I miss Firefly.
Even after all these years, there’s still that twinge of loss at imagining what could have been with that show, had the network aired the series in order, or given us a full season order. I’m not alone in wishing the network had let things be and aired the original pilot, instead of the quickly pieced together “Train Job” episode. That original pilot, when it finally aired after the series had been cancelled, it answered every single nagging question that had been bugging me about the characters during every episode I’d been watching since the series debuted.
My rage at the time of losing such a promising show was such that I enacted a personal boycott of Fox TV. I stopped watching 24, which was only in the middle of Season 2, and I even stopped watching baseball games on Fox for at least 5 years (and you know how much I love baseball).
Yes, we’ve had a feature film and a few graphic novels, but it doesn’t quite make up for the disappointment of not having the series stay on the air a little while longer.
Fast forward to 2015, and Syfy Channel is in the middle of a science fiction renaissance, putting more and more good scifi originals and adaptations on air for us to enjoy, and Killjoys was one of the new ones for that television season.
I was hooked before the first episode finished, and by the end of episode 4, “Vessel”, I’d begun to joke that in Killjoys I’d found my new Firefly… but it wasn’t until well after Season 1 had finished airing and I’d begun to really think about the show that I realized my running joke was more true than I had imagined at the time.
For me, Killjoys is the new Firefly.
This is how I see it…
Dutch is part Zoe, part River. Warrior, assassin, weapon. Practical, expedient, but still fiercely loyal, making her entirely dangerous and completely in charge.
Johnny is part Wash, part Kaylee. Technical genius, piloting genius, and a consummate wiseass who manages to stay upbeat as well as unflinchingly protective and loyal. The care, concern and respect Johnny shows Lucy is very much in line with how both Wash and Kaylee regarded Serenity, as a home and a friend, not just a ship.
D’avin is part Jayne, part Mal. He’s the loyal soldier, but he also walked away because he’d seen and done too much. He’s found the RAC, giving him a purpose, but what he truly believes in is his team, his family. He trusts that they will always get the job done together and that along the way they’ll have his back, and he’d die to cover theirs. This belief allows him a foundation from which to find his own ways to atone for the past. It’s just one part of his journey to find something new to fight for.
Lucy is Serenity. Even though the team calls Westerley home, Old Town specifically, but they truly do live their lives on and around Lucy.
The Company is the Blue Sun Corporation. Company scientists conducting secret (and illegal) experiments on members of the Army and on civilians on Westerley, and covering up incidents and accidents that could reflect poorly on the Company’s public image.
The Nine are The Alliance. They run the Company, control the military, control the lives of the people on Westerley and Leith, even to the point of using force against the citizens of Westerley, who are the sole source of the worker class they need to churn through the work that the Company uses to create revenue for the owner class of the Nine Families on Qresh.
There are some parallels with other characters, but not quite as strong, and I could be convinced otherwise by a good argument: Alvis could be Book, but his history comes from being a miner rather than a former soldier/Operative; Bellus could be akin to Badger, since she fields the warrants that the team takes on, but she also covers them when they skirt a little too close to the line, something Badger never would have done for the crew of the Serenity.
It could also be theorized that the RAC is akin to the Browncoats, given that they are fighting a battle where they are outnumbered and technologically outgunned, but they’re up against an enemy that lives in their own house.
Killjoys is my new Firefly, and as we follow the story, it becomes more than that. We now have a Season 2 to enjoy and a Season 3 to anticipate, something Firefly never had a chance to achieve. I just hope that any future home video releases have commentaries and extras, because the Season 1 Blu-ray is disappointingly sparse in that area… meaning they don’t exist at all.