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I am of the opinion that of all of the late, lamented series in television, the fans of Joss Whedon's "Firefly" are the most unwilling to let things go, especially after "Serenity." After all, they only shot fifteen episodes of the series (I count the two-part pilot as two), and not all of those were aired. Of course, those that were aired were not aired in the right order in another classic example of a network killing a series with their meddling (when you hire a Joss Whedon just get out of his way and let him do what he wants the way he wants to do it). Fans of "Firefly" might be bitter, but loyalty and persistence are even stronger traits. Their support of "Serenity" at the IMBD was such that you would have thought the film was the second coming of "Gone With the Wind." Benbella books is coming out with a second volume of essays on the show, and there is even a DVD, "Done The Impossible: The Fans' Tale of Firefly & Serenity," devoted the phenomenon.
"Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume Two" is another fine example of what such books should be, as fans of Whedon's television series have come to expect. What you get here is more of what we found in Volume One. The fun begins with the second part of an in-depth interview with Whedon and then the volume is organized so that you have a script, with one-page looks at one of the characters opposite of a full-page candid shot, and then afterwards you will find either an interview with a key member behind the camera (e.g., producer Tim Minear, production designer Carey Meyer, cinematographer David Boyd) or other topics of interest (e.g, "You Can't Stop the Signal: The Fans," "'I call it Vera': Jayne's Weapons"). This time around we get the "full, uncut shooting scripts" for "Jaynestown," "Out of Gas," "Ariel," "War Stories," "Trash," "The Message," "Heart of Gold," and "Objects in Space." That means between "Firefly: The Official Companion: Volume One," which has the scripts for the first seven episodes, and "Serenity Official Visual Companion," which includes the screenplay for the motion, picture.
So the good news is that we now have all of the scripts for the adventures of Mal Reynolds and his mutely crew (we only got up to season 3 with the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" script books, but then they had 144 episodes). The bad news is that there is no real reason to have a third volume, but let us keep the focus on the glass being half full at this point. Besides, one of the sections, "'Firefly'-That-Wasn't: Unused Story Ideas," will give you food for thought. Throughout the scripts you will find not only choice examples of Whedon's stage directions but also sidebars providing insights into actors and various aspects of production, and most every page has "rare and previously unpublished images, including behind-the-scenes shots, production art, costume designs and original 'Firefly' props photographed especially for this book." I could go on, but all that really matters is that Volume Two is as good as Volume One, and if you have Volume One all I really need to tell you is that Volume Two has been published.