Firefly is back... sort of.

 

"You can't take the sky from me."

Joss Whedon's short-lived science-fiction/western series Firefly was canceled by Fox back in 2002 but fans of the show - calling themselves Browncoats - have never let the light die. Their dedication has spurred the release of comic books, a feature-length movie, and numerous books about the show. Now the fan base is attempting to purchase the rights from Fox in order to jumpstart the series once again.

This continued flurry of support was spurred by EW’s report that the Science channel has purchased the rights to air the show in its entirety and in the proper order. In keeping with the learning theme of the channel, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku will discuss the science behind the show. Expect one of the first topics to be related to Firefly's accurate portrayal of no sound in space.

Lead actor Nathan Fillion gave a short interview to EW and among one of the more interesting topics is the fact that if he wins $300 million dollars in the California Lottery he plans on purchasing the rights to the show and distribute it on the internet. Shortly after the interview was released, someone at the California Lottery purchased a ticket for Fillion and sent him a picture of it. The very next day an anonymous user registered the new site as a portal to attempt to raise money to purchase the rights to the show and give them to Fillion. While it's doubtful that the show will be brought back after nearly a decade, the passion is truly commendable.

If you have yet to see this masterful television show, you owe it to yourself to not miss this rebroadcast.

Image courtesy of http://firefly.wikia.com

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man, i like firefly, but i dont think it's really THAT great. i watched the series and Serenity... idk, good, but nothing amazing.

MightyJordan said,
I don't know much about Firefly. All I know is the plot is basically copied almost exactly in Uncharted 2 (thank you to "Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?" for that) http://www.gametrailers.com/video/uncharted-2-hawp/59110

Is it worth watching? I like the Uncharted games, if that helps.

Never tried Uncharted, but I'll say this... it came as a bit of a shock when they cancelled Firefly after only one season. I mean seriously, it was good and it had a ton of viewer support. If that tells you anything about it, then by all means, go ahead and watch it. Keep in mind it's a sci-fi show, and if memory serves... Uncharted is a modern shooter or some-such?

Metodi Mitov said,

Never tried Uncharted, but I'll say this... it came as a bit of a shock when they cancelled Firefly after only one season. I mean seriously, it was good and it had a ton of viewer support. If that tells you anything about it, then by all means, go ahead and watch it. Keep in mind it's a sci-fi show, and if memory serves... Uncharted is a modern shooter or some-such?

Don't worry, sci-fi suits me just fine.

Firefly was great, Serenity was so-so. Nathan Fillion is also great and continues to amuse me still in the Halo world and in Castle via MCE (Does a great cameo of his Firefly space cowboy at Halloween).

Chugworth said,
So what's science-fiction doing on the Science Channel?

Ever hear of the Science Behind StarTrek series? Firefly on the Science Channel will be presented with interspersed commentary on the scientific basis and/or possibilities of the science and tech appearing in the show.

Kushan said,
Sometimes, I feel like I'm the only person alive that doesn't like Firefly.

I love Firefly. It's a real shame it was cancelled. I think the network just didn't know how to promote it. Is it Sci-Fi, or is it a Western... it's BOTH! On paper, it just looks like it wouldn't work. But it does.

Kushan said,
Sometimes, I feel like I'm the only person alive that doesn't like Firefly.

Sadly, I think you are. If we could only convert you, The universe would go out of balance and Firefly would come back on TV, I'm sure of it.

The rest of the show is bloody brilliant...if you get past the bad Fox-produced/reworked "Train robbery" pilot. That's what killed it for me, until enough of my friends pushed me to watch the rest.

excalpius said,
The rest of the show is bloody brilliant...if you get past the bad Fox-produced/reworked "Train robbery" pilot. That's what killed it for me, until enough of my friends pushed me to watch the rest.

I concur, I had a similar experience when watching it. I blame Greg Dean's "Real Life comics" for the pushing though.

LynxMukka said,
I'm genuinely interested as to why television hearsay has found its way onto a technology news site.

Exactly, I though this was something related to Firefox LOL. Then I'm like what is tv news doing here?

LynxMukka said,
I'm genuinely interested as to why television hearsay has found its way onto a technology news site.

Simple: There are a lot of geeks who love Firefly and I assume some of them are editors here. 8)

But seriously, the fact that the cast has commitments (like Nathan with Castle) prevents any serious discussions about Firefly.

There are people in Hollywood who would've considered funding the show (Joss Whedon is very popular, after all) but after the plotline of SERENITY and most of the cast now in other long term tv series commitments (re: Nathan FINALLY has a successful hit on his hands), it just isn't going to happen. 8(

Nathan was being sincere but ultimately facetious. Basically, "If I ever win the lottery, I'd..." And people have taken that as much more than that.

After all, it wouldn't take a fraction of $300 million to pick up the rights from Fox, bring Joss on board, etc...

There just isn't any chance of pulling the cast together.

I have mixed feelings about this, on one hand I love Firefly and on the other hand I love Firefly. Firefly was great, it was epic, it was awesome and it was <insert term of greatness here>. But it is done, and part of it's greatness may have lied in its short lived nature, if you suddenly start making more, that does not mean that it will be good, hell, by bringing it back, you could be making the franchise, as a whole, worse. Star Wars, I think, is a good example of this.

On the other hand, more Firefly, woot!

Sraf said,
I have mixed feelings about this, on one hand I love Firefly and on the other hand I love Firefly. Firefly was great, it was epic, it was awesome and it was <insert term of greatness here>. But it is done, and part of it's greatness may have lied in its short lived nature, if you suddenly start making more, that does not mean that it will be good, hell, by bringing it back, you could be making the franchise, as a whole, worse. Star Wars, I think, is a good example of this.

On the other hand, more Firefly, woot!

You misread the article. They will not be creating new episodes. The Science Channel has merely bought the rights to re-broadcast the existing lot of episodes interspersed with related science commentary. That is all. Sadly, nothing more.

Love this show, have the series on DVD as well as the movie. It really was/is entertaining. Shame that it was canceled, there is major support for this show.

The Walking Dead reminds me a lot of this show somehow, let's just hope it doesn't get canceled as well, as I enjoy that one too.

What? I'm not sure what this article is really saying. So the only potential for the show actually returning is a lottery win? Why is that news?

Frazell Thomas said,
What? I'm not sure what this article is really saying. So the only potential for the show actually returning is a lottery win? Why is that news?

Actually, the point of the article is this

"The very next day an anonymous user registered the new site as a portal to attempt to raise money to purchase the rights to the show and give them to Fillion."

It's no surprise how much money an internet project can raise. Depend on how much that actual cost to buy the rights from Fox. If it cost $1,000,000 then all it takes is $10 from 100,000 fans around the world. That's less then the cost of the DVD. I'm sure many are willing to pitch in more than that and when the project build up momentum, Joss and the original casts and crews might even donate their own money/time.

In 2010 alone, Can't Stop The Serenity raised $131,624.41 for charity.

http://www.cantstoptheserenity.com/

Yes, the main roadblock is many of the cast are tied up in their own show now but it should not be a problem to do a few specials a year. Screening for these new episode can go toward funding future episodes.