Firefly Was Cancelled. Is It Reborn?
If you enjoyed Firefly, then you’ll be sure to enjoy Serenity, a movie made possible by Joss Whedon. The movie is very much like the series except that it lasted longer. Starring the same cast of galactic outcasts, it’s set 500 years in the future and the genre is a blend of science fiction and the wild west. The title of the movie comes from the name of the ship, captained by Malcolm (Mal) Reynolds. Everyone’s roles are the same as they are in the series, but the movie focuses on River Tam and her brother, Dr. Simon Tam.
The movie starts by Simon rescuing his telepathic sister from the clutches of the Alliance, who (attempt to) control everything since their victory in the Civil War. The Alliance will do anything to retrieve her because during her captivity, she’s learned things they don’t want anyone to know. Protecting the pair is an extraordinary experience for the crew because they usually spend their time trying to lay low. They’re typically earning their keep by taking on any job, both legal and illegal, that pays well enough. It’s all complicated by the Reavers who are doing what they can to chase down (and eat) the crew. They first come on the scene in the movie when the crew is attempting to increase their bank balance by robbing a payroll. River warns them of an impending attack and the action begins - and never really lets up until the movie ends.
Even though Serenity is really more of the series, you don’t have to have seen any of the episodes to enjoy the movie. It stands on its own to entertain and delight everyone.
And if you can’t wait, you can view the first 9 minutes of Serenity here.