Firefly Reunion Panel at San Diego Comic-Con, July 13th

Jensen asks Whedon what the fans have meant to him. What happens next is one of the most emotionally moving moments I’ve seen at Comic-Con. Whedon struggles, or seems to, for the right words.

Somebody in the crowd yells out, “We love you!”

Whedon hears this, struggles some more.

And the crowd begins to applaud, and stand up, and soon the entire room is in an ovation. The cast stands up too. It’s possibly the most perfect way to end the panel.

Whedon takes the microphone. “Only an idiot would try to follow that with a sentence,” he says, which is precisely what I was thinking.

“When you come out of a great movie you feel like you’re in that world,” he says. “When you’re telling a story you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way. It’s about inviting them into a world. The way you’ve inhabited this world, this universe, you have become part of it. When I see you guys, I don’t think the show is off the air. I think there’s spaceships and horses — the story is alive.”

Look at their sweet faces all lined up in a row! My heart!