The Science channel’s BrowncoatsUnite special, which reunited all the cast, revealed something more than reminiscing. Firefly flew onto our screens in 2002, but was sadly shot down after only one season. Joss Whedon, the man behind TheAvengers and BuffytheVampireSlayer created the show, but could not convince Fox to keep it on the air, though he was able to tie up the series in a feature film called Serenity which came out in 2005. Aside from the odd graphic novel or two, fans have suffered from a severe case of Firefly withdrawal. So the release of three deleted clips are a breath of fresh air for us suffocating fans.
The first two scenes are titled You never leave Serenity and Extraction, and both give us more details on the history of the ship Serenity, as well as the battle of Serenity for which it was named. These are quite dark shorts and show the brutality Mal (Nathan Fillion) and Zoe (Gina Torre) suffered through in the battle. It also explains Mal’s devotion to his ship and crew.
The last clip is a more humorous piece titled Women Trouble, where River tries to get Shepherd Book to marry her and her brother together! It also has a young Christina Hendricks from MadMen fame who gets some tough love from Mal.
These clips are not the new series that Firefly fans truly crave, but these brief scenes arethe best we are going to get for now in regards to new content. They are great extras which help to add a little more depth to an already incredible series.
1.) It’s the spiritual predecessor of the Alien films.
Multiple shots from trailers and clips have shown the plot to be centered in some fashion around the ubiquitous “Space Jockey” from the original Alien. Now, originally, it was just called The Pilot in the script, and was put there as a one off bit of foreshadowing towards the decidedly gory death that would befall the crew of the Nostromo. Anyone who’s watched Alien multiple times, has probably had questions about that weird elephantine looking pilot, who is surrounded by so much mystery and awe in the first film. Ridley Scott had also given thought to who this character was way back when the film first came out, and spoke of how it was “Really just a suit”. This of course lines up with some of the SPOILER images shown from the film, which depict a large bipedal creature, and not the elephantine enigma we’ve all come to love and enjoy.
2.) It’s a science fiction film made by Ridley Scott.
Granted, he’s only made two before this, but they were single handedly two of the most influential and captivating science fiction films of all time. Alien itself brought to the forefront the idea that science fiction CAN be taken seriously by a mainstream audience, and damn scary as well. Blade Runner, while not as critically appreciated in it’s time, is nonetheless regarded as a modern classic, teeming with philosophical, moral, and societal themes that all serve to rally around a singular question: What does it mean to be human? Both films revolutionized how we view aliens, artificial intelligence, body horror, fear and of course, being horribly mutilated by monsters and/or replicants. Both were also amazing, quintessential examples of their genre, and another entry by Mr. Scott is something to always be on the lookout for, regardless of its heritage. Its a damn, damn exciting heritage.
Charlize tells us how brilliant Ridley Scott is. Fun Fact: if you flip the D in Ridley Scott’s first name 180 degrees it turns into RIPLEY. COINCIDENCE? CONSPIRACY? You decide.
3.) It could lead to other, amazing, potentially game changing science fiction films by Ridley Scott.
Along with his proposed sequel to Prometheus, he’s mentioned getting a TRUE sequel to Blade Runner up and running, written by the original writer, giving us perhaps some finality and closure on the long running question of Deckard’s humanity, or telling an all new story entirely. It’s supposedly going to have a female lead, but I wouldn’t discount old Mr. Ford showing up in a cameo, and personally it’d be badass if it was ambiguous as to whether or not Deckard was old because his replicant time clock is running out, or if he’s just old because people get old and are old. Either way, if it’s got Scott behind the helm I’m all in for the ride, because trying to remake or reboot it just wouldn’t work without the OG crew in tow.
4.) It’s apparently set in the Firefly/Serenity universe.
I know what you’re thinking. “Whoa, what? How could that even be? They’re like two different things entirely Cheesebadger, you’re just making stuff up.” BUT YOU’D BE WRONG. BEHOLD!
