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May 17 2012

Alien easter egg in Firefly. We've had Han Solo appearing in just about every episode of Firefly and now someone has spotted a certain logo from the Alien franchise.

I love when this pops up again now and then. Rummage around on Google and it can be spotted in comment threads here. Not as something ever specifically linked as a post, but it's interesting to see which other conversations sparked someone bringing it up.
This reminds me, have the rumours of Serenity being in The Avengers momentarily been confirmed?
I looked out specifically for it the second time, I think it was a case of wishful thinking.
It's the vague resemblance of the lit portions of a picture of a revolving rock. It's basically Dr. Horrible's pots and pans all over again.
Wait... if Firefly and Alien exist in the same universe, and Alien and Buffy exist in the same universe (per the Free Comic Book Day Buffy comic), then Firefly and Buffy exist in the same universe! QED.
Those pots and pans WERE eerily similar to Serenity.

While I don't think it was at all intentional, I also like that the motto of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation is also a favorite line of the Operative's in Serenity. Better worlds.

ETA: @aroomacanvas, I'm not sure if this is apocryphal or not, but I once heard that, had Firefly lasted longer, they would have given James Marsters a cameo in some bar somewhere -- in full Spike gear -- complaining that "Nothing ever changes."

[ edited by Giles_314 on 2012-05-17 22:49 ]
The Weyland-Yutani Corporation is one of Wolfram and Hart's clients after all.
FWIW, that Spike thing was something they said they'd do in like their bloated, self-indulgent 7th season or some such. (Someone here will find the actual quote/phrasing there.)
Yep. Joss said it somewhere around the release of Serenity.

Could Serenity take place in the same universe as Buffy but the monsters were taken care of long ago?

I think you could make an argument for it, but I wouldn’t. The only thing we ever thought of doing is having a drunken and very miserable Spike at a bar just sitting there going, ‘Nothing changes. Trust me, nothing changes.’ That would’ve been in our decadent era. That would have been like season six. But no, I have to think about them as totally separate because they have different sensibilities and they have different sets of rules. It’s very important that Serenity be grounded. I had to go into outer space to come back down to earth but Buffy was a fantasy, a metaphor for rites of passage of our lives and Serenity is something else.

"Decadent", that was the word.
Spike talking to Badger, perhaps?
Actually, their existence in the same universe has long been a part of the Tommy Westphall theory. The inconsistencies in physics and magic exist because they are all different parts of the imagination of an autistic boy.
Also, in the same episode, as Inara's shuttle is coming in to land, you can see an Imperial Shuttle from Star Wars taking off in the background.
..and to end my trilogy, in Buffy season 8, Buffy is clearly self aware of the Westphall theory as she comments that maybe she does the things she does just to prove she not in some snowglobe at the end of St. Elsewhere.
I felt really dumb when I first realized the Blue Sun gang in Mass Effect was a reference to Firefly:
I cant believe people caught on the Alien reference just now. When I watched Firefly for the first time I immediately caught that. I was going "Well is it just me or does this look like the Weyland-Yutani symbol from Aliens?" I thought its just coincidence haha.
I knew about the Alien logo, the Star Wars Imperial Shuttle, the Star Wars Starlight Intruder ship, the Windows 98 installation screen and the A1138. But I did not know about the Han Solos! How could I have gone so long without being aware of this?!?
Don't forget, one of the shadow puppets in "Heart of Gold" is the STNG version of Enterprise. And the subject of the Shadow Puppet Theater is the demise of Earth That Was. According to the Firefly Companion Book that covers that Episode, We polluted the Earth to the point it was uninhabitable, and then "the Sun consumed her.".

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