Do you remember the first time you saw firefly?

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Monday, January 26, 2004 9:56 AM


Do you remember the first time you saw firefly? I remember seeing the trailers, and the voice over dude is introducing the crew and he says, "the piolet" and wash is on and he goes, "Who's flying this thing? Oh right, that would be me." That just sucked me in.
So i saw train job, (and i really thought i was missing something because river didn't come poping out of the box...), and i fell in love, and i watched semi-dedicatedly (meaning i watched as much as i can, but i didn't tape it if i was going to miss an episode or anything). Then it got canceled and that wasn't cool, but i didn't much think about it until my dad bought the DVD's for me for christmas.

I was sick over christmas and our house was full of people but i locked myself in my room, and spent two days watching every episode. The show was so much more amazing to me unbroken by comercials and being able to see them all in order right after each other. I just got this warm fuzzy feeling, and this incredible anger at fox. I love this show..keep it flying!

"Oh my god it's grotesqe! and here's a thing in a jar."


Monday, January 26, 2004 10:02 AM


I had heard that Joss was doing a new space western series. I had just come of of watching Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, and Trigun, so I was looking forward to a live action space western. Then I saw a promo for it and none other than Nathan Fillion was gonna be the captain. I was hooked. He was my favorite character from 2 guys and a girl. I was angry when the show was cancelled. But then Mal shows up on Buffy and that helped a little.

Satan is a little man.


Monday, January 26, 2004 10:07 AM


Yup. September 20th, 2002. Sat down and watched The Train Job. I was totally snared when the "Darn-Kick-Foom" scene happened. Didn't miss a single ep.

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Monday, January 26, 2004 10:39 AM


Well, I live in Denmark, so I hadn't heard a peep about Firefly (haven't been following his other shows; Buffy put me off with the teeny storylines and ghastly monster costumes when I first saw it, Angel being a Buffy spinoff got the same treatment from me). One day on the BBS a regular poster raved on about a show called Firefly and the latest episode, called "Our Mrs. Reynolds". The show sounded interesting, with rich, developing characters, snappy dialogue, and an interesting premise.
So I turned on my trusty old WinMX and began looking for Firefly and found a couple of episodes, among them the pilot Serenity. I downloaded the pilot to check it out and was at first extremely disappointed. It looked like it had been filmed with a videocam in a small showroom (and propably was). I didn't know that this was the original unaired pilot, so I was tempted to just turn it off. Am I glad I didn't! There are propably not that many people who were able to see the real pilot episode first before the DVD set was released, and thus being able to get what the hell was going on in the first few episodes.
I wasn't really following what was going on with Firefly at that time. Being the great show it was, I just assumed I'd be able to download my new episodes every couple of weeks until it someday would come out here like Buffy and Angel before it. Man was I disappointed when I heard the show had been cancelled.
Good thing I got the DVD sets to carry me over until the show comes back. I'm sure it will.
Just looking at the Amazon sales rank shows taht this thing is HOT.


Monday, January 26, 2004 11:22 AM


I saw the first episode "The Train Job" when it first aired. A former Buffy fan, I just had to see what else was in the imagination of JW. I liked it, but really wasn't too impressed. My sister, who I had told to watch it too, was like "okay..." But I tuned in as much as I could, and we were both loving it by the time it was cancelled.

I was in shock when I first heard the theme song. To this day, I will tolerate it if I'm in the right mood.


Monday, January 26, 2004 11:32 AM


I remember seeing the promos on Fox during the summer and found myself drooling from what little I'd seen. I was there since the first ep was broadcast. I admit to being quite distressed at the first couple of scenes but found myself being drawn in quite well by mid-show :) Through the many pre-empts, I found myself coming to despise sports of all kinds and even came to wonder if I was watching the same Fox network that gave us shows like The Simpsons and The X-Files or if I was watching just another major broadcast network.

If you can survive death, you can probably survive almost anything.


