I watched this with my dad when if first came out in theaters and I had no idea what it was, but that I loved it. Immediately after, my dad bought the DVDs (or Netflixed them?) and we watched through it all. I have a distinct memory of watching the trailer on the Apple website and thinking who would go to a movie with absolutely no well-known actors, I’m glad my dad decided it was something we should go see.
I think Firefly is great and is a show that makes you feel good. Serenity is a little sadder but all the characters are still people you like to root for. It still kind of blows my mind that absolutely no one picked it up for a second season. So much of the first season is obviously set up for future story lines and revelations.
The other week was my birthday so Elizabeth and I went to the Drafthouse because it was showing this movie the night before so it seemed obvious that we had to go. She hadn’t seen anything Firefly-related before but she knew I liked it. So once she caught up, both by watching and reading detailed wiki synopses, we both really enjoyed it.
I think this was my third time seeing this movie but I think it’s been my favorite viewing so far. So much of the storyline seemed more interesting to me and I didn’t have that bad taste in my mouth that this was going to be the last time I saw anything new from the Firefly universe.
Watch the show and this now! It’s all on Netflix.
Okay, full disclosure: I have not seen every episode of Firefly. I’ve seen the first and last episode, and four in between. In preparation of seeing Serenity in honor of Chris’ birthday, I read the Wikipedia articles on all of the episodes, which I’m sure would make some people mad, but WHATEVER.
Anyway, the biggest complaint I had with Firefly is how everything got resolved so easily in the span of an episode. If someone died, they came back before the episode ended. If they were gravely injured, they were all mended before the episode ended. Etc etc. I try not to be too hard on Firefly for this because there was clearly a lot of set up that never got played out when the show got cancelled. And so I would imagine there to be more conflict in later seasons that have more of an impact.
That being said, Serenity pretty much tossed that “no consequences” idea out the window. Which you would think I would like, given how I felt about Firefly. But the flipside is that I learned to trust that bad things didn’t really happen in Firefly, so when bad things happened in Serenity, it was really jarring and upsetting. The biggest, most obvious of these would be Wash (Alan Tudyk) getting killed in a second, right in front of his wife Zoe (Gina Torres) and Mal (Nathan Fillion), the captain. I was shocked when that happened, but it really wasn’t until the very end of the movie where they show Wash’s grave that I realized that he really was for real dead. And that’s awful! Wash was so great, and he and Zoe’s relationship was so great. Wash dying nearly ruined the movie for me, honestly.
But that aside, Serenity definitely has the most interesting and well-played out plot than any of the episodes and was pretty interesting. I think it would still be pretty interesting without having seen Firefly, which is a good sign.
I’m sure if you’re into Firefly you’ve already seen Serenity, especially since they’re both on Netflix. Buuuuut be forewarned that the movie is not nearly as forgiving as the series.