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NYCC 2015 Hosts “Firefly” Reunion Panel

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One of the highights of this year’s New York Comic-Con was the long-awaited reunion of the crew of the Serenity, AKA the cast of “Firefly,” for a special panel. Variety reported that Nathan Fillion (Captain Mal Reynolds), Alan Tudyk (Hoban Washburne), Gina Torres (Zoë Washburne) and Jewel Staite (Kaylee Frye) all made it (Staite was very visibly pregnant, but nothing could keep her away).

You might think excitement for something with just 14 episodes to watch would dissipate after thirteen entire years, but tell that to the packed house of 3,000 people in attendance. The cast discussed a few new behind-the-scenes details, like prepping for dialogue that was half-English and half-Chinese. “We had these things called cassette tapes,” said Tudyk. “Remember them? They helped us with the Chinese.” It was at this point that Staite confessed she never listened to them. “I just winged it. All of my Chinese was ADR’d later on. They couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting it.”

The conversation turned to how the show’s fame propelled all their careers forward. Staite said, “I’ve gotten offered really cool jobs because of ‘Firefly,’ Specifically, ‘Stargate: Atlantis.’ And that’s because the producers liked ‘Firefly.’” Torres said she keeps Zoe in mind when playing her character on “Suits.” “Jessica (Pearson) is just Zoe in really high heels,” Torres said. “Jessica is also a badass. She has to keep these stupid boys in line.”

When asked if they would all be game to star in a revival of the series, all four said yes. “Full-time, please,” Fillion said. “Otherwise they would cast new people,” Staite said. “And nobody wants that,” said Torres, and the crowd went wild. Someone should probably tell the other half of the cast, who weren’t in the room to agree.