SciFiChat Program: November 9, 2012

SciFiChat

#SciFiChat on Twitter. Friday, November 9, 2012, 3 pm ET.


On October 9, 2012, at 3:00 pm Eastern Time, The #SciFiChat on Twitter presents a special topic of Firefly: 10-Year Anniversary.

Firefly

Firefly. Silent running for ten years.

From Wikipedia (used under Wikipedia’s Creative Commons License).

Firefly is an American space western television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear.

The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things”. The show explores the lives of some people who fought on the losing side of a civil war and others who now make a living on the outskirts of society, as part of the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. In addition, it is a future where the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures. According to Whedon’s vision, “nothing will change in the future: technology will advance, but we will still have the same political, moral, and ethical problems as today”.

Firefly premiered in the United States on the Fox network on September 20, 2002. By mid-December, Firefly had averaged 4.7 million viewers per episode and was 98th in Nielsen ratings. It was canceled after eleven of the fourteen produced episodes were aired. Despite the series’ relatively short life span, it received strong sales when it was released on DVD and has large fan support campaigns. It won an Emmy in 2003 for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. The post-airing success of the show led Whedon and Universal Pictures to produce a film based on the series, Serenity. The Firefly franchise expanded from the series and film to other media including comics and a role-playing game.

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The moderator of #SciFiChat is @DavidRozansky. To monitor or participate in #SciFiChat, sign in to the Twitterchat tool of your choice and use the hashtag #SciFiChat. Please introduce yourself to the chatters.

This is a special edition of #Scifichat leading into the Firefly marathon on Science Channel, all day Sunday, Nov. 11. At 10:00 pm ET, Science Channel will also air a Firefly Reunion special with Joss Whedon, the actors of Firefly, and others involved with the show’s production. During the marathon and the reunion special, #SciFiChat will “simultweet” with the hashtags #Firefly and #SciFiChat.

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