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.
Aside from that, I have taken a gander at the movie's website, which is indeed full of multimedia goodness and information on the characters, the universe they inhabit, and all that other cool background stuff I probably would have known if I'd been watching the telly while the show was on the air. I also have the advantage of following the Traveller Mailing List, where in between arguments on piracy, how badly Traveller: The New Era sucks, and the political taxonomy of the Vargr, people have been talking about the movie, the series, and how well it might adapt to our favorite SF RPG. So I'm not going in completely cold.
I expect it'll be better than the last movie spinoff from a TV series that I saw, the somewhat Lovecraftian X-Files: Fight The Future, but then Joss Whedon strikes me as a much better writer & producer than Chris Carter. Detailed and possibly spoiler-free review tomorrow.