So, I’ve posted this a little bit out of order. This week’s actual Film Festival entry, posted by NE Texan, is Number 11: “Trash”. But I stumbled on the script to an unaired and never filmed episode called Dead or Alive and thought that you might like to read it. This episode feels a lot like “The Message” (next week’s episode, for those of you doing the Film Fest), and includes some great moments:
[li]Jayne and his stuffed turtle[/li][li]Simon practicing his doctoring skills[/li][li]Plenty of Independence backstory[/li][li]Great tension between Kaylee and Jayne[/li][li]More great tension between Inara and Mal[/li][li]…and as always, lots of high-larious Chinese cussin’.[/li][/ul]
It’s neat to read more Firefly, but this is not the strongest episode in the series. It’s a writers’ draft, which means that Joss probably never got a chance to polish it, or may even have rejected it out of hand. FOX certainly never gave this the green-light, even for filming. The serial number is the same as you see on the script for Jaynestown, so perhaps this episode was rejected? I can’t even find any confirmation that Cheryl Cain wrote this – some fans on other sites insist that this must be fanfic because it’s not quite up to the normal standards. Others hypothesize that this script is the ancestor to “The Message”.
Real or fake, filmed or totally imaginary, it’s a ruttin’ good time.