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VOP2288

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#1 11 years ago

A little while ago I went on absolute impulse and bought the movie Serenity for like 8 bucks at Blockbuster...I was not dissatisfied at all. I loved this movie, it had the right mix of action/comedy/drama/etc and blended into an easy to understand yet complex web of the future. The characters were so well portrayed and so alive it was amazing.

I did some research and found out the movie was from the series Firefly that ran on Fox back in 2003. It was from the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and actually pulled in some good reviews and praises from critics. Yet - for some reason, to the dismay of its fans, it was cancelled and never seen again with 2 or 3 episodes never aired.

I bought the DVD series box and watched the whole thing in a matter of a week or two and I was surprised that Firefly was ever cancelled. It's an amazing show that didnt really get to live out everything it truely had to give. It wasnt too spacey for the every day TV goer and but was sci-fi enough to attract the kind of people who watched Buffy - why did this show get canned?!? Has anyone else seen the show or the movie? I just cant understand why something that actually was good got cancelled while Fox runs things like American Idol and their other crappy shows.




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#2 11 years ago

Heard of both of them, but haven't seen either of them maybe except for an episode of Firefly.

Possibly, maybe the show was put in a bad timespot, so only a few people watched it and they saw the show as a flop by ratings and cancelled it. I don't know the rating statistics of the show, so I can't say for sure what happened.




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#3 11 years ago

I personally didn't like it at all. The western out in space just seemed like a cruddy attempt to fictionalize the future. Kinda reminded me of hurcules and xena in space with a wild wild west twist.




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#4 11 years ago
Killer Kyle;3521086Possibly, maybe the show was put in a bad timespot, so only a few people watched it and they saw the show as a flop by ratings and cancelled it. I don't know the rating statistics of the show, so I can't say for sure what happened.

Not even close. Firefly has one of the most rabid fanbases you could imagine, which is evidenced by the fact that it was turned into a movie (excepting perhaps the Star Trek franchise--and even then, Paramount was trying to cash in on the Star Wars craze--can you think of a show that was cancelled and then turned into a major movie release?)

It was cancelled for the same reason that "The Train Job" aired ahead of "Serenity": Fox executives wanted a portfolio of "action" shows (think 24) and felt that the whole concept of Firefly was doomed to failure from the start.




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#5 11 years ago

C38368;3521180Not even close. Firefly has one of the most rabid fanbases you could imagine, which is evidenced by the fact that it was turned into a movie (excepting perhaps the Star Trek franchise--and even then, Paramount was trying to cash in on the Star Wars craze--can you think of a show that was cancelled and then turned into a major movie release?)

It was cancelled for the same reason that "The Train Job" aired ahead of "Serenity": Fox executives wanted a portfolio of "action" shows (think 24) and felt that the whole concept of Firefly was doomed to failure from the start.

Lol. Well I guess their assumption about Firefly was dead wrong.

I know of good shows out there that I just forget to watch because they came on at the wrong time. Sometimes, those shows are cancelled, so I think that sometimes a good show in a bad timeslot (a point where everyone forgets to watch the show, among many other reasons) could kill a show.




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#6 11 years ago
Not even close. Firefly has one of the most rabid fanbases you could imagine, which is evidenced by the fact that it was turned into a movie

Haha - yeah, the series does have ALOT of militant fans out there that actually worked non stop ever since the show was cancelled for Joss Whendon (creator) to either a) make a movie or b) make more episodes

Truthfully I dont see why more episodes cant be made and aired on Sci-Fi...that channel will run anything. The cancelation Firefly was probably Fox's worst ideas in a long time...there was a HUGE wave of money that came in when the series was released on DVD and on some major science fiction websites the top two science fiction movies/shows were actually voted in favor of Firefly in first and Serenity in second (I dont know how they out did Star Trek and Star Wars) There was even a day on June 23rd 2006 when fans encouraged people to go out and buy the series DVD and the movie, and on that day sales nationwide were through the roof for both taking the number 1 and 2 slot for most sold in a single day.

Speaking from a business stand point there's obviously money to be made here (you'd have to be blind to not see that). And from a fan stand point theres was just so much that was left untold and so much yet to tell that a few seasons would make ALOT of people happy.




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#7 11 years ago

I saw the movie, heard the show was great, but the movie killed off any possbility of a new show, I believe, since they killed off one or more of the major characters If I remember correctly.




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#8 11 years ago
Mihail;3521306I saw the movie, heard the show was great, but the movie killed off any possbility of a new show, I believe, since they killed off one or more of the major characters If I remember correctly.

I think Serenity was used to tell the story that was meant to be told in the series. Had Fox not cancelled Firefly, the two hours of Serenity probably would've become five or six seasons (or more?) of Firefly.




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#9 11 years ago
I think Serenity was used to tell the story that was meant to be told in the series. Had Fox not cancelled Firefly, the two hours of Serenity probably would've become five or six seasons (or more?) of Firefly.

Yeah - after seeing the DVD series thats exactly the conclusion I came to as well. The 14 episodes of Firefly just got up to where the viewer begins to learn about the experiments done on River and her unnatural abilities in killing people (something that was done within 45 mins into the movie)

The most sad part about Firefly not being made any more are the characters. Adam Baldwin as Jayne is great at being the tough, rough, space-pirate, moron and dont get me started on how awesome Nathan Fillion is as Malcom Reynolds...the whole cast is great and they all seem to work together extremely well in both the series and the movie.




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#10 11 years ago

Yes, it seems they always cancel the good shows. I liked Serenity, I loved Firefly.

If anyone knows Cowboy Bebop, it has a lot of the same feeling to it....western meets scif-fi. It was just cool. The episodes had a driving story behind them, rich characters and good acting.

It just doesn't make any sense why they cancelled it. Especially after that extremely cryptic last episode.

Many questions are left unanswered....for example: How did Brook get the pass that allowed instant medical treatment? What was his background?


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