As a self-confessed TV addict, there’s nothing I love more than a holiday special – but, in the world of sci-fi, it’s hard to find a Halloween or Christmas episode. Usually because, y’know, most of human civilization has given up on such antiquated traditions all those years in the future (and presumably the good people of Stargate SG-1 are too busy working to stop and go trick-or-treating).
So, what’s a gal to do? Well, thankfully, it seems Firefly has the answer (much like it always has the answer).
Despite being no longer than a single season and a movie, each and every single episode of Joss Whedon’s iconic series tackles a different genre. We’ve got the Reconstruction romance in ‘Shindig’ (S1, Ep6), the comedic stylings of ‘The Train Job’ (S1, Ep1), and the classic heist movie in ‘Ariel’ (S1, Ep8). ‘Objects in Space’ (S1, Ep10) is the psychological thriller, ‘Out of Gas’ (S1, Ep8) the cerebral drama, and… well, I could go on and on. And I usually would, but time is against us, and All Hallows’ Eve is just around the corner.
So, which of Firefly’s brilliant installments is the one you want for Halloween? Why, it’s ‘Bushwhacked’ (S1, Ep2). Obviously.