What to do about Firefly Season II?
November 20, 2007
Following on from thinking about putting TV on the internet and how to do it properly, I’ve been wondering about how to continue with Firefly as a TV show.
There is a problem, however.
No, I’m not talking about Fox’s ownership of it, or the problem of rebuilding the creative team both behind the camera and in front… not insurmountable I feel. No, the problem is Serenity.
Serenity the movie is, in essence, season two of Firefly condensed into a two hour epic. I loved Serenity, don’t get me wrong, but it does tend to act as a full stop on any plans for season two.
Whedon hasn’t let that stop him with Buffy, of course… the new Buffy episodes are in comic book form rather than TV and a different medium means a different look and feel. For a start off, there’s no Alyson Hannigan, which is a crime against humanity, but then there’s the physical limits of what you can do (TV = limited, comics = unlimited) and that’s changing the way the story’s told and, just as importantly, the story itself.
But it means there’s a precedent for continuing with a universe in a different medium.
So, what to do about season two?
There are a couple of options. First, we can ignore Serenity entirely and start over. This is appealing on at least one level because we can find out more about Book’s backstory, and that appeals to me no end. But it’s not like we’re going to be surprised by anything that happens and that’s a bit tricky for a full season.
Or, we can carry on from the end of Serenity… but that means no Book backstory and no Wash and that’s just horrible to contemplate. Not impossible (this is a Whedon universe after all. People die) but horrible. That would work.
Or there’s a third choice – set season two with whichever actors want to return to the show and set it some decade later… things have moved on, people have changed, the universe is basically the same but has also turned. There are new challenges and new issues…
That’s probably got my vote. I’d like to see that. I’d like to know what Zoe’s kid is like (of course she’s pregnant). I’d like to know what happens to Jane and to Badger and to all of them.
Or am I barking mad? Hey, someone call Joss and see if he can fit it in. He’s used to multi-tasking.