Okay, even by Comic-Con standards, this is spectacular. The cast of Firefly was there to tape a 10th anniversary reunion special that will be broadcast on the Science Channel on November 11 and I got to attend the press conference with Joss Whedon and the cast. If you don’t know why that is just about the coolest thing that ever happened, check out the legendary television series from the guy behind “Buffy” and “The Avengers” and you will know what I’m talking about.
Nathan Fillion, who has tucked references to “Firefly” in his new television series, “Castle,” says it was “Firefly that “taught me how to act. Joss would say, ‘That’s a great idea! Or…’ But he made it more simple, more human. He told me, ‘It’s a skill not to make people around you feel stupid.’” As in all Whedon productions, the show had exceptionally strong and interesting women characters. “Men who are comfortable with powerful women are more powerful men,” Whedon told us. When asked about the devotion of the fans, especially members of the military, Whedon said it was because the show was about characters who understand “war, suffering greatly, bonding in the trenches, isolation, camaraderie. It is very unironic look at things that make soldiers passionate. Mal is Machiavellian but would sacrifice himself for the others. We were trying to communicate the human condition of unity during aloneness.”