10 Things We Didn’t Know About Firefly

1. There’s a New Firefly Movie Coming!

…Kind of. Joss Whedon has given his blessing to a fan film, Browncoats: Redemption, which chronicles the adventures of another transport ship crew in the post-Serenity ‘verse. Since the film is not-for-profit, with all proceeds going to charity, they’ve had to rely on volunteer crew members and free shooting time at Wild West theme parks. This sounds like it could be entertaining in soooo many extremely different ways.

2. Jayne’s Dead

In one of four new stories written by former Firefly writers, we visit a cranky old Mal Reynolds, who’s turned the Serenity over to Zoe and retired, unable to deal with the attention the events of the movie brought to him. In the story, he finds out that Jayne, who embraced the attention and became a hero millionaire, went to bed drunk with his gun Vera and accidentally shot himself in his sleep. On the bright side, Simon and Kaylee have gotten married and have two brilliant kids. Although we’re a little worried that Auntie River is their babysitter…

3. We Almost Got “Bad Horse” Six Years Early

One story idea Whedon had for Firefly was for mutant animals to run rampant on a planet. The plan was that cow DNA — shipped to distant farm planets to be grown, rather than real cows — would somehow get corrupted. However, Whedon had pre-emptively assumed the network would make him choose a different, more exciting animal, like a horse. Mutant, man-eating horses running amok? Hopefully, this story idea will feature prominently in any Dr. Horrible sequel.

4. Fillion is a Major Prankster

Not only did Nathan Fillion kidnap the propmaster’s toy monkey and send it on an Amelie-style cross-country journey with his parents, he also put hand lotion on the door handle of Jewel Staite’s trailer and got ahold of several embarrassing childhood pictures of Alan Tudyk, sticking them on the walls at Wash’s wake. Do not turn your back on Nathan Fillion.

5. Their Guns Were Flashlights

The Firefly props department made some new, space-age guns for the show, but many were pre-existing props from L.A. prop rental houses. One such gun, the “Lassiter” (named for Pixar animator John Lasseter) from the episode “Trash,” had been around for at least a decade, and was made out of an old, rechargeable flashlight attached to a toy pistol grip.

6. Kaylee and Inara are Besties

Not only do actresses Jewel Staite and Morena Baccarin have the same birthday, Baccarin was also the maid of honor at Staite’s wedding. However, to shock people on set, they would often say incredibly mean things to each other. Example: “I am so sick of looking at your face.” Yikes.

7. Half the Crew Was From Buffy and Angel

We knew that some of Whedon’s established writers transitioned to the new series, but the stunt coordinator? The location manager? Even the stand-in for Fillion and Adam Baldwin had spent three years standing in for David Boreanaz on Angel before getting this gig. We’re surprised there was anyone left to run the other shows.

8. Actors Get the Best Souvenirs

When actor Ron Glass left the show, he was given Shepherd Book’s Holy Bible, the one that had been personally annotated by Summer Glau in character as River Tam. That’s kind of cool, but Adam Baldwin got the best present of all — the head of his statue from the episode “Jaynestown.” Both items were later auctioned off for charity.

9. A Firefly Musical Episode Was Not Implausible

No, Whedon wasn’t planning one or anything like that, but the musically inclined showrunner apparently likes to sing on set, and during one break in shooting he started singing the theme from Oklahoma! Immediately, Nathan Fillion, Fillion’s stand-in and a half-dozen others joined in, and they sang the whole song through before returning to work. We’re imagining a hallucinatory coolant leak on board the Serenity, with feelings expressed through song and, in River’s case, interpretive dance.

10. Firefly Has Been Watched in Space

It’s only to be expected that there are astronauts who like Firefly; they are, after all, mostly übernerd scientists who love space. But to have actual photographic evidence of “Browncoat” astronaut Steven Swanson and his DVD boxed set floating in zero-G is one giant leap for nerddom.

via Television Without Pity


  1. Andrew says:

    On point #1, ‘Browncoats: Redemption’ was actually released a couple of years ago. It’s now out of print, so if you don’t have a copy you’re out of luck. http://browncoatsmovie.com

    • London says:

      It’s out of print because of the copyright restrictions by Fox. They only let them distribute the film for a short time if the money was going to charity. In other words, this is the one a torrent is going to be “victimless crime,” as I’m sure the Browncoats who made it still want people to see it. I think Mal Reynolds would approve.

  2. Dawn says:

    Yes, point #1 had a showing a couple years ago here where I live. And point #9, I would have loved to see that. Do you think anyone recorded it?

  3. Michelle says:

    The Dukes of Hazzard was aired on Fri. nights at 8pm. If everyone was out partying then, how did it become such an iconic tv show with such a huge fan base?

    • Beamer says:

      Because Dukes of Hazzard was geared to 1-15 yr olds, not the age to be out partying on a fri night. Heck I know I was just trying to see Daisy in the shorts! that was a good fri night for me LOL.

  4. Duncan says:

    @Michelle, dukes of hazard was aired in a different age and more importantly it was aired in order.

    Despite being aired out of order and in the timeslot of death firefly actually had decent ratings, especially for a sci-fi show in it’s first season, it’s cancellation was a travesty.

  5. Meghan says:

    On point #2, it is my interpretation that those events were not presented as the definitive future of the ‘verse. Instead, at the end, it flashes to Mal fighting the Operative and refers to this as the present. Therefore, I believe that this story was intended to be Mal’s vision of the possible consequences of releasing the signal. As such, we can imagine that he was both right and wrong in places.

    For instance, the moment in which this vision occurs is after Wash has been killed so Mal pictures Zoe as a recluse who hardly talks to anyone. However, we know from Float Out that Zoe was pregnant. It stands to reason that this fact, which Mal did not yet know, would have changed his vision of the future. Additionally, Mal can picture himself as alone all he wants. It actually fits his character that he would see such a bleak future for himself. But, do you really think the crew would let that happen? I don’t.

    • Audrey says:

      Meghan, I completely agree, I don’t see Mel being alone in the future. Also I don’t think Jayne would shoot himself accidentally with Vera, his beloved firearm. Inara, in the shows, loved Mel, I haven’t read the books/comics so I’m not aware how their relationship progressed, but in the tv shows you could see the sparks and she returned to the ship in the movie, so I think she would have stayed with him, some how or other. I do wish they’d make a new movie about them, but I’m afraid Weldon would wind up killing some more of the crew off.

  6. REX BOVEE says:

    What? Kaylee’s “off the market?” Dangz!!!

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