Firefly: The Whole Story Like You've Never Heard it Before!

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This is the Definitive History of Firefly. This documentary is one of a kind. The firefly story has never been told from beginning to end. Prepare to learn things you never knew about one of the greatest science fiction franchises of all time! We explain the short life of this amazing scifi epic western.

Firefly was lucky to be born at all but the reason it was canceled and the movie sabotaged was because extreme incompetence and a very stubborn director.

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0:00 Introduction
3:36 Joss Whedon
6:40 Buffy The Vampire Slayer
10:20 Killer Angels
13:40 Firefly Cast
29:10 The Theme Song
32:30 Needed Help
33:52 Network Trouble
35:45 The Death Slot
40:00 Nathan Fillion
43:00 Sabotage
45:20 Canceled
47:10 Fans Fight back
51:15 Serenity Movie
1:07:30 What's Next?

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  • A 3-1/2 hour Firefly movie? I call that a missed opportunity. Longer running times are not so rare these days especially for those "verses" with deep/loyal fanbases. Jackson's LOTR and Snydercut jump to mind. Time like that allows for greater character development which seems to have become a bit of a lost craft with today's Hollywood writers and producers. The Firefly characters deserved it. The Firefly fanbase deserved it. It certainly jacked up the stakes given the fate of the crew and drew us in to happily make short-term deposits into the emotional bank account. Unlike some efforts out there that attempt to tie things up but fans are left short-changed, I felt Serenity did a nice job of delivering an honorable swan song and one last opportunity to say happy journey.

    Redcell6ARedcell6A15 минутын өмнө
  • Still going strong. Emotional while listening to your commentary. As for future works to the brown coat universe... ... well let's just say would you want the unbelievable pressure of getting the next film or series perfect for the hard core fans?? Personnaly I would love Disney, or some other to prove us wrong and make a perfect sequel but alas I truly believe the fear of failure and back wash from the fans will stop all big money companies from trying. Can't take the sky from me. Can't take the firefly passion from our hearts.

    Jason BroadJason Broad2 цагийн өмнө
  • Disney would destroy Firefly 😢

    Carlos Arturo VelardeCarlos Arturo Velarde3 цагийн өмнө
  • Dear God, hold Disney far far away from Firefly.

    Kyrre Forland.Kyrre Forland.6 цагийн өмнө
  • This is exactly your point. As of 2021-06-17, 140,302 views of this "Popcast" generated only 771 comments. It as if people came here to witness a funeral, bowed their heads, and went on their merry. The future is bleak for those who loose faith. "it doesn't matter what you believe...just BELIEVE."

    Robert LeeRobert Lee9 цагийн өмнө
  • Fox really dropped the ball on this one

    Alexander LawrenceAlexander Lawrence12 цагийн өмнө
  • Shinny..

    stephen mudiestephen mudie13 цагийн өмнө
  • I would be watching it today if the bigwigs truly understood what people wanted rather than what they think we should see.

    Victor SturdivantVictor Sturdivant14 цагийн өмнө
  • i may have missed but i dont recall any reference to the attempt to bring FireFly to the mmorpg world.

    TalhernTalhernӨдрийн өмнө
  • Speaking as a Brown Coat, Firefly has a bright future as long as it stays true to its origins. I realize it'll need a full recast and, possibly, a total reboot, but, as long as they keep that killer theme song, it could be bigger than it was. They Can't Take the Sky from Us.

    Cliff LieseCliff LieseӨдрийн өмнө
  • fillion has moved onto the "Rookie" at abc. he is exec producer, et al. show is really well done and now i see how and why

    Domestik GoddezDomestik GoddezӨдрийн өмнө
  • 15:00, I see we're ignoring the elephant in the room. Also, I remember that they showed Sliders out of order and heavily damaged that show as well.

    Tevo77777Tevo77777Өдрийн өмнө
  • I remember the first time I saw a Firefly ad on SciFi network. I thought a scifi with cowboys? That is stupid. Then I say Serenity after the good reviews and that led me back to the series to learn how wrong I was.

