Firefly on Sci-Fi

Cancel your appointments and mark you calendars for this Friday night. At 7pm the Sci-Fi Channel will bring Joss Whedon‘s Firefly back to the small screen. Its first time on TV, in 2002, Firefly was totally porked by the Fox Network, who’s executives decided it would be good to play the episodes out of order and at different times each week. The show was canceled before all the episodes had even aired.

Fast forward to December 9th, 2003. Firefly is released on DVD and it rockets to #1 on Amazon.com’s best seller list. Fast forward again to 2005. On September 30th, Serenity, a movie based on Firefly will be released, and a comic book series chronicles the time between the end of the series and beginning of the movie.

Some of you may be perplexed. Normally, “failed� television shows aren’t made into major motion pictures. The thing is, Firefly is really, really good. The only reason that it’s not still on TV is because someone at Fox set out to destroy it and nearly succeeded. It takes a pretty amazing show to put corporate America in it’s place, and Firefly has done that. It’s risen from the dead. Do yourself a favor and give it a chance this Friday. Then, if you find yourself a newly converted browncoat (slang for a Firefly fan), buy the DVDs, encourage your friends to check it out, and go see Serenity on September 30th.

3 Replies to “Firefly on Sci-Fi”

  1. And hey, if it’s getting airtime on Sci-Fi I’d speculate that if it does well enough, Sci-Fi will pick it up like they did SG-1 (which orriginally aired on Showtime).

  2. When I went the 3rd special advance preview of Serenity, we had a Q&A with Loni Peristere, the visual effects supervisor. The question of new Firefly episodes being produced was put forth and, according to him, Firefly “lives” on the big screen now. He didn’t explicitly say “No, we will never make new episodes,” but gently implied that the only way we’d see new adventures in the Firefly universe on television was through a spinoff series, and as far as I know, there are no plans for that right now.

    For the time being, everyone’s waiting with bated breath, hoping Serenity will do well so they can make sequels to that.

    As a side note, it looks like I wasn’t terribly informative when I mentioned the comic books in my post. The first one is available now, with 3 different covers, and 2 more comics (with 3 different covers each) will be released before the movie debuts.

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