Firefly is one of the most beloved cult shows of all time. Created by The Avengers director Joss Whedon back in 2002, the show ran for only 14 episodes (3 of which were never even aired) before Fox abruptly cancelled it. Although the show’s cast and fans alike were given some semblance of closure with the 2005 feature film Serenity, demand for more seasons of Firefly has not waned.
With many other cult TV shows getting new leases on life in recent years thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, the demand for more Firefly is arguably as high as it’s ever been, as there is actually a realistic chance of a network ordering new seasons. Although some members of the original cast appear to be on board for a reunion if and when it happens, Nathan Fillion is not one of them.
At the Firefly reunion panel at Long Beach Comic Con this past Saturday, Fillion (Captain Malcolm Reynolds) was on hand with fellow cast members Summer Glau (River Tam), Adam Baldwin (Jayne Cobb), Jewel Staite (Kaylee Frye) and Sean Maher (Dr. Simon Tam). At one point in the conversation, the prospect of more Firefly was brought up and while Staite in particular voiced interest in bringing back Firefly, Fillion didn’t sound so sure:
“I totally get wanting more. I hear it all the time. “Is there going to be more? When is it? Could there be? What if there was?” And I get it. At the same time, we all had what I would call my dream job. It was the perfect position. Everything was great. Even the challenges we faced, we faced them together. We were all in it together and we were all pulling for the same thing, to make a great show. And I loved every minute of it. 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?”
Fillion’s comments touch on the idea that Firefly is what it is because it so finite. This was a show that never had time to put out bad seasons or run into creative problems; every bit of Firefly, including Serenity, is held up as some of the best science fiction programming there ever was. If the actors were to come back, nearly 15 years after the show initially began, it might look the same but it may not feel the same. That is the danger Fillion is referring to and perhaps he’s right in not wanting to dip back into the well in case it’s gone dry.
Then again, the Wet Hot American Summer revival from last year was arguably even better than the original movie, so there’s a good chance Firefly could be just as good as it always was if Whedon and co. went about it the right way. One thing’s for sure: despite Fillion’s comments, the demand for a Firefly revival will never truly go away. Browncoats are determined like that.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)