How to bring back Firefly in five terrible steps

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How many times a day do you think someone tries to convince Joss Whedon to bring back Firefly? The users of social bookmarking site reddit wasted no time asking Whedon to get the Serenity gang back together during an "Ask Me Anything" chat, and Whedon explained the ruinous steps he'd have to take.

One of reddit's most intriguing subsections is "Ask Me Anything," where people with interesting jobs and experiences answer questions posed by the reddit community. This week, Whedon did one of these AMA collaborative interviews, and while it was most likely to tease the release of Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers, he answered all manner of questions about Firefly, Buffy, Angel, Toy Story, and his feelings about politics and art in general.

redditor wjc06 was eager to offer his plan for resuscitating Whedon's canceled-too-soon Firefly:

Just an idea.

Put Firefly season 2 up as a project on Kickstarter and see how much money you can get to buy the rights and make it happen.


To which Whedon responded:

Step 2: Cancel Castle. Step 3: Cancel Homeland. Step 4: Generally destroy everybody's careers. Step 5: Avoid Step 2.

Okay, so in order to bring Firefly back, I just have to become a television programming supervillain. This doesn't sound like an enormous obstacle, except for, you know, the moral issues.

There are a few other gems from the AMA. redditor dbertie asked Whedon if he ever had a hard time killing off his characters, and who was the hardest one to kill. Whedon's reply:

I actually find it refreshing... delightful.... vaguely arousing....

Actually, I'm, no offense, very tired of being labelled as "the guy who kills people". Shakespeare (he's this hot new writer) does it way more than me, and everyone's all excited about how he, as it were, holds a mirror up to nature, while I'm like the Jason Voorhees of the writing community. Unfair.

Also, probably Buffy's Mom.

When one redditor complained that, during the San Diego Comic-Con Iron Man 2 panel, the only audience comments directed at Scarlett Johansson were "You're hot," Whedon responded:

All I can say is that Scarlett gets to do a lot more than be hot in "Avengers". It's definitely dispiriting to have a woman play an heroic role and then be reduced to body parts by fan commentary, but that can only change slowly. And is.


And when another asked for his opinion on fanfiction:

All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet — it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.


Also, if you're still committed to the whole "bribing Joss Whedon to create more Firefly episodes" thing, the man has now stated on the record that his favorite ice cream flavor is salted caramel.

I am Joss Whedon - AMA. [reddit]


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I don't see bringing back Firefly as so destructive to all these other shows.

Film it when Castle isn't being filmed. Nathan Fillion would absolutely not complain about this.

Adam Baldwin's work nowadays mostly consists of voicework for DC Comics cartoon, and Chuck is over.

Morena Baccharin can be a guest star - Inara already had an excuse to be off the ship a lot. Not only that, but Homeland can certainly continue without her. Cancellation not required.

Gina Torres isn't doing anything (though she's in a show called "Suits" that may or may not premiere this year)

Jewel Staite is in The LA Complex, which looking at broadcast, seems to film around the same time as Castle, I'm sure she also couldn't complain.

Sean Maher is available.

Summer Glau also doesn't appear to have anything on her plate.

Alan Tudyk and Ron Glass can either be left out or brought back to life if they're game via something sci-fi and cool. Maybe the Alliance clones them, brainwashes them and sends them in as infiltrators and it's up to Mal and crew to turn them back to the light! Top of my head idea.

Time has gone by, but it's not nearly as hard as he makes it out to be. Hell, I'd settle for made-for-TV movies if they want to do it infrequently.