TV|Line has been giving some quick summaries of some Comic-Con panels, and one of the big ones was the Firefly reunion panel, which brought together Joss Whedon and most of the cast (Gina Torres, Jewel Staite and Morena Baccarin could not attend)…and resulted in a few tears among the panelists.
What seemed to make this cast so special began with Nathan Fillion, who was determined to make the cast and crew a family. According to Alan Tudyk, “Right at the beginning, when we first started shooting the series, Nathan came up to all the actors and said, ‘We’re learning all the names [of the cast and crew].’ It became a game [that] brought everybody together as a family.”
The big moment was at the end when the panel moderator asked the panel, “What do the fans mean to you?” Whedon had to pause and choked up, and when the entire audience gave a standing ovation and cheered, prompting the cast to do the same, he cried (as did Fillion and Summer Glau). When he finally was able to respond, he said, “The way in which you guys have inhabited this world, this universe, have made you part of it…part of the story. You’re living in Firefly. When I see you guys, I don’t think the show’s off the air…I don’t think there is a show. I think that is what the world is like.
[Update: Catch the question and answer below and the end of this article thanks to JoBlo]
Firefly wasn’t the only thing in the Whedonverse to get coverage though…Joss Whedon announced that his three-part online musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, which starred Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion, will air sometime in the near future on the CW network! Nothing specific as to when, but I’m sure the Browncoat network will get the word out as soon as it is known! No word that I am aware of about the long-developing sequel though…
Video: The final, moving question on the Firefly reunion panel: