A decade has passed since the Joss Whedon-directed film first premiered in theaters on September 30, 2005.
That was also the moment when fans of the cancelled TV series, Firefly, finally received the opportunity to reunite with their highly favored small-screen characters on the big screen.
Quite a few people paid tribute to Serenity on Twitter Wednesday to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of its release.
Some used GIFs, memes and other impressive images.
— mrHellstorm (@mrHellstorm) September 30, 2015
Others simply shared a few kind words, commendations and nostalgic memories related to the film or the first time that they saw Serenity in the theater.
Jayne checking seatbelts is the #1 most heroic thing Jayne, or Baldwin, ever did. #SerenityAnniversary
— Matthias-G1 (@matthiasbsnyder) October 1, 2015
Didn’t realize it was the anniversary of Serenity, but coincidentally tried the Firefly board game tonight. Spooky. — Aidan Scanlan (@aidanscanlan) October 1, 2015
I remember leaving the theatre as tiny 16yo Sam & thinking no other film would ever mean so much to me, &none ever has #SerenityAnniversary
— Samhain (@SamMaggs) October 1, 2015
In the past ten years, devoted fans of Serenity and Firefly have yearned for more big-screen action featuring Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds and his somewhat dysfunctional, yet highly effective, crew.
During a June, 2013, interview with HitFix to promote another film, actor Nathan Fillion (who played Malcolm Reynolds) was asked if there were any plans for a sequel in the future.
Even though the Castle star claimed that he thought a sequel was an impossibility, he put a clever spin on his response that paid tribute to Joss Whedon and did not completely close that door of opportunity.
“You know, that was a project that… lived for so short a time such a long time ago. I would look at that as an impossibility. Joss Whedon made a movie — something I also considered an impossibility. So, I… I look at that and say, ‘Where’s the hope?’ But, knowing Joss Whedon, I try not to underestimate that man.”
Back in July, 2012, the cast of Firefly pleased millions of people by reuniting for a Comic-Con panel discussion in front of thousands of fans in Ballroom 20.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the cast and crew members were greeted and welcomed to the stage by a standing ovation — especially when they noticed that Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Nathan Fillion, writer Tim Minear, and Joss Whedon were all together once again.
During the discussion, Whedon had a chance to discuss his feelings about the show’s heavily-criticized cancellation, as well as his effort to bring everyone back together again.
“It goes beyond vindication. Vindication came a long time ago. It goes to a place of transcendence… It was one of the finest nervous breakdowns a man could have. We always knew from the very beginning that everything we were doing, we were doing for the right reasons with the right people.”
In the ten years that have passed since Serenity was first released, quite a few of the former Firefly stars have continued adding quality roles to their acting resumes.
For instance, Nathan Fillion is currently working on the eighth season of the hit ABC series, Castle, and actress Gina Torres is in the middle of the fifth season of the hit USA series, Suits.
The cast and crew — including director Joss Whedon — have clearly moved on with their lives and careers. However, it is apparently clear that they will always hold a special place in the hearts of Serenity fans for many years to come.
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