How Firefly + 9 more canceled sci-fi shows would have continued

Ever wonder how your favorite gone-too-soon genre show would have carried on if network execs had just given it a chance?

Of course you do. We all do. While some corners of fandom are lucky enough to see their favorite shows carried on through comics and novels and even feature films, others remain sadly murky. Some shows are simply lost in a TV graveyard after only a few episodes, leaving diehard fans yearning for a conclusion that will never, ever come.

Thankfully, some creators are willing to reveal where their shows would have headed if they'd stayed on the air, and even though it's not being delivered to us in all its TV glory, that information is still sort of comforting. So, in the interest of comfort (and perhaps future fan-fiction exploits), here are the potential future plots of 10 sci-fi TV shows that left us too soon.

 

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    FireflyFans of Joss Whedon's cult sci-fi series were lucky enough to get a continuation on the big screen, as well as some comic book supplements, but its premature cancellation still has many of us sore. According to revelations during Comic-Con 2012, the second season would have focused, in part, on the events of the Serenity film, not to mention the revelation that Inara was burdened with a terminal illness.

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    CarnivaleThis HBO fantasy series only made it two seasons, but the series creator Daniel Knauf actually had a total of six seasons in mind. Season three would have focused on protagonist Ben and antagonist Brother Justin both weakened by their battle at the end of season two, while the character of Sofie would have taken on greater importance as The Omega, a powerful being in which good and evil are constantly battling.

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    Pushing DaisiesThough this beloved story is no longer on TV, creator Bryan Fuller has been trying for a while to continue the tale in comic book form. Where's it going? We'll let Fuller tell you: "It's basically Chuck, Ned, Emerson and Olive versus 1,000 corpses, so it becomes a zombie movie, but the zombies are articulate and smart and can do things that no other zombies can do. The Pie-Maker versus 1,000 corpses."

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    InvasionThis ABC alien series didn't last long, but according to cast member Tyler Labine (who played Dave), it would have continued like this: "Larkin was going to [be presumed dead]. I was going to get all militant and shave my head, and Russell and I were going to join forces against Tom. Tom was going to find out that his first wife was actually alive, and she was running this whole military operation, and she was Szura's boss."

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    Twin PeaksThis beloved David Lynch series infamously ended on a huge cliffhanger, but recently talk of a revival has spurred some possible continuation ideas. Among them: the idea that the series would resume in present day, with the "good" Agent Cooper trapped in The Lodge while the "bad" Agent Cooper continued to roam Twin Peaks. There's also been talk of a young present-day reporter who would find a way to uncover the truth about the town's supernatural occurences.

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    ThresholdIf this CBS series had been allowed to continue, it would apparently have revealed that the Earth was destined to be destroyed unless humanity simply gave in to the alien virus that was creeping into civilization. How that would have translated into future seasons is murky, but it's definitely an intriguing idea that never materalized. Also, the series title was meant to change each season based on the aliens' progress. Season two would have been called Foothold, while season three would have been Stranglehold.

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    JourneymanThis one gets rather complex. Apparently our hero, Dan, would have split up with his wife Katie, then gotten back together with her, then suffered through the death of his time traveling fiance from the '40s, then saved his time traveling fiance from the '40s, then returned to the present with no idea of how to get his family back. From there, the series would have turned into an epic climax involving all the people Dan had helped in the past. 

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    FlashForward: Apparently original showrunner David S. Goyer had the idea that season two would revolve around a kind of ancient computer that predicted the flashes. The characters would have also had to deal with shorter and shorter flashes, to the point that only 17 people had forseeable futures in the world. They would have then had to figure out what caused all but 17 people to have their futures wiped away.

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    The MiddlemanAt last year's San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that season two of this cult series would have focused on Wendy taking on the role of the Middleman, as well as some time-warping shenanigans with her father, who was also a MIddleman.

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    DollhouseHere's another Joss Whedon series that didn't last long. Apparently, after the apocalypse hit in 2013, Echo and Adele would have used the dolls to help out other people in the all the chaos. Sounds like fun. Too bad we'll never see it.

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