Joss Whedon and the cast of “Firefly” took the stage on Friday at Comic-Con, reuniting for the show’s 10th anniversary. The panel finally began after much anticipation, allowing loyal Whedon and “Firefly” fans to see the cast together again for the first time since 2002.
The Huffington Post reports that, even though the series didn’t even last a whole season, “Firefly” fans have been so passionate about the series that Whedon released a 2005 film spinoff about the show, called “Serenity,” which tried to wrap up the series for fans.
The show’s publicity and adoring fans caused the reunion panel to be one of the most anticipated events at Comic-Con this year, reports The Huffington Post.
Cinema Blend, who posted a liveblog of the event, wrote that during the panel, Nathan Fillion, who played the ship’s captain, Mal, teared up a bit, and told the audience that Joss Whedon gave him the “best character I’ve ever played” in Mal.
Joss joked back, stating, “I wanted to tell an american immigrant story and a western but if I don’t have spaceships, I get cranky.” The Huffington Post reports that Whedon also stated of the “Firefly” series that:
“We always knew from the very beginning that we were doing things for the right reasons in the right way…we are more than the sum of our parts…it was the best cast I’ll ever work with.”
And when they were asked what their favorite fan story is, Entertainment Weekly notes that executive producer Tim Minear responded:
“Remember the time we were off the air for 10 years and thousands of people showed up to see us?”
Joss Whedon’s response could, perhaps, be the best though, as twitter user @tvdotcom wrote:
— tv.com (@tvdotcom) July 13, 2012
According to The Huffington Post, one audience member asked Whedon what would have happened if there was a “Firefly” Season 2, instead of making “Serenity.” Joss replied:
“It would’ve been littler. Most of the Reavers would’ve been off-screen … I don’t think I would have killed anybody. I think we would’ve delved more into the Blue Sun conspiracy, which we had to drop. And we would’ve learned about Book and about Inara. For some reason, that’s the question that’s going to make me cry.”
So, “Firefly” fans, if you ever wondered what season 2 would look like, be assured that Joss Whedon would not have killed off Alan Tudyk (Wash).