Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation

35 reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation
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Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation

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Women’s Sexuality in “Firefly” and “Serenity”
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Women’s Sexuality in “Firefly” and “Serenity”
Realization: the female characters in Firefly and Serenity have personalities that can be defined by their sexuality as seen through the heteronormative gaze. How is Kaylie sexually? Open, enthusiastic, available, nonassertive. What is Kaylie like? Open/friendly, enthusiastic/cheerful, available/helpful-she does the most work on that ship, and nonassertive. She wants Simon right away, but it’s never really her choice whether they actually have sex or not. In her line of work-she knows her stuff from the start, but nothing she does is really her decision-she takes orders from others. How are we told to see this character? As nice, likeable. Why? Because sexually available, while not officially considered the best way to live, is seen as a desirable thing in a woman by the patriarchal culture. Hence, we are shown that Kaylie can be happy, deserves happiness, but she rarely fully achieves it since, after all, officially she is judged as a slut. Read more: https://wheresmytower.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/womens-sexuality-in-firefly-and-serenity

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Vera
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Vera
"Six men came to kill me one time, and the best of them carried this. It's a Callahan Full-bore Auto-lock. Customized trigger, double cartridge, thorough gauge. This is my very favorite gun... I call it 'Vera'." — Jayne Cobb,

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The stellar cast
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The stellar cast
Yes the characters are awesome, but the cast is sooo frikkin' cool. This cast does not have a weakest link. Nathan Fillion plays Captain Malcolm Reynolds with humor, depth and a deep, deep well of sexiness I just can’t even talk about without blushing a little. The way the character walks and talks is unforgettable. Summer Glau’s portrayal as River is nothing short of legendary. She breaks our heart as the broken little girl but makes us cheer as a graceful, brilliant and slightly-inhuman death machine. Adam Baldwin is hilarious as the dim and merciless Jayne. Alan Tudyk brings a joyfulness to the entire enterprise as Wash. Jewel Staite is sweet and lovable as the country girl, Kaylee. As a matter of fact, she was so lovable in this role that there is a scene in one episode where Nathan Fillion wraps his arms around her in an embrace that was neither part of the script nor rehearsed. I feel sure that she was just so cute he couldn’t help himself. Sean Maher is so great as the uptight Simon that you are inclined to believe the actor actually placed a stick up his butt before the cameras started rolling. Morena Baccarin is beautiful as Inara and makes you truly believe that prostitution is not only a dignified, but honored profession (more on that later). Ron Glass plays the role of wise, faithful, old black man so well that Morgan Freeman would be proud. In the countless times I’ve watched this show, I’ve never been pulled out of any moment by something any of the actors did or said. I’ve never gotten a glimpse of another character they’ve played or stopped to think of them as the actor rather than the character. And that is the mark of great acting. When you love the actor, but look at them in a role and see only the character, that actor has done their job. These actors and actresses definitely accomplished that goal.

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The characters
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The characters
People say this about all good movies and TV, but strenth of the Firefly characters is unsurpassed. It’s difficult to talk about these amazing characters in a grouping. Each one deserves its own “10 Reasons” and I’ve added that to my to-do list. But for the moment, we’ll lump them all together and mention the fact that each of them is dynamic, colorful and entertaining. Each one has many sides of their personality to be explored. Each communicates in a different and intriguing way from the others. They all have hopes, regrets and secrets. Every single one of them has something they’re running from or towards and it’s exciting to be on the journey with them. Everyone who watches this show tries to decide who their favorite character is and can’t always narrow it down to just one. However, each and every Browncoat (fans of this show) knows which character they’d want to be. For me, it’s Zoe, hands down! She is badass. She is fierce. She is loyal, she can fight and she’s got a man who’s crazy about her. On top of all that, her priorities are in the right place and she’s got a quick and sarcastic wit that resonates with me. Most characters don’t manage to have it all, but this girl does. And I love her for it!

