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Done The Impossible: The Fans' Tale of Firefly & Serenity
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I was a little hesitant about buying "Done the Impossible" at first, since I didn't think a "fan-produced" DVD could possibly have much to offer. Was I ever wrong! Every "Firefly" fan should have this. It may be a little too deep, esoteric or complicated for a casual viewer who just happened to catch a couple of episodes, or for someone who went to see "Serenity" for lack of something else to do. But if you've invested the time and energy to watch all of the episodes repeatedly, to learn the culture and terminology of the `Verse, to read the "Companion" books--then you need "Done the Impossible."
The main feature of the DVD portion of the single-sided disk is a 79-minute documentary, with scene selections, that tells the story of the rise and fall of "Firefly." There's also an ultra-cool interactive audio/video timeline, a `Verse dictionary (in very small print that's a little hard to read on a normal-size television), a trivia game, commentaries, some music videos and other extras. Presented in a very clever multi-window format, the DVD/ROM portion has over six hours of interviews, commentaries, music, factoids, biographies of cast, crew and fans, you name it.Read more ›
This is a high-quality dvd, with good special features too boot. It has interviews with a large number of fans who were touched and worked not only to get the cancelled series to the big screen but also worked for charities along the way. Most of the members of the cast are part of the DVD, as well as the creator, Joss Whedon.
If you love the series, you owe it to yourself to check this out - you'll probably find it emotionally moving. If you've only caught a couple of episodes of the show, or just the movie - you'll still want to check it out, because this is a compelling story about fans keeping a show they love alive, and something that's never been done before - EVER.
Bringing a cancelled TV show to a major motion picture.
Man, I miss the show.
This documentary was created before Serenity was released. Watching the documentary was like going to a convention. It was mostly interviews with people (some at conventions) who love the show. Some of the actors and people involved in the making the series and movie also spoke. The interviews explained the history of what happened, giving some insights here and there, but mostly just talking about how much they loved Firefly.
A lot of the positive reviews were probably riding the wave of emotion after the cancellation of the show and during the anticipation of the movie. If I'd gotten this DVD then, I probably would've loved it as well. It's like chicken soup for the sad fan's soul. But given that it's now several years after the height of the Firefly frenzy, the documentary feels tonally out of place. While the unbridled browncoat love was nice, I was looking for more insider info and nostalgia.
The DVD-ROM special features require Apple Quicktime. That's a shame, because everytime I've installed quicktime, I've regretted it when I tried to remove it. It's like a boot sector virus and won't go fully away. I don't install it anymore regardless of the temptation. Why not provide a Windows solution?
[Added 14Apr07: I withdraw this objection as commenters note that Qtime is freely available on both Macs and Windows platforms so is a valid choice. Also, for those who do not like Apple's Qtime, commenters point out a great alternative, QuickTimeAlt.]
I'm not really a "browncoat" as the Serenity and Firefly fans call themselves, but do like the series and movie. I really enjoyed the documentary since it showed the cast and crew "off-screen" and you got the feeling that this team put their hearts and souls into the series and the movie. Come to think of it, maybe I am a browncoat, because I found myself totally agreeing with the end credits song, "I want my trilogy".
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A nice tribute to the show Firefly which was cancelled way before its time. This documentary hosted by Adam "Jayne" Baldwin mainly features fans of the show speaking of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cheryl
I'm a fan of Firefly and never understood why it was cancelled. It was fun to see how the fans brought the film into being. It's not a great documentary though. Read morePublished 6 months ago by layyla
Being new to the fandom and having my heart ripped out at the same time meant that I had to go look for other options to fill the void. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jodi Stevens
Best gorram fan vid in the ruttin' 'verse. Encapsulated the bittersweetness of being a Firefly fan/Browncoat.Published 8 months ago by gavin maycock
Very nice DVD, done from the fans' perspective. Well researched. (And a great view of Jayne's hat on the cover--I knitted one just like it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Haxie
Short on the story of how they actually got the movie made, long on emoting about how they felt about it all.Published 10 months ago by Jen Ramage