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Why is it that when I’m on Netflix, and nothing new is looking good to me, a default setting snaps into place in my brain, and I suddenly NEED to watch some “Firefly?” Does this happen to anyone else? I think maybe we should explore this…

Firefly came out in 2002, and was instantly loved by the masses. No, wait, that’s not it…it was instantly loved by a few. It lasted for many seasons? Actually, it was only 14 episodes, of which only nine aired, and were broadcast out of order! And then, poof, it was off the air.

Flash forward a few years and the world gets introduced to the “Firefly” based movie, “Serenity.” It’s a ‘Gorram’ good movie! We, the fans rejoiced and wanted more. More Mal, Reavers and River…but since then, there’s been little.

So what about the Firefly brand makes us come back for more? What is it about this particular Joss Whedon creation that keeps bringing generating new fans twelve years after it first arrived on our televisions? Is it the character interactions (Why didn’t Malcolm and Inara ever hook up)? Is it the ‘verse in which it’s based? Is it Jaynes’ hat (that’s gotta be it)? While it’s probably a bit of all of these things, most importantly, it’s the fans of the show that keep it in our consciousness. The documentary, “Done the Impossible”, goes deep into how the fans’ belief in “Firefly” is what keeps it going. It also goes into how Browncoat Societies in many cities worldwide spread the word in an organic, grassroots campaign, which keeps the show, and the feelings behind it constantly spreading. They do many things from giving out DVD sets to hosting Shindigs. Much of their success in spreading the “Firefly” love comes from when they post online and talk about the show. People can’t help but feel their passion and want to experience it for themselves.

And it’s still happening now! I was proud to get my brother into “Firefly” a few months ago. I waxed poetic about the Serenity crew, Companions, The Unification War, Browncoats and more. It was actually a great feeling when he called me a little bit ticked that there wasn’t more because I knew that he was feeling the same as all of the dedicated “Firefly” fans before him. He breathed a sigh of relief when I told him about “Serenity.”

This proves that “Firefly,” while only on for a short time, still has what it takes to draw in new fans and keep us wanting more.

And that my friends, is ‘Shiny.’

And as a special treat, please feel free to sing along:

The Hero of Canton

Jayne!
The man they call Jayne!
He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.
Stood up to the man and he gave him what for.
Our love for him now, ain’t hard to explain,
The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!

Now Jayne saw the Mudders’ backs breakin’.
He saw the Mudders’ lament.
And he saw that magistrate takin’
Every dollar and leavin’ five cents.
So he said, “You can’t do that to my people!”
“You Can’t, crush them under your heel.”

Jayne strapped on his hat,
And in five seconds flat,
Stole everything Boss Higgins had to steal.

He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.
Stood up to the Man and he gave him what for.
Our love for him now ain’t hard to explain,
The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne.

Now here is what separates heroes
From common folk like you and I.
The man they call Jayne,
He turned ’round his plane,
And let that money hit sky.
He dropped it onto our houses.
He dropped it into our yards.
The man they call Jayne
He turned round his plane,
And headed out for the stars.

Here we go!

He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor.
Stood up to the Man and he gave him what for.
Our love for him now ain’t hard to explain,
The Hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!

 


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