Nathan Fillion Reveals Crazy ‘Firefly’ Scene That Was Never Shot

By September 21, 2016
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In terms of shows that fall into the cancelled-too-soon category in TV history, there’s no doubt that Joss Whedon’s fantastic, but short-lived Firefly sits high at the top of that list as possibly the show that fans wanted to see more of, before FOX unceremoniously cancelled it. Rumors of another season happening have been running around for years, ever since the series ended, but as more and more time goes on, the possibility of seeing Firefly return for more episodes seems more and more unlikely.

Cast members Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, and Sean Maher all recently reunited for a Firefly panel at Long Beach Comic-Con though, to talk about the series and its legacy, and during it, Fillion revealed one crazy scene that Joss Whedon told him about in the series, that was unfortunately never filmed.

Speaking at the con, here’s how Fillion described the crazy-sequence-that-never-was (via THR):

“Joss once described an opening scene to me where we are looking at a planet with a ring around it and as we come in close, we see the ring is actually rocks and pieces of ships and old derelicts. It’s a junk ring. It’s the junkyards — we mentioned it in Firefly one time.

We see little bits and we’re jumping slowly from bit to bit and as we get closer we see Serenity floating lifeless and these little people getting on and coming through it. And as they get into the airlock and they close it, they come and there’s Malcolm Reynolds, bleeding and cut, strapped down with giant guns and not looking great. He’s got these two giant guns, and he says, “Get off my ship.””

The sequence itself is probably one of many, many ideas that never got the chance to be brought to life on the screen, but the idea of getting to see the junkyards and finding Mal Reynolds in yet another compromising position, makes remembering Firefly‘s short lifespan that much more difficult.

With the way that Netflix has been picking up shows over the past several years as well, who knows? Maybe one day the series could return again. The cast certainly seems interested still, at least. No harm in hoping.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable