My son was on a riot act this weekend so I shouted, “Serenity Now!” to my wife. Over the past month, I discovered the little-known TV program, “FireFly” in limited reruns on SciFi Channel. Why limited? Because it appears Fox did such a poor job of marketing the programming and meddling in the creative aspects that the show was cancelled after only a few episodes. (Note to self: Don’t ever watch SciFi ever on Fox- remember Space: Above and Beyond? The suits don’t get it). Now I’m sure there is plenty of blame to go around, starting with naming a program “FireFly”…
Anyway, I initially hated the “country/western” aspects of the show but gave it two episodes. I had never heard of this Joss Whedon creator/writer/director/executive producer guy- I’m not a “Buffy” or “Angel” fan. What I did find was an amazingly well scripted show with edge, humor, culture, and of course, tech.
Since the cancellation of the TV show and it’s resurgence on SciFi, last week, “Serenity”- a major motion picture was released based on the TV show. My impression – Whedon is the next George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry rolled into one. With Star Trek so whitewashed and formulaic it is going to have to be re-“envisioned”, and Star Wars suffering from bad acting and even worse scriptwriting, Whedon slips into an opening here. And with a 4.25 out of 5 star average critic’s rating, let’s hope the audience shows up for it. I had a kick in the pants time and will go see it again- in the theater. High praise for any movie.
And what did my wife say? She “really really enjoyed it”.