"Firefly," Joss Whedon's space western series that aired on Fox in 2002, chronicles the misadventures of Capt. Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his ragtag crew as they scavenge and steal to keep their bucket-of-bolts spaceship Serenity afloat. Fox canceled the show short of a full-season run, but the feature-length sequel "Serenity" hit theaters in 2005, largely because of relentless support from singularly devoted fans who call themselves "Browncoats" after the former resistance soldiers in the series. Though the film was highly anticipated and critically praised, it performed poorly at the box office. Nevertheless, the short-lived series and its movie sequel have become cult darlings, and the cast reunited for a 10th anniversary panel at San Diego's Comic-Con International in 2012. There, a tearful Whedon thanked more than 4,000 fervent fans, many of whom camped in line overnight. "When you're telling a story, you are trying to connect to people in a particular way," he said. "It's not just about what you want to say, it's about inviting them into a world. And the way in which you guys have inhabited this world, this universe, has made you part of it, part of the story. You are living in 'Firefly.' When I see you guys, I don't think the show's off the air. I don't think there's a show. I think that's what the world is like. I think there's spaceships. I think there's horses. The story is alive."
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