What would the Season 1 finale of Firefly have been like?

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Thursday, June 29, 2006 5:48 PM


I was driving home today, with my Firefly soundtrack on, and I started to think about what the Season 1 finale would have been about. If this thread has gone around before, forgive me...Anyway, here are my speculations:

1) Inara leaves the ship. It was in the works in Objects in Space, but I think it would have been dragged out until the Season Finale.

2)The Lassiter Laser is Stolen by YoSafBridge. We all know we were going to see here again.

3) River is captured by agents for the Alliance. Temporarily. In Part two, the intrepid crew must rescue her. Maybe Jayne does something to redeem himself after the Ariel episode.

4)Book is revealed to be a former Alliance Operative. We all know he was, and maybe he has to use his former skills to help get River back, or save the crew when the Lassiter sale goes bad, etc.

Just some musings of a heartsick fan. Went and saw the movie on the BIG Screen June 23. It was glorious. Then I went and bought another copy of Serenity the next day.

"One day Blake, you're going to get us all killed."


Thursday, June 29, 2006 8:12 PM


Properly the Movie spread across more episodes, thus more character development, and of course, no killing (except the kittens and Xander would lose the other eye )

"Remember, always be yourself. Unless you suck."-Joss Whedon



Thursday, June 29, 2006 10:38 PM


Probably just like the 3 issue mini-series comic-book.

Basically, Book and Inara leave the ship, and the villains are the return of Dobson and the Hands of Blue. Both villains are killed in the end.


Friday, June 30, 2006 4:21 AM


Well, Joss has a tradition of ending shows for a hiatus (meaning that the two-month break for us watching is echoed by a two-month break for the characters). Buffy left Sunnydale, everyone had Summer plans, Xander tried to drive to all 50 states (Will should've probably explained about Hawaii, but it wasn't a factor' cause his van died), Angel got locked up at the bottom of the sea, etc.

I'm guessing it would've been something "terminal." Someone gets shot, ends up in a coma. Ship gets grounded in the middle of nowhere, ends up stuck until someone comes to get 'em. They get caught in the act of illegal doings, and locked up for a couple of months (until their case comes up for processing, or they break out). Captain and Inara get marooned on a deserted island with a stash of rum. . .

Wait, I've seen that last one before. . .

We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient.


Friday, June 30, 2006 4:38 AM


Yeah someone would have died - or maybe Nishka would have gotten ahold of Kaele or something equally too awful to think on.


Friday, June 30, 2006 5:11 AM


The return of Niska, yeah. Or a Reaver attack, in which Inara pulls out the 'have-sex-with-me-you-DIE!' serum.


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Friday, June 30, 2006 5:27 AM


Joss's philosophy has always been "write each season as if it's your last," so he likely would have tied up a number of dangling plot threads while opening up enough new ones that we all said "My God, September can't be here fast enough!"

For those who've read the comic book miniseries, "Those Left Behind," I think it's pretty clear that THIS is what the season ender would have been (in some form or another). No doubt in my mind. The comic serves to wrap up a number of loose ends from the season, echoes the early episodes of the show, and serves as a bridge between the series and the movie. Assuming the story of the movie became season two, this would certainly have been the finale.

Fun to speculate and all, but why don't y'all head over to our virtual Firefly continuation and READ the finale, as well as the first six episodes of Season Two (more on the way)? :) "Here's how it might have been..."


Friday, June 30, 2006 5:32 AM



Originally posted by Muddersmilk:
4) Book is revealed to be a former Alliance Operative. We all know he was...

I beg to disagree! I don't think Book was an Alliance Operative at all. If he had been, then he would have had no previous name and rank, and the Alliance officers who checked his ID wouldn't have know he was important enough to help out.

I think it goes higher than that. Much, much higher.

I was thinking about this extensively the other day after I posted to the "Most Terrifying Villain" thread. Who are the biggest of the big bad in the verse?

The reavers? Nope.
Niska? Not even close.
Blue hands? No again.
Jubal Early? Oh please!

The biggest of the Big Bad in the verse are the minds responsible for the Reavers, Blue hands, Bounty hunters, Unification War, etc. In other words: THE PARLIAMENT! And the worst part is that WE DON'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE. We've never seen them, we wouldn’t recognize them, but they are the ones pulling all the strings.

If one of them was walking around on board ship, we would never even know it!

I think Book was a former member of Parliament who decided to leave his post when he found God, or just realized how much misery he was helping to create. That would be the only way to explain how the Alliance officers who checked his Ident card would act so quickly to get him into the infirmary.

Any other thoughts on the subject?

EDIT: OK, this is going to become its own thread.

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Friday, June 30, 2006 6:08 AM


Joss would have felt the end was near and killed everybody. Synical, yes, Maniacle, absolutely, and mean, positively.... But look what he did to Wash.


-Siklis Pakem Parabellum, "If You Want Peace Prepare For War!"-

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Friday, July 7, 2006 11:22 PM


Gwek, I just found this thread on somebody’s profile and immediately thought of Virtual Firefly.

And no Book was not a former Operative. That is far too easy. He obviously had something to do with that world (and I know gwek has some ideas ).

Here's how it might of been






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