Review: Serenity

2 Oct

I was first introduced to the fantastic sci-fi show with a cult following called Firefly after it had already come to DVD during the summer of 2003. Not suprisingly, I was completely unaware the show existed while on TV. Fox aired it out of order and always preceeded by some kind of sports on Friday nights. So, it should be no surprise that a show with a continuous plot like this one did not do well on air. Even so, some devoted fans of the creator, Joss Whedon, stuck with the show and fell in love with it.

When the unfinished first season was released on DVD, these fans took it apon themselves to spread the passion they shared for the show. There was even an online organization formed called The Browncoats which used a rewards system to encourage people to spread word of the show and its upcoming movie. It was the hope of this group to make the movie successful enough to warrent the creation of more episodes of Firefly.

For those of you unfamiliar with this show, let me share the description from the official movie site:

“The film centers around Caption Malcom Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now squeeks out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family – squabbling, insubordinate, and undyingly loyal.

When Mal takes on two new passengers – a young doctor and his unstable, telepathic sister, and gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are fugitives from teh coalition dominating the universe, who will stop at nothing to reclaim the telepatic sister.”

I went to see the movie the night it came out, and I am so glad that I did. Although I wasn’t sure that those who were unfamiliar with the show would enjoy it at all. It seemed like a very well done double episode of Firefly, and less of a good stand alone movie to me. Being inside the loop already, it was tough for me to imagine if I would care enough about the characters in the film based solely on their development in the movie. I was then pleased to find that Dom from Megatokyo posted a review of the movie. It turns out that Dom wasn’t familiar with the series and did in fact enjoy the film very much despite that.

This gives me hope that the movie will do well enough that they might, just might, start filming new episodes of Firefly ( ::crosses fingers:: ) Even if they don’t, I will be satisfied with the ending to the story that Serenity provided to me as a fan of Firefly. That isn’t to say that I would not like to see more episodes created, but the movie did wrap up the loose ends well enough to make me sated.

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