My Open Letter to Nathan Fillion 1


Dear Nathan,

Malcolm Reynolds

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Hey man, what’s up? How have you been? That’s good to hear, I’ve watched your show Castle once or twice and it’s pretty damn good. To be honest I’ll probably watch the whole thing on DVD or streaming Hulu/Netflix or something as I don’t watch much actual T.V. But still, good show. I also rather enjoyed you in the movie Waitress with Kari Russel, even though you played a cheating bastard, it was a likable cheating bastard. My wife even agrees on that one.

What I really enjoyed you in was you take on Caleb in Buffy, and I’m looking forward to seeing you in Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune (if indeed that rumor is true).

This letter is not about any of those shows or movie, it’s about Firefly, possibly T.V.’s greatest canceled show. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t like it at first. The day it first premiered I was at an old band-mates house who was excited to see it so it was on while a few of us where tossing back a few in the other room. He made us all come over and sit down to watch it because he was a huge Joss Whedon fan and wanted to force feed us his brilliance. At the time I felt like the show was trying to hard to be a live action version of Cowboy Bebop with most western and Chinese thrown in. I quickly dismissed the show as another gimicky Sci-Fi show and didn’t watch it again until it was on DVD.

Between then and when I bought the Firefly DVD I had discovered the brilliance of Buffy The Vampire Slayer (which is not apparently LoGo’s flagship go to show). Say what you want about it being a girls show, the writing was fantastic. The universe that was created was amazing. Joss Whedon wiggled his way into my short list of creators that I admire and will forever follow their work. Not follow in a creepy way, but just get excited when they work on a new project. I watched all 7 seasons of Buffy as they where released on DVD and did the same with Angel (another show that shouldn’t have been canceled).

Then I bought Firefly on the sole fact it was a Joss Whedon show.

I’m not sure how potent the drinks I was having when I first watched it back on the premiere because this time I was hooked instantly. This universe he created had such a rich history and developed characters. I loved the cowboy/sci-fi feel to it mixed with the Chinese aspects. Everything about the show I loved, and even though I know that this DVD box set was all I would ever see, I wanted more.

2005 Serenity was released and it did not disappoint. It was an amazing cap to the first season of Firefly.

Firefly (TV series)

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That was it, not more FireFly. Well, to be correct no more FireFly on screen, there are the comics that I hear are fantastic.

Then you said this in an interview (which is becoming quite the quoted piece on the interwebs)

“If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.”

And the fans responded. Help Nathan Buy FireFly popped up quickly after this hit. Even CNN did a story on it. International Best Selling author Patrick Rothfuss wrote you an open letter, though it seemed to be more about him being a best selling author and what he would do with $300 million rather that a letter to you. Though he did end it with:

“Here is my thought. Alone, all we can do is dream wistful dreams of Firefly’s return. Together, we are a team. We can gather others to our cause. With 20 or 30 of the right people, we could pool our resources and make this shit happen.”

Which I commend him for and would be glad to do my part in this as well.

I will end my letter with this, I hope by now you have see “the movement” and if nothing else are honored by how much people back you and a role you once played.

Keep up the good work, and someday I hope to see you return to your browncoat once more.

John Horsley


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