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Firefly’s cast is back in the saddle for Firefly Online
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Firefly’s cast is back in the saddle for Firefly Online
Last year Quantum Mechanix and Spark Plug Games announced at San Diego Comic-Con that they had managed to wrangle the whole original cast to reprise their roles in Firefly Online, the upcoming massively multiplayer game set in the ‘verse of the beloved sci-fi series. We have not heard a lot about the game since then, but a series of recent interview videos has confirmed that the crew of Serenity has been in the studio recording voice-overs (and having a great time). Read more: #ixzz3iS2e6BTO" title="Click to open in a new window or tab" target="_blank">http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/firefly-online-cast-interviews/#ixzz3iS2e6BTO Follow us: @digitaltrends on Twitter | digitaltrendsftw on Facebook

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Burgess' Laser
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Burgess' Laser
Boxy little custom hand laser carried by Rance Burgess. Weights less than it looks like it would. It has an active return bold laser with a silk trigger. It fires a laser beam in short bursts or long streams. Malcolm observes that one Won't find technology like that short of Alliance. Burgess notes that their (Alliance) guns do not have the auto-target adjustment yet. His is custom made. It does not matter to him whether it is legal or not. The gun is great in a fire fight. It has a decent range and can burn though many obstacles. Its strong beam will also start fires requiring that opponents deal with fire as well as shooting. It is also deadly as an antipersonnel weapon. One shot center-mass stops resistance permanently. Only limitation, the battery may not last through a long gun fight, especially when fired often in long streams. Listen for a rapid beeping warning that the battery is low. Keep a secondary gun at hand for those situations for the laser gun will not fire in a low battery condition.

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The mystery that is Shepard Book
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The mystery that is Shepard Book
To the crew of Serenity, Derrial Book's past was a mystery. He indicated early on that he was a shepherd who had been living in the Southdown Abbey and that he never married. In truth, "Derrial" was not even the shepherd's real name, but rather the name of a man he had killed. Book, whose birth name was Henry Evans, lived as a young boy in dread of his highly abusive father. He would listen to music to take himself to a peaceful place in his mind, only to be beaten. He finally chose to leave home, but after ten years had merely established himself as a successful thief, adept at avoiding law enforcement. He was then recruited by the Independence Movement, a representative of which having been impressed at his excellent combat potential. In four years he honed his fighting skills, easily defeating heavily-armed federal agents singlehandedly. Evans was not known among his Independence peers to attend their meetings, but he showed up for one and there he volunteered to take part in a highly-sensitive mole operation. Since the Independence organizers had learned that the Alliance was creating warships, they plotted to plant a long-term mole to rise through the ranks of the Alliance and subvert them at every turn. Henry's left eye was extracted and replaced with a biorobotic camera and transmitter, which would provide excellent surveillance. To join the Alliance, he needed a new identity. So he lured an unsuspecting young man named Derrial Book into an alley, murdered him with a garrote, and took on this name permanently.

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The humor and dialog
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“I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you.”

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In defence of Firefly's cancellation
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - In defence of Firefly's cancellation
Back in December 2002 a million voices cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced by the Fox network. It probably sounded a bit like the noise you made when you read the title of this feature. Defending the decision to cancel Joss Whedon's beloved sci-fi show after just 14 episodes might seem like geek treason, but whilst Fox's intentions were borderline criminal, the results were nothing short of revolutionary. Read more: #ixzz3iSGjgmO2" title="Click to open in a new window or tab" target="_blank">http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/ustv/feature/a615170/in-defence-of-fireflys-cancellation.html#ixzz3iSGjgmO2 Follow us: @digitalspy on Twitter | digitalspyuk on Facebook

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"I can kill you with my brain"
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On Serenity, the crew discovers that Saffron has again sabotaged their ship, delaying their trip to the rendezvous so that Kaylee can make repairs. Jayne awakens in the infirmary to find that Simon has medically paralyzed him to rest a spinal injury. Simon reveals his knowledge of Jayne's plan to sell out the Tams, but reminds him that Serenity‍‍ '​‍s crew are a team, and that as Jayne's doctor he will never harm him. River, however, warns Jayne that she can kill him with her brain.

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River Tam
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - River Tam
I’m not satisfied with the extent of revelations concerning River. OK, so now she’s a lethal fighting machine—there’s a whole future of stories that can play into this. I mean, is Captain Mal going to harness her powers for good? Is she going to accidentally hurt someone she loves? Will she be able to escape The Hands Of Blue? Who are The Hands Of Blue? What really happened to her before Simon saved her? Will she ever fall in love? SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, BRING BACK RIVER!

