Firefly was a sci-fi/drama created by Joss Whedon in 2002, and is often seen as one of the most popular sci-fi show of all time. It centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his ragtag crew as they travel space in a 'Firefly' class spaceship called Serenity. Over the course of the series, the nine characters living on Serenity run into various troubles whilst going about their relatively illegal business. However, the show only had fifteen episodes before being discontinued, and later had a film, Serenity. So why do fans still love the show so much?
1. Great Character Development.
The show certainly had a charisma to it. Each of the characters are lovable in their own way and have distinct personalities that make for interesting plots and scenes. A personal favourite of mine was the boisterous Kaylee, the ship's engineer, who seemed out of place among the gritty space bandits. However, even her character seems to have a place on the show, and brings a unique sense of humour to any scene.
2. We were left wanting more.
The show might be so popular because of the way it was- or rather, wasn't- wrapped up. At the end of season one, we were all hoping for another season to continue the story and develop the characters further- personally, I was just waiting for Mal and Inara to get together. Whilst the 2005 film provided some closure for fans, we all want more episodes.
3. Nathan Fillion, obviously.
Captain Reynolds ('Mal'), is still considered to be one of Joss Whedon's best characters, and is the role that Nathan Fillion is most famous for. Mal was a funny character, and he worked well with all the others. His sense of morality and honour were a driving point for the show and often provided plot twists in the episodes. His morality and honour were strong themes throughout the show and the film, and were possibly the biggest take-away for fans.
4. Chemistry between the cast.
The main story of the show revolves around the crew stealing to get by, and two of the characters, River and Simon, who are on the run. River is a genius who was experimented on, and Simon her protective brother. River's estranged behavior and strange ways make for funny conversations and interesting plot developments.
5. Unity and friendship between the crew.
The crew of Serenity represent a certain unity and friendship that makes the fans come back for the film. Although each character is very different from the others, they all work together and become very close so that they're almost a family.
If you haven't watched Firefly, then perhaps you don't understand why it can have such a big fanbase with only fifteen episodes and one film. Something about the show just makes it amazing and lovable to the fans.