Serenity Blogger Preview

 Posted by on 26 September 2005 at 12:42 pm  Uncategorized
Sep 262005

Thanks to multiple e-mail alerts from kind folk about the Serenity blogger preview, Paul and I will be enjoying Mal and his crew a few days early! I’m super-excited about that, since I’m going to be in D.C. for the Positive Psychology Conference for the opening on Friday. With this early screening, I’ll be able to enjoy the movie with Paul!

In exchange for the tickets, I am required to post this official synopsis of the movie:

Joss Whedon, the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE [SLAYER], 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.

Of course, that summary should be completely unnecessary because every single person who reads NoodleFood surely must have watched those precious 14 episodes of Firefly at least three times by now! If not, to hell with you! Or at least to the Sci-Fi Channel! (They’re running a ten hour marathon of episodes starting at noon on Tuesday, presumably EST. Also, the full DVD set is still available on Amazon, now for just $30.)

I’ve been re-watching Firefly these past few days to get myself back into the world of Serenity. Even on this fifth viewing of the series, I’m completely hooked. I know the course of every episode, yet I’m still captivated by the dialogue, the plots, and the Big Damn Heroes. In fact, I nearly jumped out of my skin watching “Bushwacked” when the soon-to-be Reaver runs past Jayne in the kitchen of the seemingly deserted ship — even though I tried hard to prepare myself since I was running on the treadmill!

Happily, my absolute favorite episode — “Our Mrs. Reynolds” — is up next! Saffron is surely one of the most wonderfully compelling evil characters ever created, consisting of nothing but tangled layers of dangerous and skillful deception. Like Evil Angel of Season 2 of Buffy, Joss does not demand any of the usual revolting sympathy for The Poor Suffering True Self Underneath All The Awful Wrongs. In fact, he pokes good fun at that in Trash, when Mal lets down his guard for a moment after the caper. (Unfortunately, that sort of emotionalism is fairly standard in modern writing. Although I love The Sopranos, the entirely-too-sympathetic portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano often makes my skin crawl.)

Given how much I loved the rough cut I saw in May, I can’t wait to see the full version — tomorrow! Hooray!

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