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Before the smash hit movie Serenity came Firefly, the cult TV series which started it all and became a DVD phenomenon, selling almost half a million copies. Set 500 years in the future, Firefly centres around Mal Reynolds, captain of the ship-for-hire Serenity and its eclectic crew of galactic misfits. When he takes on two passengers, a young doctor and his mysterious, tel Before the smash hit movie Serenity came Firefly, the cult TV series which started it all and became a DVD phenomenon, selling almost half a million copies. Set 500 years in the future, Firefly centres around Mal Reynolds, captain of the ship-for-hire Serenity and its eclectic crew of galactic misfits. When he takes on two passengers, a young doctor and his mysterious, telepathic sister, he gets much more than he bargained for. This official companion is just what the show¹s fervent fans, the 'Browncoats', have been waiting for, with unseen photos, scripts, behind the scenes secrets, and exclusive input from the cast and crew, including of course creator Joss Whedon.


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Before the smash hit movie Serenity came Firefly, the cult TV series which started it all and became a DVD phenomenon, selling almost half a million copies. Set 500 years in the future, Firefly centres around Mal Reynolds, captain of the ship-for-hire Serenity and its eclectic crew of galactic misfits. When he takes on two passengers, a young doctor and his mysterious, tel Before the smash hit movie Serenity came Firefly, the cult TV series which started it all and became a DVD phenomenon, selling almost half a million copies. Set 500 years in the future, Firefly centres around Mal Reynolds, captain of the ship-for-hire Serenity and its eclectic crew of galactic misfits. When he takes on two passengers, a young doctor and his mysterious, telepathic sister, he gets much more than he bargained for. This official companion is just what the show¹s fervent fans, the 'Browncoats', have been waiting for, with unseen photos, scripts, behind the scenes secrets, and exclusive input from the cast and crew, including of course creator Joss Whedon.

30 review for Firefly: The Official Companion Volume One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Arie

    Really cool being able to read all the scripts, plus the little snippets of information from cast and crew. More information to go with the scripts would have been nice but with Firefly I'll happily take all I can get! Costuming sketches in particular were worth seeing. Really cool being able to read all the scripts, plus the little snippets of information from cast and crew. More information to go with the scripts would have been nice but with Firefly I'll happily take all I can get! Costuming sketches in particular were worth seeing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alexia Nachios

    ain't much left in this world got a price most're willin' to pay, but times come we pay it all the same. ain't much left in this world got a price most're willin' to pay, but times come we pay it all the same.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicky

    The Firefly companions are beautiful, beautiful books. Glossy pages, lots of photographs, bits of art people did to come up with designs... They also contain interviews, essays, and scripts. The first official companion contains the scripts for six episodes: Serenity (the pilot), The Train Job, Bushwhacked, Shindig, Safe, and Our Mrs Reynolds. The scripts are well laid out, and seem to have everything, plus they have little inset bits of information -- Nathan Fillion talking about the first time The Firefly companions are beautiful, beautiful books. Glossy pages, lots of photographs, bits of art people did to come up with designs... They also contain interviews, essays, and scripts. The first official companion contains the scripts for six episodes: Serenity (the pilot), The Train Job, Bushwhacked, Shindig, Safe, and Our Mrs Reynolds. The scripts are well laid out, and seem to have everything, plus they have little inset bits of information -- Nathan Fillion talking about the first time he walked onto the ship as Mal, Morena Baccarin commenting on the most embarrassing things she had to do. Lovely thing for a Browncoat to own!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I’ve read a lot of companions and every one of them is different. I really, really like this one. It’s informative and also really, really pretty. This is basically the shooting scripts of the first seven episodes. If you don’t like reading scripts, this is not the book for you. Of the 175 pages, 129 pages are scripts. I really liked reading these. For one, the book includes the original shooting scripts, so there are scenes in there that have never made it to the screen. Secondly, every script I’ve read a lot of companions and every one of them is different. I really, really like this one. It’s informative and also really, really pretty. This is basically the shooting scripts of the first seven episodes. If you don’t like reading scripts, this is not the book for you. Of the 175 pages, 129 pages are scripts. I really liked reading these. For one, the book includes the original shooting scripts, so there are scenes in there that have never made it to the screen. Secondly, every script is littered with comments from cast and crew about things that happened during filming. If you’re intrigued by the costume and props department, this book is awesome. Most of the non-script pages focus on this aspect of the series, as do quite a lot of the comments on the scripts. There are also one-page interviews with everyone of the main cast and an eight-page interview with Joss Whedon. This companion is definitely worth your time!

