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Highlights from the Firefly 10th Anniversary Panel at SDCC

18 Jul

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OK, I wasn’t actually at Comic Con but I finally caught the full panel discussion on Youtube (see below) and I love the show so much that I just had to share this. While there are so many science fiction franchises that have let me down of late (Prometheus) it was awesome to hear from the cast and creators of a show that, 10 years after its cancellation, never disappoint.

Joss Whedon: “We always knew from the very beginning we were doing for the right reasons, in the right way, the right way … and had the best cast I ever worked with — and we also have Alan [Tudyk]. Vindication came a long time ago. It goes to a place of transcendence that I cannot describe without becoming a girly-man.”

Adam Baldwin: (Brings out the familiar red & orange knitted hat of his character, Jayne Cobb.) Jayne was a man of few words but had a lot of props, so I worked a lot with the prop guys.”

Nathan Fillion: “When Firefly died, I thought it was the worst thing that could possible happen. Now I realize the worst thing that could happen is that if it stayed dead.” [He gestures to the thousands of people in the crowd.] “That it died is okay.”

Whedon: [Asked how Firefly would have ended if he had known it was going to be canceled.] “I don’t think I would have killed anybody.” [Alan Tudyk, whose character Hoban Washburn died in the movie Serenity, raises his hands in victory.] “A film is a different animal and has different needs. We would have learned about the Blue Sun conspiracy, Inara and Shepherd Book.”

And finally, there’s this moment from Entertainment Weekly’s official blog:

Jensen asks Whedon what the Firefly fans have meant to him. What happens next is one of the most emotional moments I’ve seen at Comic-Con. Whedon struggles, or seems to, for the right words.

Somebody in the crowd yells out, “We love you!”

Whedon hears this, struggles some more.

And the crowd begins to applaud. And stand up. Soon the entire room is giving a roaring ovation. The cast stands too. It’s possibly the most perfect way to end the panel.

Whedon takes the microphone.

“Only an idiot would try to follow that with a sentence,” he says.

That’s precisely what I was thinking, but then Whedon follows with this:

“When you come out of a great movie, you feel like you’re in that world. When you’re telling a story, you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way. It’s about inviting them into a world. The way you’ve inhabited this world, this universe, you have become part of it. When I see you guys, I don’t think the show is off the air. I think there’s spaceships and horses — the story is alive.”

Yes, it was all a bit of an unapologetic lovefest but no one was complaining. See the whole thing for yourself:

There are no plans for a Firefly movie or TV series sequel but you can continue to follow the crew’s adventures in the Dark Horse comic book.

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Fans rally to resurrect Firefly

25 Feb

Nathan Fillion, star of Castle (and, of course, Firefly) said in a recent interview that if he had the money, he would buy the rights to the Firefly TV series and produce it himself.  Seven days later, more than 70,000 fans have rallied behind Help Nathan Buy Firefly.

Firefly fans and online communities from all over the world are joining the movement, including some former Firefly writers.

If you love Firefly and want to see ol’ Serenity fly again, join the community on Facebook and / or Twitter. Or visit the helpnathanbuyfirefly.com website.

Is this a practical joke, just another giant love-in for Firefly fans or a serious fan movement than could bring Joss Whedon’s cult favorite back from the dead? (Let’s not forget a similar movement decades ago resurrected Star Trek, which went on to spawn four new TV series and 11 feature films.)

This may all be a dream … but it’s a nice dream. Aren’t dreams worth fighting for?