Wanted: "Dead Or Alive" Transcript for the Firefly episode that never was. Story by Cheryl Cain.
This is new to me, but it's been around for awhile. I couldn't find a previous thread about this in Whedonesque and would like to hear others' input on it. Real or urban legend? Is it a good thing or a bad thing this never got made? Are there other scripts like this out there? Some reports indicate there could be as many as six scripts that were shown to FOX just before cancellation, but they didn't all make it to the Internet like this one appears to have done.
Would like to hear others' takes on this script, which was allegedly going to be produced some time in the first season of Firefly, but didn't make it before the series got cancelled. Some say it was the very next one on the pipeline after "The Message" but it has the same number as "Jaynestown" listed on it, so maybe it was considered and then sent back for rewrites and might never have been used anyway. This is not a "lost episode" because it never made it to production. We can choose to imagine this script describes events that happened soon after the last episode of Firefly, for continuity's sake. There are some bits of strangeness in it. Like a hint at a possible restructure in the romantic triangles. Inara and Simon seem to gel a bit. Jayne shows an unrequited interest in Kaylee. Wash & Zoe appear a bit on the skids, and Captain Malcolm has multi-layered tension with a female Alliance officer. Oh, and there's a turtle with a broken neck and the purple elephants are flying. And things go boom. Worth a read. Remember to come back here and give your two cents.
December 22 2003
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