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Happy Firefly Day!!! November 11, 2012

Posted by Alichat in Humor, Random, TV.
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As some of you know, I am a big Firefly fan.  The show cancelled too soon, yet has still kept flying in the minds and hearts of fans.  A show with such ardent fans (known as Browncoats) that Universal Pictures green lit a movie version, Serenity, giving Joss Whedon his feature film debut and fans a few more hours of time with their favorite family of space cowboys.  A show where they cursed in Mandarin, and that family consisted of two war veterans, one career criminal, an ace pilot, a brilliant and wide-eyed mechanic, a companion, a preacher, a doctor, and his genius sister who had been experimented on by the government.  And you think your family screams dysfunctional!  A show which kicked off the careers of Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, and reignited our affection for Ron Glass.  As you saw from The Avengers, one of Whedon’s greatest abilities is to showcase, through strong storytelling, a cast of varied individuals wrapped in fun and witty dialogue.  But he is also expert at casting talent. Throw a stone at 80% of the television shows today, and you will find either an actor or actress or writer from a Whedon show.  In the remaining 20% you will find someone with a connection to a Whedon cast member.  It’s the new Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon……the Six Degrees of Whedon.

In honor of its 10th Anniversary, the Science Channel has been running a Firefly marathon today ending with an hour long special, Firefly 10th Anniversary: Browncoats Unite.  It’s comprised of interviews with the cast, creator, and writers; footage from the 10th Anniversary San Diego Comic Con Panel from this past summer; and behind the scenes secrets.  I’m a little giddy just writing about it! I’m actually missing Homeland to watch it, which says a lot. I don’t miss my Bishops on Friday night, and I don’t miss Brody & Carrie on Sunday nights…..until now.  (Speaking of the Bishops, Fringe will begin syndication reruns on Science Channel starting Nov 20, and John Noble gives partial credit to Firefly for Fringe receiving their 5th season…..shiny!)

So in honor of Firefly Day…..yep I deemed it that!…..I’ve attached two videos.  The first is an auto-tuned remix of love from the Science Channel.  It’s quirky and odd, and that’s why I like it!  The second is the Firefly extended gag reel.  This video initially made the rounds with Browncoats shortly after the show was cancelled.  It was put together by the editing crew as a gift to be played at the Christmas party, which sadly became the series wrap party.  It has now been included in the DVD release.  Take a bite of the green apple America, and open yourself up to a really great show that was ended well before its time.

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