Friday, October 12, 2007

Review: Firefly, Old Wounds

Aah, Firefly. Amazing show, tragic cancellation, grrr Fox!

Ok, now that's out of the way, let's discuss the audio drama Firefly: Old Wounds. This drama takes place between the TV series and the film Serenity, and involves all the main characters from the TV series plus two new main characters. It was produced by sonic cinema and has six episodes, each of which also has interviews with the actors and writers.

I've been intending to review this show for ages but wanted to re-listen to it first so have only now got around to it. Now I should admit that I'm a HUGE Firefly fan, but putting that aside I still think this is an amazing production. Having 11 main characters could be very difficult for the listener, but the writers and actors do a great job in capturing the different characters voices, idioms and speech patterns which helps a lot. (If you haven't seen the TV show though it might be difficult to follow the different characters - in which case you should go and watch it!) The sound production is also good (though some of Jayne's lines are rather muffled) and there's some interesting plot lines. Firefly is a show which should adapt well to audio since it is very character and dialogue driven, and the writers do a great job at capturing the atmosphere and dialogue of the original. My one quibble is that I'd have preferred one less additional character in order to have more time for the original characters. Oh, and I nearly forgot the wonderful original theme song! Definitely check this out if you haven't already done so.

And maybe one day there'll be another audio drama, or even TV series! I'm always hopeful...


Jack said...

Thanks so very much for the kind review of our show "Firefly: Old Wounds".
It was a pleasure to write, and I think the criticisms are valid. It's hard to keep so many characters going without any kind of confusion in an Audio Drama.
Hope you are listening to the Sonic Society and enjoying the variety of shows we love to present.
All the Best,
Jack Ward ~ Host of the Sonic Society and writer/Producer from Old Wounds

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