Of all the independent properties that American television and film writer, producer, and director Joss Whedon has had his hands in creating over the years, none is probably quite as famously missed by its fans as the short lived science-fiction series Firefly. After premiering on Fox in late September 2002, the show went on to see the airing of only eleven out of a grand total of fourteen episodes from season 1 before being unceremoniously cancelled by the broadcast television network in 2003.
Since the time of its initial cancellation, Firefly has gone on to become a frequent best-seller on home video, and is often listed among the greatest TV shows that were cancelled too soon. Despite going on to generate several canonized comic book installments in the franchise, in addition to a feature film starring the entirety of the show’s original cast (in the form of Serenity from 2005), the program won’t be returning any time soon, and one key cast member thinks that’s a very good thing.
As reported by THR, during a recent Firefly panel at Long Beach Comic-Con, the show’s former star Nathan Fillion (Castle) spoke to the possibility of continuing the series in same form or capacity as something he would personally be entirely uninterested in pursuing. In response to the oft-asked query, Fillion responded:
“It’s really hard to look at that kind of stuff and say ‘give me more.’ Because enough is enough. Oh my god. It was everything. It was everything. How can everything not be enough?”
No matter how ardent fan interest might be in taking a continuation of Firefly to alternative TV platforms like Netflix, it’s hard to argue with Fillion’s respective admiration for what has already been accomplished with the show’s first and only season. It might be exciting see more stories from the much beloved sci-fi universe, but one only need to look back at Whedon’s sometimes tenuous time while working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer to see why such an option might not be an easy one for anyone involved.
Firefly season 1 is still one of the most frequently cited testaments to great genre television of the 2000s, and still serves as one of the highlights of Whedon’s entire career and filmography, on both the big screen and the small screen. Fillion certainly believes that fans have seen “enough” from him as the charismatic Captain Malcolm Reynolds, and maybe everyone else should too.