    22 Magnum22 MagnumӨдрийн өмнө
  • Remember fans to keep it alive! Buy any new merch (books, comics, etc) Disney will notice and it supports the fans who make it. Cheers!

    Rob CollierRob Collier2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Disney or no more firefly? Id have to say let them take a crack. Sorry just found Firefly and love it.

    Dana HettrickDana Hettrick2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Lol was watching Big Bang when they bump into Fillion. They make him say a line then im like gonna watch another firefly tonight it was the one he says the line ....great scene by the way.

    Dana HettrickDana Hettrick2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Prequel? Nathan doesnt want to do it neither does Weeden. Prequel then? I just in the last week have finally started watching it. Every episode is freaking awesome i mean western in space sounded stupid but man it really works. Or worked.

    Dana HettrickDana Hettrick2 өдрийн өмнө
  • It is such a shame that there was only one series and one film ! I’m a Trekkie and Star Wars fan and I absolutely love firefly I’ve watched it more than either of the other two and if fox hadn’t been so stupid they’d have had a bigger hit than either ! Imho

    Tim OldburyTim Oldbury2 өдрийн өмнө
  • +9:56 "can't be understated"? You didn't mean that.

    Margaret LeberMargaret Leber2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Yeah, Fox sucks

    Robert Taylor. llRobert Taylor. ll2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Fantastic summary, thank you

    canebro1canebro12 өдрийн өмнө
  • I have to disagree with all those reviews that said you had to see the series first. When the series was on the air I only saw one episode and thought "A western in space? Not for me." It wasn't until I saw Serenity that I actually understood the appeal and went back to watch all the episodes and have been a Firefly fan ever since.

    Matt SmithMatt Smith2 өдрийн өмнө
  • That was one introduction I have never heard before! Earned a subscription the first 2 min of watching your channel. :thumbsup

    crebegeacrebegea2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Disney will bury this, I have NO doubt.

    James GundersonJames Gunderson2 өдрийн өмнө
  • Serenity made me a fan of each of the actors/actresses. I really wish Fox had given it a proper chance. Many shows build a sponsor bidding for fan base over a two-three years. Do I think Fox was out to cancel Firefly, no. They just were part of the mentality of I want to make fistfuls of money today and to hell about tomorrow, in other words thought like 90% of corporate managers, mid managers, executives, and board members. No real long term vision even when they have any at all.

    Natalie HolemanNatalie Holeman2 өдрийн өмнө
  • I watched Serenity and fell in love, then i watched firefly. never understood why they stopped. i think they would be well received now. I even see some love from Obsidian in the Outerworlds.

    Joseph HarrisonJoseph Harrison3 өдрийн өмнө
  • For those still thirsting for more, there are also five Firefly books. I bought them on audio and I swear the narrator sounds almost exactly like Nathan Fillion but he has great range and does a fantastic job with every character. I'm on the fourth one now and am very happy so far. It's awesome to get some new stories and be able to "see" the actors in my head. I highly recommend!

    Chris RabideauChris Rabideau3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Stopped listening @ 15 mins after the documentary disingenuously quoted SMG out of context and failed to acknowledge the multiple allegations against JW of being an abusive bully.

    Ben BurkinBen Burkin3 өдрийн өмнө
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    twobaudtwobaud3 өдрийн өмнө
  • Long into. 3.5 mins til it gets to the point yikes

    Zillion SocialZillion Social3 өдрийн өмнө
  • I first found the Serenity crew by chance watching HBO one night in a hotel room on a work trip. I loved the movie and was immediately interested in the backstory which was Firefly. Was able to watch the series on Netflix and never looked back. Bought the Series and Movie DVDs and have shared it with friends and family as much as I can.

    Phil TPhil T4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Do you think that we love Firefly more because it was cancelled too soon? "Leave them wanting more..." Right? They definitely Accomplished that

    Phil TPhil T4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Same story for Farscape, us fans begged for the true ending

    Ben BrewdogBen Brewdog4 өдрийн өмнө
  • will they ever reboot it? I thinknit n would go over really well.

