Four and a half Torches (Out of Five)
There are fandoms, and then there is the Firefly fandom, which unlike any other.
Joss Whedon’s “space Western” aired for a mere eleven episodes in 2002 — 14 were produced in all. But an outpouring of enthusiasm from fans has kept the show alive since then (and led to a 2005 movie, Serenity, that was even better than the series).
Not surprisingly, in addition to the movie, much media have been created to satisfy fans of Firefly, the latest project of which is Firefly: Still Flying, a sort of scrapbook-like “celebration” of the series.
This book is not a definitive “guide” to the series — not surprisingly, that’s been done before (and plenty is also available online). This project probably isn’t for the casual fan.
But if you’re a devoted “Browncoat,” or truly devoted fan of the series, you’ll absolutely love geeking out on this book, which takes sort of a “little bit of everything” approach to its subject.
How did the scripts get outlined and written? Jane Espenson tells you. How were stunts done on the show? They interview Nick Brandon, the show’s stunt coordinator.
There are also storyboards and costuming sketches and behind-the-scenes photos and weaponry and even a look at the kitchen utensils on board the Serenity.
No, seriously. Like I said, this is for serious geeks of the series.
Most interesting of all, the book includes new fiction about the characters written by writers of the original series.
If anything is disappointing about the book, it’s that most of the interviews with the actual cast members are snippets from old, previously published articles.
Still, this is all very well-done and highly recommended for, well, you know who you are.
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