What do we want? Firefly! When do we want it? All the time, but it’s complicated! Next month marks the tenth anniversary of the date that Firefly ended its initial run on FOX. People were disappointed for a while, but thought, “Hey, that’s what happens sometimes.” And then FOX put Family Guy back on the air a couple of years later and people realized, “Wait, fuck FOX.” (There’s probably more to it than that.)
Well, after years of prequel/sequel comic books, fan-made tributes, winking nods on Fillion’s Castle, Joss Whedon’s international fame, and numerous comic-convention cast appearances, the Serenity crew will finally be reuniting en masse for the first time for a television audience. The reunion special, titled Firefly: Browncoats Unite, was filmed during the Firefly panel at Comic-Con this past summer, and it will air this Sunday, November 11, at 10 p.m. (eastern) on the Science Channel, after an all-day marathon airing the entire series run. But you already knew about that, being a fan and all. However, you may not know that more footage comes to those who wait. And tweet.
If Sunday feels like a lifetime of intergalactic wars away, you can log in to your Twitter account and tweet @ScienceChannel with #FireflyNov11, and for every 5,000 tweets, a video culled from the reunion’s cut footage will become viewable to all. As you can imagine, the tweet count is already high and the maximum count may well be completed by the time you read this. If so, everyone wins!
Two of the videos, “Naked Nathan Fillion” and “Dirty Talk,” are already available, and though they’re both less than two minutes, I have no complaints. Except that I’d rather talk about Naked Jewel Staite. Sigh.
Beyond all the wonderful Whedon-ness involved in this, I’m willing to bet not one person watching Sunday will be guilty of saying, “Yeah, they call it the Science Channel, but like MTV and TLC, they’re selling out and not showing any science shows.” Or they’ll be getting the butt of a modified Taurus 85 across their temple.