Did you know… Ship of the Week

“This ship isn’t a tool, or a machine, or even a mode of transport – it’s a home.”

Those are the words that I first saw as I started to read World of Spacecrafts‘ post by Ian Dransfield on January 26, 2015 … “Ship of the Week: Serenity“.

There is only one spaceship that I know of that could fit that description … Serenity.

Serenity - Image Courtesy Firefly Wikia

Serenity – Image Courtesy Firefly Wikia

I have been struggling from my first day as a Browncoat with how to describe to non-Browncoat friends in words how I feel about her, that wonderful ship, and Ian has pretty much summed it up in his post … it’s a home.

“it’s a spaceship full of tinned food and pull-out toilets; a workmanlike attempt at grace with all the subtlety of a brick through your window.  And it’s one of the most glorious boats we’ve ever had the good fortune to ride along with.”

Home … that is Serenity … family … that is Serenity’s crew.

“Try to watch those warmly-lit dinner table scenes and try – try your hardest – not to just want to be there, with them, shooting the space-shit.”

Why do we as Browncoats love, really love, Serenity?  Ian sums it up by saying…

“this ship isn’t a tool, or a machine, or even a mode of transport = it’s a home.  It’s peaceful.  It’s a place of – you guessed it – serenity.

That’s a huge part of the reason why, when you speak to any Firefly fans out there, they’ll always get dewy-eyed at the thought of Mal Reynolds and co. We weren’t just on space cowboy adventures with the crew – we were invited into their (space cowboy) house every episode.”

Home and family.  A group of people who for the most part in any other place or time likely would have little to do with each other … and here they are a family, closer than blood could ever bond them, on a ship that captures your heart in the first split second you see her.

How very fortunate we all are to have found Firefly and had that crew and ship become part of our lives.

Serenity … that says it all … sigh.

Okay, *sniff* … signing off now … I need to go find the Kleenex box…

Please read Ian’s full post at World of Spacecrafts.

Until next time … stay shiny and keep flying!

[This and future “Did you know…” posts present a variety of Firefly and Serenity trivia, aka fun tidbits. The information these posts draw from will be varied and many.  They will include the Firefly series and Serenity DVD commentaries and special features, various Firefly fan web sites, IMDB (Internet Movie Database), Wikipedia, YouTube videos of interviews and convention Q&A panels, etc…. and, occasionally a personal observation or comment may slip in there as well ;-)

Hope you enjoy these posts. I know it will be shiny and fun bringing them to you! 

Keep flying!]