Saturday, March 11, 2006

Firefly, after the fact

I just finished watching the first DVD of Firefly with Stef. I saw Serenity when it came out with Stef and our friend Mark, and was amazed at how good it was, especially since my half-hearted attempts to watch Firefly when it was on TV didn't leave a good impression. Stef, on the other hand, loved Firefly and knew I'd like it if I gave it a serious chance. I felt more attachment, even investment, in the characters of Serenity at the end of two hours than I did at the end of the most recent three Star Wars film.

I have three more Firefly DVD's that I am eager to watch, and simultaneously I am disappointed that the series is finite. Funny... I know books are finite, yet I never enter into reading one with that sense of finality or disappointment. I suppose the sunny side is that I missed the disappointment of having the show canceled out from under me while I was watching it, ala Futurama. I certainly hope there is new material, whether TV, movie or straight to DVD.

1 comment:

  1. Isn't this true of all really good art, though? We're always left wanting more? Have you ever noticed that the whole concept of sequels never existed before the 20th century? Think of all the great literature - Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Shakespeare (well, ignore Shakespeare - he was ALL about the sequels... historical ones, that is!)

    Our demand for entertainment is insatiable, and we always want more of anything good. The Brits have a better sense of proportion in this; series like The Office and Black Adder and Absolutely Fabulous are only 6 episodes A SEASON. And the concentration of quality is far greater as a result.

    It's best that Firefly died when it did, with a whole vista of possibilities still unrealized... our imaginations can actually be used now! It died before it began to suck, as do so many shows.

    And yeah, I adored the movie as well; hmmm, I should put it on my Netflix list! It so completely eclipsed the Lucas loogies of the last decade.


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