Hey guys, I’m back! Sorry for such a gap between posts, but I spent about four days at the beach in NC with my other half. It was great to get away, and not great to come back to 45 degree weather. But I’m here…and ready to blog!
I thought a good start would be to celebrate Nathan Fillion’s 45th birthday today. Fillion is probably most well known for his role as Richard Castle on Castle. I won’t be able to talk much about Castle, because as much as I love Nathan Fillion, it’s a show I haven’t really found time to binge watch yet. While doing a little extra research on Fillion it looks as though Castle may not be around for another season, but it could just be rumors.
Personally, my favorite role of Fillion’s is Captain Mal Reynolds in Firefly. Only airing for one season, Firefly has gained such a cult following that it’s a popular question at cons to Nathan if there will be a return or reboot of the show. Some of the cast has expressed their interest in returning for a continuation or remake including Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite, and the show’s director Joss Whedon.
When Firefly was cancelled thirteen years ago (yes, I said THIRTEEN) the movie Serenity was given the go-ahead as a kind of wrap up of open ends from the season. While Serenity was fantastic and helped tie up a few plot lines it will never be enough Firefly for me.
Another of my favorite roles of Nathan’s is Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. The online musical stars Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible and Felicia Day as Penny. Dr. Horrible is in love with Penny from afar while aspiring to join the Evil League of Evil – a group of supervillains. When Penny starts dating Captain Hammer, Dr. Horrible must take a stand to defeat Captain Hammer, join the Evil Leave of Evil, and get Penny to fall in love with him. All while singing. When it was released in 2008 it was done so in three parts and was shown only online. It has since been available on Netflix and is currently available for download on iTunes. Dr. Horrible was also directed by Joss Whedon and he has commented on the possibility of a Doctor Horrible 2 but there is nothing set in stone yet.
One of the things I think I like most about Nathan Fillion is that he keeps his friends close, whether in real life or in his productions. Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion have worked on several projects together. Felicia Day had a show, The Guild, that Fillion guest starred in. Alan Tudyk’s television show, Con Man, has also welcome Fillion. Castle has had Summer Glau, Gina Torres, and Adam Baldwin guest star in episodes as well. They meet up frequently at cons and expos as well as visit each other on a regular basis. Jewel Staite just recently had a son and a few of the Firefly cast members sent her onesies and outfits for her little boy. I love that they have all stayed close and kept in touch.
So today, on Nathan Fillion’s 45th birthday I want to celebrate his accomplishments with hopes that there is more to come – especially Firefly!