Want to know a quick way to upset a sci-fi fan? Just mention the cancellation of "Firefly."
The sci-fi/western series -- about a lovable gang of interstellar outlaws who fly from job to job on a beaten-down Firefly-class spaceship called Serenity -- ran for only 11 episodes before Fox canceled it in 2002. But for fans who fell in love with its quirky characters, snappy dialogue and compelling stories, the show's premature end remains a painful open wound that has yet to heal (on "The Big Bang Theory," Sheldon Cooper's lingering anger over its cancellation is one of the show's funniest running jokes).
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There's one bright spot to the end of "Firefly" -- the careers of many associated with the show (and its 2005 movie follow-up, "Serenity") have skyrocketed. Nowadays, "Firefly" alumni have graduated to successful TV shows, Emmy Award nominations and even billion-dollar box office grosses. In fact, when the 2014 Academy Awards are handed out, we may very well see a "Firefly" alum onstage accepting a Best Actor Oscar.
Here’s what the “Firefly” gang is up to now!