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Published:November 24th, 2006 03:28 EST
Firefly Lives Again with Serenity on DVD!

Firefly Lives Again with Serenity on DVD!

By Garrett Godwin

In the future, a ship can bring you work and a gun will help you keep it.  A captain's goal was simple: find a crew, find a job, and keep flying. In the fall of 2002, Joss Whedon combined science fiction with western with Firefly, which followed Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillon) and his crew of Serenity:

His second-in command, Zoe (Gina Torres).

Serenity's pilot and Zoe's husband Wash (Alan Tudyk).

Ill-tempered gun-for-hire/muscleman Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin).

Girl-next-door mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Statie).

In the series, the crew brought in Simon Tam (River Maher), an educated doctor who rescues his sister River (Summer Glau) from the powerful Alliance.  They also picked up a shepherd named Book (Ron Glass) and a "companion" named Inara (Morena Baccarin).  In Firefly, the Serenity crew is willing to take on any job-- legal or not -- to survive as they tried to stay one step ahead of the Alliance and the murderous Reavers.

Despite critical acclaim and a devoted following, the series was cancelled after eleven episodes.  But thanks to those loyal fans known as "Browncoats", Firefly was reborn last summer, this time on the big screen with Serenity, out on DVD.  Serenity is a prequel of the series in which you see how the Alliance came into power, and how the future came to be.  However, it is also a sequel, picking up eight months where Firefly left off.

In Serenity, our heroes are in a world of trouble when the Alliance sends in an assassin to find River and bring her back because she knows a secret that can change the course of both the universe and the future.  Now, Mal and the crew-- the bad guys -- becomes the good guys as they must protect each other, including River and her brother, now more than ever as they tried to uncover what the Alliance is hiding.  In Mal's words: no more runnin'.

Serenity received rave reviews last summer and was a modest success at the United States box office.  The DVD has several extras featuring deleted scenes, audio commentaries, an introduction to creator/writer/director Joss Whedon, and much more.

I'm not exactly a "Browncoat", but when I saw the trailer for Serenity last year, I had to see the movie.  I didn't have a chance to see it in theatres, however, I finally saw it on DVD, and it is one of the best movies ever.  The reason is because of Joss Whedon, who brought these complex, compelling, flawed, and multi-dimensional characters to life onscreen.  Another is the chemistry between the protagonists and the relationships between them, which has been the key element of both Firefly and Serenity.  For instance, there is a "will they/won't they?" relationship between Simon and Kaylee that has the classic sweet yet sexual tension.  Throughout the series and the movie, the crew of Serenity remains loyal to one another, soon and slowly becoming family to one another.

Time for some thrilling heroics once again with Serenity, out on DVD.

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