Saturday, September 24, 2005

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If you had asked me yesterday to list all the good things that have come out of this blog, I would have listed exactly one: it pleases me.

Today that list of good things doubles in size. We've now updated the Good Thing Color Alert level to aquamarine.

One of my favorite TV shows of all time was a short-lived sci-fi series called Firefly. In general, I'm a sucker for sci-fi, but this was something special. The characters were fun instead of cheesy and the dialog just sparkled. The show was penned by Josh Whedon, and although I never watched his Buffy or Angel shows, I'm prepared to offer him my first second-born child as a token of my appreciation. I miss this series like I miss Webvan.

Thankfully, they've made a movie out of the show. It's called "Serenity" and it will be opening at the end of this month. I've been itching to see it for an embarrassingly long period of time.

Last week I saw an Instapundit post that said that bloggers could attend preview showings of "Serenity" if they were willing to blog about it. I contemplated this for many milliseconds. Could the blogosphere withstand the replacement of a post about how I drool in my sleep for a post about "Serenity"? It was a tough decision, but I emailed my request to the powers-that-be and was rewarded with a confirmation email this morning (that had better not be a cruel joke).

As terms of this deal, I must post a synopsis of the flick:

Joss Whedon, the Oscar® - and Emmy - nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, ANGEL and FIREFLY, now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family –squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.

Tuesday night, baby. I'm so there. Envy me.


David said...

Oh believe me, I do. I'll be watching for your review.

Mike said...

David, here's a preview of my review: "Yay! Firefly! Yay yay yay!"

I am a discerning movie critic.

chess h said...

I have been ass-draggingly skeptical about all science fiction since Star Trek V and Highlander 2 scarred me forever... and I only found out about Firefly this summer... but YEAH it's freakin' good. I, too, am psyched for the movie and for your review. Enjoy!

Mike said...

Thanks, Chess. At this point, with my years of anticipation, I can't help but be disappointed, but I will somehow drag myself to the theater regardless.

Will said...

Darn... I've been letting my Instapundit subscription go unattended for too long. But I just saw one of the TV episodes for the first time recently when my friend brought in the DVD expressly for the purpose of evangelizing the series/movie/and a potential remake of the series.

Mike said...

Will, I hope you enjoyed it. I found the series to be extremely well-written and amusing, two attributes not often found in TV sci-fi.

The new Battlestar Galactica is good, but it surely isn't very amusing.

dolface said...


Mike said...

Not only am I sellout, but I'm hardly getting anything for it. I'm pretty much a failure at selling out.