Monday, January 26, 2004 11:40 AM


You know what? I don't remember what the first episode I saw was. I have a hunch it might have been War Stories, because that is one of Succatash's favorites and he was trying to get me hooked on the show... so he prolly showed me that one first.
It sucks actually that I can't remmeber. I wish that I had seen them in chronological order.
I do remember the first time I heard the word Firefly associated with a TV show though. I was at home and Succatash called me to try to get me interested in watching the show. He was like "it's so cool. It's a western... in space, but so much better than just that. Oh dude!" Or something to that effect.
Unfortunately, we had a miscommunication about the channel that it was on or the time or something ridiculous like that, and I ended up watching a show called birds of prey. I thought to myself, this isn't a space western. This is a wierd batgirl spinoff. I watched birds of prey for the first segment, then turned it off thinking firefly's wierd.
So, I never saw it. I missed the only U.S. run of Firefly due to a technicality.

Inara: Who's winning?
Simon: I can't really tell, they don't seem to be playing by any civilized rules that I know.


Monday, January 26, 2004 11:59 AM


I saw the first aired episode or the Train Job when it first aired here in America Fall of 2002.

I saw a segment on the FOX Report with Shepard Smith about Firefly and at the time caught my eye and I thought it looked good. But the real reason why I watched it was because I was waiting for John Doe to come on and nothing else was on tv so I watched Firefly. From that point I was hooked but when it was canceled in December I thought that was the last I would hear of it. Lo and behold, I was really bored one night last November and came across this site and saw that they were releasing Firefly on DVD. I immediately preordered my copy and here I am now awaiting news of the movie.

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Monday, January 26, 2004 12:01 PM


By the time I got to see even word one of Firefly, it was already "resting" (not dead just...). I read about it, and having watched Buffy and Angel figured there was a chance it might be passable.

Read a number of reviews, but did my level best to avoid spoilers on the basis that I assumed the DVD would come out or it might be bought by a UK channel. In the end, I picked up a copy when I was over in the States, brought it back and watched the episodes over a period of two or three days, then rewatched those with commentary.

Now I find myself stumbling back into fandom in a way that I haven't been since the end of B5. Shame that there isn't really anything out there to transfer my interest to (Dead Like Me intrigues me, whenever that might make the TV here).

"I threw up on your bed"


Monday, January 26, 2004 12:03 PM


I am lucky enough to have the coolest boss in the entire world. Over the course of the past 4 years, he's gotten me hooked on many things, including Buffy and Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan novels.

He also handed me, at the end of last school year, a taped copy of 'Serenity.' I'd heard about Firefly here and there, being a fan of Buffy and Angel, but I'd never seen it. On the first watch, I loved it. I wasn't addicted, persay, but I really enjoyed it, though it had a lot of potential. So I started downloading. I went home for the summer and forgot that I'd downloaded anything. So there they sat, the first 3 or 4 episodes, on my harddrive, just waiting for the day I was bored.

That day came in September, when I came back to school.. and I watched them all, despite trying to ration myself. I found myself with a Firefly lack, and no DSL, and no way to get the rest of the episodes. It was a painful experience, and the instant that I was hooked up with DSL again, in late October, I promptly downloaded, watched, fell in love.

Now my pretty DVDs are being used to hook others, likewise. ;) Firefly just gets better every time I watch it.


Monday, January 26, 2004 12:56 PM


America loves a winner!

I saw the promos and thought, " huh...that looks a bit different", but didn't think too much about it. I casaully watched the 1st episode, but thanks to Fox for not airing the pilot first, it didnt 'catch' me. I was getting into watching John Doe, to be honest, and since Firefly came on before 'Doe', I would catch bits and pieces w/ out watching too terribly close. Not till 'Our Mrs Reynolds' did I finally clue and think... " Whoah now...this is more than kinda cool .. ITS DAMN GOOD! "

When I heard rumors that both Doe AND Firefly were being canned, I thought someone was joking...being sarcastic and all. No way could these damn good new shows suddenly be TAKEN off the made no sense. Then it hit me....we're dealing w/ TV execs who can't think past their..( expletive deleted ) ok..I won't go there. But as for the fine folks who took our Firefly off the air...

Fox t.v execs


Monday, January 26, 2004 12:59 PM


When I heard Joss Whedon was doing a sci-fi western, I have to admit it didn't sound terribly exciting to me. When I heard Nathan Fillion was the lead, I thought that sucked, because he was my least favorite character on 2 Guys & a Girl. When I heard Gina Torres was going to be on the show, I didn't think I'd like it because I didn't like her on Alias. But, since it was Joss Whedon, I still watched the Fox series premiere (The Train Job). And still, for the first 40 minutes or so, I wasn't sure I was going to like it or even watch again...

