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Keep Flying with “The Verse,” Firefly Style

The television show Firefly basically became, with one short season on Fox in the U.S. and a follow-up movie, Serenity, for the fans, the mini-series that could. Over a decade after its ending, it’s still loved and feted internationally, and hosts an empire of comics, toys, models, games and merchandise. (My daughter currently has an official Jane hat in her room.)

One of those purveyors of “geek” merchandise, Loot Crate, does subscription gift boxes, and to promote its newest one, it decided to fund a “fan” short film in the Firefly universe, employing the help of several Firefly fan organizations and having Quantum Mechanix, the creators of Firefly Online, do the ship model effects. The result is “The Verse”, a 17-minute short film on the Web that looks and feels close to Joss Whedon’s western with spaceships, with characters loosely similar to the original show’s, but different enough in ways that make them rather interesting.

“The Verse” appears to have had official permission or at least no official objection from the show’s rights holders, since it’s helping sell Firefly merchandise and it’s free. And for us Browncoats, it’s both a pleasant shot of an old fix and a murmur of hope that maybe an official Web or t.v. spin-off of Firefly might get off the ground somewhere. I wouldn’t mind seeing more chapters of “The Verse,” in any case, though the actors need to get a little more comfortable with the dialogue style.

So if you want to have some fun, take a gander at a labor of love and commerce that still charms our attention:








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J. August Richards Knows the Drill — Geek T.V. (MTV) Interview on Upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. t.v. series

I made a vow that I would try to not add any of the new t.v. shows this coming season to my roster. Which lasted only very briefly once it came out that Joss Whedon was executive producing and initially writing with his team a spin off t.v. show from the Marvel movies called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., that Clark Gregg would be reprising his role as Agent Coulson on the show (despite that character having died in the film The Avengers,) and finally that J. August Richards, best known as Charles Gunn in Whedon’s show Angel, would be having a role.

Richards has appeared on shows  like Warehouse 13, The Mentalist and Arrow since his legal show, Raising the Bar ended, but has also been busy doing his own projects, such as the short films Private Policy and The Hypnotist, which was shown at the recent Denver Comic Con. While he was in Denver, he was interviewed by MTV’s Geek T.V. about the new series. It’s not very informative, given that Richards is under a cone of silence, (his own involvement in the show was kept quiet for a long time,) but it’s funny. (Link below as it will not let me embed the video.) And we get him back regular on t.v., so I’m happy about that. It’s a reminder to me not to make vows. 🙂







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Happy. Happy. Happy.

Joss Whedon rides again. And a t.v. show too!

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Some Fun From the 2012 San Diego ComicCon

Some stuff I like from the current ComicCon:

John Scalzi does a skit off his new satiric novel Redshirts at W00tstock, a series of events held at the ComicCon with the help of fantasy bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss and a surprise cameo appearance.

John Barrowman, of Doctor Who and Torchwood fame, interviews Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvil from Doctor Who up on a platform above the main floor.

Joss Whedon, Tim Minear and most of the cast of Firefly do a 10th year reunion panel in Hall H where there is a lot of crying. Also giggles.

Also, because I forgot it before, not a video and not from ComicCon, but an article where Joss Whedon at Whedonesque pens a heartfelt thank you to fans in the wake of the success of The Avengers.

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Bits and Pieces After the Turkey

SFF author Kristine Kathryn Rusch has been doing a series of blog essays about the Business of Publishing, and this one on bookselling is interesting:


SF Signal rounded up some authors and others to suggest cool presents for the holiday season:


Cracked.com relates important information about science and movies:


Andrew Liptak looks at the obstacles women face in fandom and in general:


Asked to respond to the news that Warner Brothers, which holds the rights to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie and t.v. series, was rebooting the movie with a new young screenwriter, Joss Whedon shows why nobody is as good as him. The Avengers is going to be way fun:


I unintentionally fibbed — there is another OK Go video I’m putting up. They did one for the Today Show for one of their songs. It’s not their best work but it’s cute:

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Nicholas Got Back Up on the Horse

And speaking of Whedon actors, back in April of this year, I expressed a hope that Nicholas Brendon, beloved as Xander on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who had gotten himself tasered and arrested by the L.A. cops while drunk out of his mind and looking for his dog, would get another chance, sober up and beat his addiction. (He had gone through recovery several years ago, but this was a relapse.)


Well, he’s working on it. He immediately went back into rehab and lived in a sober living house for awhile. He’s trying to get his finances in order. He got a plea deal on his charges with the cops, with a one year suspended sentence, community work, anger management training and three years probation. He has a recurring role on the t.v. series Criminal Minds. He has joined the long running Web series Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy, and it’s been announced that he will be doing a guest gig on the t.v. series Private Practice.  And he may be doing a revival of the play he starred in before, The Santaland Diaries. So he’s working, he’s trying to stay sober, and he’s thankful that he didn’t hurt anyone when he relapsed. There’s no way to guess the odds when it comes to addiction, but as I said before, Nicholas, I hope you win.

And really, that goes for Lindsey Lohan too. I watched her as a kid actor growing up into a teen and we always liked her in our household. And we cannot escape her, it seems, as the news media are fascinated with her every move, with the downfall of this once promising kid. But I wrote Robert Downey Jr. off and now he’s Iron Man. So I’ll send good will to Lohan too, as long as she stops driving vehicles. We lose too many talented performers to drugs, particularly in Lohan’s age range where they are worked to death to financially support their families and lose any reference frame for normal; let’s hope we have a few victories.

Here’s Nicholas saying hello to a very young fan a couple of months ago:

He’ll also be making an appearance at Wizard World Austin Comic Con November 12-14, and James Marsters will be there too.

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Nathan and Friends

A pal sent me this photo which actor Nathan Fillion put up on Twitter from apparently his 4th of July barbeque, with his Firefly compadres: Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, and director/writer Joss Whedon. (They may be looking at dangerous fireworks or just Fillion’s barbeque grill exploding.) Fillion put it up with the simple comment: “Together. Again.” And I like it, so I’m putting it up, along with my hopes that Tudyk will guest star on either t.v. show Castle, which stars Fillion,  or Chuck, which stars Baldwin, sometime in the near future.

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As a Whedonite, I’m on Board

*PS, in his younger days, I did actually like Stephen Baldwin as an actor. He was very good in The Usual Suspects. And I don’t at all begrudge him his sobriety. That’s a good thing. I do, however, have strong disagreements with the person he has become, or more specifically, the views that he holds and expouses. I am not going to debate those issues regarding this post.

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