Joss Whedon/Tim Minear
Technically, Firefly was a Fox television show on the air ten years ago. I suppose you could say that its genesis did not begin in publishing, though Dark Horse now publishes a comic series based on the series.
However, Whedon, every fan girl and boy’s idol (or is that just me?), is, at his heart, a writer. He’s responsible for a litany of fandoms: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Doll House and, of course, he directed the hugely popular and financially record-shattering Avengers film.
But Firefly was something special, something unique. It’s a “Space Western” set in the year 2517. There is no singular ruling nation, (though China and the United States have culturally “merged”) but a faction called the Alliance that has settled and ruled all peoples. Whedon pitched the show as “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.”
Unfortunately, for whatever undeserved and ridiculous reason, Whedon and television executives didn’t see eye to eye and Firefly was cancelled before fans got a proper season finale. But little did the Fox suits know, the impact of yet another one of Whedon’s multileveled, intricate universes imparted into its fans an undeniable love and adoration for each character, for the world he created and for the man himself.
It was the fans that demanded a film. They got it. It was the fans who supported the casts’ other acting ventures and it was the fans who remained loyalty to Whedon, something he expressed during the Firefly 10th reunion during ComicCon:
Many who know me might be surprised that I chose to discuss Firefly over my many other fangirl loves (Potter, Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, Walking Dead, American Gods or Buffy), but I have to say that my heart is with Captain Mal and the crew of the Serenity. Maybe that’s because the show wasn’t given its due. Maybe it’s because I have (likely) an unnatural affection for anything Whedon writes. Regardless, Firefly is a show, a universe, a fandom that I never tire of, that speaks of potential hopes and opposition to things unjust. And really, who wouldn’t be a fan of that?
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