In which I plug 'Dollhouse'
The excellent 'Serenity', a feature film based on the equally excellent 'Firefly', is available quite cheaply at Amazon right now. As I write it is below the six quid mark. I thought 'Serenity' was a great film, it was written to both please people familiar with 'Firefly', as well as introducing new viewers to the world.
It didn't get the recognition it deserved at the time, which was a shame, but it's well worth picking up on DVD.
Given the choice, I'd recommend that people watch 'Firefly' before 'Serenity', as the latter ties up some loose ends in the former.
As well as Serenity just coming out on DVD, Firefly is on sale at a silly price right now. Firefly is the series upon which Serenity was based. As I write, the price for the Firefly boxed set is £12.97 - this really is good value. (3-mar-2006 Update: Now £11.97 - this is getting silly!)
I have seen Serenity. Sufficed to say that this film lived up to my expectations, and surpassed them. It did bring in the uninitiated whilst not repeating things for those familiar with Firefly.
It's a barnstormer of a film, and wraps up the series nicely, whilst at the same time leaves things open for more.
I kept myself spoiler free for this film, and if you know Firefly I suggest you do too. Sufficed to say that Joss Whedon caused my jaw to hit floor in a couple of places, there was one place in particular where I couldn't believe what had just happened (soon after an emergency landing) in the second half of the film.
I cannot emphasise strongly enough how good this film is.
See it in the cinema (you're too late - but it's now on DVD)
See it soon. You don't need to have seen Firefly, but chances are that you will want to afterwards!
Oh, and Kaylee fans should watch for a line soon after Mal checks his gun into storage as our guys enter a bar....
The trailer is excellent, River gets to not 'hide in the corner a lot', and we get to see a little of the River we saw in the series when she used a gun...
The one thing I didn't note in the trailer is the 'Firefly' theme. I have my fingers crossed that this isn't excised from the finished film.
Serenity is the film I've looked forward to most in years. It's marked in my diary in big letters. Apparently it was one of Joss' toughest writing jobs ever, he had to cater for people who had never seen Firefly, as well as those who were very familiar with it.
Some may opt to see Firefly after the film, but to my mind - it cannot be a bad thing to have familiarity with one of the best shows which has been produced in recent years. The enjoyment of Firefly now far outweighs the enjoyment of it in six months time!
Take my love, take my land....
Joss Whedon's Firefly has finally arrived on Region 2 DVD. More than that, my copy has arrived!
Firefly is Joss Whedon's Successor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7) and Angel (S1, S2, S3, S4). Both are excellent series, and were very popular. Firefly is less well known, mainly due to the fact that Fox messed it around in the schedules, as a result decided that nobody liked it, and then cancelled it.
This was a profound error. Firefly is a wonderful show. Indeed, a deal has been done to turn it into a film, so Serenity will rise again. Firefly is set in the future, mankind has colonised other worlds. As with frontiers in the past, life on the frontier is basic. It therefore shows a mixture of the high tech with the low tech but established technology - Firefly is a western, with spaceships.
I realise that if you've never seen it, your eyes will have gone to the heavens. However, it works. It really does. With the series coming out on DVD this week, my copy of Firefly was on order back in 2003.
Firefly was messed about a bit by Fox in the US, and was shown out of order. Lo and behold, it didn't get the audience which many say it deserved and it got cancelled.
However, the show is eagerly awaited nonetheless. I for one hope that they managed not to leave too many loose ends!