Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Serenity of Knowing Firefly Can't Die

Today we’re going to take a break from Netflix in order to discuss something.

Networks suck. Ok, not all networks. One in particular, however, sucks. I mean, who in their right mind cancels a show like Firefly? A real suck of a network, that’s who.

I think the majority of us, even if the network isn’t blamed, agree that canceling Firefly was one of the worst ideas in television history.

We lost Serenity and they took the sky from us.


Of course, this was over a decade ago.

Something they weren’t able to take from fans of Firefly was our love of the actors involved.

We watched as Nathan Fillion played in a strange alien film (Slither) that was pretty much amazing because of him and his costar. We squee’d when he starred as the cocky Captain Hammer across from Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Gone Girl, Starship Troopers) and Felicia Day (Dollhouse, The Guild, Supernatural) in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Some people only watched Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters because they knew he played Hermes and all of us bounced when he made those off-hand references to the lost sci-fi series he was a captain in. Now, we watch as he plays a cocky writer on Castle and remark about how awesome he pulls off that “cocky” persona… always.

We may not be able to pronounce Alan Tudyk’s last name, but we know his voice by heart. His part as Wash in Serenity broke our hearts and he’s imprinted on the pieces floating around in our chests. We watched him as Alpha in another short-lived series by Joss Whedon (Dollhouse). We couldn’t believe our ears when we played Injustice: Gods Among Us and heard his voice for Green Arrow. He was an unsung hero (well… villain) in Frozen when he voiced the Duke of Weselton. Naturally, when he voiced Alistair Krei in Big Hero 6, we just assumed that meant he was the bad guy.

Most of us followed the other actors: Gina Torres (24, Hannibal, Suits), Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Stargate SG-1, Gotham), Adam Baldwin (Chuck, The Last Ship, Angel), Jewel Staite (Stargate: Atlantis, The Killing, The L.A. Complex), Sean Maher (The Playboy Club, Make It or Break It, Much Ado About Nothing), Summer Glau (The 4400, Dollhouse, Arrow) and Ron Glass (All Grown Up, Death at a Funeral, Lakeview Terrace). For the purpose of this post, however, we’ll be paying attention to Fillion and Tudyk.

Why? Because they are creating another show.

No, this one won’t have Browncoats in space, but does that matter? Everything those two touch shines like diamond among the coal. Besides, we’d be fools not to expect the references; the private jokes that exist solely between them and their fans.

In fact, the show is about a couple of actors who played parts on a previous sci-fi show that was canceled by the network after one season. It seems like a bit of an inside look into what happened to the actors of the show right after it was canceled. They’re also recruiting some familiar faces.

Watch the video below for more information on who might be appearing.

The best part about this new show, “Con Man?”

No network can cancel it.

Fillion and Tudyk are joining forces and pushing their show to followers of IndieGogo. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s pretty much Kickstarter for movies.

This. Thing. Looks. Awesome.

The perks aren’t too bad either, and a lot of the stretch goals have already been met.

I will be pledging as much as possible to the show created by two of the best actors out there, in memory of our lost Serenity. I urge you all to take a look. Pledge or share or just generally spread the good news.

A message to the actors of Firefly that have kept the link with their fans: We know you could have just moved on. We know you could have ignored that the show ever happened. We're grateful that we still share the private jokes of the story line with you. It makes us feel like Firefly can never truly end; like losing something doesn't mean you lose everything. Thank you.

“Con Man” Indiegogo:  

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