“Firefly” was canceled in 2002, but the enthusiasm for the series has only grown in the era of Netflix. With “Avengers” director Joss Whedon’s short-lived sci-fi series gaining more and more fans, it’s impossible to avoid talking about a reunion. The stars of the series, who often work together on other projects, revealed how they feel about a revival. They might not all be on the same page.
Nathan Fillion, who played Capt. Malcolm Reynolds, said that he isn’t sure they’d be able to recreate the magic of the original. He emphasized that “Firefly” was his “dream job” and had a great experience — one that might be impossible to recreate.
“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,” Fillion told the Hollywood Reporter. “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?”
Fourteen episodes of “Firefly” were filmed before the series was canceled by Fox. The sci-fi show, which followed a crew who lived on a space ship 500 years in the future, earned enough acclaim that a movie was greenlighted. “Serenity” was well received critically, but it only earned $38.8 million at the box office in 2005. It cost $39 million to make.
Jewel Staite and Sean Maher disagree with Fillion. The two, who played love interests Kaylee and Simon, want to get back on the Serenity. “Sean and I want more,” the actress added. “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.’”
It’s not as if the cast doesn’t see each other. They were interviewed at Long Beach Comic Con, and they appear at sci-fi conventions together pretty often. Alan Tudyk, who played Wash, even created and stars in “Con Man,” a web series about sci-fi conventions with Fillion. Several of the “Firefly” cast members as well as showrunner Joss Whedon have appeared in the show as well as other projects. Staite, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Gina Torres also all guest starred on “Castle” with Fillion.
This isn’t the first time Fillion has doubted the possibility of an official reunion. In 2013, he noted that it was pretty unlikely. “That was a project that lived for so short a time and such a long time ago, I would look at that as an impossibility,” Fillion told HitFix. “Joss Whedon made a movie of it, something I also considered an impossibility, so I look at that and say ‘where is the hope?’ But knowing Joss Whedon, I try not to underestimate that man.”
It looks like the only “Firefly” reunions fans can see for now will be via other projects like web series and conventions.