More choice quotes from Whedon and Minear on the Serenity pilot (from Cinefantastique).
I wanted to do something that felt very contemporary and the way we were able to experiment - some of the prettiest frames Iíve ever had the opportunity to make are in that show. And of course when we were working on the set, we were working over the tank they had dug for Alien Resurrection, so I felt like there was an exorcism of sorts going on.
The thing that killed me about ďSerenityĒ is that itís so clearly great and the network just decided they didnít like it. The network had certain notes and certain reasons for not liking it. Joss went out and shot additional footage. He added the battle footage at the beginning, for instance. He went through and found places to lighten things up, add jokes and tighten some areas that might have been a little flat. He answered every single criticism that the network may have had about that two-hour pilot, and they didnít even look at it.