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Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' (2006)

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Firefly and Serenity have grown beyond the genius of Joss Whedon. The words Firefly and Browncoat have come to symbolize a sense of community, family, and believing that the impossible can ... See full summary »

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Firefly and Serenity have grown beyond the genius of Joss Whedon. The words Firefly and Browncoat have come to symbolize a sense of community, family, and believing that the impossible can be accomplished. These concepts are at the very heart of Firefly and of its fans. Adam Baldwin hosts the telling of this vivid Browncoat story that features interviews with Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Serenity, the cast, crew, and most important, the fans themselves. The story chronicles the rise, fall, and rebirth of the cult TV show "Firefly" as told from the perspective of the fans who helped save it. Fans of the TV show and movie share what inspired them to become passionate about Firefly, to help save Firefly, attend shindigs, participate in message boards, donate to charities, and become Serenity extras. They talk about the many ways that Firefly has affected their lives. The cast and crew also share humorous and insightful experiences. Written by Done The Impossible

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Preaching to the choir
26 August 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

I love 'Firefly'. It is one of the greatest series of all time and it is depressing that it was cancelled before its time and it is a shame that 'Serenity' didn't spark any sequels or a TV revival.

That said, this fan-made documentary tested my patience. I don't really see the point, at least not as a standalone, feature-length look at the show's fandom and the story of its cancellation and cinematic resurrection. If you're already a fan (and who else in the world would watch this?) then you know the story, and if you're not then you won't be convinced. There are no clips of the series, which would seem to be key in drawing in new viewers and illustrating the great moments mentioned by interviewees, and there's no real insight into what it means to be a fan. It's a compilation of talking heads, which is okay as far as it goes.

Although there are interviews with Joss Whedon, Tim Minear, other crew and most of the cast, for the most part they're too brief to go into any real detail, and I didn't come away with anything I didn't already know going in. The bulk of the movie is comprised of interviews with fans, and hurm. They're passionate and dedicated and sometimes embarrassingly earnest, as fans are, and I'm always happy to see people find each other and express their love for something creatively. But in a documentary I have far more interest in hearing from the people involved in the creation of a show or a movie than from people who love it; I know what that's like, I'm a fan myself. Over an hour of enthusiastic babbling is a little too much. And I couldn't care less what a jackass like Orson Scott Card thinks of anything.

In the end, this sort of thing is fine as a half hour DVD extra but it's stretched pretty thin as an 80-minute feature, labour of love or not.


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