Joss Whedon’s ‘Firefly’ failed to persist after its first season run. More than a decade later, could Netflix resurrect ‘Firefly’ for season 2? Find out what the report says!
How much louder should our voices get before Netflix and every other OTT platform out there realises that a ‘Firefly’ Season 2 is the need of the hour. The fans and the cast both want to see a second season of the space-western by Joss Whedon. Figuring that Netflix is the God giving second lives to dead shows, could it be time that the platform adopts ‘Firefly’ for season 2? Let’s find out!
- ‘Firefly’ cancelled after season 1
- Fox regrets cancelling ‘Firefly’
- Disney+ is interested in a ‘Firefly’ reboot
‘Firefly’ cancelled after season 1
Joss Whedon clearly took a different route from his comfort zone when he decided to move away from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and into a cross between the sci-fi and the western genre. Whedon’s space-western, ‘Firefly’, made its debut on the Fox network in 2002, but somehow managed to never return for a second season. The plot followed around a mixed bag of smugglers in their misadventures while aboard a spaceship, Serenity.
Nathan Fillion starred as the lead, Captain Mal, and his team came to be called the Browncoats. ‘Firefly’ instantly hit it off with the people fond of the genre or at least with the ones who watched the show. Naturally, although the size is of the fan-base is comparatively low, fans are extremely loyal and are still hoping for ‘Firefly’ to come back with season 2.
One of the primary reasons behind Fox cancelling ‘Firefly’ was the network’s tendency to axe a show as the solution every time the numbers did not add up. Fox has been known to cancel shows in their prime when they failed to deliver at the first instance and that is exactly what happened with ‘Firefly’ as well. Moreover, there were reports of the network giving Whedon a hard time about having Gina Torres and Alan Tudyk on board as the two actors were married. Another reason for the cancellation was Fox’s poor choice of time slot for the show on a Friday night.
Moreover, the network blew the order of the ‘Firefly’ episodes in which they were supposed to have appeared. Add poor advertising to that and what we have got is a disaster of a show that had a lot of potential. Nevertheless, fans of ‘Firefly’ would love to take another ride on Serenity and we wonder if Netflix could make season 2 happen!
Fox regrets cancelling ‘Firefly’
Whether Netflix would agree to bring back ‘Firefly’ for season 2 or not still needs to be talked over, but we know that Fox definitely regrets going in for the cancellation. As far as Fox is concerned, the president of the network of the time admitted that it was an extremely thought out and difficult decision for the network. However, no matter how much they, or the fans, wanted it, the network was shelling out more than what it was bringing which was an absolute deal-breaker.
Gail Berman explained,
“Cancelling ‘Firefly’ was as difficult as anything I’d ever been involved in because Joss and I had been creative partners at one time … I worked with him very closely on this particular show and when it didn’t perform [in the ratings], having to cancel it was very difficult. If I had to do it over again, I might have reconsidered it but I’m not sure it would have changed anything. It was a numbers things. It was a wonderful show and I loved it and I loved working with him on it but that was a big show, a very expensive show, and it wasn’t delivering the numbers”.
Disney+ is interested in a ‘Firefly’ reboot
Netflix or not, season 2 or not, rumours of a ‘Firefly’ reboot by Disney+ is definitely making the rounds. In 2019, with the acquisition of Fox, Disney+ also bought the rights to ‘Firefly’ from Fox and new reports have emerged suggesting that Disney+ is seriously considering bringing a ‘Firefly’ reboot into the loop. The news was first reported by “Giant Freakin’ Robot”. In another incident, executive producer for ‘Firefly’, Tim Minear, had also teased the fans over a Twitter post regarding the show coming back for a reboot or a revival.
Adding fuel to the excitement, Michael Thorn, the Fox entertainment president has given the nod to a reboot for ‘Firefly’ if the fans are ready for it. His motivation: it is the age of revivals and reboot and, therefore, it makes sense perfectly. He told “The Wrap“,
“The macro answer is, any time we look at one of our classic titles if there’s a way to reinvent it for today so it’s as resonant now as the original was, and is, to the fans, we’re wide open”.
Do you think Netflix or Disney+ could bring ‘Firefly’ back for season 2? Let us know in the comments below!