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Eight Reasons Not Seeing Serenity Will Leave a Gaping Hole in Your Soul

It’s been two years, already. If you haven’t yet seen Serenity, the movie by Joss Whedon set in the universe of his short-lived television show Firefly, then you might as well roll up an issue of Entertainment Weekly, light it up, and inhale deeply… because you’re clearly not getting a taste for pop culture from any other avenues.

Need convincing?

8) Browncoats (ardent Firefly/Serenity fans) still hold screenings of Serenity in theaters around the country (to benefit charity, no less). Let’s see, what other movies get that treatment… Rocky Horror, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, Rear Window… get the picture? I’m going to mosey out on this limb and say the flick is a classic.

7) You can find Serenity at sea on a “Browncoat Cruise.” Does your favorite movie have a themed, five-day cruise? (No, and When Harry Met Sally never will have a themed cruise, so stop holding your breath.)

6) When the astronauts were in quarantine for five hours last month before the shuttle Atlantis took off, guess what show they chose to watch. Then guess what DVDs were photographed floating around in the International Space Station. Yeah. The fanboys at NASA are so fanatical, I’m surprised they didn’t slap a “Browncoats On Board” bumper sticker on the space shuttle.

5) According to an online poll of over 3,000 respondents, Serenity is the favorite sci-fi movie of the readers of SFX, a sci-fi and fantasy magazine. Star Wars came in second. Seems almost sacrilegious, but there it is.

4) Even Star Wars geeks can’t stop talking about Firefly and Serenity... on the Star Wars blog!

3) Serenity isn’t just a good sci-fi movie… it’s a good movie. It got a 74 on Metacritic, a site that aggregates and quantifies movie reviews from the most-respected and popular sources. Certainly, none of those blockbusters you’ve enjoyed this summer–Ocean’s 13, Transformers, nor the laughable Live Free or Die Hardmanaged to score in the 70s.

2) The Browncoats will convert you. Forcibly, if necessary. And by “forcibly,” I mean by way of a lot of gushing and friendly encouragement. ‘Cause, really, they’re pretty nice folks.

1) Serenity was greenlit by a major Hollywood studio and given a $40 million budget, based on a rabid fanbase and the strength of a TV series unfairly cut short after less than one season. Think maybe there’s something going on there worth checking out?

If you don’t “get it” at this point, you’re probably the type of person who wears a rubber helmet at all times for your own safety… and I’m not going to get through to you. If you have seen the light, buy the movie or the television series, and then find out how you can try to keep the amazing Firefly / Serenity universe alive.

UPDATE: This barely counts has reason #9, but it’s worth sharing… Serenity gets the “All your base are belong to us” treatment.

8 comments… add one
  • nickolai July 6, 2007, 8:29 am

    I think my rubber helmet is on too tight, because I don’t get it. And my head is starting to itch and hurt at the same time.

    Never saw Firefly, but Serenity struck me as a well-done, extra-long TV show. The production values, the quality of the acting and the story itself just felt much better suited for the small screen. In conclusion, given the choice, I would definitely choose to watch Starship Troopers again over Serenity.

  • Great White Snark July 6, 2007, 12:41 pm

    First, ask your Mom to adjust the straps on your helmet… that usually helps me when the itching starts.

    Second, we both know this is really about my abuse of Starship Troopers.

  • Cindi July 6, 2007, 4:44 pm

    Never seen Serenity either. Woe is me. But thanks for this post, anyway–it gave me a chance to read your post on Starship Troopers, a movie I loathed with every fiber of my being.

  • Great White Snark July 6, 2007, 5:41 pm

    I had some fibers left over for hating Attack of the Clones.

  • Paul July 8, 2007, 5:52 pm

    Haven’t seen this either, but now I’m afraid that when I do you might have over sold it to me! I’m also going to go on record by saying that I like Attack of the Clones, hate me as you will.

  • Great White Snark July 9, 2007, 12:15 am

    I don’t hate you. I just somewhat pity you.

  • Paul July 11, 2007, 2:24 pm

    hah, I must like Attack of the Clones because… I’m obessed with clones, but my blog should have indicated that to you.

  • Mina February 8, 2008, 9:55 am

    I agree with you, Serenity was a really good movie and you would be able to understand it even if you didn’t see the series. I just saw the film months ago and it blew my mind. I highly recommend it!

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