Firefly is one of those shows we all look back on with fond memories. The Joss Whedon written/directed show was a cult hit, despite being cancelled before the first season had finished airing. Because of this, fans still lament the loss of #Firefly Season 2. Although the subsequent movie Serenity helped to fill in some of the blanks, there are many plot threads which Joss Whedon had intended to develop over later seasons of the show.
"I designed this world and these characters in this ensemble to sustain seven years worth [of stories]." - Joss Whedon
Thanks to interviews with the cast, as well as the comic books which were published after the film was released, we do have an idea of what we would have seen in Firefly Season 2 — and why it's probably a good thing that this show was cancelled.
1. Wash & Zoe Had A Kid
In many different interviews, Joss Whedon has discussed the possibility of Wash and Zoe having a child in subsequent seasons of Firefly. Wash's death was not a part of his original plan for the show: this was just to add shock value to the final battle in #Serenity, so the audience knew any of the characters could die before the film ended.
The idea of Wash and Zoe having a child was introduced in the episode "Heart Of Gold." And while Wash isn't so sure this would be a good idea, Zoe is adamant that she wants this to happen...
"I ain't so afraid of losing something that I ain't gonna try to have it. You and I would make a beautiful baby. And I want to meet that child one day. Period."
In the comics published after Serenity, Zoe was revealed to be pregnant after Wash died. So at least she got to have her child, even if Wash wasn't around any more. There's no way of knowing if this would have happened in the show — because Wash was just killed for shock value in Serenity, it's possible that Season 2 would have featured him and Zoe raising a child together.
2. Inara Was Terminally Ill
This is something which was hinted at in the show, and later confirmed by both Joss Whedon and Morena Baccarin at several different conventions.
"We're all running from something..."
Inara had discovered her illness while working on Sihnon, which is one of the reasons why she decided to leave the elegant Companion House to work on Serenity instead.
This is an interesting plot line, and it would have been nice to see the how the crew reacted to learning that Inara was dying. Joss Whedon has not revealed whether the plan was for Inara to die in later seasons of the show, but there is one Season 2 episode which would have focused on Inara... which we're very very glad didn't happen.
3. Inara Gets Captured By Reavers
Many fans have pointed towards Inara's syringe from Firefly's first episode as a hint that Inara was dying, but the truth about this, and the plot it was leading towards, is far more sinister.
During SyFy's Firefly reunion special in 2012, executive producer Tim Minear explained the plot of Whedon's proposed episode.
This would have been a very difficult episode to watch, and it would been rather gratuitous for Inara to get viciously assaulted at this magnitude, just so Mal could learn a lesson about treating her with respect.
But there are episodes we would have liked to have seen, like this proposed plot Joss Whedon wanted to use for Season 1...
4. The Crew Faces An Ethical Dilemma
During the reunion, Nathan Fillion described another episode plot in which the crew are faced with the prospect of leaving a group of people to die. In the episode, Serenity lands on a cold and desolate planet. They're nearly out of food and fuel, but the settlers on the planet take them in. Everything's fine and dandy, until Mal catches the settlers trying to steal Serenity. It turns out that they're actually marooned with no chance of escape, and without the supplies to survive much longer.
But there's a problem: Because Serenity is also low on supplies, there isn't enough air or food for the crew to take the settlers with them, unless they happen to encounter another ship. The crew argue over this, and Mal eventually tells them that they'll sleep on it and decide the next day. But as Nathan Fillion describes, this was just a trick...
"I take off while y'all are sleeping. And you all wake up, and go, "What have you done?" It's too late to go back, we can't go back. And on our way back out, we never meet any ships — so we would have all died. We were all going to vote, and Captain Mal takes the decision away from everybody, so it's nobody's decision to kill all those people but his."
This would have made for a very intriguing episode, and one which would have slotted into the Season 2 narrative nicely.
And the rest...
Of course, there are tons of little things we would have seen in later seasons of Firefly. The plot of Serenity would have been much more drawn out, in a multi-episode arc as the crew discover River's connection to the planet of Miranda, and the creation of the Reavers.
We also would have discovered Book's backstory, which was eventually revealed in one of the official comic books published by Dark Horse. All in all, we can continue to lament Firefly's lack of continuation, but at least the movie Serenity wrapped up the most important plot line.
What would you liked to have seen in later seasons of Firefly? Let us know in the comments!