Firefly fans are nothing if not persistent. 13 long years after its abrupt cancellation, we are still clamoring for more (yes, we love Firefly, too). However, the cries for a reprise have fallen flat again and again. Save for a few comic books and Serenity (the 2005 film that served to offer some closure for fans, though not a rousing box office success) the series has yet to reappear. In what might be a shock to some fans, one of the leads has said he feels the show should be left to the one season.
Actors Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite and Sean Maher gathered recently at a reunion panel at Long Beach Comic-Con. One of the questions that was asked was whether the actors would be interested in another season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nathan Fillian (known to Firefly fans as the brave, loveable and sometimes more than a little devious, Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds) has said he feels like “enough is enough.”
“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?”
Before you cry, “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!”, it is true that sometimes it’s best to leave well-enough alone, and most of us can think of a show or two that made the mistake of running past it’s prime. However, despite Fillion’s reverence for what has already been done, fellow actor Jewel Staite (Kaylee) recounts a conversation with Sean Maher (Doctor Simon Tam) that fans have probably had dozens of times over the years.
“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.’”
Back in August, comic artist and animator Stephen Byrne released this short trailer for an imaginary Firefly animated series, and our collective hearts groaned with a not-so-imaginary longing to see it come to life.
In the end, the show will continue to live in the hearts of the fans, even if Fox, or Netflix or some other network never brings new episodes to the light of day. However, you can bet your pretty floral bonnet we will keep trying.