Nathan Fillion and his fellow Firefly cast members have been talking about Firefly and the possibility of Netflix bringing back the show, but Fillion seems to have some doubts about the idea…
Firefly is one of the greatest sci-fi shows ever seen on television. Scratch that, it’s one of the greatest TV shows ever. Period. From the moment we watched the very first episode, we were hooked. We loved the setting. We loved the premise; it’s basically a western in space. We loved the characters (especially Fillion’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Alan Tudyk’s Wash). We loved Joss Whedon’s direction and incredible vision. It was a show lightyears ahead of its time and we haven’t seen anything quite like it since. But unfortunately it wasn’t appreciated when it was on air, and FOX treated their show terribly. They aired it in the wrong order, which confused a lot of the viewers, understandably, and they decided to cancel it before they had even finished filming the first season.
Eventually, through Firefly fans’ sheer willpower, the show was brought to the big screen in the form of the movie Serenity, and it did reasonably well. But we’ve been hearing about Firefly’s revival, possibly on Netflix, for years now, yet there’s been no movement on that front. Firefly still only has 14 episodes and a movie, and it might stay that way for a while. However, a significant bulk of Firefly’s cast took part in a reunion panel at Long Beach Comic Con (via The Hollywood Reporter). Nathan Fillion (Captain Malcolm Reynolds), Summer Glau (River Tam), Adam Baldwin (Jayne Cobb), Jewel Staite (Kaylee Frye) and Sean Maher (Dr. Simon Tam) were all there, and they spoke at length about the show, and its possible revival.
When asked whether Joss Whedon might come back to helm Firefly’s possible revival season, Nathan Fillion’s answer wasn’t really what we were expecting. “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 answer may seem a bit harsh at first, but if you really look into what he’s saying, it makes perfect sense. Whedon and his cast caught lightning in a bottle when they made Firefly, and it would be incredibly hard to replicate that. If Netflix, or whoever, were to commission a revival series, it would be incredibly hard to recreate what they did back in 2002. As Fillion said, “enough is enough,” and even though many of you Firefly fans are demanding for more, we all know in our heart of hearts that Firefly’s solitary series and subsequent film were more than enough. If you really want to spend more time in the Firefly universe then you have Dark Horse’s incredible graphic novels, which are really worth reading.
On the other hand, many of the other cast members were very open to the idea of returning to the show. Adam Baldwin seemed to be up for the challenge, and Jewel Staite revealed that she and Sean Maher have previously asked themselves why Netflix hasn’t ordered another series yet. “Sean and I want more. Last night we had dinner and we were in an Uber and we were not talking about Firefly 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.'” That does sound a lot more positive, yet even though we’d love to see Firefly come back, we’re going to have to side with Fillion on this one.
Even though the prospect of seeing the old crew of the Serenity back again is incredibly alluring, we have to think rationally. Joss Whedon himself has rebuffed on many occasions the possibility of returning to his cult sci-fi TV show, and with good reason. Firefly has achieved such an incredible cult status, that nothing Whedon and co. could make would be good enough for the fans. It’s a difficult situation. We’re sure that Fillion and Whedon would love to work on Firefly again, but they have to be practical about these things. Maybe they could work on another project together, something akin to Con Man. And look on the bright side, you can always rewatch the first, and only, season of Firefly on Netflix, and then follow that up with Serenity, and round it all off with a couple of Firefly graphic novels. Job done! Would you like to see Netflix bring back Firefly?
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