Firefly

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    The only tv series that ever made me give a shit about a tv series...
     
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    I like the series. I only discovered it after it was gone though.
     
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    Sadly, I was there in the beginning. Discovered it accidentally on the night of its premiere. I'd given up on TV at that point, and Firefly made me reconsider the possibilities of the medium. But they turned out to be impossibilities after all. It was too good to survive.
     
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    Firefly / Serenity were good but they suffered from plausibility problems e.g. a single solar system with a whole bunch of habitable Earth-like planets in a concentric orbital arrangement; the term galaxy being used to describe a solar system etc.
     
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    Yeah. He was trying to avoid the whole FTL schtick. Didn't make a lot sense from an astrophysics standpoint.

    But that never bothered me much because it was so much more plausible than other Sci-Fi (especially TV sci-fi) regarding the characters and stories. That's what appealed to me anyway. It was a bout real people facing 'real' (if not entirely scientifically accurate) challenges. One of the things I get tired of with most sci-fi is that the characters are almost always the center of some epic quest to save the universe from ultimate evil or somesuch. Firefly was about relatively ordinary people struggling to get by.

    I do have to give technical nods for little bits of realism that did add to the feel of the stories (no sound in space, no FTL, the way fire on board the ship was dealt with). Not sure those bits were entirely scientifically correct either, but they gave the eps a more personal, you-are-there feel.
     
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    Strangely enough, most of the planets were actually moons of a single planet in the habitable zone, nothing that is impossible under the understanding of solar systems at the time. It is even less likely to be a problem now that we have discovered that gas giants and giant rocky planets can actually exist in the habitable zone of their planets.
     
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    I’m sure there was a diagram shown early in Serenity which shows them as planets in a solar system with orbits as concentric circles around the sun. Am I mistaken?
     
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    This diagram?



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    You tell me.
     
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    did you just copy paste that from Wikipedia? did you happen to notice the topic being discussed by the other posters in the thread op especially? are you aware of the television series titled Firefly? or similarly the movie that was titled Serenity?

    my favorite movie of all time, watched it more times then i could count,

    unfortunately i have not seen any of the tv series yet, is it very similar? what are some of the biggest differences?
     
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    Ahh!!

    Some of us like the series even better. It's more focused on the character development, and less 'action-adventure' - though there's still plenty of that. The stories are more mundane, focusing on the day-to-day challenges of a tramp freighter crew. More 'struggling to get by' and somewhat less 'saving the galaxy from epic evil'.

    It's great stuff. I highly recommend you watch. :)
     
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