Huh. Apparently it has been ten years since Firefly first aired (in truth, the anniversary will come on 20SEP12).
As I told someone after a particularly strenuous karate class, "So this is what getting old feels like…"
I will confess that I have never seen Firefly on network television; at the time it first aired (out of order, irregularly, and at strange timeslots, thanks to the idiots at Fox), I was in college, and I do not think I even had a television in my dorm room at the time (I never owned a television until after I graduated, so it is a question of whether or not my roommates had one). However, I came home for Christmas break in 2002 and my parents were absolutely raving about this new science fiction show that I must have seen, so I eventually borrowed some recordings some folks I knew made, and within an episode, I was hooked – as I recall, I might have watched the entire series in about two days.
Since then, I have bought the the DVDs, the follow-on movie, and all three sets of comics (though I am still holding off on reading the last); I have watched the series all the way through at least six times (deployments can get very, very boring) and the movie at least thrice; I compiled my own book based off the storyline; and I have even gone so far as to model a very expensive gun from a prop in the show… and I am just a small-time "Browncoat". Other far-more-dedicated people have invested far more time, effort, and money into supporting this short-lived show and continuing its memory for the foreseeable future.
I somehow doubt Joss ever figured that the ‘verse he created would have such a lasting impact on the world around us, but I doubt he minds. If you happen to attend Comic-Con this year, I certainly would not mind a report on that panel, and someone tell Adam Baldwin that the real-life incarnation of Vera is his to shoot whenever he wants.