Firefly 10th Anniversary Special Full of Emotional Surprises and Character Secrets


by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Browncoats forever!

Sunday night, the Science Channel aired a 10th anniversary Firefly reunion special called “Firefly: Browncoats Unite” and boy, was it an emotional hour. It was filmed this summer at Comic-Con and included clips from the reunion panel before a room of 10,000 people (the room holds 5,000). Because of this fan passion, Firefly has endured and gained an even bigger audience over these past ten years and you better believe it will endure beyond the next ten years.

In the very last clip of the special, Joss Whedon started getting emotional describing the impact of the show and why it has lived as long as it has, and I’ll admit I cried along with him. Comic-Con holds a special place in my heart because I met him in line for a panel in 2009 and it’s so moving to see him get the love he deserves from a room of his biggest supporters, including his actors.

All was not tears, though. Two potential storylines were revealed and I’m not sure how I feel about them. Firefly never shied away from dark storylines and they always played out well, but these two may be pushing the limits. The first one involved feral dogs that infected the crew but River communicates with them and domesticates them. Another one is far more disturbing – basically Inara gets gang-raped by Reavers. Yes, she lives, but not after surviving the rape and brutal beating by some of the most terrifying villains in all of TV history. WTF, Joss?!

There were also secrets revealed. SPOILER ALERT! Did you know Inara was dying of a terminal disease the whole time? If you pay close attention, you’ll notice hints of this storyline sprinkled throughout the show’s run.

The reunion wasn’t all sad, though. There was also talk of future babies, namely Wash and Zoe’s and Simon and Kaylee’s. Obviously Simon and Kaylee’s would be a ways away, but if you’re a fan of the comics, you know Zoe was pregnant at the time of Wash’s death. The cast discussed what it would be like raising children aboard the Serenity, especially because there would always be someone to babysit. But would you really want to leave your child with Jayne, who would undoubtedly want to teach the tot about his guns including his personal favorite, Vera?

Ten years after Firefly’s unjust cancelling, it still continues to gain fans every day. Would it have as big a following if it were still on the air today? I don’t know, but I do know the Browncoat nation is one of the most passionate fanbases ever and like Joss said, the story is still alive because of them.

What did you think of the reunion special? Could you have handled those proposed dark storylines? Did you cry through the whole special like I did?

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  1. alanapaintsNovember 14th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I don’t think I could have handled the gang-rape plotline, but I would have loved to see the rest of it. and I wish so much that they’d had time to pursue these stories, and others. As for Joss’s speech, couch-based sobbing did ensue.

    I totally agree with Joss that the story and characters, who are so strongly archetypal yet so human and individual, have taken on a life of their own. I hope some day that he can reassemble the cast for a 15-years-after miniseries, so we can learn more about what happens out in the black. I have my own ideas, and I’m mightily curious to know what the Jungian collective unconscious has stirred around in others’ brainpans. “Here’s how it was” is still brewing.

  2. ValdezeraNovember 16th, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Actually, as long as the gang-rape scene isn’t way too graphical that it starts looking like a porn parody of the series, i have few doubts that Joss won’t deliver like he always did and who wouldn’t want to see another pissed off Captain Malcom McBadass moment?

    And invisioning the dog-infection like another ”Out of gas” like episode were we truly see how much the crew cares about eachother, and not just how much they care about Mal (Because he stayed behind) it can become better than the episodes already there.

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