Not many one-season TV shows from 10 years ago could cause the kind of reaction Firefly does at Comic-Con, I mean it's not like 5000 people were lined up to see a reunion of the cast of Life with Bonnie. But then, that show wasn't created by the great Joss Whedon, and wasn't put together with the kind of care that Firefly was known for.
The panel hall for the Firefly reunion was packed to the gills with fans, and the stage was packed with stars. Whedon, Jose Melina, Tim Minear, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, and Summer Glau were all on hand to reminsice about everyone's favorite sci-fi show.
Many of the fans of Firefly, still faithful after all these years, had camped out all night in front of the Comic-Con convention center, and were rewarded for their devotion with a late night visit from Whedon himself. That must have made those people's cons.
As an explanation for the longevity of Firefly, Whedon said, "We always knew from the very begining that everything we were doing was for the right reasons, with the right people."
"We were making something that was more than the sum of it's parts," he added.
By the end of the panel, Whedon was visibly moved to the point of choking back tears, especially during Nathan Fillion's summing up of his feelings about the end of Firefly. "I thought the worst thing that could happen would be when Firefly died," Fillion said, "But the Worst thing that could ever happened would be if it died and stayed dead."
Judging by the huge outpouring of interest and emotion, Firefly is a long way from dead. Although there seems to be no serious plans for a newer iteration of the series, the fans are keeping it alive, and with Whedon's obvious post-Avengers clout, a sequel to Serenity doesn't seem impossible. That's a long way off, if it happens, but if you need your Firefly fix, check out the Science Channel; it'll be airing a tenth anniversary special Firefly event on November 11, 2012.