Saturday, February 16, 2008

News from the 'Verse

I don't wanna explode!
Ok, so far not much about Firefly, Serenity, Buffy, Angel or even Joss. What's going on? Well lots, just I'm a little shy. If I tell you too much then that's like sticking your head (or other bodypart) over the top so it might get shot off. But then again, that one other person who read the blog that wasn't me might get upset if I don't write something soon. Probably.

A leaf on the wind.
Firefly was cancelled in 2002, 5 years before I saw it. There were differences in opinion between the show's creator Joss Whedon and Fox, the episodes were shown out of sequence and some of the completed episodes were never aired. Maybe you've never seen it or the film it eventually spawned, Serenity. That would be a real shame, because both are excellent. Really, really, on lots of levels and planes, excellent. Joss Whedon, who created Buffy and Angel (and so much more) was surprised by how vocal the fans were when the series was pulled. The fans were so active, in fact, that a follow-up film, Serenity, was released by Whedon and Universal Pictures in 2005.

I read a poem. Try not to faint.
So what? Weeell, it's hard to say. Mr Whedon has said that he would revisit the Firefly/Serenity 'Verse but that funding and timing are the major issues. Plus he has a new TV series in the pipeline with Eliza Dushku ('Faith' from Buffy) called 'Dollhouse' that's supposed to be out this September. But I really loved this series and I would really like to see it return to TV. Which it will be doing this Monday! The SciFi Channel are doing screening back to back episodes (spotted on the website). Not quite the same as a new series, but hopefully will attract some new converts.

You can't take the sky from me
So hope flies eternal. It would be a great shame if Firefly didn't have another TV or cinema outing, but stranger things have happened. And the fan sites are there and growing. And Steven Brust has just published a Firefly novel that's available to download from which I've just started to read and looks to be very promising. So in the interests of science (I am a nerd and a geek) I took a quick look at the Google search stats for Firefly, Buffy, Angel and, as a comparison, Star Wars.

Google search results

Search phraseType: all the wordsType: exact phrase
Firefly tv series362, 00016, 600
Buffy tv series474, 00012, 600
Angel tv series2, 340, 00026, 400
Star wars tv series1, 040, 00049, 000
Star wars movie5, 930, 0001, 780, 000
Serenity39, 000, 00039, 000, 000
Serenity movie234, 00066, 500

(thanks to Blogger tips and tricks for help on table formatting!
Tomorrow, we will postulate on what the figures mean, but for now - not even 6 million pages for Star Wars movie? The shame!