    DaddyMDaddyM4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wow, what a way to produce a 72min long episode about one of Whedon's most iconic shows and not to mention a single word that his predatory attitude towards young women might have been one of the reasons why he had problems with keeping certain cast members. No, instead let us quote one gushing memory after another from young actresses for his other show, sure, why would we question the reason behind it. And not calling bullshit on Whedons non-answer about the lack of asian characters. Strange, how the melting pot of cultures keeps melting into white caucasian faces. You can be a fan of his works and aknowledge that he had produced some very innovative tv shows and still be critical of him as a person. I certainly still count myself as a fan of Firefly, and yet am capable of seeing problems with it.

    Elle WelleElle Welle4 өдрийн өмнө
  • It is ironic that Joss Whedon's greatest creation was his biggest failure.

    nevarmaornevarmaor4 өдрийн өмнө
  • My biggest issue with Firefly/Serenity, is with Whedon, who crafted a universe with the overbearing, totalitarian, fascistic Alliance, versus the liberty, and freedom loving Browncoats, who fought and died for their Sovereignty Whedon, in an interview, said he would have sided with the Alliance. How a person could create such a universe, and then be like, "I'm with the baddies", I just don't get.

    Jack SteckerJack Stecker4 өдрийн өмнө
  • I thought that 'Firefly' was a great program and had a lot of potential, but under the category of bullshit hyperbole you lost me when you equated its cancellation with the Challenger loss.

    Bill CashionBill Cashion4 өдрийн өмнө
  • Fun tv then, still fun today. Thanks for posting.

    London PickeringLondon Pickering5 өдрийн өмнө
  • Summer was going to audition for Power Rangers Wild Force until she met Joss and got her part in Angel .

    23RedTechno23RedTechno5 өдрийн өмнө
  • I would love to see firefly live again

    WisconsinBoundWisconsinBound5 өдрийн өмнө
  • I have no doubt in my mind that it was the greatest Sci Fi show EVER. I remember trying to watch it when it aired and getting very confused, especially with all the preemptions. But I still tried to watch it. It wasn't until it came out on DVD that I was able to understand the show and became a diehard Browncoat. My kids were too young at the time, but when they were older we binge watched the show together and then the movie. My wife doesn't like Sci Fi, but even she became a fan along with both my kids. My heart still aches when I think about what could have been.

    James HenleyJames Henley5 өдрийн өмнө
  • I feel as if I'm cursed! It seems like every time I fall in love with a show it gets canceled. I'm afraid to turn on the tv.

    Rusty BearRusty Bear5 өдрийн өмнө

    Mark R. TaylorMark R. Taylor5 өдрийн өмнө
  • I love Firefly and wish for its renewal which is a fools hope but hope spring is eternal. However, you glossed over Joss’s accusations, every man is innocent until PROVEN guilty, but you stated “wife” not “exwife” and omitted a number of bad things about the man and left a number of bad things hanging. I can only take what this told me and the numerous accusations to guide me as to the truth. If the man is innocent then this is fucked, if he is guilt then a lot of things do fall into place.

    Chad CurtisChad Curtis6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Fox... The same idiots that gave Seth McFarland four shows.... Disney owns the rights now, and are planning to do something with Firefly

    J LJ L6 өдрийн өмнө
  • These Executives remind me of Military Officers utterly useless

    Donald TheboDonald Thebo6 өдрийн өмнө
  • I loved both Firefly and Dark Angel. Its sad they couldn't have stayed together as a 1 2 punch and lived on for 10 seasons.

    Spryone DeRoninSpryone DeRonin6 өдрийн өмнө
  • 💜

    Henry CasillasHenry Casillas6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Great video and a great show!! Unfortunately Jos wheaton is an a hole. It's to bad fire fly has to suffer for it!

    Robert KovachRobert Kovach6 өдрийн өмнө
  • My friends know I am big Sci.Fi. tv shows and movies, but they never ask what my favourite is, why you ask? Well that's easy, it's because the greatest show ever created was Joss Whedons "FIREFLY". I know it, you know it, but the stupid tv execs have no idea what the people want to watch. Firefly may have had a short span here, but it will fly in the sky for us forever.

