The panel begins at 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET and features Nathan Fillion, creator Joss Whedon, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, showrunner Tim Minear, and writer Jose Molina.
And that’s not all… We will also be live blogging the press conference which begins at 2:00 PM PT/5:00 PM ET on this same page!
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Last question: Could this show have a presence at Comic-Con in 15, 20, 50 years?
Answer: We were right. The thing that we made was right. The network was wrong. The fans were correct. That universe was fully realized. (applause)
That’s it! Thanks for joining our live blog! We hope you continue to visit Hypable for all your pop culture news.- Andrew Sims
Question: What do you ascribe the amazing longevity of Firefly… 10 years later it’s so popular, and there were only 14 episodes?
Joss: I think me. No.. have you seen this show? The directors we work with. The prop masters. You just couldn’t miss it. Sometimes these things just come together and they’re extraordinary. The other element is why we write what we write. We are trying to communicate about this human condition of community.- Andrew Sims
Joss: We’re doomed? I don’t have any faith in man kind. BUt I love my friends desperately. The faith I have is in my friends who can band together when things are falling apart. I believe in family. I don’t think we’re going to solve problems.- Andrew Sims
Question: We know that one of the major motivations for creating the Star Trek universe was that they’d show what they thought would be the future. Firefly is a far less utopian view of our future. What does it say to us about that future?- Andrew Sims
Question: If show was on today, would it have had a better shot?
Nathan: That’s a fair question.
Cast: I say Yeah
Someone said they don’t think so (laughter)- Andrew Sims
Nathan: I think that’d be cool. Pretty easy right? You don’t even have to shower before doing voice work.
Joss: I’ve done voice recording with Nathan.. and it’s not pleasant. You CAN shower.
Nathan: There’s a water shortage in LA, Joss…- Andrew Sims
Question: Are you interested in ever doing an anime version of Firefly?- Andrew Sims
Cast don’t have many answers. Nathan is happy/content. “It all worked out really well for me. It’s hard to say I want more. I got a lot of show. I got an amazing group of friends, I got the best work I’ve ever done, and I got a movie.”- Andrew Sims
Question: Earlier there was a panel about how Whedon shows have continued on in comic book form. Any plans for future Firefly/Serenity comics? For the actors, are there any plots you wish were told on the show that you’d like to see in Comic form?- Andrew Sims
Joss: The show has been very popular with the military, and also astronauts. This is an extraordinary thing for me. Obviously there’s a war element, and people have suffered greatly because of it. But they are a platoon. Everything is them bonding in the trenches – that’s the nature of the show. There’s an isolate and comrade feel. In terms of space element, I hear there isn’t a lot of stuff out there that inspires people to want to build rockets – literally. Or go into space. That same feeling of going into the black and becoming more of a person has hit them as well. There could not be a better tribute.- Andrew Sims
Question: What is it do you thing about your shows that the marines just can’t stop watching? They touch their heart and they love it.- Andrew Sims
Joss: Sometimes I still dress like an executive producer..- Andrew Sims
Joss: No I’m like, give me my clothes back. (laughter).- Andrew Sims
Question: You were talking about cos players. Have any of you ever dressed up as your characters and gone to a con? Also, you said you see people dressed up as your Firefly characters. do you feel like that’s awesome?- Andrew Sims
Question: Are you constantly amazed that references to the show still have a life of there own?
Joss: Here’s the thing about the hat. It’s tangible, it’s DIY, you can have the hat, go to your day job.. it’s everything that should work for cult. If I was smart, if I thought ahead, i’d create these things BASED on that.- Andrew Sims
Question: If you do another sequel to Firefly, now that you killed half the cast, will you bring back evil twins?
Joss: In all honesty, I don’t believe in evil twins and clones in that universe. I think it would be wrong. It doesn’t make sense to me. You have to move on, you have to deal with the present. By that I mean you have to have an intricate flashback. (laughter)- Andrew Sims
Joss: Nothing going on with Avengers 2 yet, he’s having fun with this.- Andrew Sims
Zac Efron as Simon..- Andrew Sims
Question: Have you come to terms with directing Avengers 2? And if Firefly 10th anniversary goes well, would you do a reboot?
