Thursday, September 29, 2005

Han Solo ... er... Captain Tight Pants

Serenity the movie opens this weekend nationwide. This is a long-anticipated event for Joss Whedon fans.

Imagine if Han Solo had a larger crew than just Chewbacca, and if we got to see the Millenium Falcon as an off-the-radar smuggling ship before Han and Chewie got entangled up with the Empire. That's what you get with the Firefly class ship Serenity as it plies its trade both legal and illegal under the radar of the ever-present Alliance.

Go see Serenity this weekend. It is a direct descendant of Firefly, one of the best tv shows you never watched. See Captain Mal Reynolds and his crew of rogues and exiles tangle with the Alliance in this first big-screen offering. Let's hope it's not the last.

Although I'm a big fan of Whedon's television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, I didn't watch Firefly when it first hit the air -- I wanted more from the Buffyverse, not a "western in space" with nary a vampire to be seen. Like many folks, I came to love Firefly when I bought the DVDs. DVD sales and response were so great that it got Whedon the support he needed to try it on the big screen. Serenity is the product. The trailers look good, they capture the essence of the show:

Mal (Nathan Fillion): “This is your captain. We might experience some slight turbulence ... and then explosion.”
Jayne (Adam Baldwin): “I don’t wanna explode!”
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Mal (with macho bravado): Do you want to run this ship?
Jayne: Yes!
Mal (confused): Well... you can't.
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Hoban 'Wash' Washburn (Alan Tudyk): This is gonna get pretty interesting.

Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Define "interesting".

Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: Oh, God, oh, God, we're all gonna die.

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