    Andrew DeakinAndrew Deakin6 өдрийн өмнө
  • How does it continue? 2 Paths: 1) Young Kid finds really old Firefly abandoned on planet that has a few years till destroyed. Bad moon orbit after government experiment gone wrong 50 years ago. First season it protects the kid from the weather, it is a base for him and a couple other orphans and rejects and a crew grows. Then 5-7 years later they are young adults, and looking at destruction of their planet, they remember the old firefly they were on. Maybe even a lost AI or something is part of the group. It doesn't even fully fly, but they have to make it fly since it is their only hope. Of course, it is because they need a catalyzer. 2) The very beginning. Firefly is rolling off the production floor. Slated for a government job, it gets re-directed by a guy buying it for an outworld mob, and handed to a rough crew that was thrown together. I mean, all of you thought this also, right?

    Josh CorayJosh Coray6 өдрийн өмнө
  • honestly as a huge fan of FireFly i hope disney keeps there grubby mitts off it. if the shit show that is the disney star wars films (excluding Mandolorian) is any indication the last thing we want is a disney FireFly. though if they just hand it to Joss and give him free rain we would be good.

    Vee'Ot_DragonVee'Ot_Dragon6 өдрийн өмнө
  • Bring back firefly with the entire cast. I don’t care if they died, writing is an art, make it happen in the verse.

    Jeff GutshallJeff Gutshall7 өдрийн өмнө
  • *I bought the DVD set ... and it is one of the MOST ATROCIOUS ONES EVER ... not because of the episodes ... but because of the MENUs and FORCED LOADING TIMES!* What is the point of putting "dont download illegally" ads on your own legal DVD sets for example? I'd want an executive answer this decision ... and having to remain chained to the seat until the answer satisfies me! All you do is WASTE PEOPLE'S TIME WHO BOUGHT IT LEGALLY! Pirates will get rid of that kind of stuff (probably).

    Muck006Muck0067 өдрийн өмнө
  • 15:05 Ummmm ... and "Joss Whedon being revealed as a sexual predator" could have had nothing to do with it? All blame on the girl? [I am NOT a feminist, but this is pretty much "common knowledge" nowadays ... so there needs to be a reason why you dont mention it.]

    Muck006Muck0067 өдрийн өмнө
  • Awww ... no mention that Heath Ledger died because his wife was "elsewhere" ... having fun? Stop protecting the evil cheating under a cloak of silence, there was a SERIOUS reason for his end.

    Muck006Muck0067 өдрийн өмнө
  • Firefly is a story about AUTHORITARIAN GOVERNMENT ... and HIDING THE TRUTH ... and in 2020/21 it is more up to date than ever with media lying about Trump and "interested parties" "fortifying" an election and the (D) and many of their supporters trying to SILENCE THOSE WHO THINK DIFFERENTLY ... you know ... the BROWNCOATS!

    Muck006Muck0067 өдрийн өмнө
  • How could Nathan Fillian not recognise Joss Whedon when he had appeared in Buffy ????

    misolgit 69misolgit 697 өдрийн өмнө
  • FOX killed Firefly

    Valory JValory J8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Disney only needs to be reminded of the Chinese imagery in Firefly to be wiling to throw all the money at it.

    Critical EventCritical Event8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Fox didn't give up the name Firefly, because they were still selling the DVDs.

    Critical EventCritical Event8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Airing episodes out of order and then claiming the audience doesn't get the show is exactly the type of thing that happens all the time from piece of shit network execs who want a rival's project to fail.

    Critical EventCritical Event8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Still waiting for that Shepard Book prequel.

    Critical EventCritical Event8 өдрийн өмнө
  • My first exposure to Firefly was the movie. I knew NOTHING about the show, so I went in pretty much a virgin. I remember the movie ending and turning to my roommate and saying: "That was a damn good movie! Good pacing, great dialogue, I was invested in ALL the characters -- loved it all!" To which my roommate said, "It's based on a cancelled series." When he told me about Firefly, I decided to check it out. Needless to say, I binged the entire season that evening, and became a fan by the time the last credit rolled to black.

