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The show is set in the year 2517, following the depletion of Earth's resources and an expansion of the human race into the frontier of outer space. The show takes its name from the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity that the central characters call home; the ship's tail section lights up during acceleration, causing it to resemble a firefly. Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is a veteran of the Unification War: a war of resistance against the Alliance, an organization that attempted to achieve the unification of all of the colonized planets under a single government. A central core of planets is under Alliance control; settlers and refugees in the farther reaches enjoy relative freedom from the long arm of the government, while lacking many of the amenities of a high-tech civilization. Mal now owns Serenity, making cargo runs and performing various other tasks — legal or otherwise — to scrape together a way of life for himself and his crew.
Featuring a blend of elements from the space opera and western genres, the show depicts mankind's future in a way that is uncharacteristic of many contemporary science fiction programs. Unlike most traditional space operas, there are no alien creatures or space battles. Some fans have compared the show to Outlaw Star in its style and execution (and certain story content and plot devices) with a setting similar to Trigun. Firefly takes place in a multi-cultural future, where the divide between the rich and poor is great. Chinese is a common second language for many people; it is used in advertisements, and characters in the show frequently use Chinese words and curses. According to the DVD commentary on the episode Serenity, this could be explained by the emergence of two dominant governments: China and the United States. This is supported by close examination of large labels on the crates from the episode "Train Job", where crates of Alliance goods are marked with a Chinese flag superimposed over a United States flag.
The dialogue and interplay between characters is central to the plot of the program, resulting in a story that is alternately serious and humorous. The show's visual style also differs from contemporary shows in that camera shots are often handheld, with deliberately misframed or out-of-focus subjects, in an attempt to give scenes an immersive and immediate feeling; computer-generated scenes mimic the motion of a handheld camera. Action taking place in outer space realistically lacks sound effects, an approach that stands in contrast to more popular science fiction shows such as the Star Trek spin-offs.
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|Last Airing||Dec 20, 2002|
|Premiere||September 20, 2002|
|Format/Time||Color / 60 Minutes|
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Morena Baccarin.... Inara Serra
Jewel Staite.... Kaywinnit Lee "Kaylee" Frye
Summer Glau.... River Tam
Ron Glass.... Book
Adam Baldwin.... Jayne Cobb
Nathan Fillion.... Malcolm Reynolds
Sean Maher.... Simon Tam
Gina Torres.... Zoe
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