Comic-Con 2012: Joss Whedon Gives ‘Firefly’ Fans A Heartfelt Thank You

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 8th, 2012 at 9:43 am,

Joss Wheadon Firefly Panel1 Comic Con 2012: Joss Whedon Gives ‘Firefly’ Fans A Heartfelt Thank You

Joss Whedon – who is normally known for his quick witted sarcasm and hilarious one-liners – put aside his glib nature to give fans of the short-lived space western Firefly a truly sincere thank you for all their continuous support. Whedon, along with actors Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Sean Maher, plus writers Tim Minear and Jose Molina, gave more than 4,000 die-hard fans (many of whom camped in line overnight) a very emotional panel at this week’s San Diego Comic Con.

The panel, which was assembled to celebrate the much-beloved series’ 10th anniversary, reunited most the main cast and featured many tears and standing ovations from both fan and cast alike. The Avengers director also talked about his upcoming comic book series from Dark Horse, which will pick up some time after Firefly and Serenity. At the conclusion of the panel, when asked how he felt about the show’s fans (affectionately called “Browncoats”), Whedon found himself at a rare loss for words. Fans and cast members encouraged the overcome Whedon with an uproar of cheers, and teary-eyed applause.

When he was able to regain composure, a still slightly choked-up Whedon said “… When I see you guys, I don’t think the show’s off the air. I don’t think there’s a show. I think that’s what the world is like. I think there’s spaceships. I think there’s horses. The story is alive. “After his kind words, Whedon’s Firefly teammates joined the packed crowed in a standing ovation to the show’s creator. (For Whedon’s full thank you, see the clip below):

Captain Malcolm Reynolds himself, Nathan Fillion, added to Whedon’s heartfelt sentiment by saying:

“When Firefly died, I thought it was the worst thing that could possibly happen. And what I realize now, 10 years later, looking out over this room, is that the worst thing that could have happened is if it had stayed dead.”

For those unfamiliar with Firefly – (SHAME ON YOU!) the series effortlessly fused science fiction with old-style western elements. Set in the year 2517, Firefly chronicles the misadventures of the spaceship Serenity and her crew, which included Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Fillion) and his ragtag gang of hired guns, as they hop from one bounty to another.

Fox canceled the show back in 2002 after just one season; this, however, did not stop the-little-show-that could from achieving cult status, as well as spawning a feature-length film called Serenity in 2005. Following the show’s abrupt cancellation, fans swiftly rallied to save it after star Nathan Fillion made a half-joke about buying the show’s rights if he won the lottery. Loyal “Browncoats” quickly formed – which was soon shot down by Joss Whedan and Co, who were less than comfortable with taking fans’ hard-earned money.

Joss Wheadon Firefly Panel 2 Comic Con 2012: Joss Whedon Gives ‘Firefly’ Fans A Heartfelt Thank You

Beyond the upcoming Dark Horse comic book series, the fate of Firefly is still up in the air; but during the panel, Whedon talked about how the series would have explored more of the Blue Sun conspiracy and revealed more about the mysterious lives of fan-favorite Shepherd Book (Ron Glass) and Inara Serra (Morena Baccarin). Whedon also talked about how the series would have wrapped up much differently if he knew the end was near.

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  1. Firefly was one of he best shows ever, with characters that felt like friends. Cancelling it was a crime and only showed the stupidity and lack of imagination that is rampaging in Hollywood’s management offices.

  2. Out of all the Joss Whedon shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse) — and I do love so many things about each series — Firefly is still hands down my favorite. It had remarkable writing and each cast member (each character) added something special to the show.

    I’m intrigued to read about the upcoming comic, and I’d love to know where the show would have gone if FOX hadn’t cancelled it when they did. I will always be interested in hearing about this show, and everyone who was involved with working on it. They’re all fantastic to me.

    Thanks for the article!

  3. Even Nathan Fillion was crying. Congrats to JW, please do AVENGERS 2!!

  4. Not even a 10th anniversary…something? Blu-ray? anything? Even after all this undying support Fox is still like ‘NUH-UHH, NOBODY LIKES THIS SHOW.’

  5. Aw man… now I’m sad too :(
    I can’t begin to describe how amazing Firefly and Serenity was. (For those who haven’t seen it, check it out as soon as you can)

    All I know is, Whedon shouldn’t be thanking the fans, the fans should be thanking him… even though it got cancelled, Firefly will live on in the hearts of the fans for lifetimes to come.

    “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

    Take me out to the black
    Tell them I ain’t comin’ back
    Burn the land and boil the sea
    You can’t take the sky from me

    There’s no place I can be
    Since I found Serenity
    But you can’t take the sky from me”

  6. Just watched serenity hadn’t watched it in a while, I still don’t understand why fox would cancel an amazing show like firefly :(

  7. I fell I love with Firefly after the first episode. Of course I didn’t learn about it until my wife and I go I into Castle. I can think of few shows that the actors and creators are as passionate about as are their fans. Firefly is special because of what it was and also because of what it means to many people. I look forward to the day when someone will bring this ‘verse back be it in a reboot or sequel. (Though it will never be the same). That standing ovation for Joss was EPIC.

