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Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' (2006) HD online

Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' (2006) HD online
Language: English
Category: Creative Work / Documentary
Original Title: Done the Impossible: The Fansu0027 Tale of u0027Fireflyu0027 and u0027Serenityu0027
Director: Tony Hadlock,Jason Heppler
Released: 2006
Duration: 1h 19min
Video type: Creative Work
Firefly and Serenity have grown beyond the genius of Joss Whedon. The words Firefly and Browncoat have come to symbolize a sense of community, family, and believing that the impossible can be accomplished. These concepts are at the very heart of Firefly and of its fans. Adam Baldwin hosts the telling of this vivid Browncoat story that features interviews with Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Serenity, the cast, crew, and most important, the fans themselves. The story chronicles the rise, fall, and rebirth of the cult TV show "Firefly" as told from the perspective of the fans who helped save it. Fans of the TV show and movie share what inspired them to become passionate about Firefly, to help save Firefly, attend shindigs, participate in message boards, donate to charities, and become Serenity extras. They talk about the many ways that Firefly has affected their lives. The cast and crew also share humorous and insightful experiences.
Credited cast:
Morena Baccarin Morena Baccarin - Herself
Kevin Bachelder Kevin Bachelder - Himself
Adam Baldwin Adam Baldwin - Himself / Host
Michael Boretz Michael Boretz - Himself
Christopher Buchanan Christopher Buchanan - Himself
Orson Scott Card Orson Scott Card - Himself
Keith R.A. DeCandido Keith R.A. DeCandido
Jessica Edmonds Jessica Edmonds - Herself
Suzi Edmonds Suzi Edmonds - Herself
Greg Edmonson Greg Edmonson - Himself
Rafael Feldman Rafael Feldman - Himself
Yan Feldman Yan Feldman - Himself
Nathan Fillion Nathan Fillion - Himself
Ron Glass Ron Glass - Himself
Christina Hendricks Christina Hendricks - Herself

Renaissance fair performers Hawk and Cedric (known as the Bedlam Bards) performed their "parodied" version of the Hero of Canton song entitled "The Ballad of Joss".



Reviews: [7]

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    Hystana

    This doc belongs on your shelf right next to your "Firefly" set and your copy of "Serenity". Actually, it belongs between them. Because this is really the story of how fan passion helped lead from a canceled show to a movie, and beyond.

    This is a fine, polished film on its own merits. But it is an absolute must for Firefly fans or anyone interested in the push a dedicated fandom can give to a beloved sci-fi property.

    The film's makers secured cast members for interviews - a big piece of work on its own.

    (And the soundtrack is just kick-butt, to boot!)
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    Xanzay

    When I first heard that some fans would be making a documentary about Firefly fandom, I thought it would be an amateur effort that I would tolerate only because I am myself a fan of Firefly and Serenity. I mean, who doesn't like a documentary about himself, right? Boy, was I wrong! Done the Impossible might be fan-created, but it was no amateur effort! The DTI team created a slick, high-quality, well-paced product that lays out the story of how the fans of the "best show ever canceled" banded together and would not let the dream die, of how creator Joss Whedon and his crew of actors drew inspiration from those fans to keep going, and of how Universal Pictures saw the enthusiasm and greenlighted a movie based on the show.

    This tale of the little fandom that could is narrated by actor Adam Baldwin ("Jayne Cobb" on Firefly) and presented in interviews with hundreds of fans, as well as the luminaries from the cast, crew, writing team, producers, and of course Joss Whedon himself. Original music is provided by a slew of professional musicians who are themselves fans of the show. (BTW, the soundtrack is available on CD.) A poignant fact that comes through in these interviews is that the show was not just another TV show, for the fans or for those who created it. It was a chance to put something truly excellent and inventive in front of the American people, and like too many great efforts, it was squashed by the forces of corporate myopia.

    But back to Done the Impossible. Besides the excellent main feature, the disc also includes an astounding number of special features, such as an interactive time line and a trivia game hosted by Jewel Staite. Easter eggs abound. The team that made this disc have used DVD technology to its fullest, creating a product that not only documents the love that fans have for Firefly, but demonstrates it fittingly as well.
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    Pedora

    I am a big fan of Firefly & Serenity and I loved this film. It is very positive and uplifting and it reminds me of how how big an accomplishment the Browncoats accomplished in getting Serenity. I have shown it to people who have never seen Firefly before, and they enjoyed it. It got them curious and interested in finding out what was behind it.

    The film itself is beautifully made. Lots of great original music and the soundtrack is well worth having. The DVD has tons of extras and is packed full of details. The filmmakers were open minded enough to release the documentary under a Creative Commons license, so it can be viewed (without the special extra features) for free.
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    Fordredor

    A wonderful documentary all around, for fans of Firefly, or of SF in general. There are some moments in the cast interviews I especially enjoyed. Of particular interest is the film's soundtrack, which is all original music by fans of the series; there's a great deal of talent in the collection of musicians on this DVD.

    Firefly was a very special television show, inspiring more than just a sense of fandom in its viewers. Joss Whedon's work touched many people in very meaningful ways. This documentary shows the special relationship between Joss, the cast, and the fans that came out of this amazing and rare collaboration.
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    Forcestalker

    I read this on IGN, and when I saw the documentary, I understood why. "Only watch it if you really really love Firefly" and it's true, because, honestly, I love Firefly. I really do, but I still often go "it's just a TV-show" while watching it. The biggest reason why is mostly because I can't really relate to any people that much. I admit that I'm a nerd, but I'm a different nerd from most people there (who are not all nerds btw, but so different from me).

    Although the story behind Firefly is great, I loved the extras on the Firefly and Serenity DVDs more. When I saw those things, and heard of the story behind it, I had never felt so proud owning a box of DVDs. But the story behind it, how they was destined for doom before it even had a chance to show what it's got, and how the fans understood that, and so many did, and many other put so much effort in bringing it back. It's nice, but they go too deep into the details.
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    Zololmaran

    Story of the creation and cancellation of the infamous Firefly, this documentary interviews some of the cast and hardcore fans of the series.

    To be honest I only made to the first 45 minutes of this, hopping to find some change in the mechanics of the documentary; I was wrong.

    This was a cheap attempt to lure the Firefly/Serenity Fans. The only thing here are interviews poorly edited with some fans and cast.

    I was disappointed because I followed with enthusiasm Firefly/Serenity and hoped to find a little gem here.

    Boring boring boring...
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    Damand

    The best parts of "Done the Impossible" were hearing the cast and crew tell the story of "Firefly"'s life and death. It's nice to hear genuine sentiment from those that worked on the show, and know that it wasn't just a paycheck and a cancellation shrug when Fox pulled it. But this is the story told from an assortment of fans - which is an interesting idea for a documentary, but here its testimony from (seemingly) hundreds or random people, clips thrown together with little flow. Bouncing from one Browncoat to another. I don't know these people, and I've never had a religious experience with something like this (like they have), so the fandom was a turn-off. I know that's just me, but it's also why I didn't take to this.

    Although it did make me want to watch the show again.

    5/10