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...and that's how the only episode of Firefly I've ever seen starts. So of course I'm going to a sneak preview of Serenity, the movie spinoff from that series, tonight. With any luck I'll run into qob there and have a chance to chat about the movie afterward. I do have a little more background on the movie than that, of course.

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.

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qob
Sep. 27th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
I played a little traveller back in the day, and that's what Firefly reminds me so strongly of. Mal has also been described as Han Solo if he had left the bar 5 minutes before Obi won got there.
wombat_socho
Sep. 27th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
Mal does have that scruffy tramp captain look about him, doesn't he?

I'd like to give Traveller another shot one of these days. It's an interesting universe, especially out on the fringes of the Imperium.
revolutionaryjo
Sep. 27th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
[insert overdramatic shock here] WHAAAAAAAAT YOU SAY? Where did you get sneak preview tickets! *sob* Everyone has seen Serenity before me.
wombat_socho
Sep. 27th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
Ooo, very nice imitation of Nanami-san there! ^^

Sorry - had I realized you hadn't seen it, I would have hit up the VRWC for another ticket. I thought you'd managed to see it some months ago when they were showing the rough cut to various people here & there.
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