Take my love
Take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care
I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me
You’re looking at the opening stanza to Firefly, and the gateway to our big Arrrgust contest…keep flyin’, my friends, and let’s give some crowns away…
THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED AND PRIZES HAVE BEEN AWARDED! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!
(From left to right: Jayne, Kaylee, Book, Simon, Inara, Mal, Zoe, Wash, and River)
You gaze upon the cast of one of the greatest sceince-fiction programs of our time, Firefly. Perhaps released before its time to a televison-audience that wasn’t ready for sci-fi that was so ‘out of the box’, Firefly was plagued by network tinkering and eventually cancelled after only 14 episodes were aired. Television is much the poorer for this selfish and short-sighted decision. (The DVD release went on to become one of the best selling DVD sets ever.)
Okay, enough of my complaining about the fate of Firefly. Let’s move on to the good stuff! The Pirate101 skyways are full of pirates of all sorts: heroic pirates, nefarious pirates, smart pirates, not-so-smart pirates, tough pirates, scheming pirates…it takes all kinds. The crew of the Firefly was much the same; each brought a unique persona and skillset to the table. And therein lies our contest…
Spiral Radio101 wants you to re-cast Firefly using members of the Pirate101 community*! Send your new cast to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a brief reason why for each choice, like I’d pick John as Wash because he’s kind of goofy, and very funny, but also incredibly good at what he does; I’d pick Tracy as Zoe because she is a strong and no-nonsense kind of woman, but is also one of the kindest and most honorable people I know. Miss Narrator would be Kaylee, because she has a great light-hearted demeanor and a ready laugh, and Ditto would be Mal, simply because I love the idea of a Fabricated-American commanding the Serenity.
So what’s in it for you? Starting Saturday, August 23, we’ll pick an entry at random every day, and that lucky pirate will take home 1,000 Crowns. On the 27th, we’ll pick three entries we like, and each will take home 5,000 Crowns. We’ll also pick a Grand Prize Winner who will win 10,000 Crowns!
I realize this might require a little homework for some folks unfamiliar with Firefly, so here are some resources:
Watch Firefly on Hulu (Firefly is rated TV-PG)
Use the caption FIREFLY CONTEST and get your entry in to email@example.com no later than 12:01am Central time on August 27, but I’d get it in ASAP. Let us know if you have any questions either in comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org. GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY ARRRGUST!
* if you’re having trouble finding members of the community to match with each character, maybe fit in an NPC or two (like Boochbeard, Gandry, Captain Avery, or Bonnie Anne) – we’d primarily like to see live members of the community, but understand if someone doesn’t know that many people.