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Nov. 09, 2012 | 6:51 p.m.

‘Firefly’: Sean Maher wants Whedon to make ‘Serenity’ sequel

Sean Maher, 'Firefly' (featured image)
Few stories inspire the kind of passion and devotion shown by the fans of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly.” The short-lived sci-fi western followed Capt. Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his crew as they stole and scavenged their way across the universe, trying to keep their raggedy spaceship Serenity afloat. “Firefly” was canceled a decade ago, but support for the show has spawned a movie sequel, comic series, packed comic convention panels and now a one-hour reunion special on Science Channel. “Firefly: Browncoats Unite” features a roundtable discussion with cast members Fillion, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin and Sean Maher and writers Tim Minear and Jose Molina, as well as separate interviews with Jewel Staite, Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin. The discussion reveals closely guarded plans for the second season that never was, including a child for Zoe (Torres) and Wash (Tudyk), […]
Nov. 08, 2012 | 2:33 p.m.

‘Firefly’: Jewel Staite calls Whedon show ‘the one that got away’

'Firefly' Jewel Staite (featured image)
If Nathan Fillion’s rough-and-tumble Capt. Malcolm Reynolds was the leader of Serenity in Joss Whedon’s short-lived television series “Firefly,” Jewel Staite’s mechanic Kaylee Frye was the ship’s (and the show’s) heart. Staite, Fillion and the rest of the Serenity crew are back on the air together for “Firefly: Browncoats Unite,” a Science Channel special commemorating the show’s 10th anniversary. The one-hour special features a roundtable discussion with cast members Fillion, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin and Sean Maher, and writers Tim Minear and Jose Molina, as well as separate interviews with Staite, Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin. The special also includes footage from this summer’s “Firefly” reunion at Comic-Con International’s Hall H, during which the cast members reflected on the show’s premature cancellation a decade ago and subsequent second life on the big screen. The special airs Sunday at […]
March 13, 2012 | 10:15 a.m.

‘Alien Encounters’: A few sage (and Sagan) thoughts on invasion

Vintage publicity still for "This Island Earth" (Los Angeles Times archives)
When it comes to close encounters, Hollywood is  pretty far off. That’s the take-away from “Alien Encounters,” a pair of one-hour Science Channel specials that begin Tuesday night at 10 p.m.with “Alien Encounters: The Message”  and conclude with the March 20 premiere of “Alien Encounters: The Arrival.” Writer and producer Nick Sagan and Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute are among the voices that delve into the discussion of how alien contact might take place and what the scientific, cultural and psychological effects might be for our planet inhabitants. Our Geoff Boucher interviewed Sagan (who is also the son of the famed astronomer Carl Sagan) about the traditional Hollywood spin on flying saucers. GB: When you watch Hollywood’s portrayals of alien-contact films, what makes you groan? NS: Humans having any kind of sporting chance against hostile alien invaders armed with superior technology. Good luck. If they’re […]
May 03, 2011 | 10:47 a.m.

‘Firefly’: Summer Glau reflects on Joss Whedon, sci-fi women and River’s edge

Summer Glau in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Credit: Fox Broadcasting Co.
Fox canceled Joss Whedon‘s 2002 television series “Firefly” after a meager14 episodes were produced, but you can’t take the sky away from this space Western — the series maintains a cult following among “Browncoats,” the fans who have taken the series to U.S. Navy ships and even outer space. Fans were disappointed when the show’s big-screen sequel, “Serenity,” didn’t spark the prayed-for second season. Now, Capt. Malcolm Reynolds and his ragged, vagabond crew are back on television on Discovery‘s Science Channel — and while there aren’t new adventures, Science is the first channel to roll out all 14 episodes in the proper order, “the way Joss had intended it,” as a Discovery spokeswoman puts it. The season finale airs May 29. Our Noelene Clark caught up with “Firefly” and “Serenity” cast member Summer Glau, who played River Tam, the ship’s […]
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