As the years have flown by, more and more people have come to realize just how good Joss Whedon‘s prematurely canceled sci-fi/western, Firefly, really was. The faithful fanbase has become an army who have supported and fought for the revival of the show without rest, but with the ever-growing fear that their efforts were futile.
Yes, it is true that a lot of time has passed since the show’s cancellation and the dying breath that was the feature film follow-up, Serenity. Yes, it is true that hope dwindles away more and more with every passing day. But all is not lost…not yet!
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Firefly is returning to basic cable for the first time since 2008. The Science Channel has acquired the rights to the one and only season of the show, and will air them complete with some brand new extras to sweeten the pot and get people to watch. What kind of extras, you ask? Well, rock star physicist and host of the Science Channel’s Sci-Fi Science, Dr. Michio Kaku, will wrap up each episode by discussing the “theoretical science behind the show’s sci-fi concepts.” Yes, this insanely cool. If you’ve never seen an episode of Sci-Fi Science, check it out immediately!
So how can we use this to increase the chances of the resurrection of Firefly becoming a reality, and would star Nathan Fillion even bother coming back if he had the chance? Click over now to find out!
As mentioned above, it feels more and more impossible for Firefly to return these days, but it’s well-known that Fox is aware of the popularity that has developed since they canceled the show. Knowing this, is it possible that impressive amounts of people tuning in to watch this new re-airing of the series on the Science Channel will force executives to re-examine its future? No one knows for sure, but it is worth our time and it’s why every single being on this planet needs to tune in when the episodes begin airing on March 6, 2011.
EW was also able to have a quick chat with Mr. Nathan Fillion about the show (read the whole thing at the link above) and asked the all-important question: “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.
And so the challenge is laid before us. Whether you’re a superfan of Firefly or you’ve never seen it before in your life, THIS is a chance to make a difference…and it might just be the last we’ll have.
The one and only season will start on March 6 with the two-hour pilot at 8pm, and will be followed by the next episode at 10pm. Episodes will then air every Sunday night until completed. Put every TV in your house on the Science Channel, DVR as often as possible, do what needs to be done.
This is a chance for the Browncoats to make a statement. Let’s not blow it.