This is a video from Firefly 10th Anniversary Panel at ComicCon.
1. original airing
Only in this era of technological advancement, something like the Firefly phenomenon can happen. In 20 September 2002, Fox aired the first Firefly episode to be aired, The Train Job. In the course of its running, it received positive yet mixed reviews and gained a loyal fan base with an average of 4.7 million views. To the fans’ and creators’ dismay, the show was cancelled after 11 episodes. In 2005, the show was brought back as a movie entitled Serenity, with the same characters and actors.
The only thing this cancellation, which no one seems to be unable to get over, did was to make the show a martyr. Its fan base grew into one of the biggest and most loyal fan bases ever seen for a television show. They, dubbing themselves the Browncoats, raised fund to bring the show back; an effort cutoff by the logistics of television broadcasting, namely rights and actors availability.
The video is a panel celebrating its 10th anniversary at Comic Con starring Joss Whedon, Tim Minnear, and most of its main cast with the exception of Gina Torres who played Zoe and Jewel Staite, who played Kaylee. For anyone needing proof of the sensation of the series, the loyalty of its fan base and the love the cast and crew had for this wonderful series, look no further. The panel said it all. It’s a true epitome of the Browncoats’ mantra, We’re Still Flying. Teary Whedon’s last say on that panel said it all:
“When you come out of a great movie, you feel like you’re in that world. You come out of ‘Brazil,’ and suddenly everything is duct piping and everything’s weird and too much. You come out of certain things, and the world has become that. when you’re telling a story, you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way… The way in which you guys have inhabited this world, this universe, have 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 is off the air. I don’t think there’s a show. I think, that’s what the world is like. I think there are spaceships, there are horses, and our story is alive.”
I jumped into the Firefly bandwagon last year, when I gulped down all 14 episodes, including the original pilot and two other unaired episodes and the movie, in about a week. I’ve been a Browncoat ever since. It’s a fascinating universe filled with fascinating, fun and witty characters. The acting is fine and the character development has Whedon’s fingerprints all over it. And if you’re looking for character development, no one in the industry is finer than Joss Whedon.
That being said, this is why, for my first television review ever, I chose Firefly. Reviewing television shows is a harrowing task, but it is one that I have been dreaming to do for a long time. After all, I’m the kind of person who goes on to every review sites there is after watching any episode of any TV show. Firefly is fun, it’s short enough for the task not to be that harrowing, and I’m passionate enough about it to be willing to go through it and really, truly watch it again. Maybe too passionate. We’ll see. So starting tomorrow, I’ll post a Firefly review every Friday, in the order that Whedon meant it to be.
We are still flying, indeed.