But luckily, the ending to The Train Job hooked me, every episode after that was better than the previous one, and around the time War Stories was shown (maybe before), I'd decided that Firefly was the best television series of all time.


Monday, January 26, 2004 1:17 PM



Originally posted by Okkay:
When I heard Joss Whedon was doing a sci-fi western, I have to admit it didn't sound terribly exciting to me.

You and I are hard nuts to crack, but still helpless against the sledgehammer that is Firefly.

I've said this before: My first episode was the premier of The Train Job. It managed to keep my attention, and seeing Crow go through the engine clinched it.


Monday, January 26, 2004 1:31 PM


My fiance and I were on vacation in VA. I had just finished watching "Glitter" because I was too lazy to change the channel.

Suddenly, he says, "Isn't that new Joss Whedon show on tonight?" Being pretty hardcore Buffy fans, we gave it a shot.

The rest, as they say is history.........

***Never judge a book by its movie***


Monday, January 26, 2004 1:33 PM


Saw the promos, was intrigued with the "How's business?" "None of yours." line. And the girl in the box.

Watched The Train Job, and what got me interested, curiously enough, was the theme song. The only other times music sucked me into something were the first time I heard the Raider's March in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Team Banzai March from the opening of Buckaroo Banzai (what was my username here again? )

And then came the scene when Mal kicked the guy into the engine. I was floored. I thought stuff like that only happened in the role playing games I played back in high school/college!

Afterwards I thought, okay, not bad, I'll probably try to catch this next time. By the time Out of Gas premiered, I was totally hooked.


Monday, January 26, 2004 1:40 PM


I was a big Buffy/Angel fan and when I heard Joss was making a sci-fi show I was VERY excited. I managed to avoid seeing any promos so I could see it totally "spoiler free," I didn't even know about the western aspect. Then I had a wonderful accident...I wanted to be able to watch the first show on videotape, but I blew it and didn't get it recorded. The reason this is wonderful is because I immediately turned to Kazaalite and proceeded to download anything that said Firefly and I managed to download the unaired "Serenity" and watched it first. I was hooked from the start, and Firefly continues to be a HUGE part of my life.

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Monday, January 26, 2004 1:51 PM



Longtime lurker, first time post-er.

Ah, the first time I saw Firefly...I read about it in the NYTimes (magazine, as I recall) and thought I'd give it a try. Alas! I tuned in late, and missed the teaser and the intro, but I saw the rest of The Train Job, and I was hooked. I saw and taped every episode, and found myself re-watching them several times every weekend, until the end. So sad.

However, now I have the pleasure of watching and re-watching the the DVDs! And I have--just about every week. It has become my "comfort video."

Cheers all!


Monday, January 26, 2004 2:01 PM


I think in a way I was fortunate in that I saw Firefly for the first time on DVD. So Serenity was the first episode I saw which I believe was the way it was intended.

however it makes the loss of the series even harder


Monday, January 26, 2004 3:35 PM


I watched and loved Buffy and Angel so when I heard Joss was going to do 3 jobs at once I was at first worried that he was being spread too thin. But loving the worlds he'd already created I was excited to see what he would do outside the Buffy/Angel verse.

I was in the midst of preplanning for being on the road for a month taping a rock band for a documentary but took the time to watch the first episode. Loved it. Watched the next couple of episodes then hit the road. Figured I'd catch the ones I missed in reruns when I got back to a regular schedule. But by the time that happened, the news had hit that it was leaving the air.

Yay for the dvds...and for a couple of down days where I could do nothing but watch episode after episode, then again with the commentaries, then again just for fun!!!

And here I am trying to find ways to make sure the project continues. Tooooooo good to let it go! And the more I discover about the crew and the cast and the fans, the more I want to see this thing get HUGE and shame FOX as they should be shamed! The best revenge is huge success, and money paid to their competition for having the faith! And I'll do everything I can to convert as many folks as possible to help make that happen!


Monday, January 26, 2004 4:04 PM


Not much. I didn't see any whole episodes, besides Ariel and Objects in Space. But I do remember River shooting the three men in War Stories.

"Freedom is the Freedom to say that 2+2 makes 4. If that is granted, all else follws"-Winston, 1984
Keep flyin', and remember, THEY can't take the sky from US!