  5. 5 out of 5

    john Adams

    ok rather than reading I have been watching this. Two words: SPACE COWBOYS. Its really good, but it's not as good as Buffy. It is sort of like Buffy, but the early seasons, where everything is good but its too episodic and not enough long-term plot developments. Joss should have learned from LOST and given the audience a little more to bit into. As it is, Firefly introduces the weeves and River but they are both really lame and undeveloped, where as in the film they are both really kickass. I've ok rather than reading I have been watching this. Two words: SPACE COWBOYS. Its really good, but it's not as good as Buffy. It is sort of like Buffy, but the early seasons, where everything is good but its too episodic and not enough long-term plot developments. Joss should have learned from LOST and given the audience a little more to bit into. As it is, Firefly introduces the weeves and River but they are both really lame and undeveloped, where as in the film they are both really kickass. I've enjoyed it. I like the universe. But each crime caper needed to be anchored in a-little more long-term story.... but it was cancelled and so it goes down as one of those "we will never know."

  6. 4 out of 5

    VeganMedusa

    I didn't bother reading the scripts, just the tidbits of info about the cast and on-set hijinks. I didn't bother reading the scripts, just the tidbits of info about the cast and on-set hijinks.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Yeah, I'm a sucker for all things Firefly so the five stars probably would only be agreed with by a fellow browncoat fanatic. Still the scripts are fun to read even though I've seen every episode at least a dozen times and the ancillary material was at least new to me. So, yes, I have already ordered Volume 2 (and sadly the last volume) as I am constitutionally incapable, somewhat like a bibliophile version of Malcolm Reynolds, of not finishing what I have started. Yeah, I'm a sucker for all things Firefly so the five stars probably would only be agreed with by a fellow browncoat fanatic. Still the scripts are fun to read even though I've seen every episode at least a dozen times and the ancillary material was at least new to me. So, yes, I have already ordered Volume 2 (and sadly the last volume) as I am constitutionally incapable, somewhat like a bibliophile version of Malcolm Reynolds, of not finishing what I have started.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Johnathon

    Superb collection of the first half of this classic shows screenplays. Not only does this book have them, but also cast & crew interviews, segments one set design & other behind the scenes, and even deleted scenes from the script. While obviously not for those new to the series, for fans of the show, a must read & own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I always love the extra tidbits you find out about your favorite show and what went on behind the scenes. This book has good interviews and such, but a lot of it is just the episode scripts (only half in this book, actually, you have to get volume two for the remainder. While there are some extra lines/scenes that were added or removed, they're few and far between. I could've done without the rehashing what we've seen in the final cuts that aired, and would've enjoyed more just simplifying it to I always love the extra tidbits you find out about your favorite show and what went on behind the scenes. This book has good interviews and such, but a lot of it is just the episode scripts (only half in this book, actually, you have to get volume two for the remainder. While there are some extra lines/scenes that were added or removed, they're few and far between. I could've done without the rehashing what we've seen in the final cuts that aired, and would've enjoyed more just simplifying it to the new material.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Titanguru

