Firefly: Browncoats Unite 10th Anniversary Special Set To Air On Science Next Month

Last July, the Science channel announced that they would be airing a tenth anniversary special for Joss Whedon's beloved sci-fi series Firefly this November. Well, November is nearly upon us and Science hasn't forgotten their promise! The channel followed up today with a fresh reminder that Firefly: Browncoats Unite is set to air next month, and some updates on what will be featured.

It's hard to believe it's been ten years since Firefly aired. The Fox series didn't receive the attention it deserved at the time, but has since gone on to earn a cult following of fans known as Browncoats, a reference to the Independence fighters in the Firefly-verse, of which lead character Malcolm and his first mate Zoe were once a part. Since its cancellation, the series received a follow-up feature film, and fans have continued to express their support. This summer in San Diego, the cast reunited at Comic-Con, much to the delight of the many fans in attendance. Those of us who couldn't be there can, at the very least, see some of the footage during the Browncoats Unite special.

Science's Firefly: Browncoats Unite is a one-hour special, which includes exclusive cast interviews and footage from this year's Comic-Con panel. It's set to air Sunday, November 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Science channel. But those Firefly fans who aim to misbehave a bit more can start their day by immersing themselves in the series, as Science as an all-day Firefly event lined up, beginning with a full series marathon that starts at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT.

Here's part of the announcement that was made today:

The 60-minute special includes secrets from the set, exclusive cast interviews, and footage from this year’s colossal Comic-Con panel that dominated the pop culture conversation. Joining Whedon and Fillion for FIREFLY: BROWNCOATS UNITE are Serenity crewmembers Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres and Jewel Staite; along with executive producer Tim Minear and executive story editor Jose Molina.This summer, FIREFLY creator Joss Whedon triumphantly exclaimed to a crowd of thousands at San Diego Comic-Con that “the story is alive.” Legions of fans across the world couldn’t agree more, proving that a series which is comprised of only 14 episodes had endured the test of time. Guided by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen, Science Channel re-created the set of the Serenity for this epic gathering capturing the insights and memories of space’s most-rebellious flight crew - including the moment they realized they were canceled and where they believe the FIREFLY universe could live next.“When Science Channel began airing FIREFLY in 2011, we immediately realized that these fans are a subculture united by a unique and fanatical passion for the series,” says Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vice president of Science Channel. “Our goal is to present them the series they love - but in a totally new and surprising way. Whether that’s through exploring the science behind the show or reuniting the entire cast for the first time, we want Science Channel to be the home for Browncoats everywhere.”Science Channel’s FIREFLY Sunday extravaganza begins at 7AM ET/PT with an all-day marathon of the series. Then, at 10PM ET/PT, the event Browncoats everywhere have been waiting for - FIREFLY: BROWNCOATS UNITE premieres on Science Channel.

For fans of the series, Firefly: Browncoats Unite sounds like a must-watch. And though many of us have seen the series numerous times, a re-watch of the entire series leading up to the special may be in order.

Kelly West
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