What if Firefly had run for five seasons?

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  1. DigificWriter

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    Not to overly 'toot my own horn', but if you want to see how I think S3 would've unfolded, keep an eye on the Still Flying website (link can be found in my sig), since we'll eventually be answering that question.

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  2. Jayson

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    Jayne would be captain of the ship at some point. I think We would see a Reever with a personality become a big bad at some point. I think Book's past would come back to hurt the ship eventually even if he himself is already dead.

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  3. Candlelight

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    It's interesting to read the original Serenity (movie) script where Wash and Book have a different outcome by the end of the film.
     
  4. nx1701g

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    People would have eventually turned on it and nitpicked every detail...
     
  5. Thrall

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    Mal would have been a government spy all along.

    Wash would have had an affair with Saphron and left Zoe.

    Simon would have become a drug addict.

    Jayne would have tried to rape Kaylee. And then felt really bad about it afterwords.

    You know, the typical Whedon nihilism. Other then that it would have been fun TV. Which is also typical Whedon.
     
  6. McCoy

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    Haven't seen it. Do tell.
     
  7. Bisz

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    Indeed, do tell. I would consider giving a book a read if it doesn't have those two guys kicking the bucket like the movie.
     
  8. DigificWriter

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    I have a copy of what we at VFF came to call the 'Kitchen Sink' script, which does have both Book and Wash surviving. I can send it to anyone who wants it, but you have to PM me.
     
  9. barnaclelapse

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    It definitely would have been interesting to see certain characters appear and new ones appear, basic stuff like that.

    I don't know if it would have needed five seasons though.
     
  10. Lindley

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    I've got it....and frankly the "Kitchen sink" label is a misnomer. There isn't much there that's not in the movie except for the different character fates.
     
  11. Dr. Chandra

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    Still, it might be interesting. :)
     
  12. RandyS

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    Cameron on Terminator would have been played by somebody else.
     
  13. Joe Washington

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    How long do you think Firefly would have lasted if it wasn't cancelled back then?
     
  14. Dark Gilligan

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    A few things I'd do:

    Zoe discovers she's pregnant (she and Wash talked about having children in Heart of Gold). She names the little boy Leaf, after Wash's "I am a leaf..." speech.

    River becomes Serenity's full-time flight controller. Her psychic abilities enable her to navigate and track better than any machine. She may or may/not develop some chemistry with Jayne. Opposites attrack in the strangest ways...

    Book turns out to have been one of many identical copies, replicants of an original template. Each one a "page from the Book". One was a Shepherd, one an Operative, others scattered throughout the 'verse. All of them linked. Don't know why yet, I just like the idea of seeing him again.
     
  15. theenglish

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    If Firefly had last for five seasons than we would all be complaining right now about the lack of extras on the Blu Ray Season Boxes and accusing Fox of "double dipping".
     
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    With very great difficulty. And lots of chains. :p
     
  17. Jono

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    Then we would have fun threads like, HAS FIREFLY JUMPED THE SHARK?, Firefly is dead to me, Character X needs to die!

    If the show had run for 5 years we wouldn't have got Serenity, so I'd discount those events. I would probably keep the blue hands men in for two or three seasons, Reavers would not be from Miranda and probably just be mysterious and deadly, keep to the maurading monsters of craziness

    River wouldn't be so uber so soon, stretch it out. That mobster guy that looked like he might have died comes back to terrorise the crew. Definitely go into Books past but he doesn't leave the ship. Inara does but comes back in season 2 to save Mal or Simon/River.

    One of the season finales, maybe 2 or 3 I'd blow up Serenity. Obviously they'd need to get a replacement and the crew would disburse and you'd need some crazy plot to pull them all back together. Include other people like River either some on the run, some "failures" or some working for the alliance. Maybe even have an arc where River is working for the Alliance during evil or whatever the Alliance does.
     
  18. Temis the Vorta

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    I've been avoiding this thread because the premise is too depressing. :( To think what might have been...

    To me, the main story arcs would be built around Mal on the one hand and Simon on the other. Those were the two characters who had the most character growth in front of them, and that growth should be the major driver of the plotline.

    Mal needed to get over his bitterness and go back to the idealist that he was in the war. Simon needed to shuck the last vestiges of his privileged place in society, continue the process that started when he rebelled to save River, and in essence become a Browncoat.

    The other characters would have roles in the story based on their relationships to Mal (Zoe, Inara) or Simon (Kaylee, River). And of course Jayne is just Jayne and is in it for the mayhem, tho I would love to see his relationship to both Mal and Simon developed as those characters change. Jayne trying to deal with the notion of Simon being more of a badass (more of a badass than Jayne, really - I think the guy had it in him) would have been golden.

    It would have sucked to continue to story without Book or Wash, but I guess I can live with that. Makes it a pretty female-dominated cast, and that's interesting for a change.

    Basically, this is the stuff they should have done:

    Yeah, we really need both Wash - the "common man" - and Book - "the mystery man" - on the series. Those are both great types to have in the mix.
     
  19. Lindley

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    At times on Buffy it felt like "Xander and the girls." Once Seth Green and Marc Blucas both left, that cast was definitely female-heavy.
     
  20. Joe Washington

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    Temis the Vorta: maybe Book lives past the attack on the Haven colony. He's wounded but not mortally. He spends time in the medical bay recovering from his injuries. Wash still dies because the crew suffering such a loss brought some emotional stakes to their dangerous mission to expose the Miranda secret to the public.