Monday, January 26, 2004 4:36 PM



Originally posted by Emu:
I think in a way I was fortunate in that I saw Firefly for the first time on DVD. So Serenity was the first episode I saw which I believe was the way it was intended.

This was the same way it happened with me ...

A few months ago I read about this show called Firefly was being released on DVD on an internet forum ... I read what the people were saying ... great show coming to DVD and a few other comments along those lines ... but didn't check deeper than that ... the title and info stuck in my brain and I went on my merry way.

When Xmas rolled around I found myself buying the series on DVD more or less on a whim ... and when I got around to watching the episodes I found the series interesting to say the least.

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out. (Alfred Hitchcock)


Monday, January 26, 2004 4:54 PM


The first episode I saw was The Train Job. I had seen the previews from watching something else on Fox, probably Futurama or The Simpsons, and thought it looked interesting. I almost didn’t watch it though, because it was on Fox, and anything I like on Fox (Futurama, Family Guy, Dark Angel, The Lone Gunmen) ends up cancelled. So actually hoping it wasn’t any good I caught the first episode, thinking the whole time that I missed the pilot the previous week. I liked it, it was good, and worth catching a few more episodes of.

The scene in Bushwhacked were Wash was describing Zoe had me laughing so hard I couldn’t help but keep watching, and by then I had a few friends watching it to. I had it bad, (must have been the space bugs) I moved over Thanksgiving, and didn’t have cable when War Stories aired, and with terrible reception, I watched it anyways. BTW, it was almost as good without seeing half the episode.

You are
What you do
When it counts
-The Masao


Monday, January 26, 2004 5:21 PM


Caught bits and pieces of the Train Job premiere, figured from all the subsequent online reviews and discussion (which were unanimous on only one thing, the henchman-kicking scene being a riot) that it was nothing special, and more or less forgot about 'that other ME show' until Space started airing the reruns last fall.

Starting at the beginning made a difference, to say the least. I remember thinking after Out of Gas, "Gee, too bad there's no way they'll reach that level again in the remaining eps." Heh. By War Stories I'd reached whatever the stage beyond addiction is. When the DVDs came out, I threw this together -- -- linked it to the relevant Amazon page, and kept it on the front page of my site for a month. And now... well, here I am.

Sliders: Gate Haven -


Monday, January 26, 2004 5:25 PM


The first time was this past weekend - and yes, I am forever hooked! I have been a fan(atic) of Buffy and Angel from the very beginning of those series. Joss is pure genius when it comes to creative, interesting story lines with a good dose of humor thrown in. I'd had every intention of watching Firefly when I first saw the trailer but somehow missed out on the first few episodes. Didn't want to jump in mid-season, so waited it out and then missed it! I read somewhere that the series on DVD was selling like crazy. I had to see for myself and it was well worth the investment. I've not finished watching yet, but am more than half-way through. How could any network have cancelled such a wonderful show? This series should have been given the chance to build a larger fan base; talk of a feature film is right on the money! Go Joss!! Count me in as the newest and most excited Firefly fan!



Tuesday, January 27, 2004 8:56 AM


A friend was very into it, but being at university I could barely keep up with Angel, let alone start a new show on top of that. When I heard that it was going to be starting on the Space Channel (and I happened to have nothing to do that night) I sat down to watch it. Here in Canada they showed Serenity first, and it just wasn't the right time yet for myself and Firefly. All I could see was Caleb and Jasmine in space, probably up to no good. I turned it off after they escaped from the Alliance cruiser with the 'cry-baby'. Weeks and weeks later, probably my next night with nothing to do, I was watching Stargate and then Firefly came on after. I figured that I had nothing to loose, it was late and I wasn't tired, so I stayed to watch. Ariel *sigh* (to this day its still my favourite episode). When it was over I was kicking myself for missing all the episodes before this one and so incredibly excited about how great the show was. I watched everything from there on, and when I got the DVD's for my birthday, I watched the first two cd's in one sitting. It was bliss. Devoted fan since Ariel, obsessed fan since the DVD's.

Those who restrain desire, do so because thiers is weak enough to be restrained.
-William Blake

O my Lord! bestow wisdom on me, and join me with the righteous.
-Qur'an [26:83]


Tuesday, January 27, 2004 9:32 AM


May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.

