Serenity now! remains one of my favorite lines from Seinfeld. There is another Serenity, though, that is at the top of my list.
Serenity is the movie resulting from the short-lived TV series Firefly. Now a cult classic, Firefly can best be described as a science fiction western. Yet even that seems a disservice because it was so much more. It had satire, social commentary, humor and characters you actually liked. Despite being acclaimed by critics and developing a hard core following, the Fox network not only cancelled the series after a three-month run in 2002, it didn’t air all the episodes. I would seriously consider this one of the top TV series of all time. Who knows where it might have gone had creator Joss Whedon been able to develop even a couple of the various arcs the show was revealing. Whedon has the opportunity with the movie, named after the spaceship in which the cast traveled and lived as they sought freedom, autonomy and survival.
I watched the movie trailer today and it brought smiles to my face. (And there aren’t many shows where the line “Oh God, oh God, we’re all gonna die” is funny). After marking the September 30 release date on my calendar, I need to again watch the DVD of the series because I have been reminded just how tremendous it was and, hopefully, this film will be.
You know what the chain of command is? It’s the chain I go get and beat you with ’til you understand who’s in ruttin’ command here.
Jayne, The Train Job (first aired Firefly episode)