Comic Con 2012: Firefly 10th Anniversary Press Conference Brings Lots of Tears for Everyone


Before sitting down to write this article about the press conference held at Comic-Con this weekend to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Firefly, I decided to first sit down and watch a video of the entire panel. That was either the best idea I’ve ever had, or the worst, depending on your point of view. Because now I’m trying to write this with tears in my eyes.

Some people don’t realize it, but when you attend Comic-Con as press it doesn’t mean you can magically get into every room you want without waiting in lines. Knowing that I’d probably have to wait overnight for the panel, I gave up going to that and instead went to the press room. The press conference was still a lot of fun, but it was also a lot more reserved than the panel and I sort of missed out on the full emotional impact of what this anniversary means to me.

You see, I’m one of the many people whose lives were changed by Firefly. If it weren’t for this show, I would not be living the life that I am today. It brought people into my life that are still good friends to this day, many years later. It sent me to conventions that introduced a world that I knew I wanted to be a part of, and now I get to attend places like Comic-Con as a professional with a wonderful website like TV Equals. It gave me the inspiration I needed to write stories of my own and that experience led me to pursue a career as a writer.

So to come full circle and attend the press conference for the 10th anniversary of Firefly – the show that brought so many extraordinary changes to my life – it was basically a dream come true.

And with that, I give you the highlights of the press conference with Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Jose Malina and Tim Minear:

Nathan, when describing what it’s like working with Joss, said: “Being an intelligent guy, it’s hard to make other people around you not feel stupid.” (Which he said Joss does well.)

Joss, when asked (again) about writing such powerful women: “Everything I do says that men who are comfortable with powerful women are better men.”

Alan said that he hadn’t seen many of the episodes in 10 years and when he re-watched episodes like ‘Out of Gas’ he found that his whole perspective had changed in that time and he saw them in a completely new light and that he almost loved it more now than he did then.

Nathan said that the one question he’d never been asked and would like to be is: “Are you available for another series?” (Which he’d like to be asked by Joss.)

Joss, on whether he’d like the idea of doing a re-boot, joked: “Yes, because we need a younger cast.”

Joss said that if he ever got the chance to write a sequel to Serenity, he already has the opening scene in his head – a conversation between Wash and Booth. (I have to admit I got choked up at that).

Adam said that he was surprised that the “Jayne hat” went viral and became as popular as it did.

Joss said that he wished he’d thought of how to make costumes that were easier for people to dress up in, since all of his characters just wear normal clothes.

When asked if anyone in the cast had ever dressed up as their character for Halloween, etc, Joss said: “The question isn’t whether anyone dress in costume as their character, but in an episode of your OWN SHOW.” (Staring down Nathan, who shrugged his shoulders innocently and replied: “Maybe.”)

Joss found it extraordinary that so many people in the military, plus astronauts, loved the show. He remarked that he thought it appealed to soldiers because the crew is a platoon who loves each other and works together. Tim also said that he thought it showed soldiers what it was like after a war; that even after the war was over for them, the crew was still together.

Alan said he was very happy that more of Wash’s story has now been told in the comic book series.

When asked if he wanted more of Firefly, Nathan said that it was hard for him to say now, 10 years later, that he wanted more, because he’s gotten so much out of doing Firefly. When he described all the things that had come into his life and got to the point where he gestured at the people sitting next to him and said his friends, he broke down in tears..taking the whole room with him.

Mostly everyone agreed that if Firefly aired today it would no doubt do better in ratings because of social media. Tim stubbornly maintained that it wouldn’t make a difference.

Joss said at one point after receiving praise after praise: “I don’t think anyone understands how much of this show belongs to Tim Minear.”

Tim got a bit emotional near the end of the conference, saying that the show they made was right, the fans were right to love it and the network was WRONG in their treatment of it. The whole room erupted into applause.

Finally, Nathan thanked the folks at Science Channel for the revival of the series, saying: “If FOX had aired Firefly the way Science Channel aired it….the commercials make me weep.”