Serenity, the continuation and culmination of Joss Whedon's one-season space western TV show Firefly, had the full backing of Universal after acquiring the rights of Firefly from Fox, who really didn't have a clue what Firefly was, or even the common decency to air all the episodes in order.... this is not the first time Fox have been world-class a-holes on something I've featured on this podcast.
Although arguably Serenity exists because of Universal's desire for the project, Joss Whedon's skills as a writer/director and the returning cast for bringing these beloved characters back to life, it actually exists because of one reason:
Fandom is power, passion, strength and unity. Fandom grew Firefly and made Serenity happen. Without the Browncoats, we would never have had Serenity. They don't just aim to misbehave, they aim to transform this miscarriage of justice.
Although fandom wasn't enough to resurrect Firefly for a second season or create a sequel to Serenity, the fact we got Serenity at all is miraculous. This cancelled TV show, this ragtag crew of underdogs ended up with a feature length movie that introduced new characters, tied up arcs, looked and sounded beautiful and was a worthy end to the stories of Mal Reynolds and his crew. It was also loved by fans and critically acclaimed. That just doesn't happen for one-season TV shows, let alone TV shows that were unduly cancelled.
Firefly and Serenity are the rare and precious jewels in Joss Whedon's crown. Or should that be his pretty floral bonnet.....?
I would love to hear your thoughts on Serenity or Firefly!
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