    Joss Whedon has a fantastic way with creating believable, human, characters in a believable world, and he has a real flair for funny, memorable, dialogue and one-liners. It's a shame Firefly the TV show was cancelled, as it had all of those elements and more, bt at least you can recreate the enjoyment of the show by reading this book, which includes the scripts from the epsiodes as well as lots of photos. Joss Whedon has a fantastic way with creating believable, human, characters in a believable world, and he has a real flair for funny, memorable, dialogue and one-liners. It's a shame Firefly the TV show was cancelled, as it had all of those elements and more, bt at least you can recreate the enjoyment of the show by reading this book, which includes the scripts from the epsiodes as well as lots of photos.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This book contains the original scripts for the first 6 episodes of Firefly, along with interviews with cast members, guest stars, Joss Whedon, Tim Minear, Jane Espenson, and Shawna Trpcic, amongst others. There are some fun stills taken from the episodes, as well as pictures of sets, props, and costumes, accompanied by the stories of how they were inspired and created. As a HUGE Firefly fan, this was an awesome book to read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexa

    This book is fantastic! A lot of fan books are just a whole lot of a photos without a lot of substance because they know fans like me will buy it anyway. This book is happily an exception. It has everything you can want including interviews with each cast member about their character, interviews with Joss Whedon and original concept art for each character's costume. I really enjoyed reading it and I think it is great addition to any fan's library. This book is fantastic! A lot of fan books are just a whole lot of a photos without a lot of substance because they know fans like me will buy it anyway. This book is happily an exception. It has everything you can want including interviews with each cast member about their character, interviews with Joss Whedon and original concept art for each character's costume. I really enjoyed reading it and I think it is great addition to any fan's library.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A lot of reviews have people complaining that it's mostly scripts from the show - but that's the second thing listed on the back of the book! I think it's great that not only can you read the full script (and finally find out what they're saying in Chinese) but also read scenes that were cut, interviews, commentaries, and even how to build your own replica of some of the props, if you're so inclined. I can't wait to get my hands on volume 2. A lot of reviews have people complaining that it's mostly scripts from the show - but that's the second thing listed on the back of the book! I think it's great that not only can you read the full script (and finally find out what they're saying in Chinese) but also read scenes that were cut, interviews, commentaries, and even how to build your own replica of some of the props, if you're so inclined. I can't wait to get my hands on volume 2.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Max Ostrovsky

    It's fun escapism to come back to the 'verse. The show is gone, the movie is gone, let me have my crack. I love reading the scripts to the shows and interviews and costumes and props...plus, I now know what all the Chinese translates to. It's fun escapism to come back to the 'verse. The show is gone, the movie is gone, let me have my crack. I love reading the scripts to the shows and interviews and costumes and props...plus, I now know what all the Chinese translates to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marisette Burgess

    What a great series. I admire the creativity and talent of Joss Whedon. The uniqueness of the rugged cowboy setting blended with the futuristic surroundings made for a dynamic storyline. His characters, as always, are priceless. Too sad that it was only one season.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Liana

    How I love you, Joss Whedon.... Awesome book, amazing quality, invaluable information. I adore this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Fun, if you liked Firefly (the television series).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wordsmith J

    Pretty enjoyable for those who loved the sadly cancelled show.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Clare Richardson

    I can't even handle so much awesome. SKETCHES OF INARA'S COSTUMES, OKAY. That's all. I can't even handle so much awesome. SKETCHES OF INARA'S COSTUMES, OKAY. That's all.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    OK... just discovered the Firefly series on Netflix and wondered..."could I write that?" so got this book to check out the scripts that are included. It's possible... OK... just discovered the Firefly series on Netflix and wondered..."could I write that?" so got this book to check out the scripts that are included. It's possible...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Forgot to write down when I finished so date is a guess.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    One of my all time favorite series by my all time favorite writer/producer/director!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    I love having access to the scripts for the episodes, and the extras are great!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I love this show. The "inside" stuff is great, but I really loved re-living the episodes. I love this show. The "inside" stuff is great, but I really loved re-living the episodes.

  25. 5 out of 5

    William Herbst

    Well made visual companion book with scripts, pictures and some decent essays.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    Great show. Good book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarai

    Okay seriously if you want to know even more about this show this is the book for you!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    A must read for any Firefly fan. Loved the small details and anecdotes. Script reading not my thing.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Denise Junker

    Enjoyed the character articles and comment boxes throughout. More than anything, the Chinese translations.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    Actual Rating: 5 Stars

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