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TV in comics update: Buffy, Angel, The Stranded and Serenity

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 14th 2008 3:21PM
buffy comicIt's been a while since my last review of a Buffy season eight comic, and since then there's been other developments in the TV-on-comics front (we should have a category for that). Rather than dedicate separate posts to this news, I'll round everything up here, at least this time around.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season eight - Issues #10 & #11
These were stand-alone "episodes," unlike 'The Long Way Home' and 'No Future for You'. A few things are revealed here that help keep the Big Bad of this season in play. Willow has even more power than we could have realized in past seasons, and an unexpected person has a crush on Buffy. I really liked 'A Beautiful Sunset' (#11) more than any other issue, with a great moment where one of the main, masked antagonists is almost revealed. Classic Joss writing.

A new multi-part series kicks off March 5, written by veteran Drew Goddard.

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TV continues uninterrupted in comic books

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2007 1:06PM

BSG ComicWhat are you going to do? The Office, How I Met Your Mother, and even new shows like Pushing Daisies and Chuck are either out of fresh episodes or quickly running out. Well, you don't need to spend the "strike season" curled up in the corner of your bedroom crying through a pile of TV Guides, remembering the good old days when you didn't already know what was going to happen this week on House.

Television is alive and well, and even growing ... just somewhere else. Want to know what happened to Jack Bauer before Season One of 24? How about Buffy and the Scooby Gang after the series finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? More and more shows are expanding their horizons by telling prequels, sequels and even in-between-quels in comic books, or graphic novels.

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Firefly & Serenity in space

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 28th 2007 12:12PM
astronaut; firefly; serenityThis news is a big damn deal to die hard fans of Firefly and Serenity (we call 'em 'Browncoats'). Apparently there are some Browncoats at NASA and they have managed to get DVDs of Joss Whedon's television show and movie up to the International Space Station. Astronaut Steven R. Swanson is the fan who just returned from the ISS after delivering the DVDs (oh yeah, and other important astronaut/survival supplies).

There's a fan page that blogs about it called Breaking Atmo. The most recent posts has all sorts of photos of Firefly and Serenity DVDs floating in space. One of the blog posts says that "Swanny" got the other astronauts addicted to Firefly while they were all in quarantine for five hours before the shuttle Atlantis launched earlier this month.

I've also heard that there are a number of astronauts at NASA who are addicted to Battlestar Galactica. Can you blame them?!?

[Via Pop Candy]

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Battlestar Galactica pen-and-paper RPG on its way

by Brett Love, posted Dec 29th 2006 11:02AM
Battlestar GalacticaLike many people, I was a little skeptical when I heard that someone was re-imagining Battlestar Galactica way back when. It seemed like an idea that could blow up in so many ways. We know now that Ronald D. Moore and his team pulled it off in a big way, but the reason I tuned in that first time was because I heard that if you looked really closely, in a certain scene, you would see Serenity fly across the screen.

I'm off on a bit of a tangent there, but not completely. The two universes meet again in the world of pen-and-paper RPGs. Margaret Weis Productions, the people behind the Serenity RPG, are now at work on a Battlestar Galactica game based on the same system. Plans call for a quickstart guide in early 2007 with the full game being released in the spring. The MWP site is under construction, but you can read the whole press release at OgreCave.

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Help Joss Whedon get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 8th 2006 10:07AM
Joss WhedonEven if you're not a Whedonite yourself, you've got to give it up for the fans of Joss Whedon. The Buffy, Angel and Firefly fanatics have created a community that has held multiple nationwide fundraisers for Whedon's favorite charitable organization Equality Now and single-handedly acted as the grassroots marketing engine behind Whedon's directorial film debut Serenity. Let's just say, they're a nice bunch.

A group of those fans has now turned its attention to honoring Whedon with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their collective reasoning is sorta sweet. "It's a tangible way to show respect by giving him something else to add to his legacy and to show how much he means to us...It's not all about Joss...It's about family, not the one we are born into by blood, but the one that Joss created out of his work...We cannot give him the prestigious awards; most of us are not on any academy boards, nor people that have a choice of nominations." Sorta makes you tear up a bit, doesn't it? Pop culture making the connection. The people's star.

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Firefly: Objects in Space (series finale)

by Keith McDuffee, posted Sep 8th 2006 11:34AM
firefly objects in space
While there were several great episodes of Firefly that never made it to air, at least we were treated with the season (well, series) finale, albeit not in its rightful order. With this episode the series goes out on a high note, making it a bittersweet ending that, when seeing it subsequent times, makes one long for the series to be back.

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Firefly marathon coming to Sci Fi Channel

by Brett Love, posted Sep 4th 2006 6:59PM
Joss Whedon's FireflyAre you one of the few that still haven't discovered Joss Whedon's Firefly? Maybe you have, but you didn't get around to picking up that DVD set yet. Or maybe you just prefer your sci-fi western space-opera with commercials. Whatever the case, if you want to see a whole bucketload of Firefly eps, Sci-Fi has you covered. On September 18th you can catch 11 hours of Firefly in a row. From "Serenity Pt.1" all the way to "War Stories" beginning at 8AM EST. Set your VCR's, PVR's, and DVR's, or start prepping your excuse to call in sick.

