Sometimes, as Captain Tightpants himself once said, a grand entrance would not go amiss — and the “Firefly” gang are doing just that in a 10th anniversary special on the Science Channel.
“Firefly: Browncoats Unite,” airing Sunday, Nov. 11, reunites creator Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion, along with the spaceship Serenity’s crew members: Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Summer Glau , Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres and Jewel Staite. The group will also be joined by executive producer Tim Minear and executive story editor Jose Molina.
No word on whether Ron Glass, who plays Shepherd Book, appears in the special as well. (He is not mentioned in the Science Channel’s announcement, a troubling omission for those of us who happen to have a cat named after him.)
The hour-long retrospective will cap off a marathon of the entire 14-episode series and include footage from this summer’s epic San Diego Comic-Con panel.
“When Science Channel began airing ‘Firefly’ in 2011, we immediately realized that these fans are a subculture united by a unique and fanatical passion for the series,” says Science Channel GM and executive vice president Debbie Adler Myers in announcing the broadcast. “Our goal is to present them the series they love — but in a totally new and surprising way. Whether that’s through exploring the science behind the show or reuniting the entire cast for the first time, we want Science Channel to be the home for Browncoats everywhere.”
Another love letter to the cult classic can be found in “Firefly: A Celebration,” an enormous, 544-page book filled with photos (including the behind-the-scenes shot above), scripts, interviews and other goodies.
Science Channel’s “Firefly” marathon begins Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7 a.m., concluding with the premiere of “Firefly: Browncoats Unite” at 10 p.m.