In my quest to not let go of Joss Whedon’s Firefly I took the time to read Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds, and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon’s Firefly by Jane Espenson. Epsenson has written for Buffy and Firefly, among other programs. Finding Serenity is a collection of essays dealing with various aspects of Firefly and the essays were written after the end of Firefly, but before Serenity. Some essays talk about why Firefly went off the air, there is a comparison of Firefly and The Tick, and another with Star Trek. Other essays deal with the women on the show, the relationship between Wash and Zoe, and other things that would find their way into a critical essay. My favorite in the book is written by Jewel Staite. Staite played Kaylee on Firefly and she writes about her five favorite moments from each episode. It is fun to see how much of a fan Jewel Staite is of the show, and what stands out for her.
There did come a point where I skipped ahead on some essays because the critical comparisons got a bit tiresome, but overall this was one last gasp of Firefly and shows a range of Firefly’s fans. For me this was worth reading because of Jewel Staite’s essay because I was very curious what one of the actors thought of the show. She gushes a little.