I know that we’re still suffering 13 years after the cancellation of ‘Firefly‘ by Fox but Nathan Fillion has just found a way to make that suffering worse. At the recent Long Beach Comic Con a reunion panel with Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, and Sean Maher gathered together and spoke about the series and what could have been. While the subject of a reunion film of course came up, it was actually a key scene that was never filmed which stole our attention.
This could have been one of the most fun scenes of the series. Here’s how Fillion described it:
“Joss once described an opening scene to me where we are looking at a planet with a ring around it and as we come in close, we see the ring is actually rocks and pieces of ships and old derelicts. It’s a junk ring. It’s the junkyards — we mentioned it in Firefly one time. We see little bits and we’re jumping slowly from bit to bit and as we get closer we see Serenity floating lifeless and these little people getting on and coming through it. And as they get into the airlock and they close it, they come and there’s Malcolm Reynolds, bleeding and cut, strapped down with giant guns and not looking great. He’s got these two giant guns, and he says, “Get off my ship.”
It isn’t just fans that wish the series could go on. Strait stated:
“Sean and I want more. Last night we had dinner and we were in an Uber and we were not talking about Firely in any way. … You were on your phone and texting away and, I [said] something about Netflix … And Sean said this, very absentmindedly, “I can’t believe they haven’t picked us up.”
Fillion and see why fans continue to ask for more ‘Firefly’:
“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?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?”
With Netflix pumping more money into their original content than just about anyone else these days you can’t help but wonder if they tried to buy the rights from Fox. Of course, getting the entire living members of the crew back together at this point could prove difficult.
When the series was cancelled after just one season the cast still had a few days of shooting left. Instead of letting it ruin the experience Fillion says they not only troopered on but made sure those last few days would be special:
“We had three more days of shooting after we were canceled and I remember thinking, “this is going to be the worst. Every day is going to be painful reminder of what we’re losing and it’s going to be one of the saddest, most horrifying three days of the shooting.” And it turned out to be amazing. Everyone was determined to squeeze any last remaining drops of joy we could get from this wonderful experience. I was really impressed with how people pulled together.”
‘Firefly’ will always be a wonder for science fiction fans. The perfect casting, timeframe, and a series that was cut short before it could even have gotten to it’s prime. Sadly, it is unlikely we’ll ever get more even if a follow-up film would truly be one of the best things in the verse.
Do you wish we could get another ‘Firefly’ movie to follow the events of ‘Serenity‘? What are your thoughts on the intro scene that we’ll never see? Share your thoughts below!
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter
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