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Hey, folks. I feel like discussing Firefly.

Do you guys know about it? Did you watch it?

Apparently it was kind of a "big thing." I never actually saw it while it was airing on TV, and didn't even here about it until after its cancellation. I remember trying to watch the pilot episode a long while back and not really liking it (mostly, I think, due to the fact that most of the hype/praise I saw for the show was aimed at the setting--i.e. it's so very unique--which seemed very cliched to me). These past two weeks, I gave the series another a shot--and found that beyond the archetypal "space cowboy" setting, there were some really great characters. So, yeah: I fell in love with Firefly, about eight years late.

In the past week, I've bought the series & movie on blu-ray, and last night I finished watching the movie, Serenity.

...and I'm not sure I really liked it. It had some good moments, some great moments, to be sure. I particularly liked the continuous shot of the Serenity early on, where you move from the cockpit at the front all the way to the engine room at the back. Really gave me a good feel for the size and shape of the ship that I did not quite get in the series proper. But it felt like the stakes were too high. Like, you know, it might have fitted as a conclusion for the series had it come after 5 or 7 seasons of slow-build up.... I don't know. It just left kind of a bad taste in my mouth. Anyway, now that I'm done with the show there are two things I'd kind of like to comment on:

1.) WHY DID THEY HAVE TO KILL SO MANY CHARACTERS! That was just cruel. It's bad enough the series got canceled after 1 season, but then to straight-up murder two of the main cast in the movie sequel... that was just horrible. I feel like it was done mainly for shock value. Really didn't like that at all.

2.) Good God, Reavers. I think they're the only zombie-type monster I've ever seen that is genuinely frightening. Hell, I'd say they're easily the most frightening alien I've seen in any science fiction, aside from possibly the Drakh in B5 (but I think they were mostly frightening due not to their inherent qualities, but rather what they did to Londo). It's so rare, particularly in science-fiction, to have an enemy to whom the -only- valid response is, "run like hell." I loved that. And I'm glad that the ending of the movie was able to maintain the scariness and threat of the Reavers, even though they served a much more "cannon-fodder" style role. And the whole "oh, crap" scene when the fleets collide... goddamn. Sooooo cool.

What do you all think?

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> Apparently it was kind of a "big thing." I never actually saw it while it was airing on TV, and didn't even here about it until after its cancellation.

You and 99.9999% of it's fans are in the same boat...

As for the movie killing off two characters, just as well since the Franchise is as dead as they are. The movie did not even make back it's cost to produce it (even with DVD sales I believe, although it may have just broken even). Tis a pity since it was a great show and a great movie.

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