Is it finally time for "Firefly" to rise from the ashes?
Fans of Joss Whedon's 2002 sci-fi series may have cause to believe the show was ahead of its time– that despite only having lasted one jumbled and cut-short season, it would fare better in today's TV landscape, where every network– large, small, and cross-platform– is invested in serialized storytelling and viewers are accustomed to binge-watching. Today's fans also know how much power they collectively wield, having successfully resurrected series of all sizes–from "Futurama," to "Arrested Development," "Veronica Mars," and even "The X-Files."
Saturday, "Firefly" fans, "Browncoats" as they're known, were given hope for a return of the space-Western after original cast members told the thousands packed into a New York Comic-Con panel that they were receptive to the idea of returning for a second season of the cult favorite.
Actors Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk and Jewel Staite, all of whom starred in both the original show and the "Serenity" feature film that spun out of its cancellation, addressed the NYCC faithful to answer all matter of questions. When talks turned to coming back for another go-around, according to Variety, Fillion, who played Captain Mal Reynolds, and company had only one stipulation.
"Full-time, please," the "Castle" star responded, alluding to a desire for stability after the tumult of the original run.
Jewel Staite, who played Kaylee Frye, agreed. "Otherwise they would cast new people."
"And nobody wants that," joked Gina Torres, who played Zoë Washburne, as the crowd cheered in agreement.
The Browncoats want their "Firefly" back. The players are game. "Serenity" now? Maybe not. But maybe someday soon.