Firefly: Six reasons it should return (and one reason it shouldn’t)

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After almost 12 years away from our screens, here are some reasons Firefly needs to return…and one reason cancellation may have been for the best.

Joss Whedon has masterminded some of the most beloved entertainment franchises of all time, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and that’s without mentioning his work on Toy Story and taking over Marvel’s The Avengers series. Still, Firefly remains the cult classic sat on Whedon’s ever-filling shelf.

Firefly was commissioned after the success of Angel and allowed Whedon to pursue his own idea of a space western without limitations. Sadly, viewing figures were low after some disruptive scheduling, which led to Firefly’s cancellation. Only 14 episodes of the show were made, before a feature film was demanded by the show’s loyal fans.

Firefly’s been off our screens now for almost 12 years. The film adaptation, Serenity, was released in 2005, but it’s about time Captain Mal and his crew returned to the small screen – here’s why.

 

Strong characters…

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Considering Firefly only ran for 14 episodes and boasted an ensemble cast of around eight main characters, each character had their moment in the spotlight – they were fully formed, all with their own personalities, storylines and secrets. The Shepard with dark secrets was more than that 2D representation; even though we were treated to a load of hints at a previous life, he was also a fully realised character without it.

 

All images: 20th Television

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