Firefly: Easing the Pain, Filling the Void

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There are two fun Firefly things coming out soon, to help ease the pain of Firefly‘s premature cancellation (which was years ago, but the Browncoats aren’t over it.) First, from the very company that canceled Firefly, comes Firefly Online, a massive multiplayer online role-playing game. Grab a ship, hire a crew, and start doing jobs to earn a living out in the ‘verse or on land. I guess it’s going to be pretty cool, but Joss himself actually has nothing to do with it, and I maintain that without his dialogue and characters, it’s going to be hard to bring the essence of Firefly back. In theory, the game will be out in the Summer of 2014.( If you can’t wait, you can get the Firefly Board Game ¬†which is exactly the same thing, only a board game version. And it’s already out.)

Second fun Firefly thing is Firefly: Leaves on the Wind, hitting comic book racks January 29, 2014 (that’s really soon!) This will be more authentically Firefly-y, on account of being created by Joss and Zack Whedon and written by Zack. Unlike other Firefly comics, it will continue the story as it was left off at the end of the movie Serenity. Here’s an interview with Zack Whedon about the new book.

But if it’s TV or movies that you want, and not comic books and games, if you have a hankering for more Firefly, I recommend the movie “Titan A.E.”¬† It’s an animated film starring Drew Barrymore and Matt Damon. The screenplay was co-written by Joss and I defy anyone to watch it and not see the connection to Firefly. This movie would make a nice gift for the Joss Whedon fanatic on your holiday gift list, which is probably you.