Firefly continues to live on in the memories of its diehard fan base, a pretty remarkable feat for a TV series that only lasted for 14 episodes. But what if the show had run longer?
According to Entertainment Weekly, which sat down with cast members Nathan Fillion, Jewel Staite and Sean Maher after a recent appearance at New York Comic Con, the actors had their own ideas about potential episodes had the series continued. Fillion recounted in particular one story premise that Alan Tudyk had:
Alan Tudyk definitely pitched the most episodes. He had a great one where there were some criminals who engage in illegal dogfights, and there was a planet where one side of the planet was perpetual night. They had these big, feral dogs there that were so mean and awful, and we had to go out and trap them.
We had this dog pheremone of some kind, and Jayne was messing around, and splat!, the thing bursts and we're all covered in this pheremone. So we have to run back to the ship with these feral dogs chasing us, and we get the dogs back to the hold of the ship, and we're safe. But in the journey back to get them back to the criminals, River comes in, communes with the dogs, and domesticates them. So now they're the same dogs, just nice.
To which Jewel Staite added, "This is the stuff that Alan thinks about ... Dog fights, mustaches, and tattoos. He's a strange man."
There may be more such revelations about lost or unfilmed episodes of the show on Firefly: Browncoats Unite, a 10th-anniversary special airing tomorrow night (Saturday, Nov. 10) at 10 p.m. on the Science Channel.
The hourlong special will reunite Fillion, Staite and Maher with fellow cast members Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin and Gina Torres, plus producers Tim Minear and Jose Molina. And, of course, creator Joss Whedon will be there as well as they all reminisce about the show's conception and production, day-to-day escapades on the set, the show's traumatic cancellation and the friendship that they've all maintained ever since.
In other words, if you're a Firefly fanatic, you don't want to miss this. Meanwhile, what adventures would you like to have seen the crew of Serenity take on?