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Firefly: The Official Companion: Volume Two Paperback – May 8, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845763726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845763725
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"George Lucas could learn a thing or two from Whedon" - Newsday"

About the Author

Joss Whedon is the creator of and guiding light behind Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He is also the Oscar-nominated writer of Toy Story, and Speed. Serenity, which he also wrote, was his feature film début as director, and continued the story from Firefly.

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Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born June 23, 1964), is an American screenwriter, executive producer, director, occasional composer and actor, and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Angel (1999-2004), and Firefly (2002), which have also seen popular comic book adaptations, published by Dark Horse Comics and IDW.

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Great inside stuff!!!!
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The scripts have scenes in them that didn't make it on screen, there are great interviews with the cast, directors, producers... it's a lot of fun.
Robert C. O'neil
Must have for Firefly fans.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 5, 2007
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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.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 9, 2007
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I missed Firefly, the first time around, and didn't discover the series until after I'd rented Serenity. I can't call myself a confirmed browncoat, though I really *really* liked everything about the show.

But when I saw this book on the library's New Books stack, I grabbed it. I think you should grab a copy, too, even if you're no die-hard fan. Because this book is _fun_.

Most of the book is episode scripts (half of them; the other half are in Volume One). That's worth the price alone, because the scripts are immensely readable. Like other intelligent shows, the dialogue is both fast and thoughtful, and you might not have caught everything when you heard it the first or second time around. In particular, the scripts include the translations from the Chinese expletives, and most of them are _very_ funny.

And the "stage direction" is not the dispassionate descriptive sort ("Man enters, wearing a hat"). It reflects the entire mood of the show:
INARA walks towards them, heading for the stairs up to the shuttle catwalk. She's dressed with stunning elegance.
KAYLEE: Hey there, 'Nara. Heading off for some glamorous romance?
Simon turns, momentarily stunned by her elegance.

If you're a screenwriter, this is absolutely a must-have.

The book is also peppered with cast interviews, stories about the creation of Firefly's theme song, production explanations on how, for example, they created Niska's Skyplex. In this book, you can spend an enjoyable few hours investigating how a show can be done *right*...even if the network screwed it up.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leafy the Heathen on May 14, 2007
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Every Browncoat should have this book -- and of course Volume 1 as well. Together they provide all the scripts of the TV show, interviews, and "insider" information. Good stuff.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pols on May 9, 2007
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As with volume 1, this book is beautifully illustrated and contains a wealth of interviews and scripts. It has many photos of props and remarkably detailed descriptions of Jayne's weapons, as well as articles on some of the fan efforts. Sure to thrill any fan of the show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toby Minton on March 7, 2008
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If you're reading this review, then you must not own volume one of Firefly: The Official Companion. If you did, then you wouldn't need a review to sell you on this one. So I have a piece of advice for you: buy both books. If you have a place in your heart for Firefly, then make a place on your coffee table for these books. Each one is overflowing with behind-the-scenes information about every episode of Firefly. There's sure to be something to interest every fan. I particularly enjoy all the prop info. You get detailed views of props and weapons, along with insight from the prop team as to how they made or modified each item. Fascinating stuff, and indispensable if you're a gamer.
Treat yourself to these books. You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. O'neil on July 16, 2007
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This second edition of the companion is every bit as good as the first. I've thoroughly enjoyed both of them. If you enjoyed going into Whedon's verse, you will love these companions. The scripts have scenes in them that didn't make it on screen, there are great interviews with the cast, directors, producers... it's a lot of fun. I highly recommend this book along with the first companion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Tavener on June 11, 2007
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As a confirmed Browncoat, I was always going to buy this when it came out. It is excellent - and makes me wonder even more how such a brilliant TV programme can get canned. The second part of the official companion, this focuses on the scripts for the last episodes, including the wonderful Out of Gas, and War Stories, as well as the last episode - Objects in Space. As well as marvellous photos that haven't been seen before, there are articles on all the main actors, as well as on the music, the cinematography ... and lots more.

Take some time out to read this, and I guarantee that you'll be buying the boxset of DVDs, and the special edition of Serenity (the film that came about because of the fans' amazing support) ... and you too will start to call yourself a Browncoat!
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