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July 28 2002

(SPOILER) Firefly writer Jose Molina talks to Herc at AICN and gives him (in his own words) "crappy, abstract answers". Like episode titles and writer credits:

Episode 1, "The Train Job", written by Joss Whedon & Tim Minear, directed by Joss Whedon
Episode 2, "Bushwhacked", written and directed by Tim Minear.
Episode 3, written by Jane Espenson.
Episode 4, written by Drew Z. Greenberg.
Episode 5, written by Joss Whedon.

"Here's the deal with the two hour pilot. Fox was concerned that it was too slow and not quite the fun show that they had in mind, so we are temporarily shelving it."

Major geek alert here, cuz I know this. Flypaper of the Mind. This is the SAME problem that Gene Roddenberry had with NBC back in 1967 with the pilot of Star Trek. They told him "The Cage" was too cerebral & that they wanted more fight scenes for the actual first episode to air. So Gene put his pilot in the can for a couple years. He recast the captain, worked up a script where Kirk got to fight & I think even at one point his shirt got ripped off, and the second "pilot" which was called "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was shot. "The Cage" later got ripped up and reworked into a two parter called "The Menagerie" where Spock was on trial. So the original pilot became an elaborate flashback, explaining why Spock was acting weird in the 'present.'

Odds are the same thing's gonna happen to the first Firefly pilot. It'll get edited up and mixed in with newer footage, to explain the origin of the show late in the first season. It was a dumb move when NBC did it, and it's a dumb move now. FOX should leave Whedon the heck alone. It's not like he's wet behind the ears. He's got two successful tv series under his belt.

Next thing you know the BBC will be telling Whedon to recast Ripper as someone younger! Corporate executives! Sheesh!
I agree - you'd think by now that FOX would have some semblance of faith in Joss & Co.

Grr. Arrgh.

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