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Firefly Back On Cable!
Attention Nathan Fillion fans. If you’re still wearing black armbands because Firefly suffered a quick and ugly death, EW.com has shared some good news for you.
Captain Mal is flying again as Firefly returns to basic cable on the Science Channel. Although we’re talking about the original short-lived show and not new episodes, it’s still great that we’ll get to relive the adventure again, and each episode will include segments featuring renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku talking about the theoretical science behind the sci-fi concept.
EW was able to pry Nathan away from Castle long enough to answer a few quick questions about the phenomenon known as Firefly:
What was the part about playing the character?
It was my favorite job ever. What wasn’t great about it? I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship. I got to act mean and curmudgeonly. [Creator Joss Whedon] is really good at kicking characters in the nuts so the other characters would have laughs at my expense and that was great too.
If Castle had its series finale tomorrow and Fox said to you and Joss: “We screwed up, let’s try doing Firefly again.” Would you do it?
Yes. Yes. I would examine very closely Fox’s reasoning — I’m a little gun-shy. If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.
What’s the most common thing Firefly fans say to you?
No. 1, “Is there going to be more?” No. 2, “Why was it canceled?”
Why do you think the show has had such an enduring appeal?
It’s a great question. We’re the most story-literate society the world has ever seen. What Joss tends to do is twist story conventions into reality. Whereas the story goes like this, real life goes like this, and that’s what Joss has mastered.
Do you ever watch the show nowadays or is that just weird?
It’s not weird. I haven’t watched it in a long, long time and I would like to revisit it.
The two-hour pilot premieres on the Science Channel at 8PM on March 6th, with the first episode airing after that at 10PM. It will air every Sunday after that in the originally intended order in high definition.
I know I’ll be tuning in to watch… and keeping my fingers crossed that Nathan wins the lottery because Firefly would rock as an online show.