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The mention of "Reavers" will make you shudder
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The mention of
They are nasty SOBs The Reaver fleet was stationed in the Reaver space above the planet Miranda. For years, they would sporadically send raiding parties out to Rim planets and distant territories. When Malcolm Reynolds provoked the Reavers by blowing up a crab-shaped vessel, most or all of the Reaver fleet pursued Serenity in unison. They followed Serenity until they passed through the ion cloud above Mr. Universe's planet, where they confronted—and were eventually destroyed by—a large Union of Allied Planets fleet in the Universe battle.

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The fans
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The fans
There are still so many Firefly fans. You might not know it, but they’re everywhere—passing you in the supermarket, drinking a beer next to you at the bar, jogging on an adjacent treadmill at your local gym—they’re as innocuous as your upstairs neighbour but they’re there, seething and laying in a constant anticipatory wait. They’re quiet, marginalized and disenfranchised, but they are large in number and fervent in their passion, all with their very own list of reasons as to why Firefly should be bought back, so watch out—the Firefly fan will rise again. Loyal fans everywhere are still holding onto a dream—and why shouldn’t they?—a dream that the Whedonverse will once again crack open, and the good ship Serenity will cruise across its fractured, mythical skies. BRING BACK FIREFLY!

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The movie Serenity
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The movie Serenity
When FOX unwisely misused and abused Firefly by airing episodes out of order and cancelling the show before all 14 episodes were allowed to air, it was a blow for the fans. However, geeks can be seriously loyal and we fight for our obsessions. Due to this overzealous fan loyalty which included ad and fundraising campaigns as well as continued requests to bring back the show, Whedon was able to partner with Universal Pictures to release a movie, titled Serenity. The film brought back the original cast and created closure for the characters and the fans. While obviously not able to cover all the depth, story and ideas that Whedon had planned for a seven-season run of the show, the movie was at least able to clear up a couple of big mysteries that were left hanging after the show ended. Like its television predecessor, the movie under-performed during its original (big-screen) release. And just like before, DVD sales made the dollars that represented the fans true love of the material. Whedon learned from his experience with Firefly. With his 2009-2010 show, Dollhouse, he didn’t wait for cancellation to steal the ending from him. For that show, he built a flash-forward conclusion into the end of both seasons so the fans wouldn’t be left hanging and a movie would not be necessary. While this kind of treatment may or may not have worked for Firefly, I’m okay with having the movie. Both it and the complete series now sit on my shelf, a featured part of my DVD collection and a source of much pride for this Sister Geek.

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The best ever flash back
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The best ever flash back
"Out of Gas" is the eighth episode of the science fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. It differs stylistically from the rest of the series, in that it tells its story alternately in three timeframes: events in the present, events in the near-past that led to the present, and events in the past that led to the formation of Serenity's core crew. After Serenity suffers a catastrophe that leaves her crew with only hours of oxygen, flashbacks show how Mal and Zoe acquired Serenity and assembled their motley crew.

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Because we understood Wash’s struggles, being surrounded by badasses.
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Because we understood Wash’s struggles, being surrounded by badasses.
"I am a large, semi muscular man"

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Jayne's hat
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Jayne's hat
The Jayne hat is a hat I saw on an episode of Firefly (Firefly, The Series) that I thought was way cool and I wanted one in my limited hat collection. (While Firefly was only available in Canada, there was a movie created with international release: (Serenity, The Movie) The general premise of the story line goes like this. Jayne is a big burly rogue fighter, who would sell out to the highest bidder at any time. He was always looking out for his highest needs and nobody else’s. He is loveable yet ready to kick butt in an instant. Jayne received a package in the space post, from his mother and in the package he finds a hat. Kind of an ugly looking hat with earflaps, tie strings and a pom-pom on top. Read the full story of Jayne's hat here http://www381.pair.com/parkelyw/magazinejuly/waynejayne.pdf

