Over the years, Comic-Con has produced a number of the most emotional moments we have seen in relation to television and an supports — but there was a part of the “Firefly” panel on Friday that seemed to move just about every single star of the show near tears — plus creator Joss Whedon.
It certainly helped that there were thousands of the loudest fans ever at the convention packed into Ballroom 20 or the event, and that the entire panel (which was put on part by the Science Channel for a special that they are going to air celebrating the 10th anniversary of the series) had a warm, friendly, and nostalgic vibe to us. Throughout there was some touching moments, as Nathan Fillion described how before playing Malcolm Reynolds he was just the fifth lead in whatever project he could find, and how terrible it was the moment that the Fox series was tragically cut short before the first season was even over.
The biggest moment, however, was reserved for near the panel’s end when Whedon was asked about what the fans — or the Browncoats, if you will — have meant to him for all of their tireless support over so many years. At first, he was took shaken to answer after the fans started to slowly rise to their feet with applause — and were joined by the actors at the panel soon after. Eventually, he ended up having the following to say:
“When you come out of a great movie you feel like you’re in that world. When you’re telling a story you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way. It’s about inviting them into a world. The way you’ve inhabited this world, this universe, you have become part of it. When I see you guys, I don’t think the show is off the air. I think there’s spaceships and horses — the story is alive.”
There are going to be some more ways that the series continues to live on even a full decade after its end. Dark Horse Comics is planning to release some new stories based on the show, and there is still a fan community that is growing by the day as more and more people discover a show that may not have met the same fate were it out today in an age where viewers can better mobilize and share content online.
How many memories did this panel bring back for you?