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Movie Post: Serenity 
July 31, 2006
Movie Info
Written by: Joss Whedon
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Release Date: September 30, 2005

With an Alliance operative on their tail, the Serenity screw discovers what River knows that the Alliance wants kept hidden.

Relevant Links
Transcript: here
Screencaps: here
Fanlisting: Belief

The Mods' Sad Attempt to Start Discussion
Well, here we are, the Big Damn Movie.

First of all, that first shot of Serenity is just beautiful. Paired with the music, it just gives you chills. To see her up there on the big screen, it's just gorgeous. Even if you waited to see the movie on DVD it's amazing. It does stand for something, the Browncoats made it somewhere far. I know I felt thrilled going into this film and thrilled watching it. I wasn't disappointed with it. Obviously, with such a large cast Joss can't give everyone the proper attention they deserve but everyone made the most of their time. Book and Inara are the ones that strike me the most, they really get the least amount to do here.

Book... Who knows if we'll ever figure out who he was before his time on Serenity. Speculation is that he was an operative and it seems likely. Though his part here is very small, he does something very important for Mal. That last scene between the two of them is just so beautiful and heartbreaking. Ron Glass and Nathan Fillion are so wonderful in it. Not to mention, once Book dies, you really feel safe for everyone else, don't you? You really don't see Wash's death coming! Of course, then Wash dies and you don't feel safe for anyone! That Joss Whedon is an evil genius.

Really, though, the focus on this one goes to Summer Glau and Nathan Fillion. Mal struggles with believing in something and finally comes to it. When it starts he's much more jaded and nasty than he was on the show. It's a nice switch of gears, I enjoy seeing it. I like seeing the toll of what the Alliance has done on River. Summer does a really nice job. She manages some great facial expressions, not just as she's struggling but also as she has some rather comical moments. The scene during the robbery at the beginning with Zoe comes to mind and also when Simon asks if he's talking to Miranda.

Well, this is my final Jossathon post. Thank you everyone, it's been a blast!

"I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."

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July 31, 2006 (UTC)
It is a great movie! I found the fact that the Alliance created the Reavers so shocking, and so interesting. I really enjoyed the story of the movie, and the action scenes were all very exciting, plus there is of course some very awesome dialogue, and I think almost all the characters get to shine. Really, I don't think there's anything else I could have asked for in a Firefly movie. :D

My one complaint about the movie is that Wash's death seems ... EVIL! DAMMIT JOSS!!! It is very effective though. I think it might be one of the most shocking moments in a movie ... ever. The first time I saw the movie I actually went "noooo!!!" and my hands flew up over my mouth, I was so stunned. I still watch the movie with the faint hope that it might turn out differently for him, heh. After he died, I was sure Zoe would go out in a heroic blaze of glory, and then when Simon got shot I thought he was going to die ... so yeah, I agree -- you can't feel like anyone's safe. I really felt badly for Zoe.

The movie makes River a lot more interesting to me than she was on the show, which I think is something we discussed when we were watching Firefly -- how her character really only gets a chance to shine in Objects in Space. Here she's obviously all over the place and doing fabulous things, and I agree that Summer Glau gives a great performance. I think Simon really benefits from the movie too -- he gets to be more of a badass here than he ever was on the show, lol. And of course, Mal really shines. Nathan Fillion is so great ... I hope he starts getting some more mainstream roles at some point (not that I have a problem with Slither and White Noise 2, but you know).

I also think The Operative is a fantastic addition to the cast. He's a very interesting character, though he is a type we've seen before in the Jossverse, I would say: Initiative soldiers and Wolfram & Hart lawyers come to mind. What is it about big institutions in the Jossverse? They can't be trusted. I think the major theme of the movie is exactly the same as what I was saying about Not Fade Away yesterday -- that idea of conviction and belief in something (which is why I named the fanlisting Belief *cough*). The Operative's got it, and Mal only gains it towards the end, and then The Operative loses it when he sees the truth. It is really interesting to me that this theme has popped up over and over again in our viewing. Riley's story in season 4 is quite similar to The Operative's as they both lose faith in the cause they've been fighting for without question. We see how much Buffy struggles when she loses her ability to be certain that what she's doing is right ("I don't know how to live in this world if these are the choices.") and we've really seen how difficult it is for Angel to navigate the sea of grey he finds himself in basically all the time. And yet I also think that a lot of what we've seen, especially from Buffy, is very pro-grey area, like I think it's fair to say that Riley is "freed" when he leaves The Initiative because he no longer has to view everything in that black and white way. It's interesting. I think the Jossverse is just generally very pro-individual. It's all about learning what's important for yourself rather than letting the government, the Council, the army, or whoever tell you what to be. :)
August 1, 2006 (UTC)
I pretty much agree with everything Meaghan said, but there's no way I can say it as eloquently, so I will just nod and point to her comment. ;)

This is a beautiful movie. I agree with what you said about seeing Serenity (the ship) its opening shot -- it definitely brought a little tear to my eye the first time I saw it on the big screen!

Summer Glau is awesome! The fight scenes in this movie are really, really cool and the way she moves made me believe she really could take out all those reavers despite being half their size.
August 1, 2006 (UTC)
OMG, that was the end of Jossathon! :-0