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Serenity [May. 6th, 2005|01:05 am]
Joss Whedon is a fucking bastard and he made me cry.

You had BETTER go see his movie.

Because it's really, really good.

We just got back from the special preview showing of Serenity (all praise to kung_fu_monkey for being quick on the ball and getting tickets). And it was... wow. More than just another episode of the series. I'd say it's almost like a second season, condensed and distilled into two hours.

It still has all the stuff that I liked about the original: good writing, and a great cast, and little moments that mean more than they seem to on the surface. And this time, they had a real budget to do lots of stuff they could never do for a TV show. It's... a muchness of Firefly. And like I said, it made me cry. Openly. Three times in a row.

And having seen a movie that isn't finished, I now understand the point of post-production, and how much work has to be done to make a movie finished and polished.

If you haven't watched Firefly yet, you have four months to buy, borrow, steal, or download the series, watch it, and fall in love. Because come September, you need to see Serenity.

[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2005-05-06 06:41 am (UTC)
Actually, I am heretical of the flavor that says Joss should have just made the series a western. The names and situations would have changed, but not by much. And I think it wouldn't have suffered from network execs saying, "But, we're not attracting the Andromeda and Enterprise fan base. This is a failed project."

The sci-fi elements are minor and relatively unimportant. I mean, sure, they're flying around in a starship, but this isn't drama founded on, "Look, isn't this cool that we're flying around in a starship?"

Actually, the show has a lot in common with "The Outlaw Josie Wales" if you've ever seen that.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2005-05-06 07:02 am (UTC)
'Fraid not. For better or worse, I have seen very little television in the past 14 years.

Maybe we'll rent one DVD this weekend.
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2005-05-06 07:03 am (UTC)


Just fyi, Josie Wales is a movie.

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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2005-05-06 07:31 am (UTC)

Re: heh

*sheepish grin*
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[User Picture]From: kung_fu_monkey
2005-05-06 07:32 am (UTC)
You don't know how wrong you are.

I'm not meaning to be confrontational on this, but there's lots of stuff you're missing. I know things that I can't talk about yet without Kate outright killing me. Both elements of Sci-fi and Western are present for a reason, and it does make sense.

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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2005-05-06 07:43 am (UTC)
That's cool. All I'm saying is that based on what I've enjoyed about the series, they could have skipped the sci fi stuff. The sci fi stuff is totally cool and enjoyable--I just think it helped lead people to see the show in the wrong way--as an action/adventure/space opera. Which is really not what's cool about it.

But I'm not saying it should be a pure western for aesthetic reasons--more like I think the genre-bending setting combined with executives who ALWAYS want to sum something up into the simplest possible terms ("Um. . . is this 'Buffy in space' or 'Star Wars with horses' or 'Star Trek with criminals?'") led to all the problems that caused its early demise.
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[User Picture]From: k8cre8
2005-05-06 09:16 am (UTC)
Are you actually scared I would (or even could) kill you? ;)

That's kinda cool.

There were manly tears? Oh. My.

I was all okay with you going until I read this. Now, well, there might be some residual grumpiness, or outright jealousy.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2005-05-06 12:02 pm (UTC)
You are totally justified in any feelings of jealousy you care to indulge in. I wish I had been awake enough to think of grabbing tickets for you and others. Curse you, slow-booting brain!
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