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Some Storyline Requests for a Serenity Sequel

Wednesday 10 October 2007, by Webmaster

Serenity 2: is it happening; is it not happening? All of the Gorram and Firefly/Serenity fans in the universe want to know. But whether it is a misinterpretation of an interview statement or a well-placed piece of buzz to convince fence-sitting executives over at Universal to cough up the dough for another one, the Internet is brimming with speculation. Which led me to a number of discussions this weekend with all of my Firefly loving buddies: should there be a sequel, what exactly should be in it? What shouldn’t?

Here are the big five that came up:

1.) Derrial Book’s (Ron Glass) origin: One thing universally rang out in every conversation I had this weekend. People desperately want to know the greatest mystery left dangling with the far too early cancellation of Firefly: who exactly did Book work for before becoming a man of the cloth, and why does he seem to know so much about military and criminal activities? Was he an Alliance assassin as some theorize? I like to believe he was the General that led the Alliance to success (and to Mal’s defeat) at Serenity Valley, the horrors of which turned him away from military life and into the hands of God, which of course would explain why the ship "Serenity" seemed to "call" to him in the initial episode. Fighting alongside Mal was his penance. It’s a theory, which is all we have right now. Theories. We want answers.

2.) More crew deaths and peril: While every Browncoat out there might at first shriek at the idea, it is what they really want, deep down. What made Serenity so great was the fact that we believed that any of, if not all, of these characters were going to die. And we felt that way until the last moments of the film, when we finally had a chance to bury those that did. A sequel should keep that energy up. The Firefly/Serenity universe is not a nice one. It’s mean. It’s a Western. Good people die in Westerns. It’s what makes them work.

3.) No more River Tam story: We’ve all read Wolverine’s Weapon X storyline by now. Those who haven’t have seen it in the X-Men movies. She’s a government created badass. We get it. It’s time to move on.

4.) Serenity Valley: While I don’t feel the biggest need for it, this came up a lot. People want to see more of Mal and Zoe in the final days of Serenity Valley. This could lead to some incredible storytelling, especially if tied in with request numero uno.

5.) Whedon writes it, but lets someone direct: I love Serenity, but Joss Whedon directs like he’s making good television, not like he’s making movies. Choosing someone with a strong visual style who will make every image just sing will allow his words to simply explode on the screen. The way they should.

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  • Some Storyline Requests for a Serenity Sequel

    11 October 2007 04:56, by DurangoKid

    6. More about why the Alliance wants to rule the ‘verse. Yes, the Alliance likes to interfere, but why? Well, I’ll tell you why. It’s about more than power. It’s about what power brings, namely, wealth without work. There is a small clique that runs the Alliance and uses the sovereignty of the state to make the ‘verse into a rigged game. Most of those loyal to the Alliance go along with it to make a living or avoid trouble. However, there’s a price to pay. Like anyone who’s paying protection money to the local mafia don, the people of the ‘verse are being robbed of the value of their labor. Mal’s struggle against the Alliance is also a class struggle. He refuses to be a good little worker bee and conform. Browncoats are about the freedom to do a good day’s work and keep the fruits of their labor for themselves. They’re also about a community where people do for each other without trying to gain the advantage.

    7. Bring back Badger. He and Mal make an interesting team. Badger is sort of like an Alliance wannabe. He’d like to be the one on the receiving end, a puppet master, but he’s just too small time. He and Mal have to dance around each other, neither has a clear advantage. Badger also serves to ground Mal to the harsh reality of having to make a living in an environment that is basically hostile to his methods.

    8. Have the Alliance lose control over some group of outer moons and planets. Maybe on the far side of Reaver territory or just too remote to crush the rebellion easily. Browncoats rise again.