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Done the Impossible
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by Scott Weinberg

"An 80-minute lesson on why "The Browncoats" rock."
4 stars

Not only was the "Browncoat" fanbase rabidly pro-active enough to help turn its beloved (and canceled) TV series into a big, damn (and excellent) movie, but then they went out and made their very OWN movie about the whole "Firefly" / "Serenity" phenomenon. And I simply cannot imagine the fan who won't adore what's offered in "Done the Impossible: The Fans' Tale of Firefly & Serenity."

If you've no interest whatsoever in Joss Whedon's Firefly and/or Serenity, then you have literally no reason to A) see this documentary, or B) read this review. No hard feelings, but this is hardcore fanboy territory, that's all. Star Wars and Star Trek fans have had their own little passion projects, and now Firefly does, too. And I think it's pretty darn fun.

Hosted by Adam "Jayne" Baldwin and stuffed with all the info and interviews any fan would need, Done the Impossible is a well-crafted and heartfelt doco that (not surprisingly) was cobbled together by some of the old-schooliest, hardcoriest Firefly fans under the sun.

Absolutely essential for the devoted Whedonite, Done the Impossible documents the whole colorful affair, from Fox's "green-lighting" of Firefly to the network's woeful mishandling of the series, as well as the cancellation, the outcry, the savior (Universal!), and finally: the arrival of a really excellent movie. Frankly if you're a big sci-fi fan who hasn't given this particular 'verse a fair shake yet, Done the Impossible works as a fantastic refresher course / recruiting tool ... actually, that's not completely true. While DTI does a rather excellent job of explaining why us "Browncoats" love the series so much -- it also gives away some serious spoilerage that might mar your enjoyment of the 13 episodes and the big-screen adaptation.

So yeah, Done the Impossible is basically for the "already" fans, and there's not a damn thing wrong with that. Throughout the flick's well-paced 80-minute running time, we're treated to interviews with the cast, the crew, and a solid handful of some of the most passionate fans in the universe. And here's the best part: Every single person who was interviewed for this doco, famous or not, comes across as passionate, articulate, and excited. There's none of that "Trekkie teasing" that you'll find in some of the other fan-story documentaries -- which is very refreshing indeed.

Toss in a lot of good humor, several cleverly wacky songs, and an overall sense of warmth and enthusiasm, and you've got Done the Impossible, an unapologetically geeky love-fest for one of the newest and most ardent fanbases on the planet: The Browncoats. Done the Impossible is basically a love letter from the fanbase to the fanbase, and I think it's pretty darn cool.

Trolls and non-fans obviously need not apply. (For more info on "Done the Impossible," click on the blue trailer link and pick through the official site.)

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originally posted: 08/05/06 03:01:06
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User Comments

4/22/16 Tom Drake Still flying... 5 stars
8/12/13 SynDawgh I must meet my fellow Browncoats in person.... 5 stars
2/05/07 William Goss More power to the fans, 'cause it's just for them. 3 stars
12/14/06 Eirik Jakobsen Geeky fandomness at its best. A great film for us Browncoated ones. 5 stars
8/09/06 Dineke Spoelstra Truly a must see and labour of love! 5 stars
8/08/06 Julieanne Hensley DTI rocks. Mandatory viewing for any Browncoat. And just plain fun. 5 stars
8/08/06 Suzi (Saxon) Edmonds LOVE IT!! Seeing so many familiar faces, and putting faces to familar names was wonderful. 5 stars
8/08/06 Cary Begole Very well done with many great features. 5 stars
8/08/06 Li-Ani Oh my Gawd! I want more. 5 stars
8/08/06 Judy Moffitt I loved it, but then I'm in it and so are a whole bunch of my friends. 5 stars
8/08/06 Rebecca Hauser Proud to be a Browncoat! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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Directed by
  Jeremy Neish

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Cast
  Joss Whedon
  Adam Baldwin
  Nathan Fillion
  Alan Tudyk
  Morena Baccarin
  Jewel Staite



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