This post wouldn’t be possible without the original from M. L. Brennan. You can find it on her blog by following this link. Please start there. Did you read it? Good.
Many of us are fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. We love many things about it and some of us can’t believe it was ripped from our television screens before we were ready. Well what if they made another Firefly show? That’s what M. L. Brennan wonders. She got me thinking…
Basically, she proposes continuing the beloved show with a new crew, on a new ship, based around the same principles of the original show. She compares it to the Star Trek shows, how they had TNG and it continued within the parameters of the original show while forging a path of its own. Franchising, if you will. After reading her post, I was intrigued. In fact, the idea stayed with me all day and my brain couldn’t stop churning.
M. L. went with Joss Whedon’s original formula of concepts instead of names.
- The Captain: Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion)
- The Soldier: Zoe Washburne (Gina Torres)
- The Pilot: Hoban “Wash” Washburne (Alan Tudyk)
- The Ambassador: Inara Serra (Morena Baccarin)
- The Mercenary: Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin)
- The Mechanic: Kaylee Frye (Jewel Staite)
- The Doctor: Simon Tam (Sean Mahar)
- The Fugitive: River Tam (Summer Glau)
- The Shepherd: Book (Ron Glass)
For our “new” show set in the world of Firefly, we’d ideally need to fill these roles. Let’s take a look at what my twisted mind cooked up.
The New Captain: Jeffrey Donovan. Any captain needs to be the clear cut leader. When they speak, people listen. When they move, everyone else follows. My choice is Jeffrey Donovan. You may know him from the show Burn Notice.
I first noticed Jeffrey in the 1998 HBO movie titled, When Trumpets Fade. He had a small role but his performance stayed with me. I believe he embodies that “normal guy,” but with an edge. He can be your best friend or your worst enemy. He became anti Alliance after his wife (a fellow Browncoat) was gunned down. Wounded and unable to act, he watched as she was mercilessly murdered. Lucky for him the fugitive was around to carry him away, patch him up, and fly him to safety.
The New Soldier: Jessica Lucas. For this character, I wanted someone on the younger side. Her father, Book from the original series, was murdered during the events of the film Serenity. She’s tough as nails and looking for payback. Through her we’ll get to learn more about Book’s past. My choice is Jessica Lucas. You may recognize her from the recent Evil Dead remake. Her role wasn’t major, but she did impress. Plus, I’d believe she was Book’s daughter. This character must be a tough killing machine, driven by revenge, but also emotionally vulnerable. She believes that if she was on Haven things would have ended differently. She’s constantly looking for ways to improve her skills almost to the point of being reckless. Her fighting skills make her the captain’s natural right hand.
The New Pilot: Brandon T. Jackson.I want the pilot to be a strait up hot shot full of swagger. Someone who is the first to tell everyone else how good they are. They love to point out everybody else’s flaws and crack jokes but are the first to step up if others crack on their friends. You know, a wise ass with a heart of gold. I was thinking Brandon T. Jackson would fit this role like a glove. You may know him from the Percy Jackson movies. Deep down, the pilot is as loyal as they come and not afraid to get in a fight. His easy going personality is what got him the job as pilot. The crew generally love having him around.
The New Ambassador: Dominic West. I’ll be honest, this was the one character I had trouble with. I didn’t know what kind of person I wanted. In the end I decided on a criminal kingpin character who was betrayed by his “family” and is lying low with our new Firefly crew. Once I came up with a concept, it was easy to fill the role. Dominic West is my ambassador. Watch his performance in the film, Centurion, and you’ll understand why I chose him. He’s the type of actor who can smile all pretty while cutting your heart out, perfect for a scorned criminal. Having a guy with his underworld connections makes it easy for his new crew to fly under the radar and get work. They need him just as much as he needs them.
The New Mercenary: If you saw M. L.’s post, you saw my comment about having a mercenary who was a complete fraud. This character is technically a Browncoat but hid amongst the dead as his fellow soldiers perished. After a particularly bloody battle, he bought his way off world and never returned. Nowadays he walks around bragging about how he survived the battle of Serenity Valley. The best part about this character is even though he’s onboard to shoot and protect, he’s the one who often needs protecting. The other characters are always ripping on him for them having to save his ass. He would be the comic relief, the hapless soldier who will have to stare his past in the face one day. The captain took him in because they both used to be Browncoats. This one was easy, Seann William Scott. You may know him better as Stiffler from American Pie.