    Kenneth FernandezKenneth Fernandez8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Great series. Now, I have to see "Stagecoach."

    Stephen DiasStephen Dias8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Some things touch you. Deep in your inner spirit that tells you to go on, because there's nothing else. Firefly invokes that spirit. No one can take the sky from me....

    J CattellJ Cattell8 өдрийн өмнө
  • I would have released the DVDs again as a prequel to the movie and promoted them up front, then the movie would have been the capper to the series for more people.....but hindsight is always 20/20. Yeah, i think it's still a good story. What's the consensus of the remaining characters?

    Phil RoundsPhil Rounds8 өдрийн өмнө
  • i dont understand why this show is so well rated, when i watched it for the first time i tought it was a ridiculous show, its very bad and its not made an i sci fi form, hum i can only see this watchable if you have never watched the great sci fi series, after watching stargate, firefly is just too bad to be watched.

    pmdleiria dinispmdleiria dinis8 өдрийн өмнө
  • Firefly wasn’t exactly an attention getting catchy name to a sci-fi audience.

    notfiveonotfiveo8 өдрийн өмнө
  • I am a grown ass, large, bald, bearded, 6’2 man in my 40s and the overwhelming nostalgia this brought forth had me crying. Good lord I loved this show and the fan base it gathered. This was before companies learned to artificially manufacture grassroots hype. This was all natural, baby. I remember being at the Chicago comic con a couple years after this was cancelled and just gathering larger and larger groups of people to talk about Firefly. Thanks for making this video, it was definitely shiny.

    Donald WooleyDonald Wooley9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Cowboy Bebop. All you need to know.

    joe mommajoe momma9 өдрийн өмнө
  • If Disney does take a stab at it, I hope they don't politicize it into some preachy, woke mess that misses the spirit of Firefly.

    Jason RossJason Ross9 өдрийн өмнө
  • hmm, 14:10 In hindsight of Wheadons MeToo accusation of several cast members this might shead a different light on the relationship ;-) Geller might had a point there. As promising young writer he was, he might had a slight anger management problem :-)

    Gpcas9Gpcas99 өдрийн өмнө
  • My acoustic guitar is a Yamaha FG 700. I put the three hull plate stickers from The Serenity on it and tell people that FG stands for Firefly Guitar. I named her Serenity T Firefly.

    Mark McCrearyMark McCreary9 өдрийн өмнө
  • Do I think the magic of Firefly could be captured again? Yeah, possibly. But not by Disney. If they try, I'm not watching it.

    John DoeJohn Doe9 өдрийн өмнө
  • way too many commercials sometimes with only a few minutes content between commercials.

    TexasbiologyTexasbiology9 өдрийн өмнө
  • I remember trying to catch episodes of it on television, I was home Friday night. It was something I was looking forward to each Friday night. And it was hit or miss either it was on or it wasn't. The TV guide said it was supposed to be on. When I got the DVD set and got to see all the episodes in order. It was even better. I went and seen Serenity in the theater. And I have a DVD of it in my collection. And on my wall I have a poster of Captain Malcolm Reynolds explaining what Love is. And the old '75 Chevy C-20 has a made by Firefly production vin tag next to the vin tag.

    Howlingmad MudduckHowlingmad Mudduck9 өдрийн өмнө
  • They actually had disagreements about the married couple on the ship? That was one of the most memorable things...

    Lumeron SwiftLumeron Swift10 өдрийн өмнө
  • I love firefly and hate the raid shadow legends bullshit. Thumbs down from me. Have some self respect.

    C HolesterolC Holesterol10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Onions… There must be onions around…yeah, that's it!! GREAT video!! Also, at 17:20 how many other people had to keep rewinding to hear what the narrator was saying due to how incredibly engaging the scene on the screen was (of course also when we first saw that amazing scene as part of the pilot).

    voicetubevoicetube10 өдрийн өмнө
  • I'd probably even subscribe to Disney+. But only if they allowed Joss TOTAL creative control, I dispise the way they allow woke culture to ruin everything without regard to the fans.

