Joss Whedon’s TV show Firefly was a youth cut down in its prime. Many Whedon fans never gave the show a honest try and the general television watching populace might have been put off by it’s quarky complexity. Like the characters that populated it, the show was sexy, violent, brave, honest, dangerous, adventurous, brilliant, crazy, tragic, faithful, complicated and well, a Science Fiction Western. Serenity: Better Days picks up with short, lovely stories that
could should have been episodes in the third or fourth season. They are the moments that fans will never see in true live action motion but these are better than nothing.
Serenity: Better Days gives fans of Firefly those additional seasons that were never filmed. Every story in this book has the momentary glimpse at a bigger story feel that Firefly episodes provided. Every chapter has the energy and depth of character that made Firefly an amazing world with the potential for laughter and tears, all in one scene. Better Days is driven by adrenaline and lust, desperation and fear with every issue packing a punch and a caress but ultimately bitter-sweet sadness.
The ultimate sadness of Better Days comes at the end of the book with a eulogizing story about 4 of Wash’s friends that are striking out on their own, together. The friends harken back to the good old days of hanging with their crazy, missing compatriot and looking forward to the next steps in their lives. The final pages of this particular story wrap up in a way that only a Whedon-world can, a way that both reflects and continues the way that Serenity the movie did.
Serenity: Better days is a wonderful continuation of Whedon’s Firefly world but it’s also a great way for those new to the world to learn why they should go ahead and watch the show and movie.