Firefly + Serenity: A Review

I recently burned my way through this series and film. We’ll start with what I thought of the series and then what I thought of the film.

Firefly:

Normally the first episode of a series is the weakest and I struggle to feel like I want to watch the rest but that really wasn’t the case with this one. I loved it from about 5 minutes in and never stopped loving it. The characters were amazing and the idea of space cowboys was pure genius.

I also really like the sense of humour everyone had and laughed out loud at a lot of points even though I occasionally watched episodes alone (for some reason it’s harder to laugh out loud alone). I think it helped that I recognised three of the actors from other sci-fi tv series and loved all the characters they had done before but I loved the characters in this even more. The bit where River goes cockney especially was a favourite.

For a tv series I didn’t seem to notice the lower budget as I normally would so that was a definite plus, generally I really really don’t understand why they were only allowed to do one series.

Serenity:

The film was not quite as good to start off with. They had deliberately tried to make it accessable without needing to watch the tv series and as such a few old issues between characters were rehashed for character development. I can see why they did it but I think I’d ave prefered they had assumed a little bit of knowledge, or set the characters up with new things rather than re doing an argument I felt had already been settled.

The action was a lot better in the film, however and did make up for the downside a little. It also added a few new characters but that worked and added to the general fun of it and I love that they finally explained the reavers. I had been hoping they would.

I actually though the series was better than the film though and I think I’d have prefered them to wrap up the whole thing with films that were just long episodes like Stargate sg-1 did when they were cut by their channel.

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  1. Andrew says:

    I agree entirely that Serenity is not as good as Firefly, but I had the strange fortune of actually watching the movie about a year before I saw the TV series and to the movies credit I, for one, am glad they made it accessable to non fans of the series or else I may never have taken the leap from watching the movie to seeing the series. A series of films might have been a cool way to wrap up all the little plot threads from Firefly like Shepard Book whose story line I feel was never truly resolved, but for the most part i get the impression that no one expected the film to bring about as big a revival for the series as it did. Sure fans obviously had enough interest and clout to make the movie worth making but I’m sure a weighty pooling of the series current fans are people like me who saw the movie and then took the time to watch the series later on.

    • Jess says:

      Yeah, I realised a lot of people have watched the other way around and I do kind of wish I had as well. It is probably the order I would recommend as the film has everything the series has in it so it’s a better introduction to the series even if it does plot spoil a bit.

      But basically they really need more episodes and I really think they ought to make them. It’s a shame film related stuff costs so much to make or more fans would get their extras

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