If you consider yourself any sort of sci-fi geek at all, then you are surely familiar with the amazingly epic, yet poorly abused, mistreated, and canceled television show Firefly. If not, you can just throw that geek card away right now and go cry silently in the corner. (Minus 500 geek cred for you!) For those who are not familiar with Firefly, let me catch you up to speed.
Set in the year 2517, Firefly is a space western created by writer and director Joss Whedon. (You may know him from such awesomeness as The Avengers and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.) The show follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship and explores the lives of some people who fought on the losing side of a civil war and others who now make a living on the outskirts of society. In addition, it is a future where the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures. The series premiered in 2002 but received poor ratings which I attribute to Fox’s airing the episodes out of order and general mistreatment of the show. The series was canceled after only 11 of the 14 episodes had aired which gave rise to the Browncoats, fans of the series who wanted to see the show continue.
Flash forward to today and we see that many of the stars of Firefly have gone on to have great careers. However, their careers may have moved on, yet Firefly remains. There has been talk of the show being resurrected by Netflix. Nathan Fillion, who played Captain Malcolm Reynolds, has even talked about buying the rights to the show, making it on his own, and distributing it on the Internet. YES PLEASE!
Anyways, to get to my point… It’s obvious that fans want this show to continue. We got a movie that wrapped up the series, but the holes in our hearts were just too big for Serenity to fill. What will it take to get our Firefly fix? Who will step in and get this done in a manner that will please the fans? Unfortunately, I don’t have those answers but I know how it can be done in a way that will work with the actors’ schedules and not put the studios at a ton of risk financially: animation. (This idea actually came out during our most recent podcast.) Seriously. Why not do an animated Firefly television series? How awesome would that be? Answer: very.
While I’m not hopeful that something like this could ever happen because Hollywood is too stupid for something so smart, it makes perfect sense to me to make Firefly into an animated series. Think about it. You’ve already got a loyal fan base so you know that there will be viewers. The cast could do voice-over work when it’s convenient with their schedules. You have a story with characters that could go on and on, unless Joss Whedon kills the rest of them. And you have the ability to distribute the show via network TV, the Internet, or Netflix. What’s not to love? Why is this not being made now?
What are your thoughts? Do you think that Firefly would work as an animated series?
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