Greatest Series Finales: Firefly’s “Objects in Space” waxes philosophic and explores River Tam’s place on Serenity

River Tam (Summer Glau) is the last character introduced in the Firefly pilot, but she is the first character who appears in “Objects in Space”. Up to this point (with the exception of gunning down three baddies with her eyes closed in), River has been comic relief and a human MacGuffin for plot purposes. If Simon hadn’t rescued her, he wouldn’t have joined Serenity, and there would be no overarching story for Firefly. However, “Objects in Space” shows how important River is to the crew of Serenity and the show as a whole.

Joss Whedon’s modernized ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ a delight

Spending two hours in the world of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing inspires envy in his seemingly palatial abode, as well as delight at his effortless, carefree adaptation of an equally effortless and carefree Shakespearean comedy. There’s mistaken identity, slapstick, swooning romance, and giddy farce, as you would expect from any revival, modern or otherwise.

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Greatest TV Pilots: Firefly/Serenity

Determining which episode of Joss Whedon’s Firefly is the actual pilot may be a sticking point for many. The two-hour pilot “Serenity” was intended as the pilot, but Fox executives rejected it and used the series’ second episode “The Train Job” as the network pilot.

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