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Firefly - unless you have been living under a rock since 2002 I imagine you are at least vaguely aware that it exists. If nothing else you will see it consistently posted on "Shows Cancelled Too Soon" lists.
Firefly was the brainchild of Joss Whedon, and yes as annoying as he can be, this was actually brilliant. So many things went wrong along the way with the network decisions, it is my firm belief that Fox intended this to be cancelled from day 1, for whatever reason. They aired the episodes out of order (which they actually did with another cancelled too soon show - Almost Human - that made the story almost impossible to follow due to the screwed up character development with episodes all over the place), and they only ever aired 11 of the 14 stopping it when they cancelled it. (The full 14 aired in the UK but I am not sure if they aired in the right order). As an example of how insane this was - Fox aired the PILOT as the final episode. I mean seriously - if that wasn't a point that they never planned to keep it I don't know what is.
The show was packed with famous people but probably best known now for Nathan Fillian's role as Captain Mal Reynolds. For those that watch Castle there were several references to his "Space Cowboy" role throughout most notably when he went as that character for a Halloween episode. Other people that had smaller roles include the likes of Mark Shepard (who honestly has pretty much had a role in ALL the great sci fi shows - and yes, if you watch the trailer below I picked that version because he is in it), and even a very young Zac Effron. Summer Glau was spotted in an episode of Angel (also by Joss Whedon) and was then cast in this, and is another face I am sure you would recognize.
Following it's cancellation Fans (we call ourselves Browncoats) took to campaigning for it to be picked up again and shockingly, against all odds, they did get a brief reprise for a movie that actually aired in movie theaters. This may or may not have been the best plan as it definitely did not hit the great numbers they were hoping for, something I think may have been better as a made for TV option. That being said it was a very expensive production - that I like to pretend doesn't exist other than for mentions in articles like this when I am talking about it. I NEVER rewatch it (although I do own the DVD), and if I get my way I probably never will.
Instead I will sit and pretend that it ended with Episode 14 - the original final episode planned but never aired by Fox. Hey at least they are on the DVDs!
To finish here are a few fun facts (well that amuse me).
There is a lot of swearing in the show but the censors never caught it because it is all in Chinese. Something I don't think they would get away with today. As the idea was this was set in a future where the US and China were the world Alliance it makes sense.
The ship the Serenity inside was actually built to scale and used. In the Serenity sequel you can actually see a continuous shot - it is pretty impressive.
The cast became close and often guest appear in other shows together (although the best ones are where they make Firefly references obviously). They also used to hang out on the lounge set of the ship between takes rather than going to the Green room or their trailers.
The theme song (which I have included as an extra video) was actually written by Joss Whedon and on some of the DVD extras you can hear a recording of it done by him as he had finished the song before the show was greenlit.
And finally, there are LOTS of references to other huge Sci Fi shows and movies of the time that pop up during the show. I won't list all the ones I know but if you do decide to watch - keep your eyes open.
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