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Thrilling heroics
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Thrilling heroics
Swordfights, duels, heists, twist and turns, Firefly has it all. I just watched the episode “Train Job.” One of the things I’ve been thinking about is how many elements of the Western are used in Firefly, and “Train Job” is one of the most explicitly Western episodes (at least until they actually rustle cattle in a later episode), as the train robbery is a staple of the Western, and the series Western in particular. The episode reminds me a lot of Alias: Smith and Jones, a tv Western from the mid-seventies that I’ve been watching. Members of the Butch Cassidy gang, “Smith” and “Jones” decide to go straight (under the aliases Smith and Jones) and earn amnesty by not committing any crimes for a year. Their former speciality is the train robbery, and several plots have them working to thwart other attempted train robberies. Anyway, the opening credits compare them to “modern day Robin Hoods,” and describe them as “good bad men.” That seems to be the character type for Malcolm Reynolds, the good bad man, who in this episode returns the stolen goods when he realizes what he’s stolen (much needed medicine). Smith and Jones are notable for never having killed anybody, despite all their robbing and stealing, and the plots often involve labyrinthine ways to avoid killing the bad guy. Mal has no problem killing people who need to be killed. This is also one of Adam Baldwin’s best episodes, I think, as his character Jayne Cobb has lots of great moments, starting maybe with his “Time for some thrilling heroics” line as he puts on a silly hat–before, heroically, descending on a rope to the top of the train as Serenity flies overhead. I keep trying to focus on Western tropes, but there’s too much good Jayne here, especially once he tries to cease control over Serenity in Mal’s absence: “You know what the chain of command is? It’s the chain I go get and beat you with until you understand who’s in rutting command here.” Of course, as Jayne asserts authority, he loses it because the doctor has overmedicated him (“You can’t change that by getting all . . . bendy.”). Before he passes out, he does a little homage to Boris Karloff in Frankenstein (trying to grab hold of the sunlight for the creature, as if catching butterflies, trying to grab the “bendy” light from the console for Jayne).

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The possibility of some really hot Inara-on-Captain Mal action
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The possibility of some really hot Inara-on-Captain Mal action
14 episodes worth of palpable sexual tension surely isn’t enough. I need closure—in the form of earth shattering, heart rendering, kinky-as-cream-pie sex between Captain Mal and Inara. Nay, I deserve closure, we all do. And boobies. BRING INARA AND CAPTAIN MAL BACK AND MAKE THEM SEX!

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The ship, the ship, the ship.....
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The ship, the ship, the ship.....
Unlike Joss Whedon’s previous shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel, this one is not named for one of the main characters. This time, it’s all about the ship; what happens to her, in her and because of her to the people who call her home. Her name, by the way, is Serenity. She is a Firefly-class transport ship. As Mal says, “She won’t be winning any beauty contests anytime soon, but she is solid. Ship like this, be with you ’til the day you die.” Serenity becomes a character in Firefly. With her rust and stairs and dark hallways and nooks and crannies that serve as bedrooms for the crew and passengers, she manages to find her way into your heart. By the time the movie comes around, it makes sense for it to be called by her name.

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Malc Reynolds and crew gave us a motto to live by
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Malc Reynolds and crew gave us a motto to live by
Which ever way you look at it, the crew of Serenity were all good men and women who gave us hope, faith, loyalty and a motto to live by. Even those apparently bad on the surface - Jayne - lived and behaved with a good heart.

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Our Mrs Reynolds
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Our Mrs Reynolds
Sexy space grifters! Oh Firefly, you know me so well. The confidence racket makes for as delightful and rich a fictional milieu as, well, the Western. And the two often join forces, thanks to a landscape full of worthless scrub that can be represented as bounteous veins of precious metals, boomtowns full of just-off-the-turnip-truck yokels eager to believe in easy money, and the minimal presence of law enforcement. In a nice bit of serendipity, this week’s Summertime Roundtable pick (which I selected) is a con-man episode of the TV western The Big Valley. These stories often leave me with deeply divided loyalties; I love to see a well-executed caper, so part of me wants the scammer to pull it off, but on the other hand, I don’t want to see the characters I love get hurt. read more : http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/firefly-our-mrs-reynolds-82656

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The Alliance troopers believe in ‘Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.’
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The Alliance troopers believe in ‘Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.’
The armor that the troopers wear is from the 1997 Starship Troopers film. The only modification is a purple paint job. After Firefly went off the air, the armor was once again repurposed for the Starship Troopers sequel in 2004. Also, the sonic gun that is used in the episode “Trash” was reused by Joss Whedon. In Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, it became Dr. Horrible’s Death Ray. Read more at #VLd9UrjHkr9ojRwB.99" title="Click to open in a new window or tab" target="_blank">http://furiousfanboys.com/2010/12/8-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-firefly/#VLd9UrjHkr9ojRwB.99

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Trash : "Yeah... that went well"
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Trash :
Mal's "wife" Saffron convinces him to help her steal a valuable artifact, but the crew of Serenity suspects foul play. A very clever twist in the tale.

