Ten years ago, Joss Whedon’s Firefly began showing on Fox.
Ten years ago, a group of Fox Executives cancelled the show after only fourteen episodes were filmed.
Last weekend, thousands of people at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con camped out overnight for the privilege of being at the Firefly Ten Year Reunion Panel.
After ten years off the air, thousands of people wanted to be there; to see them. What must that be like for the storytellers, the actors, the people behind Firefly? Can you imagine it?
It goes beyond vindication. Vindication came a long time ago. It goes to a place of transcendence that I can’t even begin to describe without turning into a girlie-man.
— Joss Whedon
Firefly isn’t just a geeky, sci-fi show. I mean, it is that. But it’s so much more. It’s a masterpiece of storytelling. It’s an entire world, full of rich and vibrant people and places, brought to life on a canvas of dreams. If you haven’t watched Firefly, you owe it to yourself to do so. (Even if you don’t usually like sci-fi.)
You can watch the whole Firefly Reunion Panel here. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love all over again. Passion for Firefly welled up in my heart and connected me to a world full of people who feel exactly the same way I do. And it was grand.
When you’re telling a story, you’re trying to connect with people in a particular way. It’s not just about what you want to say, it’s about inviting them into a world. And the way in which you guys have inhabited this world, this universe, has made you part of it; part of the story. You are living in Firefly.
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. I think it’s going on in all of us.
The story is alive.
Because of you.
— Joss Whedon