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Definitely worth staying up for.

There is something to be said for habits, since under the right circumstances they become traditions. Thus it was that jamestrainor and I found ourselves at the Sprawl, consuming mass quantities of barbeque by way of celebrating his 21st birthday. I had suggested other eateries, but the location was right and we both love Famous Daves, so there you are. The original plan had been to have Melody & Scott join us, but she was depressed and he was tired, so that didn't happen. Whatever; James and I had a good time anyway. Lots of talking about games and comic books and weird stuff on the web, capped off by the 2230 show of Serenity, which (oddly enough) he hadn't seen yet. So we suffered through half an hour of bad music and worse on -screen "entertainment" before the trailers, some of which made us want to see the movies (Doom and Stay) and others convincing us that we should spend our hard-earned shekels on something else (Saw 2).

James liked Serenity a lot, and I managed to repress my urge to fanboy all over The Operative, who just rocks, so it was all very good. We had the theater to ourselves, which was a mixed blessing; on the one hand, it allowed us to bitch and moan loudly about the pre-movie "entertainment", but on the other it meant that the movie wasn't drawing very well. On the gripping hand, how many people normally catch the 10:30 weeknight show during the school year?

Refueled on the way home with gasoline and some doughnuts and collapsed into bed ~0130. Felt adequately rested this morning after sleeping in until 0700, though I skipped the stockings this morning - too tired to wash them out last night, and they really do need to be washed between uses.

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hyperblaster
Oct. 22nd, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
*wonders how may times wombat_socho has watched Serenity*
wombat_socho
Oct. 22nd, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
Twice, which is not nearly enough. There are a huge quantity of really cool lines and scenes in this movie.
hyperblaster
Oct. 22nd, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
Iono...the series kinda felt cooler to me.
I wanted the blue guys back.
Whedon didn't oblige.
River didn't kill anyone with her brain.
wombat_socho
Oct. 22nd, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
I think not seeing Firefly may actually have increased my enjoyment of the movie, since I didn't mind so much when the two important characters from the series got whacked.

"Blue guys"? I don't get that reference.

River not killing anyone with her brain was okay by me, because she was wall-to-wall deadly in the bar fight and the penultimate throwdown with the Reavers. Man, that was one cool reprise of Buffy there, wasn't it? That little twitch in her eyes at the end of it, when the Alliance troops came through the wall...you just know she was two seconds away from chopping them into dog meat too. Brrr.
hyperblaster
Oct. 22nd, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
I think I've seen one, maybe two episodes of Buffy so far. The buffy movie was actually nice though. Kinda reminded me of Carrie.

You won't get the Blue guys reference unless you've watched the series. Watch it in the correct sequence, and it's delightful. Joss Whedon obviously intended it to be a long runing series though. The series introduces a lot of mysteries. The movie actually fails to do judgement to the amount of suspense built behind any of them.

And it still does not answer the question of exactly what was done to River... we do know she's far more than an amped fighting machine. Like she's capable of making rapid-fire headshots at 50 yards with her eyes closed.
wombat_socho
Oct. 22nd, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
First three seasons of Buffy are very good, fourth season not so great, remaining seasons very inconsistent - some great episodes mixed with some real wastes of time. Definitely went out with a bang, though.

I do plan on buying the DVD box set sometime, or cadging it from stuckintraffik, who has only slightly less video than Mr. Universe. ^^
From what I understand, Whedon plotted Firefly to run seven seasons; no big surprise that the movie didn't wrap all that up, since he still hopes to do more movies or (please please somebody) the rest of the series.

Obviously the Alliance messed with River and jacked up her reflexes big time, to say nothing of wiring her fighting skills in. Some of it made me think of the tape-teaching used by Union (and later the Merchanter Alliance) in C. J. Cherryh's novels.
hyperblaster
Oct. 22nd, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
Given Firefly is so awesome, Buffy might be too. It's just that the first episode I watched had two girls making out. I was still in school, and it kind of freaked me out at that time. I came to understand things better as I grew up, but then never really bothered to watch Buffy again.

Joss Whedon meant it to run seven seasons. Wow! no wonder it started out so complex. IMO, it's a far better series than Buffy. Maybe that's because Firefly has people I can identify with a lot more. Or maybe I just know them better.
wombat_socho
Oct. 23rd, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
It's just that the first episode I watched had two girls making out. I was still in school, and it kind of freaked me out at that time. I came to understand things better as I grew up, but then never really bothered to watch Buffy again.

You must have caught one of the later episodes, since I don't think there was even any subtext along those lines until the fourth season.

Firefly is a lot easier for SF fans to click with than Buffy, and Whedon's dialogue skills make it easier to sympathize with the characters as well.
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