Joss Whedon fans are totally excited over the possibility of an animated Firefly series.
Browncoats, the hardcore fans of the ten year old Joss Whedon TV space western Firefly, which ran for one season before being canceled, have been whipped up into a veritable tizzy this week after clues dropped in interviews by fanboy heartthrob Nathan Fillion have suggested that maybe, at sometime in the future, it would be kinda cool to do a Firefly cartoon. Fillion's exact words, coming via Comicbook.com from a video interview with Fillion on MTV News, were: "I would like to see a Firefly video game. Wouldn’t that be nice? Or an animated series. Let’s do that."
According to the highly qualified investigators at Comicbook.com, the shocking revelation that Fillion would enjoy a Firefly cartoon builds on hard facts assembled during the Firefly 9th Anniversary of Cancelation Celebration at San Diego Comic Con.
The thing that stuck out about the animated series comment, and MTV’s headline that Fillion “wants a” series, is that photojournalist Z.D. Roberts, who covered the Firefly press room at Comic-Con for ComicBook.com, felt a charge in the room when one of the reporters asked about the possibility of a cartoon down the line.
Roberts told editors at the time that Whedon and one of the other panelists seemed to lock eyes and have a moment of surprised silence, which he intuited as silent implication that something might be in the works.
Obviously there's no question that a Firefly animated series is in the works, possibly already completed by Whedon and a dream team of producers and creators, and is probably in the finishing stages of post-production. The series will no doubt debut soon in prime time on NBC and kick off a mainstream revival of the series, resulting in the cast returning for the much awaited second season of the live action show, and eventually leading to the end of the world and a rapture where browncoats will ascend into heaven, rewarded for their decade of suffering with eternal life in heaven, where Firefly runs eternally (or at least until all the characters are killed off). However, because some might be skeptical that Fillion's comments were more than simple offhand remarks, some browncoats are taking things a step further.
"We've been decoding Firefly canon, looking for more clues that the savior... err, I mean, Mr. Whedon, had always planned to do a Firefly cartoon," said XanderFan557, a poster on Joss Whedon's website, Whedonesque. "We believe this was the plan all along, and the ten year hiatus was meant only to build anticipation and test true believers. If you watch the DVD release of Firefly frame by frame, which any true fan has done dozens of times, there are all sorts of hidden secrets that can be uncovered."
Taking this news very seriously, The Outhouse is putting out the call right now for detectives, experts in cryptography, and religious cult members to join us in studying all past and future interviews and productions by anyone remotely involved with Firefly so that we can get to the bottom of this once and for all, and help to return Firefly to its rightful place in the elite annals of television history as a show that lasted more than one season. We've got kool aid.
Below is the video from MTV that kicked off this recent wave of speculation.