Mal Reynolds

A few months ago, we published a story about a theater professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, who was threatened with criminal charges to posting a Firefly quote on his office door.  The problem wasn’t the poster or even the quote, however; the problem was that people fuckin’ fail at reading comprehension and jump to conclusions before considering the evidence.

We now have some follow up information about this completely ridiculous situation. This information shall be presented in a video format!

In a nutshell: the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) took Professor Miller’s case with an interest in defending free speech… and because everybody who knows anything knows that Firefly is goddamn awesome. Neil Gaiman shows up as well! Check out the video to see exactly how the sci-fi nerd community raised to the occasion and got this shit sorted the fuck out. NERD POWER!

Source: io9

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Brent Spiner has an eerily acurate Patrick Stewart impression. It’s awesome, but creepy. Seriously, you must give this a watch. (io9)



(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)

Who would have thought a science fiction television series that premiered nine years ago with only 14 episodes which was then canceled even before the final three episode aired would be making so much news this week? If you’re a Browncoat you’re not surprised at all. Firefly, the show so highly revered in all most every geek’s heart, so much so that through fan campaigns the show FOX did their best to squash was eventually given a major motion picture to wrap up the loose ends caused by cancellation.

It all starts will small victories. First, we learned this week the Science Channel will be airing Firefly episodes starting March 6th. Hooray! Then Nathan Fillion was interviewed for Entertainment Weekly and said something which will go down in nerd infamy. At least to the hordes of Browncoats who are taking these words to heart. When asked if he would ever play Captain Mal again given the opportunity Fillion responded,

If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.

And the webz exploded. Ka-Boom. It didn’t take long for news to spread and Fillion’s words were heralded as a battle cry to all Browncoats to get this mission in gear. The website was started and already posted a plan of action,

Phase 1) Generate momentum. We’re going to setup a way people can pledge funding towards the mission of putting the rights to Firefly back into the hands of people who care about it. Since Nathan said he’d be game to be those hands, we’re going to watch for …

Phase 2) Nathan chimes in towards us and approves the effort. At that point, it’s a real mission and we’ll switch into…

Phase 3) We’ll setup a way for the funding to be collected into a Non-Profit Organization. We’ll then want everyone to make good on their pledge and contribute.

Oh the lofty goals of a couple of nerds. Will we see anything come of us? It’s doubtful and we have yet to hear if Nathan Fillion has any comment about the campaign he unknowingly began. It was a group of fans who pushed for the film, Serenity, so you never know what could happen. Fillion isn’t the only one expressing interest in reviving Firefly either. The Daily What, Geek Edition, caught on to some twittering between Firefly‘s former executive producer, Jose Molina and writer Jane Espenson in response to Fillion reprising his role of Mal,

@JoseMolinaTV For what it’s worth, I’ve told him I’d drop what I was doing and follow.

@JaneEspenson @JoseMolinaTV I’m there, if needed.

No word at all from Joss Wheden though. And I’m not surprised, he does have his hands full with that little flick, The Avengers. But Whedon is no stranger to doing things with out studio or network backing, look to Dr Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog for instance. It’s fun to dream of day when the Serenity crew would be on our television screens again will all new hi jinks and adventure. I think it’d be simply shiny, but what are you guys thinking?


Last summer the above picture of the Firefly crew dressed in Starfleet uniforms was floating around. I just saw it again and it got me thinking. I’d love to see the Firefly gang pull off a job against those stuffy Starfleet officers. Wouldn’t that make an awesome mash-up? We could see some classic match ups, down and dirty, drag out, mega Fanboy fights.

Click the JUMP to see what Firefly / Star Trek match-ups this Nerdbastard wants to see.


Some people call him a space cowboy, yeah
Some call Mal the gangsta of love
Some people call him Malcolm
Wooo Woooo
Cause he speaks of the pompitous of love

People talk about him, baby
Say he’s doin’ you wrong, doin’ you wrong
Well, don’t you worry baby
Don’t worry
Cause he’s right here baby, right here, right here, right here at home

Cause Mal’s a picker
Mal’s a grinner
Mal’s a lover
And Mal’s a sinner
He plays music in the sun

Mal’s a joker
Mal’s a smoker
Mal’s a midnight toker
Mal sure don’t want to hurt no one

Wooo Woooo
Wooo Hoooo

The Science Channel announced today the airing of Firefly beginning March 6th. No announcement about whether or not the channel will run the episodes in the original “out of order” aired order, or will show the Firefly episodes as the should have aired, if Fox had not screwed the whole thing up in that special way that only the Fox network could.

I’m not bitter . . . my panties are still in a wad though.  I’m seeing someone about that, talking seems to help. Check out the Press release after the jump if you’ve been in a Turkish prison for the last ten years and need a refresher about the show.


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(Article by nerdbastards contributor Mark Poynter, A.K.A Mordrun)

This photo is working it’s way around the internet, apparently in an effort to make some nerds flame on and troll out. Not me, I kinda like it.

OK, sit back, sip your beer, and let’s think this through for a minute.  We’ve got a picture of Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly, a quote by Spock from Star Trek, and said quote attributed to Han Solo from Star Wars.

Mal is a smooth operator, much like Han, and Spock, Spock was the pimp daddy of the cool customers in the day.  (That means that he was the one stealing your girlfriend and raising your bike up the flag pole.)  This photo is the mash up of 70’s, 80’s, and 2000,s coolest men of on-screen science fiction.  We all know that Mal and Han shoot first and shoot straight.  Damn straight I say.  So how does Spock fit into that?  Spock is so smooth that he’s already planned your response into his planning of the plan he will use to defeat you, and make it all look so logically simple.  All three of these guys are the Dos Equis guy of their respective franchises.



Respect the Franchise Dos Equis Guys.  Forget Chuck Norris, these guys will mess up your world if you push the wrong buttons.  So the next time you see something like this, don’t spaz out, grab a beer and chill out.  All the cross franchise nerds are doing it.

source: geekologie


There is no reason to not pick Firefly: The complete series from for the “shiny” low cost of $12.99. Unless of course you already have it, then there really is no reason to buy what you already own. However, for 13 bucks just go ahead and buy it and give it to one of your “I hate Joss Whedon” friends. Perhaps they will feel obligated to watch it because it was a gift. Perhaps if they actually watch the whole series, for once they will find the word of Mal Reynolds to be as good as the word of god. Please help support Firefly, spread the gospel!