Firefly: How Joss Whedon Broke Our Hearts in Less Than One SeasonMelanie Schmitz
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From Firefly, we learned that, whether you feel like a hero or not, someone looks up to you. Maybe you don’t know why or maybe you don’t think that you deserve the praise. Be the best version of yourself and let those people take what they need from your example.

Firefly taught us that we all make errors. A person can be presented with an option and not care much for what the consequences are out of desperation or urgency. But when they learn the details of a situation, they can make a choice and turn back. It is never too late to try; the best people always do.

Joss Whedon showed us that love isn’t perfect; sometimes there are speed-bumps and cracks in the pavement… but that doesn’t mean it’s broken.

Most importantly, Serenity herself taught us that sometimes, when the world is chaotic and the smog is blurring our vision, all we need is to be alone for a few moments with the stars.

So, fellow Browncoats (and soon-to-be crew members), fret not. There may not be a 15th Anniversary special in the works and with Whedon’s penchant for killing off our favorite characters, the crew of Serenity may never again see the light of day, but that will never get in the way of what Firefly really stands for: loyalty, kindness and love always has a fighting chance no matter where you are in the whole wide ‘Verse.

(…And as for you, Fox Broadcasting executives? Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal.)

Featured image via Fox Broadcasting Co.

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  • Jaym Esch

    Joss didnt break our hearts- Fox did with their criminal handling of the show. Airing it out of order? Providing NO advertising for the show? Putting it in auto-death Friday night time slot?

    On the flip side, many Firefly fans broke the rest of our hearts when they didn’t support Serenity, which I still hold as the top sci-fi film ever made (near perfect casting (exception being the lord-of-hate Adam Baldwin), perfect script, perfect dialogue, perfect you-name-it). We could have had at least two more films guaranteed, but too many sat at home.

    • Melanie Schmitz

      Absolutely. However, Joss broke our hearts with his stories and characters, in a good way, of course. :)

  • Sherylee Harper

    Yes! Absolutely I miss Firefly and the crew’s antics. I think about the show often.

  • Eliseo Galindo

    I’m grateful for season 4 of Arrested Development. but if I could choose, I would take Season 2 of Firefly 999,999/1,000,000 over 3 more seasons of AD. That’s saying a lot.

  • Kirk Gillman

    All the Sci-Fi is officially dead on every station. The only one even close left is falling skies and I wont be surprised when that gets its plug pulled as well.

    • Melanie Schmitz

      That’s sad to me. I really liked Falling Skies, but you’re right. I foresee its end coming up pretty soon. Where are people with discerning taste these days?!

  • Lani Zanatta

    I have loved the homage paid by Nathan Fillion in the Castle Halloween episode, makes me giggle & pull out my Firefly & Serenity dvd’s.
    See – there are people who respect Joss’s genius!

    • Amra Leo

      Both Adam Baldwin and Gina Torres have been on “Castle”, and there was one episode that he spoke Mandarin, when Beckett asked him how he knew Chinese, he said, “Oh, a TV show I used to love”…
      Long live the Browncoats!

  • Martin Katz

    1) Fox has cancelled most non-comedy shows early. They purged almost all shows with content that season. If it is not comedy or gossip, it doesn’t seem to belong on Fox since Rupert Murdock took over.

    2) Watch the series and then watch the movie Serenity. The rest of your questions are answered in the books.

    • Gary Moore
    • Jane E. Quigley


    • Carol Fultz


  • Kimberly Krauss

    What a coincidence! I’m re-watching Firefly right now and here comes this lovely article. I sometimes feel like a small part of our love for Firefly is because it got cancelled, and that what we image the show to be keeps us hyped. But I honestly think despite that possible bias Firefly is an amazing show and it’s cancellation was the biggest mistake of canceled-show-history! I love this show so much and it has SO much more to offer! It pains me always. Q^Q Also, that end got a good laugh out of me! I never realized how appropriate Wash’s line was as a reprimand for Fox! xD

  • Nancy Aasland

    There’s a hole in my heart where seasons 2 – 7 belong :(

  • Gregory S Atkinson

    When I see a new article like this pop up, I always get a little flash of hope that somehow there will be a correction in the verse. A personal fantasy that will bring everyone back from the void and right the wrongs of our past. Alas it is never to be. I would rather live with reminders of this amazing moment in time than let the idea fade away completely. Until next time thank you.

    • Melanie Schmitz

      You’re very, very welcome. :)

  • Tuere Morton

    I so love these occasional homages to the short-lived great TV shows of our time. And thank you for forgiving us for Joe Millionaire (and pretty much most reality shows’ attempt at rendering good programming obsolete). You’ve inspired me to climb up on my geek-soap-box this morning @ and for that I salute you. Lol! Yes, I die a little inside each time I see Serenity too *sighs*

    • Melanie Schmitz

      You guys are making me a little bit weepy! I’m do glad I could start a conversation about something that is so bittersweet for so many people. Thank you! I will head right over and read your piece immediately!

  • Rich Drees

    It’s important to remember that part of Firefly’s ratings troubles stems from the fact that Fox was airing the episodes out of order so the relationship arc stuff didn’t make much sense.

    • Melanie Schmitz

      I remember that…. I’m pretty sure Joss still harbors resentment for that as well! Goodness. I mean, you think they would have listened to the Master.


  • Terry Dorsey

    Oh to have those days of television sci-fi that we escape into that evoke emotion, that give us thought, that make us wounder and cheer for. Alas, we are left with zombies, vampire love stories and ghost hunting. But there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of “Falling Skies” and “Revolution”. Lets hope the TV exec bean counters don’t screw that up….but then again as William Shatner said, “It’s just a TV show people!”.

  • Stephen J A McAfee

    Aw, man I really wish I’d been able to watch the story of Serenity unfold over 4/5 season (or more), but alas some tit at Fox decided to cancel this, similar thing happened with Angel, I really do hope these people are no longer in the TV business…time for a re-watch.

  • Patricia Adams

    Joss Whedon did not break our hearts, the morons who run Fox broke our hearts. As they have done again and again whenever Joss Whedon has a show on that stupid channel!

  • Tim Morris

    No, you fuggin bastids, Fox broke your hearts in one season. Joss was your loyal friend you needed for love.

    • Melanie Schmitz

      Haha… Well he broke our hearts with his stories! Joss is, after all, a phenomenal storyteller. ;)

  • Rhianna Pauline Sigler

    He also taught us how to curse in Chinese! Xièxiè Joss Whedon!

    • Melanie Schmitz

      Best reason to watch! Haha

  • Amanda Smith

    This just summed up my entire love for this show. Firefly was a beacon of light in my dark world, the one show on television where I found myself emerging from my room (teenage angst galore) and sharing an hour of time with my parents. My mother and I finally got along long enough to send our e-mails to Fox for the cancellation, earnestly petitioning for them to reconsider and give the show a chance. It was a common bond between us, something that kept us from completely disowning each other. Thank you for writing this and reminding me once again how much this short lived show changed my world.

    • Melanie Schmitz

      You just made me cry a little! Thank you, and I’m so glad My article touched your heart! “Firefly” is a real treasure.

  • Kariee W

    Important info! There are three companion graphic novels to the Firefly/Serenity saga and they are awesome!

  • Rachel Pody Allen

    YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SKY FROM ME! I love this show. I love the movie. I was heartbroken when it was canceled.

  • Sarrah Anne Crow

    I am crying at this article. I can’t tell if I’m happy or sad. I think both. Whedon and Firefly have changed my life and taught me so much. <3

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