I remember seeing the commercials on Fox and thinking "Eh. Looks like it might be kind of cool". Didn't know what to make about "a man named Jayne" part, but it made me kind of smile. I do remember getting a bit annoyed w/ the flashing banners at the top of my Yahoo page everytime I checked my email. LOL

I tuned in for "Train Job" about 5 minutes into the show, and watched it all the way through. I remember feeling lost, as I had no idea who these people were, why they were together, or why they were doing what they were doing. The references to past events were lost on me, and the significance of the Alliance and Mal & Zoe's dislike of them seemed odd.

All in all, I liked it. I felt like I was missing something, but at that point I did not know that "Train Job" was not the pilot.

Looking back now, I can safely say that Fox screwed the show from the word go, and I hope they burn in a special hell for it.

"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."


Tuesday, January 27, 2004 9:38 AM


Well, I've been a Buffy fan since the beginning, so when I heard that Joss was doing a new show, needless to say, I was interested. Then I learned that Nathan Fillion was in it, and as I was also a fan of "Two Guys and a Girl," I was even more excited. I then saw "The Train Job," and wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Still, it's Joss, so I kept watching. Then, "Out of Gas" came along, blew my brains all over the wall, and that was that. If only they showed "Serentity" first, my grey matter would have messed up the room earlier.

It's sickening how comforting the privacy of the mind can be.
"Bible's broken; contradictions, false logistics. Doesn't make sense." - River


Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:20 AM


I saw it the first time it aired in the US.

I missed the first two or three minutes of the train job and figured I missed the whole part about why Simon and River were on Serenity. It drove me nuts for weeks. I went on to tape The Train Job and later John Doe and I remember the first thing I said about it later that first Friday evening, (I blame it on temporary insanity) “Well, John Doe looks amazing! You have to watch it!… euh, Firefly has potential.”

Weeks later when I missed Shindig I cried and when Ariel aired I was literally jumping up and down with excitement.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.


Tuesday, January 27, 2004 12:22 PM


In the months before "The Train Job" premiered I saw tons of TV and Radio promos for the show. My dad and me decide to tape the show. So we rush home at 7:00 PM (of course a FF promo is on the radio) rush in and get ready to tape it. At 8:00 I press the Record button.

When I heard Jayne say "Nice move dumb ass!" I know this guy was going to be a cool character.

Then Jayne gave his chain of command speech I knew I was going to watch this as much as I can.

Then I see Crow brought in front of the turbine and I'm thinking well there going to let this guy go and he’s going to come back and cause them trouble well... at that point I was on my back busting a gut!

For the next week I kept watching my tape of the Train Job. And when I discovered my Second FF tape (The ep was when Mal and Wash are with Niska) taped badly we went out and purchased a BRAND NEW VCR/DVD player to make sure it tape perfectly next time!


Wednesday, January 28, 2004 2:20 PM


I found firefly through the Battlestar Galactica forums.

2 days downloading off Bittorrent and I found myself watching serenity at 11:00pm on 7th Jan.

I really enjoyed the pilot but knew it was special (as mentioned by others) the moment "Krow" was munched by Serenity... :)

I ended up watching the first four episodes that night even though I was shattered the next day. (but it was totally worth it.)

Two copies of Firefly are on order and I'm forcing all my mates to watch at least one episode while over here. I've now converted 7 who had never even heard of it...

This is a special show and reminds me of how the movie Shawshank Redemption crept around via word-of-mouth.

Top Three:

1. Out of Gas
2. Ariel
3. War Stories

“It's about believing in something, and letting that belief be real enough to change your life”


Wednesday, January 28, 2004 7:39 PM


I must admit, it wasn't until Our Mrs. Reynolds that I was talked into watching the show and I was instantly a fan.... it became the Friday night thing, until the surprise night that we sat down to watch and it was not Firefly... some stupid car/cop show had replaced it... but I will never forget the show.

You look better in red.


Wednesday, January 28, 2004 8:05 PM


I think it was our mrs reynolds that clinched it for me I only caught a few shows when it was run on sci-fi channel in the uk. The first full ep I saw was train job which I enjoyed but I wasnt really addicted. Then I got sick over christmas and had shindig, our mrs reynolds and trash to make me better and they did then I went home bought the dvd and spent most of the time since persuading other people to watch.

On a bit of a thread diversion if you could only show someone one ep in order to convert them which would show. I think Id go for for shindig or our mrs reynolds.






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