In 2005, fans of Joss Whedon’s shiny space western “Firefly” had spent a couple years deploring the show’s cancelation on Fox, and the sci-fi series had only just begun to garner its cult following thanks to the power of the DVD. With support from its growing fanbase and with some persistence from Joss the Boss, the canceled series finally got a conclusion to the tale of the ragtag crew of the Firefly-class ship Serenity with the release of a feature film. That film — named for the crew’s beloved spaceship — was released in theaters 10 years ago, on Sept. 30, 2005.
The film featured all nine regular cast members of “Firefly,” along with Chiwetel Ejiofor in the antagonist role, years before his Oscar nomination, and a brief appearance from Sarah Paulson, before TV viewers would come to know her for “American Horror Story.”
“Serenity” ultimately under-performed at the box office, but today, the ’Verse has no shortage of “Firefly” fanaticism. At the 10-year anniversary panel for “Firefly” at San Diego Comic-Con in 2012, a reported 10,000 fans lined up to get in the room hosting the panel, which sadly only had an occupancy for 4,000.