[ via Whedonesque ]

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Top 10 movies based on TV shows

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 1st 2006 8:34AM
serenityJoBlo, a website that respects Fight Club as much as I do, has a great list of the Top 10 movies based on television shows. For the most part, I agree with it. Except there is one major oversight: What about The Muppets? The Muppet Movie didn't make the list and, quite frankly, I'm baffled. I think it should totally replace The Naked Gun, which weighs in at #4. What-ever. The rest of the list looks good, however. It includes everything from last year's Serenity to Wayne's World to The Untouchables.

I'm going to list his Top 10 after the jump, but I highly recommend you go on over and read it and then come back and tell me if you think they forgot something. If you say Dukes of Hazzard or Starsky & Hutch... so help me... I'll reach through your computer and slap you!

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Firefly: Heart of Gold

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 27th 2006 11:51AM
firefly heart of gold
(Unaired) Everytime I see the title of this episode (and the name of the town, I believe), I can't help but think of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I can only imagine that those responsible for naming this episode meant it as a tribute to the Douglas Adams books. Then again, maybe someone's just a big Neil Young fan.

In this episode we get an even closer look at the non-relationship between Mal and Inara. It's interesting how Mal, who has always been looking down on Inara's profession, so easily gives in to Nandi. I think it shows most definitely that it's not Inara's profession that bothers him, it's that Inara's in that profession. Anyway, it makes sense to me.

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Firefly: The Message

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 18th 2006 11:44PM
firefly the message
I'm sure some diehard Firefly fan will know the answer to this (if there is a known answer), but I wonder if Joss was at all influenced by Blade Runner when he came up with the idea for this show. The future-Asian feel was present in the opening scenes of this episode, much as we see in Blade Runner, complete with a multitude of TV screens of all shapes and sizes, most of which are displaying some kind of commercial.

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Firefly: Trash

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 11th 2006 11:59PM
firefly trash
This episode was depressing to watch. Why? Because it never made it to air. This, my friends, is a fine example of what Firefly is all about. It's when you get a good mix of science fiction and good ol' Western-like heists and gunplay that this show shines. But I have a confession to make -- this was the first time I saw this episode.

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Adam Baldwin auctioning off signed 'Firefly' scripts

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 5th 2006 4:37PM
firefly scriptThere probably isn't a Browncoat in the 'verse who doesn't already know this, but Adam Baldwin, who played Jayne on Firefly, is auctioning off autographed copies of all 14 Firefly shooting scripts. The auction is on eBay and it closes in six hours (sorry!). Right now, bids for the two-hour pilot (Serenity) are up to $2,075. It is signed by Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion, Ron Glass, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Tim Minear, Jewel Staite, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk and Joss Whedon (oh, if only I had a trust fund!!). The money will benefit the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation and the auction is being run by the California Browncoats.

If that's a little too rich for your blood, there's a lot of other Firefly stuff up for sale on eBay.

[Via Whedonesque]

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Firefly: War Stories

by Keith McDuffee, posted Aug 4th 2006 11:47AM
firefly war stories
(S01E09) I said in one of my previous reviews that I thought it'd be neat to see how Mal and Zoe met and what it was like to be a Browncoat in the war. While we didn't see any of that in this episode, We did get a good feel for their relationship together.

For the first time, I believe, we see the return of a character from Mal's relatively recent past, the old boss man from 'The Train Job.' Almost Khan-like, isn't it?

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Free download of Serenity/Firefly fan film

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 3rd 2006 6:57PM
done the impossible; firefly; serenityFor those fans who don't already know, you can download a feature-length documentary about the rise and fall of Firefly and the making of Serenity. It's called Done the Impossible, and it features interviews with die-hard fans (aka 'Browncoats') who attended Shindigs and worked to spread the word about Firefly to back-up Joss Whedon's efforts to make the movie, Serenity. It also features some interviews with cast members. Kinda sounds like Trekkies, except this time I'll totally identify with the fans.

The movie is for sale on this website or you can download it here (legally and for free!) but you need to have the torrent software to do so. I don't have the software on my computer yet so I can't tell you much more about it. But, TV Squad reader Tucker did notify us that Jenna Fischer (Pam on The Office) makes an appearance with her husband, who directed Nathan Fillion (Mal) in Slither.

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Firefly: Ariel

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 28th 2006 9:39AM
firefly ariel
(S01E08) I know many fans of Firefly will disagree with me fiercely here, but I'll say it anyway. If I had to pick an episode where I thought Firefly really hit its stride, this would be the one. This episode kept me glued to the set. It had amazing effects, drama, many tense moments and a few splashes of humor thrown in for good measure. The only thing missing, really, was something for Book and Inara to do.

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