Possibly seeing Serenity earlier than I anticipated.
Ever since the SciFi Channel started showing Firefly on Friday nights, I’ve been anticipating Serenity, the movie that picks up where the series left off. Anticipating may in fact be too weak a word. So when I picked up from Professor Reynolds that Grace Hill Media, the PR firm that’s promoting Serenity was opening up advance screenings for bloggers, I shot an email off to the email provided within about ten minutes. Then, noticing that there was a sign up page hosted over at Townhall.com, I signed up there as well. (Townhall’s sign up page is now closed, sadly. Reaction from the blogosphere was apparently electric, and more than enough people signed up to book all the screenings.)
For the uninitiated, why am I so excited? Here’s the official why:
Joss Whedon, the Oscar® – and Emmy – nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, ANGEL and FIREFLY, now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes 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.
Here’s the personal why:
This show is what great science fiction is made of. Guns don’t make noise when you shoot them off in space. In fact, nothing makes noise in space. It’s possible to have great adventure without an FTL drive (Firefly all takes place within one solar system.) Not everywhere in the future will be shiny and techno, but you won’t have all primitive or all techno with nothing in between. Evil is out there, in many forms, but you’ll find Good in unexpected places.