That’s a screenshot of Mr. Malcolm Reynolds’ POV shooting a Weyland-Yutani cannon at Alliance cruisers. Go pop in your copy of the Firefly dvd DVD if you don’t believe me. It’s one of the first scenes in the first episode, where you see Mal lose hope as the battle of Serenity is lost. So what does this mean, other than horrific fan fiction where we see the fallout of weird alien sex clones made from River and Ripley? Nothing probably, but maybe… just maybe, if enough people see it… FIREFLY WILL GET PICKED UP FOR A NEW SEASON AND COME BACK, STRONGER THAN EVER!*
*Warning, may be entirely untrue and a horrible lie.
Everyone wants their last words to be memorable. This is the same for screenwriters. If the movie ends with a great last line, it tends to be more memorable and leave you with a feeling of “that was clever”. While re-watching Almost Famous recently for the millionth time, I chuckled out loud to myself as Russell Hammond says to William: “and you can tell Rolling Stone my last words were… I’M ON DRUGS!” William yells to him: “Russell… I think we should work on those last words”.
This is my list of the 25 greatest closing movie lines of all time.
It was just 2 days ago I had a conversation about had Firefly aired a couple of years later the Syfy channel might have bought it off of FOX like they did with Stargate SG-1. Then yesterday news breaks that Syfy has in fact acquired the syndication rights to the cult hit.
Upon news of the purchase Nathan Fillion was contacted by Inside TV, and he answered a few questions…
[quote] EW: What was the best part about playing the character? NATHAN FILLION: It was my favorite job ever. What wasn’t great about it? I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship. I got to act mean and curmudgeonly. [Creator Joss Whedon] is really good at kicking characters in the nuts so the other characters would have laughs at my expense and that was great too.
If Castle had its series finale tomorrow and Fox said to you and Joss: “We screwed up, let’s try doing Firefly again.” Would you do it? Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox’s reasoning — I’m a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.
What’s the most common thing Firefly fans say to you? No. 1, “Is there going to be more?” No. 2, “Why was it canceled?”
Why do you think the show has had such an enduring appeal? It’s a great question. We’re the most story-literate society the world has ever seen. What Joss tends to do is twist story conventions into reality. Whereas the story goes like this, real life goes like this, and that’s what Joss has mastered.
Do you ever watch the show nowadays or is that just weird? It’s not weird. I haven’t watched it in a long, long time and I would like to revisit it. [/quote]
Syfy will air the series in its entirety, plus some new extras. They will wrap each episode with interstitial segments starring renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, who will discuss the theoretical science behind the show’s sci-fi concepts. Firefly premieres on Syfy March 6th at 8 p.m., with the two-hour pilot, followed by the first episode at 10 p.m. Following that, Firefly episodes will air every Sunday, in their original intended order and upgraded to high-definition.
Wow. So that’s all good news, and I’m thrilled that’s it on TV again, but as far as Fillion’s comments, it’s just another actor spewing fan-speak right? Well that’s the question being asked by Syfy.
After Nathan Fillion announced he’d love to step into the role of Capt. “Mal” Reynolds again, a couple of Firefly writers chimed in to say they’d also climb on board as well.
First, Jose Molina, who produces Castle, wrote 23 episodes of Dark Angel, and wrote the Firefly episodes “Trash” and “Ariel,” tweeted:
Replying to Molina, Jane Espenson, who wrote 23 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as a couple The Batman cartoons, and the “Shindig” episode of Firefly, added:
Could FOX actually be convinced to pick up the series again? It’s doubtful, but we can hope. As far as the chances of Fillion actually buying the rights to the show in order to create new episodes, a fan campaign has already started over at ‘Help Nathan Buy Firefly‘ and Facebook to try to raise the big bucks needed. Unlike the Robocop Statue, no donation center has been setup yet, but I wont be surprised if one pops up soon…