or Science-Fiction Western

-Creator: Joss Whedon

-Length: 14 45 minute episodes with the Pilot running 2 hours with commercials (11 ran on FOX in the US during it’s airing from 2002-2003)

-TV Rating: TV-14 (due to nudity, sexual situations and discussions, violence, and references and flashbacks to war)

-Where to watch: DVD, Blue-ray, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, or check your local library for copies!

-Main Cast: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass

-Page of Reference in RPO: 49

Review (contains spoilers):

I have been watching Firefly regularly over the last 15 years and I must say that when I started this project and sat down to re-watch the series it had been a few years since my last viewing. Sad I know.

I forgot just how good the writing was…but only when watched in the correct order (see Firefly, the Forgotten Fandom for more on that).

While watching through the character developments and the story lines all I can return to is how sad it was that this show got cancelled and we never got to know about so many layers of the characters.

Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) is the guy in charge of the whole operation. He’s commanding, commandeering, a bit rough around the edges. A bit of a rogue and has a swashbuckling presence that wouldn’t be out of place in the days of piracy. Which is perfect. Because that is just what he is…a space pirate. Yet, he has a side that is unlike what he shows to the world. One that is loyal and dedicated to his crew.

Zoe Washburn (Gina Torres) is the hard kicking, straight laced sidekick. Joined by her husband, Hoban “Wash” Washburn (Alan Tudyk), these three form the main base of the crew. Zoe was Mal’s right hand during the war where they fought on the side of the rebellion and lost. Wash is the pilot of the Serenity and pulls off some insanely important moves that save the crew many times over. The relationship between the Washburn’s feels so real, so true. They balance each other well through their devotion to each other and their marriage is stunning throughout all the pressure put on it by being on the edge of the law.

Kaywinnet Lee “Kaylee” Frye (Jewel Staite) is by far one of my favorite characters. She is bright eyed, joyful, loving and innocent in so many ways. Yet she always feels authentic in her enthusiasm and her view on the world. She is obsessed with beautiful things but is almost always covered in grime from fixing her beloved Serenity despite what and how many times the Captain puts the ship in danger. Everyone in the crew (minus maybe Jayne) is very protective of and loves Kaylee deeply.

Which brings us to the last official member of the Serenity crew when we join them on Persephone as they pick up new passengers. Jayne Cobb (Alex Baldwin), is a sharp shooting, man’s man which works well for him in the backwater deep west feel of the outer planets. He’s an avid collector of firearms and always has a fist to spare in a bar fight with Mal. A mercenary by trade everyone knows they are always one good price away from him selling them all down the river which makes him authentic in the wild-card, ne’re-do-well, charming rogue sort of way.

Inara Serra (Morena Baccarin) brings some dignity to the crew. She is a registered Companion which is basically a very legal and very respected high-end escort, seductress, sex worker, societal woman, and discreet assassin rolled into one. A 26th-century Giesha if you will. She rents a shuttle on the Serenity and gives the whole outfit a level of class that allows them to dock in places that would otherwise be off limits to the rag-tag band. She has her own secrets that unfold but that we never truly get to hear the climax of because the show was cancelled.

While in Persephone we see the crew pick up a set of new high paying passengers who all accept the risk of travelling under the radar of the Alliance and the danger that travelling the outer planets can entail.

Shepard Derrial Book (Ron Glass) becomes the spiritual leader to the crew in a round about way. He is the moral compass of the crew, whether they like it or not…and it often brings him in conflict with Mal and Jayne. We never find out where he comes from or how he was trained in combat or why he has an extensive knowledge of Alliance criminal proceedings that he occasionally uses to keep everyone safe. His mysterious past is part of his intrigue.

Dr. Simon Tam (Sean Maher) is the most reluctant of the “new” crew members. He boards at the beginning of the show with a large piece of property that he watches the loading of with great concern. We quickly learn that this intelligent, well-mannered and quiet doctor is hiding the biggest secret on the ship. His sister, River Tam (Summer Glau). Seemingly law-abiding and tight-laced Simon snuck into the Academy she was sent to and drags her out, trauma and all. River is all but delusional when she appears…naked and in stasis. She struggles with her grip on reality, has insane fighting skills that seem programmed directly into her brain and some psychic abilities that are never truly explained. They find a tenuous place in the crew where Simon begins to fall in love with Kaylee and River starts to become more stable in the fairly unstable world of Serenity.

What we get out of all of this is ONE singular and beyond promising season of brilliant television. And that is it.

We get more questions than answers even with the follow up movie, Serenity.

This is what we walk away with:

Mal is a jerk and it makes for entertaining film particularly when his pig-headed attitude does things like get himself into a gentleman’s duel (with swords) or dressed up as a lady in his “pretty floral bonnet”. Inara’s depth and profession as a Companion are beyond intriguing. Add in a mysterious vial that we can only deduce later may be a medication of some kind and there are so many levels of intrigue within her character. The banter and budding relationship between the two of them remains one of the most irritating parts of the cancellation of the show. We could have seen so much more from this pair.

Shepard Book’s mysterious past may have been explained as would his need to save as many souls in redemption as he can. The biggest question is what happened to make him repent endlessly till his last breath? Jayne and his insane collection of guns would have made for some entertaining television, especially if we ever saw a time when he may have been offered enough to sell out the crew…and if at that time they were enough of a family to make him reconsider.

And speaking of family! Wash and Zoe and their incredible marriage! Would they have gotten their own boat? Or stayed aboard? Or would they have eventually settled down and started a family of their own?

What about River’s trauma and crazy mind powers? Does she ever recover or is she ever able to move on? And the romance that blossomed between Simon and Kaylee was nothing short of perfection. I wish we could have seen so much more of how their little group and their relationships developed.

Overall, a wonderful and delightful show that ended too soon.

It was followed by a single film to “wrap up” the story which will get a separate review (Serenity Review) with my personal thoughts about the ending.

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

(would be a full 5 if the series hadn’t been messed up by FOX’s airing schedule because we would have gotten MORE!)

Photo from Google… official DVD cover…