It’s in the S section

10.2007 at 3:16 pm 5 comments

“Serenity” stirs-up an emotional response in those of its fan-base, since thousands stood by its side after its cancellation, ready to march in protest of its shortened life. The underdog is everyone’s favourite, and it is no different with the deeply-human band of rebels aboard the firefly. Joss Whedon deftly gave us something memorable and unique. It takes a good director to keep an audience guessing “What’s next?”

After reading several reviews, it can clearly be seen that one must understand that “Firefly” was about “life on the frontier…a story of people living in space but not living in grandeur and who are not living in great portent, but who are more the fringe people…people that the Enterprise would have just blown right past and never noticed.” (interview quote by Joss Whedon) Simply put, “Firefly” is character-driven; if you don’t like the characters, you will not like the story. It takes a creative mind to bring together the unknown future and the unfamiliar world of sci-fi, and place it on our doorsteps. Whedon allows us to say to ourselves “I know how those characters feel. Yeah, I get that.” People can relate to the crew of Serenity in ways one could never do in many other futuristic, space-trek productions.

If the characters and story were great, why was she canceled? When compared with the popular TV series “Battlestar Gallactica” one can determine why less viewers enjoyed “Firefly”. Plainly, there’s more to relate to. It is for the opposite reason that “Battlestar Gallactica” has grown – it is about the people of great portent. “Firefly”s struggle for survival never goes beyond Serenity’s crew, and the viewer’s thoughts are never provoked to broader issues which seep into everyday life. While Serenity’s crew is placed in situations where they must do everything to survive, Gallactica’s crew is placed in situations where they must make radical choices to maintain who they are, as soldiers, as the human race, as individuals.

What is unfair is that Captain Mal’s crew never had the opportunity to develop as Adama’s continuing quest has allowed. When Whedon moved the small crew of the firefly to the big screen, we were shown that she had maturing potential. It’s a shame she never had the chance to grow up.

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  • 1. Tv Reviews » It’s in the S section  |  10.2007 at 5:18 pm

    […] Peter wrote an interesting post today on Itâs in the S sectionHere’s a quick excerpt “Serenity” stirs-up an emotional response in those of its fan-base, … a good director to keep an audience guessing “What’s next?” After reading several reviews … and story were great, why was she canceled? When compared with the popular TV series “Battlestar […]

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  • 2. Wes  |  10.2007 at 11:06 pm

    So say we all.

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  • 3. truth9  |  10.2007 at 1:49 am

    I wouldn’t know. I never got around to finishing the series.

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  • 4. Wes  |  10.2007 at 12:01 am

    Lazy bum.

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  • 5. asfarasthoughtcanreach  |  11.2007 at 6:41 pm

    What I remember about the film is the long opening shot of the ship which introduced you to the entire crew and the ship itself. Necessary for those who had missed the series, enjoyable for those who were missing old favorites.

    I haven’t made the Battlestar Gallactica plunge yet. Not sure if I will.

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