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The high class prostitution
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The high class prostitution
On this show, the world’s oldest profession has become one of the most respectable in “the Verse.” Prostitutes are “Companions.” Not only is their trade legal, but they are considered revered guests in high society. Inara, the Companion living aboard Serenity, is actually the crew member who offers legitimacy to the ship and makes it possible for them to go places they might not have access otherwise. Acting as Inara’s ride means that the Firefly crew can dock and do their shady dealings without nearly as much suspicion. After all, they have a certified Companion on board. She is a dignitary, respected and revered due to the fact that she is trained in the art of seduction and sells sex for a living. It’s not even a huge deal for most of the characters. Yes, it comes up and yes, it is discussed but the only person who really seems to have a problem with it is Mal. And, really, one suspects that’s mostly just jealousy.

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Finally, The Secrets Of Firefly's Shepherd Book Will Be Told!
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Finally, The Secrets Of Firefly's Shepherd Book Will Be Told!
We've been waiting years for the comic book that tells the backstory of Firefly's Shepherd Book, called The Shepherd's Tale. And now it's finally coming out, written by Zack Whedon from a detailed scene-by-scene outline by his brother Joss. We've heard little hints about Book, including that he found God in a bowl of soup, he killed a man, and one part of him is artificial. But now, Zack Whedon explains to Comic Book Resources that all will be revealed about Serenity's most enigmatic crewmember. Read more : http://io9.com/5492302/finally-the-secrets-of-fireflys-shepherd-book-will-be-told

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It's shiny!
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - It's shiny!
Q. Where did the term 'shiny' come from? Who coined it and how did it become a Firefly catchphrase? A. I made up the word 'shiny' as a thing that is good because things that are shiny tend to be attractive and exciting and catch our attention. It was then explained to me by David Lester, a Producer on the movie, that shiny was actually an old western phrase meaning good that it was in common usage many years ago but I didn't know that, I thought it was futuristic but that just goes to show you what I always say, that the future is made up of the past. Read more : http://www.nerdsandnomsense.com/diy-2/diy-firefly-quote-sign-everythings-shiny-capn

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BUN tyen-shung duh ee-DWAY-RO
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - BUN tyen-shung duh ee-DWAY-RO
On a visit to one of Mal's old Army buddies, Monty, on an uninhabited moon, Mal and crew encounter "Saffron", the beautiful con-artist who once tricked Mal into marriage, and nearly stole his ship (played by the absolutely magnificent Christina Hendricks); this time, she's taken the name "Bridget" and married Monty. A short tussle ensues between her and Mal (lucky bastard) which Monty breaks up as Mal explains the details of their shared history. When Saffron, who had been denying everything, lets it slip that she knows Mal's name, Monty abandons her on the barren lunar surface. She screams this bit of Mandarin to the heavens as his ship departs. This phrase is also noteworthy for its use on the back cover of Serenity: The Official Visual Companion, where Chinese characters inform prospective buyers: "If you don't buy this book, your friends will think you're a stupid inbred stack of meat."

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Cows on a spacehip
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Cows on a spacehip
Just what you weren't expecting in the final scene as the camera pans out. Hilarious.

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It’s still getting shout-outs
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - It’s still getting shout-outs
In 2009, Google released a real-time collaborative editing online framework called Wave. The name is based on characters in Firefly sending ‘waves,’ or messages, to others. Recently, the popular sci-fi show Fringe had an episode titled “Firefly” after the show was moved to Fox’s famed ‘Friday Night Death Slot.’ The CBS show The Big Bang Theory also references Firefly, such as in the season three episode “The Staircase Implementation,” where Sheldon has Leonard sign an agreement to always reserve Friday nights for watching Firefly, as the show is “going to be on forever.” Read more at #VLd9UrjHkr9ojRwB.99" title="Click to open in a new window or tab" target="_blank">http://furiousfanboys.com/2010/12/8-things-you-may-not-have-known-about-firefly/#VLd9UrjHkr9ojRwB.99

