7 Realizations Upon Introducing Our Kids to Firefly

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I’ll admit, we’re probably a little behind the curve, but we finally introduced our boys (both teens, 14 and 15) to that mythical show, Firefly. It wasn’t so much any parental worry over the subject matter that delayed us. Yes, there’s some PG-13 stuff in there, but nothing they haven’t already seen elsewhere, and most of the swearing is just cute. There just hasn’t been time previously, but this year with the holidays and a reasonable time off, it was possible to power-watch through the series over a couple weeks.

And as geeks, we all know how much fun it is to introduce people to things you already love (doubly so when it’s your kids). It was a blast to watch the show with them, because being good geeks themselves, they really, really got it. And it’s pretty special to be able to watch a show like this through your kids’ eyes, too. Here’s a few things I’ve realized:

  1. The show holds up. 12 years later, and the plots are still fresh, and better-written than much of what’s on TV today. I think that’s saying a lot, because there’s a lot of great television being made today.
  2. The show hit the ground running when it started. My boys were hooked from the start, especially with Wash’s “crazy Ivan.”
  3. According to my boys, their top three favorite characters: Jayne, Wash, Book.
  4. My younger son says the ship, Serenity, looks like a horse to him, not an insect. Now I’m having trouble not seeing that.
  5. It’s amazing to be reminded at how much of genre television Mark Sheppard has been involved with. My sons are already fans of his via his work on Supernatural and Doctor Who. We compete to see who can do a better impression of him.
  6. Alan Tudyk is a comic genius. The boys love Wash, and we’ve continually pointed out to them that he did the voice of King Candy in Wreck-it Ralph, one of the highlights there. I’m planning on showing them Dale & Tucker vs. Evil very soon.
  7. Other than his inability to acknowledge his feelings for Inara, Mal Reynolds is a heck of a role model. His code of honor makes him a perfect future-Robin Hood (though he tries to keep a fair amount of the loot for himself and his team). Actually, I’d suggest he’s more Han Solo than we ever got to see Han Solo actually be (there’s a major geek debate: who’s the better space smuggler?).

I’m still waiting for “gor-ram” to enter their vocabulary as a swear word (they do already use “frak”). But the challenge now is that we’ve watched the entire series, and are just waiting for the weekend to watch Serenity. Knowing what happens, I’m almost hate to do it. Wouldn’t we all rather live in a universe where all the characters we love survive? But then, maybe this is all part of growing up.

Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as civil engineer. He became the Publisher of GeekDad in 2007, and the owner in 2010. He also wrote the NYT bestselling GeekDad series of project books for parents and kids to share.