Television reboots and revivals are all the rage mostly because the entertainment industry prefers name recognition over original ideas. But there are some properties that truly deserve a re-look because they didn’t quite achieve their goal the first time around or they were cut short.
What Is It? I’m pretty sure this show needs no introduction, but for those sci fi fans just back from an Alpha Centauri round trip, this is Joss Whedon’s sci fi / western about a rogue group of misfits traveling aboard the firefly-class ship Serenity trying to avoid the authoritarian Alliance that governs known space.
When Did It Originally Air? FOX, 2012-13, 1 Season Totaling 14 Episodes
Where Did the Original Fall Short? It didn’t, it was only cut short by a television network that failed to understand they had the next great sci fi franchise on their hands.
Why Revive It? Because pretty much every sci fi fan out there wants this show back. Firefly is hailed as one of the greatest science fiction television series of all time and its cancellation is almost universally recognized as one of the greatest injustices wrought by network execs. And just to be clear, I am lobbying for a revival not a reboot because the latter would be yet another injustice suffered by the franchise. And now is the perfect time for said revival. Nathan Fillion is looking for his next gig since Castle just got cancelled. Joss Whedon has no major projects in the near future that I am aware of now that he has departed from Avengers movies, and I believe his involvement with Agents of SHIELD is minimal at the moment. Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, and Sean Maher all have availability. And I’m betting that Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, and Adam Baldwin could work around their current gigs. (And can we please alter the events of the Serenity movie and keep Wash and Shepherd Book alive?) With the current Too-Much-TV environment where every channel and service that programs any sort of television is in an all-out race to score the next Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Empire, etc., Firefly seems like a surefire thing. This would especially be one hell of a coup for Netflix or Amazon where overnight ratings are not a factor and it’s a very binge-friendly series. So why not pull the trigger? It’s not impossible that some super-secret talks are already underway, especially with Fillion now looking for work. But a campaign to try and convince one of the streaming services to pick this up might help to give them the nudge in the right direction. Now certainly seems like the time and I know that the principals have all indicated a willingness to return to the franchise. So let’s get something moving before the window closes for good on a revival (these guys aren’t getting any younger).
Did You Know? Joss Whedon originally envisioned a seven year run for Firefly, but obviously it fell well short of that mark. In his recent biography, he claimed that a large part of the reason that the show was cancelled was that FOX misunderstood the show and thought it was too dark. As an example of how they didn’t quite get what he was trying to do with the show, the early promos made Firefly look like a sci fi comedy.
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