"BANG! BANG! BANG!" the sound boomed from my front door. "We have you surrounded! Come out and apologise right this minute!" said the Firefly fanboys and girls. Fair game, I just insulted some of the most diehard fans of one of the shortest lived television shows of all time with that title. But I ask for your parlance, my dear Firefly-ians for a few brief moments.
Though, at this point, I do wonder how much hate comments I have accumulated for what is starting to sound like a click baity article. But this very possible reaction got me thinking, particularly after the Firefly cast reunion at New York ComicCon this weekend past: If Firefly never got cancelled, would we care as much as we do?
Whedon knows his audience
I am a massive Firefly and Serenity fan by the way. I am even more of a Joss Whedon fan. So I am definitely not intending to write a bash piece on something that I love so much. And I am sure this is not the first time such a question as been posed.
Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse... each time Whedon-verse properties were limited by some powers that be, we shouted for more, as loud as we could. Whedon has an incredible ability to satisfy his audience, tease their emotions and challenge their intellect. He has mastered what the fandom requires from its content and I think both Avengers films are testament to that.
Losing Firefly made a better Whedon
Imagine a world where TV executives didn't give Whedon such a terrible run of cancellations, would he have got the chance to make Serenity with the love, care and attention he did? Maybe. Would he have been ready to take on the mammoth, blockbuster feat of The Avengers, without that emotional baggage of the untimely cancellations? Perhaps. And would Marvel's Agents of Shield be the perfect amalgamation of all Whedon-verse elements embodied in a fun, kick-ass super hero TV show? Most likely not. The death of Firefly made Whedon a better storyteller.
The Changing Face of TV
Firefly is a precious piece of television. And back when it was on our screens, TV was in a different place. Now 12 years later, we have the on-demand TV platform taking control of what content is produced. For the first time in TV history our fandom could bring back a TV show that is long dead and was once considered a disastrous flop. To see the Firefly cast sitting together on stage talking about their love for their cancelled show may not mean that a new series is destined for Hulu or Netflix any time soon, but it proves the interest is there and it will not easy for Nathan, Gina, Morena, Adam, Jewel, Sean, Ron Summer and Alan to let their beloved characters go.
Firefly being cancelled was the best thing for Firefly. It hasn't run its course just yet. And in time, we'll see our favourite rag tag crew aboard the Serenity... and perhaps with those who didn't survive the film - now wouldn't that be special?
Daniel Sanguineti is a Australian Film Producer and Writer, who tutors film and media at the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology. He is on twitter @DanSanguineti.