The Amazing Firefly Scene That Never Got Filmed, According To Nathan Fillion

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Firefly was a great little series that ran for only fourteen episodes during 2002 and 2003 before being cancelled by Fox. The sci-fi western boasted a stellar cast and the legendary Joss Whedon as showrunner, and it has gained a huge following over the years. Fans may never get to see any more of what Captain Reynolds' adventures in space, but recently star Nathan Fillion revealed a scene that could have happened if the show had lasted, and it would have been awesome. Fillion had this to say about what might have been:

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.'

Nathan Fillion crafted such a multi-dimensional character over only fourteen episodes that it's actually pretty easy to envision how this opening sequence would have gone, and there's really no way that it wouldn't have been fabulous to see Malcolm as defiant as ever even in an impossible situation. Throw in Joss Whedon's magic touch, and it's almost painful to imagine what we might have gotten if only Fox had given Firefly more of a shot. Fillion shared the story of the opening that was never filmed at the recent Long Beach Comic Con (via THR). We can only use our imaginations to consider what Whedon could have created if given the time and money to do it right.

Of course, it's not totally out of the realm of possibility that the Firefly crew won't be back for another go, The cast already reunited once for the feature film Serenity in 2005 to pick up where Firefly had left off. The events of Serenity certainly mean that Malcolm and Co.'s next set of adventures would be very different from the first fourteen episodes, but there's no reason why that would be a bad thing. How many of us would really complain if Netflix or Hulu picked the series up for Season 2, even if it has to happen without Alan Tudyk as Wash?

There's no saying at this point if we'll ever get more of Nathan Fillion and the rest of the cast back for another round of Firefly, but I'll hold on to hope. If Full House can get a spinoff revival and Lethal Weapon can get a TV adaptation, why can't the stars align to give Firefly another chance? Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what you actually can catch on the small screen in the near future.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.