If there is one thing we can all agree is the worst part about Firefly’s short run of Fox, it’s the mere fact we only got 13 episodes of the series – not counting the movie, Serenity. It would seem, the cast adamantly agrees and would have even liked the opportunity to write a few of their own episodes, Alan Tudyk in particular. In the recent special, Firefly: Browncoats Unite, honoring the show’s ten year anniversary, it was revealed Tudyk was responsible for pitching the most episode ideas out of the entire cast, but not a single one ever went past that initial stage.
Tudyk’s idea, according to Entertainment Weekly, involved criminals engaging in illegal dogfights and a planet where one side is covered in perpetual darkness. The dogs subjected to these fights were big and feral and just really mean. And of course the crew would have had to go out and trap them. They would’ve had this dog pheromone and Jayne would screw around and end up causing this pheromone to spray all over everyone. Queue a bunch of running as everyone tries to get back to the ship while these wild dogs are chasing after them. They manage to get the dogs into the hold on the ship, and along the way to sending them back to the criminals they belong to, River would show she can “speak” with the dogs and basically domesticates them. Suddenly they’re all nice. Wow. I would have loved to see that episode.
The special reunited the cast, including Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Gine Torres and Jewel Staite, with creator Joss Whedon and producers Tim Minear and Jose Molina. Everyone shared their stories, recounting how the show was brought together and the many adventures that were had on set. Most rewarding of all was the fondness with which they spoke of Firefly’s fans, known as Browncoats.