Joss: Yes, because we need a younger cast (laughter)- Andrew Sims
Joss: There was a lot of talk about a multiplayer thing and a couple companies were vying for it. And it fell apart but I’m not sure why. I always felt that Firefly absolutely lends itself to being a game. There’d be so many planets, agendas, etc besides shooting things. I think it’s absolutely a perfect fit.- Andrew Sims
Question: Video games have come a long way in the past decade. Would you be interested in a Firefly based RPG?- Andrew Sims
Nathan: The one thing I’ve never been asked is, “Are you available for another series?”- Andrew Sims
Cast joking that the reporter is a cop out for such an open ended question.- Andrew Sims
Question: 10 years after Firefly, a million conventions, is there anything you haven’t been asked you wished you were asked? Or a topic you haven’t talked about? And feel free to do it now.- Andrew Sims
After Alan did the commentaries he had much more perspective. It’s changed more from someone who’s immersed in it to now just having fond memories of it.- Andrew Sims
Everything was a discovery again. Because they haven’t watched them in ten years. They’ve all picked out their favorites.- Andrew Sims
They just rewatched them again. And no, they didn’t notice anything different. Laughter.- Andrew Sims
Question: My Q is one of perspective. Now that it’s ten years later, when you looked back at the material, are there things you pick up on now you didn’t then?- Andrew Sims
Joss: At the end of the da, Gina was playing a dedicated wife, a talented person, and the sexiest and most badass of people.- Andrew Sims
Joss: The grea thing about Firefly to me was that they were all so different. They all carried a different power and energy. The look, the feel, the energy, the difference in there characters including the companion and the power she had – which some people also debate on a feminist level – that’s how you get through life. You don’t get through that universe if you don’t have the stones(?) to be on that ship.- Andrew Sims
Question: You may’ve seen a meme online that hard four pictures of women from pop culture and four women from geek culture. One of those 4 from geek culture was Zoey. Implication was that geek culture provides better role models. Shows only kind of womanhood and seen as strong in greek culture was warrior woman. I thought of Firefly. What exactly does Firefly say to women, and what does it say to men about women?- Andrew Sims
Nathan: It taught me how to act (laughter). I come up with ideas all the time. Some of my best ideas I think “oh this is great! joss what if i… and he’d say, ‘that’s a great idea! or…’”- Andrew Sims
Question for everyone: Characters in Firefly went such an amazing distance in redefining scifi. Each of you give a brief statement on portraying those characters that are still beloved by fans.- Andrew Sims
Debby Myers, GM of Science introing panel.- Andrew Sims
Okay, they’re starting- Andrew Sims
Still waiting…- Andrew Sims
We are now at the Firefly press conference and will be liveblogging it! Packed room. Stand by..- Andrew Sims
That’s the end of the panel =( Go Browncoats- Jen Lamoureux
Where still flying is a big mantra of the fan community what do they mean to you?
The crowd is going wild as Joss composes himself.
Joss: ONly an idiot would try to follow that with a sentence. When you come out with a create movie and you feel like you are in that world and it has become that. When you tell a story you are inviting them into a world and the way in which you have inhabited it makes you a part of the world, like it is real. It doesn’t feel like a show, I feel like there are spaceships and it is amazing.
- Jen Lamoureux
HAd would the finale differed from Serenity if you had known it was the last season?
Joss: It would have been littler, and a lot of the revers would have been off screen. He doesn’t think he would have killed anybody. He would have delved more into the conspiracy as well as learned about Book and Inara.- Jen Lamoureux
Nathan: When Firefly died I felt it was the worst thing that could have happened but looking back the worst thing would have been if it stayed dead.
Joss would like credit for that statement.- Jen Lamoureux
Would you ever consider doinng Firefly as an animated series?
Joss: I get it but I was thinking more of a radio show.
Nathan and Alan give us a sample of what it would sound like!- Jen Lamoureux
Alan’s sister is an artist and he commissioned her to create a picture of Joss protecting a firefly from a bunch of Fox executives.- Jen Lamoureux
Question about Inara’s backstory.
