The folks at Blastr made a really awesome find today that proves that Joss Whedon‘s shortlived (but beloved) sci-fi western Firefly and Ridley Scott‘s upcoming thriller Prometheus actually exist in the same universe. At first I assumed that it was yet another fun piece of viral marketing from the Prometheus folks, especially after they made an in-character TED talk. After all, sci-fi franchises like Battlestar Galactica have included Firefly shout-outs since the series was cancelled back in 2002.
But what’s really cool about this find is that it was the other way around: Firefly‘s pilot episode had a shout-out to the Aliens universe and by extension this new film Prometheus. See, in the pilot “Serenity,” Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) grabs a giant anti-aircraft cannon as the Alliance ships are bearing down on Serenity Valley. His view through the display was this:
You’ll note that at the top center of the display is the Weyland-Yutani logo with the interlocking letters. It’s clearly the same as the logo that has popped up throughout the Aliens movies and which has also been an integral part of the Prometheus viral marketing:
Of course, Joss Whedon did write the screenplay for Alien: Resurrection, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he had slipped in this reference while shooting the Firefly pilot. Now my head is spinning with all the possibilities of Mal Reynolds and Ripley moving through space in the same era, maybe even fighting over odd jobs… Yay for geeky shows referencing each other!