One of the most awaited things to come out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was undoubtedly the Firefly 10th Anniversary Reunion panel, that featured the likes of Joss Whedon, Jose Molina, Tim Minnear and cast members Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher and Summer Glau, held on Friday, July 13, hosted by The Science Channel.
Oh boy did it met the expectations of the millions of fans, those who were lucky to participate as well as those who followed the event online. We already knew the short-lived, beloved tv show has its fans but who would have thought the panel for a 10-year-old TV show would be the shindig that would have TV fans and industry insiders buzzing the most this year? It reminds me of the stellar success of The Avengers.
The late announce of the upcoming Firefly panel was already a suprise by itself but this year Comic-Con was full of surprises and Firefly/Summer Glau fans were granted with many events, outside and inside the San Diego Convention Center. So many that at times it was hard to follow them as they showed up; since the convention is over, i think it would be a good idea to highlight for you the great moments of the San Diego Comic-Con 2012.
Joss Whedon visiting fans waiting in line for the Firefly Reunion
It started outside of the Ballroom 20; lots of Browncoats started lining up in the wee hours in the morning and were curled up in their sleeping bags. When all of a sudden, they received a visit from Joss Whedon himself (Jose Molina and Adam Baldwin also said "Hi" to the fans).
Seeing Joss Whedon walking over sleeping bags, signing autographs and taking photos with the fans at 3AM must have been unforgettable.
The main event was the Firefly 10th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s Jeff Jensen: Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Jose Molina and Tim Minear reunited for what what would prove to be a hilarious, intense and emotional panel.
Find below sample images and quotes from the panel.
Summer Glau is asked what was the key to her character:
"Remembering myself at 17, which was two years before; that was pretty much it"
The question is turned over to Joss and Summer warns him that it's too late to change anything, she already got the role.
"George Lucas could digital [change the character]:)" “I’m not saying we have had a meeting. "Then he gets serious:
It’s so… Summer is so crazy. The amount of vulnerability and strength she can convey is beyond magnetic. I look at her and think I will come with her if I want to live.”
Here's the video where Joss Whedon explains why Summer Glau was perfect for the role of River Tam.
Watch the closing question that might be this year’s most emotional moment at San Diego Comic-Convention.
Science Channel's "Browncoats Unite" tv special
The Firefly reunion panel was filmed and will be shown in it's entirety on November 11th as part of the Science Channel's "Browncoats Unite" television special, along with behind-the-scenes roundtable interview with the cast, also moderated by Jeff Jensen.
“Firefly is a landmark work of science fiction and a favorite with our viewers,” said Debbie Myers, general manager and executive vp of Science. “Ever since it premiered on Science, fans have asked us to do something special to mark its 10-year anniversary. With this signature celebration, punctuated by Browncoats Unite, we will connect the minds behind this classic franchise with its legions of passionate fans.”
The following photos were taken at the Science Channel’s roundtable before the team’s panel
Which character on the show do Summer wish that she had a chance to make out with, but never got the chance?
Check out that interview (at the end) on the News page for the answer : EW.com's Interview
Nerd HQ panel
Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin stopped by at Nerd HQ panel : Zachary Levi, from Chuck's fame, invites other actors to a panel for a little talk, and gives support to a charity.
A fan asked Summer how she keeps her hair looking great during action scenes. To another question, Summer said that she nevers reveals what's been said when she meets her fans.
When asked what kind of nerdy things she likes, she said she's nerdy about gardening. When a fan asked the actors what trait of a character they played they'd like to change, Summer answered that her characters never have boyfriend.
A press conference, hosted by The Science channel, followed the panel discussion for the Firefly 10th Anniversary Reunion; attendees included Joss Whedon, Tim Minnear, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, and Summer Glau.
Alan Tudyk asked Summer if there was an untold story besides flying the ship and she answers thats all she ever wanted.
Finally, Summer Glau made a surprise appearance at Alphas panel, on Saturday
She said her role as Skylar Adams on Alphas was interesting because this is first time she has played a mother and was excited to explore her relationship with Zoe (her daughter on the serie). She also revealed that the show will explore what happened to Skylar after last season and where her loyalties lies.
Watch a short clip clip from the Alphas panel on the News page.
Summer Glau will reprise her role as Skylar Adams for three episodes in the second season of Alphas, premiering on Syfy on Monday, July 23 at 10pm ET/PT.
Well, that's it for the sump up!
Even if there was no breaking news at the convention, besides more comics being made with Dark Horse, it was a huge success.
The fact that the guy who just had one of the biggest Hollywood movies ever, was feted at Comic-Con not so much for The Avengers, but for a TV series dumped by its network a decade ago, speaks volume to the success of this Firefly Reunion.
So, congratulations on being one of the most powerful forces in the ‘verse for ten years, “Firefly.” Thanks for being shiny.
I'm very proud that Summer Glau is part of this universe. She was blessed with playing two of the most iconic character in recent sci-fi history, where intelligent writers like Joss Whedon and Josh Friedman recognized Summer's incredible talent. I wish the next decade will bring us even more reasons to admire Summer Glau's work.
Our friend Kali will launch a site hosting information about the Firefly 10 year anniversary celebration at Comic-Con a thttp://firefly10.summerglaudaily.com/ ; i'll keep you posted when ready.