So last week, blogger Marc Bernardin caused a big kerfuffle by turning to the Interwebs to vent his feelings about Netflix’s recent proposal to make new episodes of the seemingly dead and buried television show Arrested Development. Apparently Bernardin feels that this same theory should totally be applied to all the cult classics whos stars burned out before their time – but mostly just to bring short lived/much loved sci-fi western Firefly back from the grave. If you haven’t read the article, which was posted on his Tumblr account, Bernardin goes into a lot of detail concerning exactly what he thinks would be needed to revive the fan favorite, and it’s nothing short of an adrenaline shot to the heart. Cue the Bon Jovi.
From securing the rights from Fox to snagging the cast, all his ideas are logical and sound, and you can’t deny the dude has a point. Unfortunately, the entire thing is pure speculation from a fan’s point of view rather than a leaked plan of action, Gorram it! And since very few things ever happen simply because the fans remain diligent for decades, it reads as just another blogger like the rest of us, shooting their hopes and dreams into the murky depths of the Interwebs. Like Jeyne waiting to see what exactly happens in Inara’s boudoir.
And then this happened:
Nathan Fillion’s super ambiguous tweet.
That’s right. Captain Mal Reynolds, also sometimes known as the charismatic Nathan Fillion, happened to stumble across Bernadin’s blog and reposted it for his million+ followers to check out. Which means, not only did he see it, but he’s clearly intrigued enough to support the theory – at least by remaining impassive rather than shooting it down.
But the real question is, Browncoats…do we honestly want this to happen? Think about it. Realistically speaking, where would the story be taken since Serenity’s whole purpose was to be a condensed version of the next few seasons and tie up loose ends? Or do you strike Serenity from the record completely and start fresh where “Objects In Space” ended? We could trust in Whedon to tweak his story a little bit so it doesn’t feel like old moldy leftovers, if only to keep Wash alive and delve further into Shepherd Book’s cryptic background. It’s a tough choice, and there would be legions of irate fans on either side of the fence. So which way do you turn with the intentions of keeping the fandom happy?
Most of us just want answers to the questions that 14 episodes and a movie couldn’t get around to answering. Was Inara actually terminal? What’s the extent of River’s abilities? Did Jeyne finally win the Biggest Douche In The ‘Verse award? Sure, we didn’t get enough information, but would it be more prudent in this instance to leave well enough alone? Can Firefly fans find a happy medium? Fillion’s interest has been piqued so many different times by resilient fans who just refuse to let go that the idea is always floating around in the back of his mind. Don’t forget, “If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to ‘Firefly,’ make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.” And most of the cast seems to be in agreement with him. But with Whedon currently tied up in Avengers and Fillion stuck in Castle land, the dynamic duo of the ‘Verse more than likely wont have their chance to correct the first failed attempt, no matter how much begging and pleading we muster up. While we hate the fact that Firefly crashed to an early demise, would bringing it back from the dead really be the best course of action? Could reviving Firefly really be as simple as turning Harry Potter’s Resurrection Stone, or would it just turn into an undead zombie mess? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!