"It is, in an unprecedented sense, your movie. Which means if it sucks, it's your fault. You blew it."
Of course, we know we didn't blow it.
Serenity came out December 20, 2005; almost one year ago. A ton of stuff has happened since then, such as a rise in Shindigs at huge conventions, even attracting the actors themselves to attend.
Serenity offers perfect proof that Firefly deserved a better fate than premature TV cancellation. Joss Whedon's acclaimed sci-fi Western hybrid series was ideally suited (in Browncoats, of course) for a big-screen conversion, and this action-packed adventure allows Whedon to fill in the Firefly backstory, especially the history and mystery of the spaceship Serenity's volatile and traumatized stowaway, River Tam.
The crew of the Serenity is getting desperate. They have lain lower and lower to protect their doctor, Simon Tam, and his telepathic traumatized little sister, River, from the alliance, whom he rescued her from a year earlier. This has made getting jobs harder and now they are desperate. When they take River on a robbery during which Reavers attack, Simon decides that its time to leave the crew of the Serenity for his and River's safety. She then mutters "Miranda" and goes berserk and nearly shoots Capt. Malcolm Reynolds, until her brother says the safety word to put her to sleep. Reynolds decides to take them back on board for safety, only now an alliance Operative is on their tracks and making Reynolds determined to find out what "Miranda" is and what the Alliance is hiding.
Even before filming began, all agreed that it was mandatory to involve the eager Firefly fans in every step of the process. In July 2004—only one month after principal filming began—Whedon and the cast appeared at the annual Comic-Con fan convention in San Diego, where they (and very early film footage) received a thunderous reception from the 5,000-plus people in attendance.
In December 2004, merely months after filming wrapped, Universal Pictures executives were unprepared for what they encountered at a blind-recruited audience sneak preview. Somehow, the word got out to the Browncoats that there would be a showing of Serenity, and they packed the theater. Experiencing the film with 300 wildly enthusiastic fans, who—despite the fact that the print was extremely rough—laughed, cheered and applauded every beat prompted the studio to rethink their release plans for the film.
These screenings sold out in a matter of hours. Some Browncoats traveled from out of state, and a fraternity even chartered a bus for its members to travel for the showing. Tickets were being sold on eBay for $300 each.
Here's what Joss said:
"Hi I’m Joss Whedon. Before we begin this special screening, I have a little story I want to tell you. It’s about a TV show called Firefly. Firefly went on the air a few years ago and was instantly hailed by critics as one of the most cancelled shows of the year. It was ignored and abandoned, and the story should end there. But it doesn’t, because the people who made the show and the people who saw the show—which is roughly the same number of people—fell in love with it a little bit too much to let it go, too much to lay down arms when the battle looked pretty much lost."
We Browncoats worked hard to get this movie. What does that make us? That's right, Big Damn Heroes. I thought it rather cunning to pick up some quotes that some people have said about Serenity to prove how good it is. Here they are in full page glory. I'll put up more when I get the chance.
September 30th will mark the first Anniversary of the North American Release of "Serenity". To commemorate this event, we'd like folks to consider sending a letter to Universal Studios in Hollywood. Congratulate them, thank them for making the film, and ask them for a sequel. We want our Trilogy! Contact info:
Production Offices: UP Productions - Attention: Mary Parent
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 4111/102
Universal City, CA 91608
New Media Marketing Division
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 2160/8
Universal City, CA 91608
"To go into the story very deeply would give away too much. Suffice it so way that many of the smaller story arcs from the series (avaliable on Amazon in a boxed set) are resolved, and the series put to rest with a finish that would have made a beautiful season ender. There is an opening for more movies/projects based on the same "verse," (short for Universe, show slang for the extremely interesting world/society/galaxy Joss and company created for the series). This 'verse consists of a blend of the old American West, Chinese culture (people speak Chinese and English interchangeably), old West technology and future space travel and related technology."
~Jon Norris (Oregon, USA)
"The special effects and look of this movie are grade A and look fantastic. There are many scenes that are really just breathtaking. The movie also has a lot of action, but it also has a very deep storyline that keeps it from ever being dull. There are both surprises and revelations in this movie that will keep you talking for long time. This movie isn't something you will forget any time soon. I definitely recommend this movie, even to those who have never seen the TV series. It will make you a fan for sure. And if you are already a Browncoat (Firefly fan), you will become even more of one. I just hope we see another movie in the future!!"
~GameraRocks "captpicardfan" (Gillsville, GA USA)
"Dialog immediately caught my attention. Flowed with a sort of rhythm the way it's crafted. The cultural fusion was fun and interesting. Story held my interest. Yes. This is a good time. Want more."
~M. Adams (Memphis, TN USA)
If you enjoy the movie, you should definitely pick up the Firefly DVD set (the TV series that started it all). Let's only hope that either a Serenity 2 is made or the TV series is brought back for all to enjoy.