After news that Firefly creators and cast would come together to talk about the past, present and hopefully a future for the widely-loved TV series (especially the notable addition of various buzz-worthy surprises) spread like wildfire, loyal hordes of fans were all re-energized under a “Let’s have a sequel” banner. And because of that, here are some ideas that Firefly experts and regular fans alike believe creator Joss Whedon (or anyone else taking over) could well use to resurrect the series.
A Serenity Sequel
Serenity was partly designed to wrap up all the lingering plot threads the Firefly TV series never got to resolve. It wasn’t really considered a big success however. Without a broad and well-defined audience fully familiar with its storyline, and the original series providing a stable background, the movie is seen to be hardly marketable. But now that the parameters of the first film were already established, its appeal could well be enhanced with a sequel.
A TV Series Sequel
The intended series sequel should have the same faces as well. After Marvel’s The Avengers success, Whedon now has the power to negotiate a better deal to craft a sequel. Serenity may have already closed a big portion of the storyline highlighting the end of some character arcs, but the core of the crew still has a lot to offer. And this could be made better with the introduction of new exciting characters that could readily fit into the storyline.
A Prequel Movie
Why not? Joss Whedon would so love the responsibility himself. This would be the best time to exploit all essential elements involved by exploring origin stories of the core characters. He could then use this to develop the myth surrounding the Firefly universe. It would also be a good idea since this could well give life to the franchise, paving the way to a further boost in movie and TV series sales.
Better Yet, Do a Reboot
Many folks out there have been hoping for a Firefly reboot. Other franchises are doing it; you have Batman, Spiderman, Star Trek, etc. Some have been successful, others weren’t. Having the same storyline using a different set of actors this time around would be a bit hard to digest at certain angles though, given the excellent character development throughout the original series. Besides, we already have had heavy doses of the great chemistry that helped define the original actors. That would be hard to top.
How About a Firefly TV Series with a “Next Generation” Theme?
The best part that fans loved about the series is how it successfully blended exciting science fiction into a classic Western backdrop, creating an entirely new world to ponder and explore. Whatever the case is, they would sure welcome a “Next Generation” idea with fresh new faces aboard Serenity. This would be made much better if some of the original cast members return as well.
The new franchise could start fresh in the same universe, but it must possess the ability to present again all the great elements that elevated the original series into a cult classic. And with the dramatic evolution of TV production and everyone’s favorite, the special effects, producing a new generation series would be more affordable highlighted by a quality and scope that comes toe-to-toe with the Serenity movie.
So, any ideas you have for Mr. Whedon?