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 Friday, 17 June 2005
Friday, 17 June 2005 21:13:51 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

Oh yeah, one more thing. The Serenity trailer is running right before Batman as part of the standard trailer lineup.

 

You want to see the Serenity trailer. You want to see Serenity.

 

If you don’t have it, you want to go out right now and buy the FireFly DVD box set and you want to watch it. Then you want to watch it again when it airs on SciFi this summer.

 

FireFly is really excellent SF, and Serenity is essentially the FireFly movie.

 

Why are you still reading this? Go buy FireFly!!

 

Good, now that you have it on order, what the hell is it?

 

FireFly is like someone (Joss Whedon specifically) took the old west and a starship-populated SF universe, put them in blender and hit puree. The end result is an awesome fusion.

 

Perhaps 20 years ago I read a lot of westerns, mostly Louis L’Amour. He wrote a lot of books, but I bet I read over half of them. My fixation on those books is a tangential topic, perhaps for another time.

 

And if you’ve read my blog at all you know I read a lot of SF – and have for at least 30 years.

 

So to me the blend of a western set in space is a really cool idea. I know, Star Trek was described as a “wagon train in space”, but it wasn’t really. At least not like FireFly. FireFly really is a western in space, with shootouts, train heists, corrals, the appropriate music, accents and more.

 

Now this isn’t a totally new concept. There’s this idea of steampunk that’s been around for a while now. The blend of cyberpunk concepts with the height of technology during the steam age. The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (the comic, not the so-so movie) is one more mainstream example of this kind of idea.

 

FireFly is merely a different blend, and it is pulled off with excellent writing, acting, directing and effects.

 

So, while you are seeing Batman Begins, watch the Serenity trailer. Then go buy FireFly and watch it (or at least Tivo it from SciFi) so you know what to expect come September.

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