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I'm jumping in here without actually having read this thread (I want to totally avoid spoilers), I just started watching this show, finishing disc 1 yesterday. My verdict:

What a freaking sweet show! My disappoinment with the Star Wars prequels has found a positive counterpoint: this show is what they could have been. I'm a bit upset I can't get to the video store until tonight and am going to have to wait a bit longer to catch the rest of the series. Goodness grief I think the only shows that have gotten me this excited this quickly are: Lost, Alias, and Twin Peaks, which is mighty good company.

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Welcome to the Browncoats, Kyle!

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No kidding. I casually mentioned to someone yesterday that I was watching the show and she about flipped her lid. It was like I told her she had won a million dollars or something. Her reaction led me to believe people really, really like this show.

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Kyle, I've met very, very few people who are ambivalent to Firefly; though a few that've seen it aren't fans, most are head-over-heels insane about it. Me included!

(I actually just bought the pencil and paper RPG based on the series the other day...just have to find people to play it!)

I couldn't agree more. I've loaned my copy of Firefly out to many of my friends, who have in turn all fallen head-over-heels in love with it.

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I couldn't agree more. I've loaned my copy of Firefly out to many of my friends, who have in turn all fallen head-over-heels in love with it.

I received an extra copy as a present, which is great--now I can lend the extra and keep one copy safe at home!

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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I've been sorely tempted to buy a few extra copies to use as "loaners" for friends, family, people I don't know, etc.... :D

I wrote a little bit about my love of Firefly here. It doesn't begin to capture how good the show actually is, or how much I love it, but it is a start.

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Book's backstory to be revealed!

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They're jumping straight to graphic novel instead of doing individual issues? Interesting. There are very few times when comic book companies decide that's financially viable.

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They're jumping straight to graphic novel instead of doing individual issues? Interesting. There are very few times when comic book companies decide that's financially viable.

My guess is that they're banking on the Browncoats and the rest of the rather rabid/devoted Whedon fanbase.

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"I feel a nostalgia for an age yet to come..."
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Nathan Fillion and Firefly's writers are ready continue the show:

When Nathan Fillion announced yesterday he'd love to step into the tight pants of Capt. 'Mal' Reynolds again, we of course liked the idea, but also thought ... well, what's the chance of that? But today, now that a couple of Firefly writers chimed in to say they'd also climb on board a new Firefly in a heartbeat, we're instead asking—could there really be a chance of that?

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Please. The LAST time the series was revived, it led to a movie which killed off two of the most appealing characters. So bringing the show back is pretty much an impossibility, now -- at least in anything resembling its previous form.

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Please. The LAST time the series was revived, it led to a movie which killed off two of the most appealing characters. So bringing the show back is pretty much an impossibility, now -- at least in anything resembling its previous form.

Serenity did take place around what would have been, IIRC, the fifth season of Firefly. So they theoretically could do a reboot with the entire cast that would fill in the gaps between the end of the show and the start of the movie.

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Take my life...

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I saw Serenity when it was first in theatres and loved it. I subsequently bought the series and enjoyed those to. I really do need to re-watch the series because I've forgotten a lot of it but it had plenty of quotable quotes, a terrific atmosphere and chemistry between the cast/characters. There are very few shows where you cannot tamper with any of the casting choices but Firefly is one of those shows. Plus, it had some great guest stars as well (Gregory Itzin and Christina Hendricks - twice [and she's hot!]).

Oddly, one of my best friends wasn't too impressed with the film. Something's wrong with him. :(

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I'm writing a paper about Firefly/Serenity for grad school, and one of the sources I found is Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon. I've only read the Shepherd Book chapter, but the author seems pretty insightful.

I'll tell her you said so.

You've probably already found some good stuff, too, in Investigating Firefly: Science Fiction on the Frontier, ed. Wilcox & Cochran.

There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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You've probably already found some good stuff, too, in Investigating Firefly: Science Fiction on the Frontier, ed. Wilcox & Cochran.

My library doesn't have that one, actually. I found most of my sources from a Firefly/Serenity issue of Slayage from a few years ago.

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