I have been rewatching the Alien series (not including Alien Vs Predator or Prometheus).
When rewatching Alien 3, it clicked for me that the Doctor on Fury (Clemens) is played by Charles Dance, the same actor that plays Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones.
But the bigger realisation came when rewatching Alien, Resurrection.
I already knew that Joss Whedon wrote the script. But for some reason, it was only this viewing where it clicked for me how much the crew of the Betty were prototypes for Firefly.
A quick Google search indicates that I am in no way the first person to make this connection. But I found it interesting enough to blog about.
Firstly, both the crew of the Betty and Serenity are, essentially, space pirates.
The crew similarities:
The captains: Reynolds and Elgyn.
The captain’s love interests, Inara and Hillard.
The apeish muscle crew member and perhaps not the smartest part of the team, Jayne and Johner.
The number two who is just a bit badass, Zoe and Christie.
And the petite cute mechanic, Kaylee and Call.
Flying around in their spaceships, the Betty and Serenity.
Possibly running in to nasty space baddies.
Oh, and both crews pick up a stray who just turns out to be a complete powerhouse.
Apart from the general, anything that would bring back Firefly hope, it would be pretty cool to see the Serenity crew vs the Aliens.
But, with Joss thoroughly entangled in Marvel movies and other projects, plus the fact that crew members have moved on to have committments on other shows, plus the passage of time, it seems that any Firefly revival is going to be pretty unlikely.
But, for those that loved the show, and are interested in online games, keep an eye on FIREFLY ONLINE, which promises an intriguing MMORPG.