I’m a relative newcomer to the Firefly universe. Well, I did watch it when it was first on TV, but (since the network somehow decided to show the third episode first) I didn’t really get it and I (and millions of others) never watched it again.
I’m not a Buffy fan, and I’ve never watched Angel, but after many different people (with different tastes in sci-fi) recommended it to me, I figured I would give it a try. For the past few months, a bunch of us have been watching an episode or two a week, building up to the release of Serenity.
After the first episode, I was hooked. The stories are good, but not great. The universe (sorry, the ‘verse) and characters are so interesting though, it makes up for any narrative shortcomings. The kooky space-chinese-post-civil-war future is fascinating. The dialog is excellent, and the chemistry among the cast really works.
We finished watching the episodes just in time, and on Saturday we got to see Serenity on the big screen. Wow! The money the studio put into this movie really shows. The props, costumes, and CGI all look great. The story really shines too, and clears up some of the loose ends that were left hanging at the end of the show.
My only complaint would be that you didn’t get to see the crew hanging around doing some of the fun downtime stuff you would see in the show. I guess that’s just the nature of making a film instead of a TV series, where you would be able to play things out over time.
Oh wait, I do have one more complaint – but I don’t want to spoil the movie. If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about here. Let’s just say that something really sad happens, and it hit me surprisingly hard. I know it was necessary for the story, so it’s not really a complaint, but… damn.
I think the movie is self-contained enough that a non-fan would be able to follow along (although of course a fan would get much more out of it). So if you’re a fan, you’ve probably already seen it. If not, go! If you’re not a fan (yet), go see it, or better yet watch Firefly on DVD and then go see it!