Science Channel Does Reruns Right with Firefly

Reruns are a great way to catch up on shows that you've missed—like, duh, obviously. But what's the point in tuning into reruns of a show you love when you could just as easily pop in the discs from your [name of the TV series that's being rerun] DVD box set, skip the annoying commercials, and watch it on your own time?

That's where Science Channel comes in with a simple, yet genius way to add to the experience. Instead of just buying rights to re-air an old show, the Discovery Channel offshoot will add something to the formula when it begins re-airing the cult hit FireflyJoss Whedon's much beloved sci-fi Western—on March 6, starting with the two-hour pilot.

Rather than just throwing the show willy-nilly to ads for commercial breaks, super-scientist Dr. Michio Kaku will add commentary, "explaining why the science fiction featured in the show really isn't that far from science fact," according to Discovery. Kaku is a science rock star who has been featured on all kinds of shows, and he's one of those passionate scientists who can make the subject both entertaining and fascinating. While it's unclear how Dr. Kaku's commentaries will be added to the broadcasts, he's great on camera, so I hope they will be short videos. [UPDATE: Yes! Discovery has confirmed that Dr. Kaku will appear in interstitial videos throughout each episode.]

This is how networks should air reruns, and it's so easy. Add something to the mix by offering some inside information, some extra explanation, anything. And no, those pop-up bubbles on Lost reruns don't count. Imagine if Dr. Kaku tackled that show!

What shows would you like to see get the same hyper-exploratory treatment?


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Great idea! I tell my kids about the science fact or fiction of sci-fi when I watch with them. And Firefly has more science in their science fiction than any other I've ever seen. ie: guns needing oxygen to shoot, and no sound in space, and ejecting oxygen to put out a fire, to name a few things.
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Firefly is a great series ,anyone who watched it will agree. I can't believe it was cancelled, who in their right mind would do such a thing. This only goes to show how stupid network executives are. I wish they would do a little reserch instead of killing such a great series. What are they getting paid for? How can we force them to fire the dummies and replace them with someone who will actually do some market reserch. My hat goes off to all the cast and crew of Firefly ,the best sci-fy since Star Wars......simply genius.......
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Network execs get paid to make money through advertising, art and entertainment be damned. They aren't invested in the shows they create (or, rather, buy), just the money they make by producing statistics that advertisers find attractive.
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@scarpad1701 Wrestling is perfect for Syfy, since that is what it is..fiction.
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I like Dr. Kaku but he seems to be more of an entertainer than a scientist.
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Firefly is indeed one of the best shows about space/future space travel ever created. It basically takes reality in the early 21st century and shoots it into the 26th century, adding affordable space travel along the way. LOVE!
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Yay!
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Of course Star Trek would be the obvious show to run exploratory commentary to. But if you really want to get into it, do Joss Whedon's "Angel" to Vampire mythology. I just think faux science is limited, it's not like you can do "The 4400" and talk about genetic engineering.
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A bit late.
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I love Firefly and all but Maybe science channel should stick to showing.. I Don't Know.. Science Programs... I'm so sick of the dilluting of all the channels. Wrestling on SyFy, Reality on A&E , it's really making me tink quite hard about disconnecting.
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I think it's an awesome idea! ;)
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Optional additions I'd like to see would be in all those war + soldier progs where they do all those hand gesture thingies to direct the men in their command, well I'd like popups telling me exactly what all those flappy hand movements actually meant.
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Yeah, me too. You think there's a visual dictionary somewhere?
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haha. realizing i misread the article in that it said science channel and i thought it meant syfy channel yes my comments were a bit "idiotic" in that sense (which is why i deleted it).
i still think it's extremely lame.. when i watch my firefly dvd set.. i watch it alone and in a peaceful area because it's like a religious experience the last thing i would want is to hear some commentary from anyone... especially about how things relate to the reality side of things opposed to the fantasy.
i'm glad i don't subscribe to a cable service if this is the type of stuff that pollutes the medium.
i'll stick to my beautiful dvds thank you.
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sounds neat and all but it'd get boring after about 2 episodes... i watched it on Universal HD back before the Blu-ray set was released, there's really no point otherwise.. if i want to watch it i'll just watch my Blu-rays
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@teambff - You're an idiot.
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Dr Kaku is awesome, I love watching that guy talk about anything scientific. I don't have the science channel tho, so it seems I'll have to look for it online. Oh, Canada smh...
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I LOVE Firefly - good deal! Stargate would also be an awesome addition.
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awesome idea
awesome show
most def LOST
Big Bang Theory ;P
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awesome, i just hope it generates enough hype for a resurrection of firefly
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Someone said it was going to come back on on the Sci Fi channel.
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Firefly is the best scifi ever. Just as Arrested Development was the best comedy. Both murdered by Fox.
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I was given the DVDs for a birthday so I'd likely watch those instead.
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Wow, that is awesome that they are doing that.
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Yay! (:
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Never saw this show, but I do have it in my Netflix Instant Q
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ST Enterprise. i know that they air it on Syfy but With Cool Commentary That Would Just Rock.
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I miss having the Science Channel. Now I'm gonna hate not having it. But, I agree, Stargate SG-1 would be another great series to have added commentary
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Sweetness :DD Gonna try to catch it. though I'm going to have to find out what channel the science channel is on on my tv.
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Stargate!! I second that!! SG-1!! SG-1!!!
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Stargate!!!
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