Shiny! It’s been ten whole years since Serenity sailed through its last storm, and the cast have reunited at San Diego to celebrate the occasion. Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau and Sean Maher were all in attendance, and everyone got a bit teary eyed remembering their time on the show.
Joss Whedon, despite being a big-time movie director now, recalls the great experience he had on Firefly: “We always knew from the very beginning that we were making something for the right reasons, in the right way.” He also praised the actors, calling them “the best cast I’ll ever work with.
“There was never a moment from the time we met where I did not think [Nathan] was the Captain. He is there to make sure everybody is there having the best time, doing their best work.”
With fans showing their love in the crowd, everyone gets a little upset and nostalgic, with Whedon finally weighing in with: “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. You’re part of the story. You’re living in Firefly. When I see you guys, I don’t think there’s a show. I think that’s what the world is like. There are spaceships. The story is alive.”
On making Serenity, the big screen version of his cancelled baby, he describes the experience as “one of the finest nervous breakdowns a man can have. I was inconsolable. It changed me. It changed the way I work and the way I operate.”
And now Nathan Fillion has a popular show in Castle to rely on, he remains grateful for the doors Firefly opened for him: “[it] was a lot of firsts for me. He’s good, but we don’t know if he can carry a show’ — that’s what I got a lot. Joss Whedon gave me the best character I’ve ever played.”
“Right at the beginning, when we first started shooting the series, Nathan came up to all the actors and said, ‘we’re learning all the names [of the cast and crew],’” says Alan Tudyk. “It became a game [that] brought everybody together as a family.”
And what would have happened had the show continued past one season? “I don’t think I would have killed anybody,” Whedon offers. “[It would have been] a different animal and it has different needs. We would have delved into the Blue Sun conspiracy… And we would have learned about Book and Inara.” [TV Line]