How Firefly's catchphrase made Nathan Fillion cry at Comic-Con

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Dec 17, 2012

It's been 10 years since Fox pulled the plug on Joss Whedon's dream project Firefly, but Whedon said the 4,000+ crowd that packed into Comic-Con's Ballroom 20 Friday for an anniversary celebration reminded him it was all worth the fight.

"It goes beyond vindication," he said, via The Hollywood Reporter of the buzz that remains for the decade-old show. "Vindication came a long time ago. It goes to a place of transcendence."
Tears were shed (mostly by Captain Mal himself, Nathan Fillion), and fans got to ask the questions they've always wondered as Whedon, along with the most of the original cast, assembled for the first time since the 2005 follow-up film Serenity.

Fillion held it together pretty well until a question came up toward the end of the panel about the mantra "We're still flying," uttered by Fillion at the end of the pilot, and what it means to the fan community. The question drew a standing ovation and declarations of love from the crowd, as Fillion and Summer Glau broke down crying at the support.

Joss' answer is a classic, as he tells the crowd (via HitFix):

"Only an idiot would actually try to follow that with a sentence. When you come out of a great movie, you feel like you're in that world. You come out of Brazil, and suddenly everything is duct piping and everything's weird and too much. You come out of certain things, and the world has become that. when you're telling a story, you're trying to connect to people in a particular way ...The way in which you guys have inhabited this world, this universe, have made you part of it, part of the story. You are living in Firefly. When I see you guys, I don't think the show is off the air. I don't think there's a show. I think, that's what the world is like. I think there are spaceships, there are horses, and our story is alive."

Fillion said the fan love that still exists for the series amazes him everyday, and he's proud to have played a part in the little space cowboy show that could:

"When Firefly died, I thought it was the worst thing that could possibly happen," Fillion said via Entertainment Weekly. "Now I realize the worst thing that could happen is that if it stayed dead. That it died is okay."

The topic of how the show might have ended if it hadn't been unceremoniously yanked by Fox also came up, and Whedon said he definitely had to tweak his plan to fit the proposed arc into the film Serenity. As reported by Entertainment Weekly:

"I don't think I would have killed anybody," Joss says and [Alan] Tudyk (whose character died in the film) raises his hands in victory. "A film is a different animal and has different needs. We would have learned about the Blue Sun conspiracy, Inara and Shepherd Book."
What's your favorite Firefly memory?

(Via EW, HitFix, The Hollywood Reporter)

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