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Because Mal was a truly great captain
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Because Mal was a truly great captain
When Joss Whedon created Malcolm Reynolds as the centerpiece of Firefly, he wanted a hero who is “everything that a hero is not.” Once a sergeant in the losing war for independence, Mal captains a team of misfits in smuggling operations on the edge of the galaxy. His main goal in life is to be left alone and avoid the Alliance government—until he discovers (in the movie Serenity), their heavy-handed plan to fix (i.e., medicate and subdue) the world, at which point he aims to misbehave. He’s broken, bitter and faithless. He’s also damn funny and the one person his crew can count on without reservation. Through his crew, Mal slowly comes to terms with what he’s lost in himself. As Nathan Fillion describes the team his character surrounded himself with: “In Wash, he has a lust for life and a sense of humor he’s lost. In Jayne, he has selfishness. In Book, he has spirituality. In Kaylee, he has innocence. Everybody represents a facet of himself that he has lost and that’s why he keeps them close and safe, and yet at arm’s length.” That dynamic complexity in Mal and in his interactions with the crew are what drew us to Firefly and how a TV show canceled midway through its first season sold 500,000 copies on DVD, launched a major motion picture, spawned two comic book series, inspired rabid fans still actively championing the show, and begat two collections of scholarly essays* and the forthcoming third companion book, Firefly: Still Flying.

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Because they hid figurines of Han Solo in carbonite throughout the show.
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - Because they hid figurines of Han Solo in carbonite throughout the show.
14 cameos actually. In every episode of Firefly, the cast and crew managed to hide a Han Solo in Carbonite toy in one scene. For example, in the episode “Jaynestown,” the toy can be found behind the mudder’s bar. It can also be found behind Mal while he’s cleaning his weapons in “Heart of Gold” and in the engine room when Kaylee is in her hammock in “The Message.”

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The Browncoats
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The Browncoats
You know your a Browncoat if... 1. You speak in English but swear in Chinese 2. You use the the "Shiny" and "Gorram" everyday 3. You glue plastic dinosaurs to you cars' dashboard 4. You threaten to kill people with your brain 5. You now say companion instead of hooker 6. You saw Serenity in the theatre more that you've seen any other move 7. You learned how to knit so you could have a Jayne hat 8. You get teary eyedwhen you hear someone say "Wash" 9. You threaten people who talk in theatres with the special hell 10. You find yourself tying in Firefly and Serenity into everyday life... all the time...but you swear you're not obsessed.

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The strength of the fandom
Reasons we still love Firefly and aren't over it's cancellation - The strength of the fandom
Firefly generated a loyal base of fans during its three-month original broadcast run on Fox in late 2002. These fans, self-styled Browncoats, used online forums to organize and try to save the series from being canceled by Fox only three months after its debut. Their efforts included raising money for an ad in Variety magazine and a postcard writing campaign to UPN. While unsuccessful in finding a network that would continue the show, their support led to a release of the series on DVD in December 2003. A subsequent fan campaign then raised over $14,000 in donations to have a purchased Firefly DVD set placed aboard 250 U.S. Navy ships by April 2004 for recreational viewing by their crews. These and other continuing fan activities eventually persuaded Universal Studios to produce a feature film, Serenity.[4] (The title of Serenity was chosen, according to Whedon, because Fox still owned the rights to the name 'Firefly'). Numerous early screenings of rough film cuts were held for existing fans starting in May 2005 as an attempt to create a buzz to increase ticket sales when the final film cut was released widely on September 30, 2005. The film was not as commercially successful as fans had hoped, opening at number two and making only $40 million worldwide during its initial theatrical release.

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The theme song is so right
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“The Ballad of Serenity,” performed by Sonny Rhodes, is the haunting and beautiful theme song to both the show, Firefly and the movie, Serenity, which gives closure to the show's characters. The music includes a phenomenal mix of banjo, guitar and violin that somehow manages to be slow and soft, yet catchy in a way that makes you want to dance. The lyrics add to the magic with their air of determination, defiance and grit. Usually, when binge-watching a show, I eventually get to a point of skipping the opening, but Firefly is my exception. “The Ballad of Serenity” is worth listening to every time.

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