Firefly: Official Companion, Volume Two
Reviewed by Galen Strickland
I didn't think it was possible for me to be any more of a Firefly fan than I already was, but this book proved differently. It brought back all the memories of the past five years, the thrill of watching the series as it originally aired, the heartbreak of cancelation, the anticipation of the DVD release, watching and rewatching the DVDs multiple times, and finally the relaunch of the story in the movie Serenity.
If possible, this edition is even better than Volume One, including a wider range of interviews with cast and crew, and deeper insight into why it is a show that continues to captivate audiences years after it was dumped by the FOX network.
Some may feel that the major feature of these companion books is the original shooting scripts, but I have gotten more satisfaction out of the interstitial materials, including full page photos of all nine cast members and their thoughts on the show and their character, along with interviews with creator Joss Whedon and others. This third volume in Titan Books continued exploration of the 'Verse (they also published Serenity: The Official Visual Companion) includes interview pages (and sidebar comments throughout) with co-producer/writer Tim Minear, editor Lisa Lassek, director of photography David Boyd, production designer Carey Meyer, visual effects guru Loni Peristere, soundtrack composer Greg Edmonson, and writers Ben Edlund, Jose Molina, Cheryl Cain and Brett Matthews.
A big shout out is also given to the Firefly fans, including those who have attended various conventions and charity screenings or else just campaigned effectively over the internet, as well as a group that resurrected the "Ariel" ambulance prop (found in a Mojave Desert junkyard and restored for trips to conventions, the latest being last year's Worldcon in Los Angeles).
It has been no secret that Joss and his cast were (and are) as much in love with this show as any of its fans. This sentiment is echoed time and time again throughout this book, from everyone involved. Not only that, all of them also mention at least one other person's work that they felt was as good as anything they have ever experienced in their careers, with no one leaving out the fact that it was Joss' creativity and passion that drove everyone to care so much and excel beyond their wildest dreams. One of them I have met and I heard him express these feelings personally, and one of his quotes applies to both the creators and the fans.
"I've got to tell you, of all the things I have ever done in my life, nothing has ever lived on
like this show has. I've never worked on a project that I've cared as desperately about as
this one. It's amazing to me that it's still alive; it's amazing to me that people love something
that I loved, and that's given me an even greater love for it." - Greg Edmonson
How can we not love such craftsmen and the magnificent creation they have given us? Just as with Greg, everytime I read or hear about their passion for this project, it makes me love it even more, and I know it is going to be a long time before I fall so deeply for another television show.
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