The New Mechanic: Hayley Kiyoko. I went back and forth on this one a bit. In the end I wanted to go with a stowaway that the captain couldn’t turn away. This young woman prefers the company of the ship than her crew. She’s mouse like and naïve to the universe around her, and that’s the way the captain wants to keep her. He see’s her as the daughter he never had and often seeks her out when he needs someone to talk to. Her innocent, heartfelt views often make the most sense. She’s wise beyond her years and somewhat of a sage. She doesn’t like to talk about her past. It becomes clear that she’s hiding something but the captain never pushes the issue. I think Hayley Kiyoko would fill this role well. You may know her from her work in Disney Channel’s Lemonade Mouth, or Cartoon Network’s Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins.
The New Doctor: Brittany Snow. This was the first character I had an idea about. She’s addicted to half the meds she uses. The Alliance wants her for stealing those same meds and killing a high ranking official while under the influence. Her addiction is a constant battle and sore subject for the captain. The problem is they don’t have anyone better to act as a doctor. She needs to hide from the Alliance, and our crew needs a doctor. She’s allowed aboard, but only after locking all her meds up and giving the keys to the captain. She would eventually fall for the captain, but never really breakthrough because of her drug habit. It would be the classic will they or won’t they scenario. My first thought was Brittany Snow. You may know her from her work on the films Pitch Perfect, Hairspray, or Prom Night.
The New Fugitive: Alison Pill. Our fugitive and the captain have a past. They served in the Browncoats together along with the captain’s deceased wife. She’s the reason our captain is alive today and he feels like he owes her. The fugitive’s character is wanted for terrorism by the Alliance. She convinces the captain she’s innocent but as the series progresses, more and more about her charges are uncovered. Just when we think she’ a no good, dirty, killer, she shows that heroic side again. The captain can’t help but keep her around and she does just enough to make it worth his while. The ambassador knows a thing or two about her and says he’ll keep quiet if she helps him out from time to time with his “extra curricular” activities. She has no choice but to help him in order to protect her secrets. She doesn’t mix words and tells it like it is. She has a hard exterior, but a soft spot for the captain. I think Alison works because she can be tough but looks wholesome. She uses her appearance to catch people off guard and surprise them with her ice cold demeanor. You may know Alison from the films Scott Pilgrim or Goon.
The New Shepherd: Carlos Arrechea. I wanted a character who was naïve, or green. This shepherd is brand new and ready to bring the good word to the universe. He’s young, good looking, and has no clue what he’s doing. I had to search a while before I found the type of guy I was looking for and eventually found Carlos. His character needs a ride someplace and stumbles upon our new crew. The mercenary suckers him aboard and he never gets the chance to get off thanks to a gunfight followed by a space chase. I wanted a latino actor who could start speaking Spanish when he gets emotional. The thing is, he doesn’t realize he’s doing it. The crew like to tease him because nobody understands what he’s saying. They all speak English and Chinese. He’s obviously the moral compass of the group because of his unspoiled outlook. I thought someone who was too hunky to be a shepherd would add to the role. Everywhere he goes, people can’t believe he’s a shepherd. The mercenary can’t believe all the ladies flock to the shepherd instead of him.
The New Villains: Tricia Helfer and Kevin McKidd. Every show needs a great villain. Or two. I don’t know who they are or what they do, but I thought these two actors would be badass as villains in this show. I’d cast Tricia Helfer as an Alliance loyalist. If you’ve seen her act in the new Battlestar Gallactica, you know what I’m talking about. My second villain would be Kevin McKidd. You may remember him from HBO’s Rome or Dog Soldiers.
Annnnd I’m done. Whew! Like M. L. Brennan, I put way too much thought into this. You know what? It was fun.
Who would you cast in another Firefly show? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, or make your own post. Just make sure you aim to misbehave. 😉