  8. Oh… I thought that was Ron Howard.

  9. I had never even heard of Firefly until a year ago when my friend told me about it. I wwent out, bought it, watched it, loved it, went out and bought Serenity, watched it, and LOVED IT!

    If you haven’t seen Firefly, do it now! Go to your nearest video store. Most likely they’ll have it. It’s 14 episodes. It’s not a big investment. You won’t regret it. And then go pick up Serenity.

  10. I really miss this show… It’s on my watch every year list! Why was it canceled all I can say is “I’m confused, I’m angry, and I’m armed…”

  11. It’s not everyday you see a major direcor reach out to fans of a cancelled tv show ten years removed.

    If anybody had an excuse to skip this panel, it was definatly Joss. Coming off the major success of Avengers, I was pleasantly surprised to see him take the time out for the fans. He even showed up at 3am for those waiting in line to see the Firefly panel.

    Bravo to Mr. Whedon, Nathan Fillion, and the rest.

  12. This shows what a class act all the cast and director are to keep doing this for the fans. I’ve never seen such devotion and love for a show that tragically only had 14 episodes. I would love to see Serenity 2, but I have a feeling thats only a dream.

  13. I believe I saw the entire Firefly Comic-Con event on YouTube, but DIDN’T ANYONE INQUIRE ABOUT THE FUTURE POSSIBILITIES FOR THE SHOW AND/OR MOVIE SEQUEL? With Whedon’s new clout and money, and with the uptick in fan support over the years, I am surprised this was not addressed in any significant way.

      • In the second clip above, Joss goes on to give ideas of what a sequel might be like in regards to who would be in it.

        • What second clip above? I thought I watched the whole thing on YouTube, and I did not hear them reference a renewed franchise, either a TV show or a movie sequel, at all. I am quite confounded and perplexed, in fact, that this was not a point of discussion in any major way.

          • I replied with a posted link to youtube that Screenrant hasn’t allowed through yet. Just search youtube for Firefly 10th Anniversary Panel Press Conference.

            • As I indicated, I watched the event on YouTube, but I do not remember hearing anything about a sequel. Can you please repeat/quote what was said?

              • I’m not talking about the event. There was a press conference held after the ComicCon panel where only members of the press were there. It was here where someone asked the question.

                I posted the links previously, but SR hasn’t allowed it through yet.

                At around 11:20 mark, a reporter asked, “…if the special goes well are you thinking about reboot for firefly..”

                Joss Whedon responds: (makes a joke about getting a younger cast) “No…theres nothing…I have not…” He then makes a joke that he could but he’d have to shoot it with his phone.

                There are two clips on youtube, the question and his reply are at the end of the first and beginning of the second.

                I was also puzzled that it did not come up from the fans during the panel.

                • The Press Conference is also at thecinemasource. com

                • Your links finally came through and are posted. Thank you! Although humor was included in his answer concerning a sequel, it is clear that he has been considering one. Oh, how I hope it comes to fruition and actually happens, and sooner rather than later! I am disappointed with the fans who did not more directly and frequently ask him this question, but perhaps, it was asked more often than we know behind the scenes.

                  • Watching those clips, I got the distinct impression that Joss would like to bring Firefly back despite his response. Maybe this Science channel special will open some doors (as if Joss needs that!).

                    I wholeheartedly agree in your hope that they do bring it back in some way, and I’m certain it will happen. Whether soon or not, I have no idea.

                    If a network or cable channel would give it a shot, with proper marketing, Firefly has so much potential.

                    • In my opinion, it is the best science fiction/space franchise since the original Star Trek. I especially like it, because it seems to be a much more realistic portrayal of our future, with government control and dominion and the expansion of humanity, like the old west, out into the cosmos. Plus, no little green men with big heads. The show and movie were both acted, directed, and written extremely well. I’m a little disappointed with Joss, however, because I do believe that, with his newfound clout and money, if he really wanted to, he could easily set the wheels in motion, at least for a movie sequel. We’ll see…

  14. Dear Mr Whedon…… Please bring back the Fly. Don’t say it’s impossible or can’t be done because you made The Avengers and that was pure magic so I say please wave your magic wand and bring it back. Love from all the die hard fans.
    P.s. you made Nathan Fillion cry so you at the very least owe him another Serenity movie.

  15. Yeah, and now he’s bad-mouthing capitalism. I guess I’ll be able to get Avengers for free now, right? RIGHT??!! :o)

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  17. I found about Firefly just a couple of years ago just because my dad had bought the movie serenity which I fell completely in love with asking “ when does the second serenity come out?“

    And both as saddening and heartwarming it has been to read and take part of the series Firefly I am every now and then whatching an episode as I go to sleep.

    Lovely sci-fi story, very potent, pseudo-authentic and just brilliantly done.

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