“Firefly”: Too good to renew
It’s possible I will lose a large number of friends — or Twitter and Facebook followers — for what I’m about to write.
I don’t want “Firefly” to start again.
Oh, trust me, if Joss Whedon ever pulled enough magic from the ‘verse to reunite Mal, Zoe, Inara, Kaylee, Simon, River and Jayne, I’d watch it. (Maybe he’d even turn back time and start the show before “Serenity” and Book and Wash would be there.)
But I’ve found, uh, well, serenity with my DVDs.
“Firefly” is like that first date with that One Amazing Someone. At first, you’re not sure how things are going to go, but then there’s a shift, like the final puzzle piece falling into place.
Everything is perfect.
An evening with nothing stuck in your teeth, no wrong steps on the dance floor, topped off with a kiss that leaves you breathless.
You’re flying high. The world could end tomorrow but you wouldn’t care.
Then it’s over. Not even a goodbye text or email.
It hurts. You wonder if there is something you could have done differently, but then you realize it was out of your control. And those perfect moments dance in and out of memory.
You move on. You go out with others, but it’s not the same.
A few years later, you see The One again, maybe at a friend’s wedding. You settle down to talk, hoping there’s a chance to rekindle the flame.
It begins beautifully, the familiarity and the hope, but then the conversation turns and you see that what was lost can never be brought back. It sends a shooting pain through your heart when you realize that this is it. The night ends on a good note, but you realize that that first encounter, that moment of perfection can never be recreated.
More than a decade has passed since that “first date.” Every time I watch an episode of “Firefly,” it still seems fresh and fun and perfect.
What if Fox hadn’t canceled the series? Would the story had evolved the way I’d hoped? Would I have become annoyed with a character? For good or bad, I’ll never know, so the show and its amazing cast stay atop their lofty pedestals.
There has been talk — especially now in the age of Kickstarter campaigns — of getting the gang flying again. Everyone sees it as a great, albeit nearly impossible, idea that requires more time than key parties have at the moment.
In the meantime to answer some of those pesky questions fans had following “Serenity.” Zach Whedon and Georges Jeanty teamed up to create the graphic novel “Serenity Leaves on the Wind.” Zach also teamed with Joss for “The Shepherd’s Tale,” which gives the back story for Shepherd Book.
“Leaves on the Wind” was like getting a family Christmas letter from The One. Things are going well, a few bumps in the road — possible encounters with sword-wielding bad guys — but everyone is moving forward.
And as you read it, you think back to your first date and know nothing will be that amazing ever again. You know that even if you started dating The One again right at that very moment, it would not be the same because you and The One are not the same. Oh, it would still be great. (How could spending time with Mal not be great?) But it would not be the same.
I think most people actually know all that, but no one wants to admit it. Those who haven’t accepted that the dream is just that, a dream, are quite possibly the ones who just unfollowed me on Twitter.