    Roberta MorrisonRoberta Morrison10 өдрийн өмнө
  • I took a copy of Serenity to a friend of mine who had never heard of the Firefly. He, like me, are old farts who watched Star Trek back in the 60s on b/w tv. He was blown away. Which proves, that if its original, if its done with love and care, it will attract new fans.

    Ken KahreKen Kahre10 өдрийн өмнө
  • i see that the lack of mentioning george carlin, robin williams, phil hartman, and phillip seymore hoffman was left out. i understand, even now, its still kinda raw...even though what was left behind was plenty. i fear the same for radiohead, of the few i'd curse with immortality outta pure selfishness.

    zitoolszitools11 өдрийн өмнө
  • i got an ad with that fugly stacy abrams creature. gods i can't stand her. ima gonna refresh so i can do this video the right way.

    zitoolszitools11 өдрийн өмнө
  • listening to how he got the idea from civil war soliers and wanted to tell the story about how politics affect people? and he hated trump lol...i will never understand how a shitsucking commie can write libertarian ideas

    Kimmy PfeifferKimmy Pfeiffer11 өдрийн өмнө
  • Just to say in closing horses and guns and wild areas got to still exist for a purpose and not 120$ for and hour and then puzzlement of what, was, is, or something like that, so let’s go to space and start over. The sky is limitless. Hast to be some place out their for us if their is anyone left like me left.

    Colin DawsonColin Dawson11 өдрийн өмнө
  • Thankyou Mr. Wheaton cast and others

    Colin DawsonColin Dawson11 өдрийн өмнө
  • Back in the day if they never offered the excuses like Simpson’s it’s at fourty and just said f@&k off then they would have renewed it. This show was argued over for so long. It will always be one of the greats and is not my generations Star Trek it’s my generations sci-fi it’s my generations westerns live on even in the future it’s my generations fire fly everything else builds towards it in the future.

    Colin DawsonColin Dawson11 өдрийн өмнө
  • The quote from batman comes to mind here is "You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villian" as sad as it is that the show didn't make it, but now it is entirely great, we didn't have to watch a major studio suck the life out of it in the process of exracting every single penny they could from the series

    Shizuo HeiwajimaShizuo Heiwajima11 өдрийн өмнө
  • firefly as PG rating under Disney - don't think it could work.. could any 'western' - space or otherwise be PG

    profbaldwin77profbaldwin7711 өдрийн өмнө
  • I actually watched Serenity first. It drew me in, I had to see who these characters were in the show, so the movie did draw at least one new fan in.

    EternalDreamer85EternalDreamer8511 өдрийн өмнө
  • I really don't understand why Fillion wasn't a bigger star.

    K WildeK Wilde12 өдрийн өмнө
  • I saw the Movie before I even heard of the TV Show. I loved it. Then I found out about the Show, and loved that too. I have them all now on DVD

    Tricia GalvinTricia Galvin12 өдрийн өмнө
  • This was fantastic! Crossed fingers the mouse steps up for this one.

    Seascape FeedbackSeascape Feedback12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Without Wash and Shepherd Book, the magic is diminished too much.

    jf2madjf2mad12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Great content. I just watched Serenity for the first time on Netflix, and absolutely loved it (without having previously watched Firefly!). I've now got the great pleasure of tracking down the Firefly series on DVD.

    Kevin HaynesKevin Haynes13 өдрийн өмнө
  • if Disney reboots the franchise I think that will create a new cast and the chemistry from the original cast could never be preproduced and with out the chemistry I don't think it will work and people will not like the reboot

    Bill HusetBill Huset13 өдрийн өмнө
  • Grrr. Arrrg.

    GizmoFromPizmoGizmoFromPizmo13 өдрийн өмнө
  • 3:36 OMG shut up guy... I'm leaving now.

    OptofixOptofix13 өдрийн өмнө