There was a five year break between Spider-Men from Spider-Man 3 to The Amazing Spider-Man, then there was a four year break between Batmen from The Dark Knight Rises to Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but they’re setting a new record for reboots by launching a new MythBusters. Yes, less than a month after the final episode of the popular Discovery Channel series ended, and brought to a close 15 seasons of myth-busting, the imagination-less people that run TV are looking to put together a relaunch. On top of that, they’re going to choose the hosts through another move that demonstrates an astounding lack or originality: a reality show. (more…)
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Browncoats the world wide are waiting in great anticipation for the Science Channel‘s upcoming Firefly10th anniversary special, Browncoats Unite airing on November 11th. What a strange group we Browncoats are, constantly reminding ourselves of the pain of having one’s favorite show cancelled well before its time. Maybe it’s that we take a certain amount of pride in the show’s post-cancellation success? Or maybe we just like torturing ourselves, it could be really be either/or.
Its hard to believe that 10 years ago at this time, Fox was misusing and abusing a little series called Firefly, Joss Whedon’s now seminal series which combined space opera with the Old West to create one of the most unique and fascinating science fiction shows since the originalStar Trek. Naturally, it was cancelled after 13 episodes.
Well, on this occasion of its tenth anniversary, and as they’re airing the run of Firefly in intended order, the Science Channel hosted a special tenth anniversary panel for Firefly at New York Comic Con today. Although it was unlikely to be the barn-burner the one in San Diego was earlier this year, there was still enough for Browncoats to get excited about: a first look at the Browncoats Unite special (which airs on November 11 at 10 pm), some insights from the people that made the special, and even some surprise guests (each more surprising than the last).
So let’s end the teasing there and segue into a recap of the panel, as interpreted by our fine Bastard crew.
By now you’ve heard the news there will be a Fireflyreunion panel at Comic-Con. It’ll be wonderful and magical. Members of the cast and crew will be there. In person. Just being their lovely, hilarious selves. The whole room will be full of Browncoats celebrating the ten year anniversary of the little sci-fi show that could. And you won’t be there.
Yeah, neither will I, but guess what!? The whole panel is being recorded as part of an anniversary special, Browncoats Unite, airing on the Science Channel on Sunday, November 11th! How freakin’ shiny is that!?
Okay, something a little sooner than November would be nice, but at least this means we’ll have the chance to see the panel in all its Joss Whedon-Tim Minear-Jose Molina-Nathan Fillion–Adam Baldwin-Alan Tudyk–Summer Glau glory, without waiting in hopes for a grainy, cellphone video to be uploaded on YouTube. Though, I’m sure true Browncoats will watch those videos as well. In anticipation.
Debbie Myers, general manager and executive VP of Science, where Firefly lives on in syndication, had this to say about the anniversary special,
Firefly is a landmark work of science fiction and a favorite with our viewers. Ever since it premiered on Science, fans have asked us to do something special to mark its 10-year anniversary. With this signature celebration, punctuated by Browncoats Unite, we will connect the minds behind this classic franchise with its legions of passionate fans.
Oh yeah, did I mention Browncoats Unite will air along with a Firefly marathon? Just in case you don’t already own the series. And why hell don’t you, I might ask? Seriously guys, it’s only one season. One spectacular, amazing series and – oh god, why was it cancelled!!!
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
Holy Tribble shits! Can you believe it? Okay, you can, Star Trek has been a sci-fi classic my entire lifetime and I’m guessing all, if not most of your’s, too. How are you planning to celebrate? The obvious choice would be watching, ‘The Man Trap’ which was the first episode ever aired. Really great classic Trek involving a past lover of Dr. McCoy’s and a salt-sucking vampire-monster. It, along with all of classic Trek, are available for streaming on Netflix as well as CBS.com.
If classic Trek is a little too campy for you, check outStar Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, or Star Trek: Enterprise. Though, they tend to be a little campy too, and they can’t even excuse it with a measly 1960s budget. For the Trekkie tykes there’s Star Trek: The Animated Series and for your friends who really cannot stand Star Trek there’s the new J.J. Abrams movie. All are available on Netflix and some on CBS. So, you really don’t have much of an excuse to not Trek out today.
In conjunction with the big 4-5 anniversary the Science Channel has announced a new documentary, Trek Nation, airing on November 30th.
The film shadows Gene Roddenberry’s son, Rod, as he explores his family legacy and the crusade his father’s passion and curiosity for exploration. Through interviews with his most devoted fans, including George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, TREK NATION follows a son searching for the wisdom of his father. TREK NATION demonstrates that Roddenberry’s work has not only inspired legions of fans across the globe, but also generated a movement which has influenced entertainment, politics, space travel, social morality and much more. TREK NATION profiles how the Star Trek franchise helped foster a timeless understanding of the human condition and captured man’s constant search for a better world.
I’m almost as big a fan of documentaries as I am Star Trek, so this news is all full of win. Below, watch a special, never before seen clip from the upcoming doc.
(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 Fireflyepisodes 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 HelpNathanBuyFirefly.com 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.
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?
Some people call him a space cowboy, yeah
Some call Mal the gangsta of love
Some people call him Malcolm
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
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
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.
Ridley Scott is quite the busy guy right now, not only is he is the process of working on a BBC show, a project based on the work of Philip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castlebut is also bringing us a show called Prophets of Science Fiction that will be airing on the Science Channel in the second part half of 2011. So what exactly is this thing all about,
[An] eight-episode series that will profile great minds of science fiction who later inspired “science fact.” Prophets of Science Fiction explores legendary figures; including Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas, and examines how their work often inspired future discoveries decades before they took place… The series, which will premiere in the second half of 2011, will engage audiences in a dynamic, hyper-stylized way that has never been seen before on television.
Oh wow, I almost fell asleep just reading that paragraph. The show will focus on the likes of Isaac Asimov, Gene Roddenberry and George Lucasand examine how their work often inspired future discoveries decades before they took place.
Who knows, it may turn out to be like one of those boring History Channel specials that ends up being really fucking good. I mean, how bad can it be? After all this is the guy who brought us films like Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator! Oh wait, he also gave us Robin Hood…. guess that blows that theory right out of the water.
Ridley Scott has also commented on the subject saying,
I am thrilled to be partnering with Science Channel on this exciting new series. I hope that the audience will find the subjects as interesting and inspiring as I do.
Do you guys potentially find this show interesting??