Firefly episodes ranked best to worst


The science fiction TV series Firefly, well known for its loyal-to-fanatic following among fans and for its early cancellation after a single season, has few enough episodes that it’s easy to watch and rewatch them all and to analyse and compare them individually. What follows is my very subjective opinion on ranking the episodes, from favourite to least favourite. I’ve kept it spoiler free so that anyone can read it (even though the people interested in this would probably have watched all the episodes anyway, and this is not a viewing order recommendation for first-time watchers).

This list does not consider Serenity – either of them. The first episode “Serenity”, and the 2005 film Serenity, bookend the whole series: they couldn’t go anywhere else than the beginning and the end (cough cough, “The Train Job” isn’t the first episode, you hear?), and their style is different from the other episodes, not just a continuation or a one-job episode, but respectively an introduction and a conclusion of sorts.

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Prey (2022) – In 100 words or less Spoiler Free

Prey 2022

Pretty decent. I like the differences in Predator tech as opposed to other movies. Acting and characters are pretty good. A little on the predictable side. I would say the second best Predator movie to date. Unlike Predator 2. However if you were to watch the first movie and then Prey you’d likely notice a lot of commonality. 

It’s Time to Give Star Trek: The Motion Picture Another Look 

Star Trek: The Motion Picture The Director's Edition Updated & Improved 4K Ultra HD

For more than a few Star Trek fans, the first cinematic outing featuring the crew of the Starship Enterprise is something they would rather forget. Star Trek: The Motion Picture is an outcast of the Trek family. Many prefer to pretend it doesn’t even exist and consider Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan as the true beginning of the film franchise. 

The recent release of the remastered “Director’s Edition” of the film in 4K UHD on Paramount+ provides an opportunity to revisit this venture. While it has not been magically transformed into an all-time masterpiece, it no longer deserves to be jettisoned into the wormhole of irrelevance. 

To fully appreciate the film, one must understand the context surrounding it – the rocky road to getting it made and how it paved the way for future installments on both the big and small screens. The drama behind the scenes more than matched what was shown on the screen when the movie premiered just ahead of Christmas 1979.  

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

When the manic Dr Robotnik returns to Earth with a new ally, Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic and his new friend Tails is all that stands in their way. – IMDB’s description

This movie is better than I expected. Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) has some pretty clever and funny lines throughout the movie. The nostalgia factor for a person who grew up in the 90s playing the Sonic games (a.k.a. me) is there. The introduction of two new characters Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) and Knuckles (Idris Elba) works well. I am a little surprised they didn’t only introduce Tails, and then Knuckles in a third movie (as was the case with the original games), but I suppose writers gonna write. Given the box office performance of ~$400M my assumption is a third Sonic movie will be coming in the next few years. And a quick search reveals that yes Paramount has already confirmed a third movie is slated and that a Knuckles tv series with Elba will be coming in 2023. So the Sonic franchise is finally getting the successful movies they wanted way back in the 90s (Console Wars). Probably better that is happening now or we might have ended up with another Super Mario Bros. (1993). 

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