Joss says that Dark Horse has been working on the Firefly books and that the biggest hardcover they ever sold was The Shepard’s Tale. Zach and Joss just spent sometime figured out how to tell some stories from the future instead of the past. SO look for some new comics coming out soon.- Jen Lamoureux
Crazy fan stories? Nathan says a woman walked up to a Joss in the foyer of a building and went to speak and she broke down crying.
Adam: Do you remember that time when we were off the air for 10 years and then thousands of people showed up to see us.- Jen Lamoureux
What has it been like knowing the Browncoats have kept this alive for 10 years?
Adam: The online fan community has been amazing and they have never given up. One of the most heartwarming times was watching the show be resercted as a movie.
Joss: I think that movie was the finest explain of a nervous breakdown. I was determined to get these actors back together.- Jen Lamoureux
Why was Nathan the perfect captain?
Joss: You have to make compromises….(Nathan waits patiently for an answer)
Restraint, dignity, there was never a moment where Joss didn’t think Nathan was the captain. he was there to make sure that everyone was doing their best work and having a good time. Most people don’t do that. A visiting actor was once rude to the females in the cast and Nathan let him know it wasn’t ok. Joss explains that you don’t want to see that!- Jen Lamoureux
How important were the actors to bringing the story to life?
Joss: He remembers the audition process which was long and ghastly. These were the people before he wrote it. He feels like the moment he realized what he wanted that the actors were the people before he created them. SSummer is just so crazy…the amount of vulnerability and strength she can protray is believable.
- Jen Lamoureux
The next question is for Adam and they show it a clip to set it up! The Jane Hat. Adam tells the story of the hat:
A woman who worked in the office knitted a few hats and he asked to wear the hat through the whole episode. The hat fit perfectly and he just loved it. Adam is now asking a question to give away the Jane replica hat he has on stage. The question: the name of the planet that Tracy asked to be buried?- Jen Lamoureux
The Chemistry was a big part of the success what went into that?
Nathan missed the question so Alan is answering for him. At the beginning of filming Nathan went up to everyone adn said this is a game to learn everyone’s name, he named everyone and took off. Alan says that helped everyone bond and become a family.- Jen Lamoureux
Sean Meher answers the question: What’s it like being Simon in a sci-fi world? He never once felt it was science fiction always felt it was more post-apocalyptic science fiction. His favorite show was Arial- Jen Lamoureux
What was it like to tell stories in this world of Firefly? Jose Molina says it was great being invited into the sandbox and how hard it was to not push his own likes which were more sci-fi. Their job was to watch westerns before they started writing to get the feel for it.- Jen Lamoureux
In making Firefly Joss just wanted to tell a Western story but with spaceships and prove that science fiction doesn’t have to have purple lights and big green aliens- Jen Lamoureux
Nathan was asked what Firefly means to him: If I can get through this without crying it will be cooler. Fireflly was his first chance to be the lead and Mal was the best character he ever played.- Jen Lamoureux
Joss Whedon: We always knew that we had the best cast I’ll ever work with, the show was bigger than all its parts and we knew people would love it. This takes it to a place of transcendence- Jen Lamoureux
Joss Whedon gets a standing O that lasts forever!!! Time to start the panel! The casts thinks they are funny and leaves the stage- Jen Lamoureux
Nathan Fillion gets a standing ovation as he takes the stage- Jen Lamoureux
Jeff Jensen will be moderating the panel- Jen Lamoureux
The crowd goes WILD as they show and intro video saying they are getting back together with great clips from the season- Jen Lamoureux
The Browncoats have taken over Ballroom 20! Get ready for one of the most anticipated panels at Comic Con this year.- Jen Lamoureux
They always imagine Korra’s father is huge even though he is a gentle guy- Jen Lamoureux
Event will begin at around 12:30 PM PT/3:30 PM ET.- Andrew Sims
Kia is a water bender with a hippie look. She has a special bond with Senna- Jen Lamoureux
Bumi’s sister will be joining this season.- Jen Lamoureux