While the packed panel for the Science Channel’s 10th Anniversary Firefly panel seems like it was high on tears and reminiscence from both fans and the cast, the press conference that followed seemed a bit more cold and focused on the big question: is there any way we will ever get more Firefly?
Our Steven Sautter was there and has the following report. If you want to know what went on at the Firefly panel, go to HitFix and read Alan Sepinwall’s live-blog. We would have been at the panel ourselves, but lines are long and Comic-Con is big.
On the value of the “Warrior Woman” trope in geek culture and what Firefly says to women:
Joss Whedon: Everything I do is going to contain the message that men who are going to be comfortable with powerful women are going to be more powerful men. They’re all going to have different energies, but the difference is the way you paint life. We covered enough bases.
On if the cast looks back at the show and see’s more now than hey did before:
Alan Tudyk: I just rewatched them again. And uh, no.
Nathan Fillion: It’s hard to pick up on it when you’re fast-forwarding everyone else’s lines.
Alan Tudyk: I watched “War Stories”. Listening to the commentaries, I had more knowledge back then. My memories are like blurry photographs. I love the show almost more now because it’s pure.
On the possibility of a Firefly video game:
Joss Whedon: It lends itself to an MMO, but I also still think the series should still be on the air.
On the notion of a reboot:
Joss Whedon: Yes, we need a younger cast. Captain Andrew Garfiled.
Sean Maher:Zac Efron as the Doctor
Joss Whedon: We’d have to shoot it with my phone. But these phones are getting good.
On a possible Serenity sequel in the style of Blake’s 7:
Joss Whedon: I don’t believe in evil twins and clones in that universe. You have to move forward. And by that I mean an intricate flashback sequel. The opened scene would be a conversation between Wash and Book
On possible future plans comic book continuations?
Alan Tudyk: I had a story, but..oh no. Some of my story got told. Patton Oswald wrote it. Mine got told, what are you guys doing?
Adam Baldwin: My guy didn’t fair so well.
Nathan Fillion: It’s hard for me to say I want more. I got a lot out of the show. I got a group of friends, I got a movie…
On a future animated return to the verse:
Nathan Fillion: I think that’s pretty cool. It’d be easy. You don’t even have to shower.
Joss Whedon: You can shower.
Nathan Fillion: There’s a water shortage in LA.
On if the show might fare better today — in the age of social media:
Adam Baldwin: Nope. You need a network that shows the pilot first!
Alan Tudyk: But there are more revenue streams..
Adam Baldwin: Make something for the internet?(Looks at Joss)
On Firefly’s less than Utopian view of the future:
Joss Whedon: I don’t have any faith in the future of mankind. But I have faith in my friends and their ability to band together. I don’t think we’re going to band together and solve problems.