Home

A Marvelous Modern Space Opera

image by Veronica V. Jones

Serenity’s Smarts and Heart Redefine Space Adventure

Nathan Fillion as Captain Mal.
Summer Glau as River.
Some of the Firefly's crew
Some of the Firefly's crew and passengers.

Serenity, the cinematic evolution of the blink-and-you-missed-it television series Firefly, opens today, with an impressive array of loving reviews from all corners. How can such a dark horse suddenly rise up and capture the imagination of jaded moviegoers the world over? It’s clever enough to keep you guessing, and real enough to make you care. Add plenty of relentless action — both on the ground, and in the black — and you’ve got a summer popcorner that allows you think and feel along the way.

The crew of Serenity is a rambunctious, dysfunctional family pushed even closer to the edge than usual due to the unwelcome attention they’ve garnered by harboring a particularly valuable pair of fugitives. There are so many twists and turns in the plot that further details will only spoil the fun.

Just run to your nearest theater, watch Serenity a few times, and thank me later.

Written by in September of 2005. Last edited March 2019.

Related Features

Wah Chang

Wah Chang with lamp sculpture Captain Kirk holding a phaser, as designed by Wah Chang. Lt. Commander Spock holding a tricorder, as designed by Wah Chang. A Talosian from Star Trek's original pilot The original Gorn, as designed by Wah Chang. The alien puppet Balock, as designed by Wah Chang's studio.

Arne aka Ratscape

A lovely blue woman's face with white white markings, aka Zhaan. Batman holds Catwoman's arm as Catwoman holds a string of pearls. Circa 1967 Rosario Dawson as a Vulcan wearing a blue Starfleet uniform. Jemma Simmons smiles, carrying six blue test tubes with a shield logo visible within the tubes. Spider woman standing tall, with hands on hips.

Can Star Trek be Relevant Again?

Mark Zug

A small woman with wild brown hair and leather skins crouches. A desert nomad with blue on blue eyes crouches. A young woman with long black hair and a shotgun stands. An orc in a trench coat and a bowler hat smokes a large pipe.

Futures Past and Beyond the Black Rainbow

Dr. Barry Nyle as portrayed by Michael Rogers. Eva Allan as the young prisoner/patient Elena. A sentionaut stands dormant in a room full of mirrors.

Comments

Be the first to comment!