Movies and TV

What Might Have Been

07.11.06 | 3 Comments

I can’t verify that this is in fact true, but apparently there was an early draft of Serenity up for sale on Ebay. According to this site, the draft clocks in at a little over three hours and way over budget. The site reviews (and reveals) the script, thus saving us from actually having to buy it. Even reading the highlights from the review, I feel a certain sadness. There’s good stuff in there, and it’s a shame it was cut. It sounds like more the Firefly we knew and loved, even if it wasn’t as polished as the final version. It’s a bit long, but if you loved Firefly, it’s worth the read.

Here’s a tidbit, from the “Alamo” holdout at Mr. Universe’s place…

Zoe gets hit in the sholder. Kaylee gets darted. They retreat behind the blast doors, but an explosion from the Reavers’ fire takes out the control panel. Jayne’s last grenade gets tossed, then they start discussing options. Hilariously, Jayne tries to trigger River by singing the Fruity Oaty Bar song; Simon tells him the trigger’s not in the song.

Well, now I know that…

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Comment by Jerry
2006-07-11 10:10:47

Thanks for the update. Us brown coats always seem to get abused.

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Comment by Kyle
2006-07-11 11:00:07

I do feel a bit of sadness every time I think about that show. I miss it. There won’t ever be anything like it again, and I’ve watched the series through straight twice now, and probably will watch it again. Why doesn’t stuff like this actually get to stay on the air? We watched a vapid new series called KYLE XY, which is a stupid re-tread of XFILES, JOHN DOE, and a few other cliche-ridden series that have come out since XFILES broke new ground. It’s pretty weak. That’s what’s making it on the air these days, reality and really weak situation comedies.

TV executives, and noodle-brained tv viewers, damn them all!

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Comment by Neal5x5
2006-07-11 16:40:41

I watched the Serenity pilot over the weekend (in pieces between other efforts) and I’m still impressed with how well that show was crafted from beginning to unfortunate end.

As for anything new on TV, it reminds me of the Cable ACE awards on the Simpsons:

Announcer: And the winner of the best new show on cable is — old Starsky & Hutch reruns!

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