Joss Whedon. If that name does not instantly hook you, then I have some educating to do. I first was introduced to Joss Whedon by a vampire who goes by the name of Angel. I know what you are thinking, stupid vampires are only for tween girls. Well, I have news for you. The story arc of Angel literally begins season one, episode one and builds and is connected all the way to the last episode of the show. It requires thinking, and it uses very adult themes.
This lead me to Buffy. Even after how much I loved Angel, I really thought that there was no way I could like a show called Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I was wrong. Joss is able to create a story where every single character is distinct, unique and completely engrossing. I watched every episode of every season of Buffy with my wife on Netflix, in less time than I am comfortable saying. When it was over, we both felt a sense of loss that we would not be able to enjoy new stories with these characters.
I was smart enough to watch Dollhouse as it was actually playing out. The last few episodes of that show were like getting mind raped by Tommy Lee. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog = Amazing! Titan A.E. is epic. And you might not know this, but Joss was a writer for Toy Story. I don’t think I need to explain how good that movie was.
Side note, Joss is writing and producing Avengers. You have no idea how big of a Hugh G. Rection I have right now just contemplating that thought. Joss’s skills teamed up with Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Nick Fury. Fuck. Yes.
So my wife and I decided to watch Firefly. It only made it through one season, but again, Joss made me fall in love with each character individually. I have seen a lot of characters that Joss has created, and each character is distinct with no one really repeating. Sure, his leads tend to be brooding bad asses. But they each have their own motivations and quirks.
Which lead me to Serenity. Serenity was made two years after Firefly got cancelled and was Joss being allowed to tie up what he had started.
In this universe it is about 500 years in the future. Earth has been used up and so we go out and teraform a whole new galaxy of planets to be inhabitable for humans. The central planets (The Alliance) decide that they get to be boss and start a war to prove it. The rebels get decimated, and Firefly is the story of one ship where the crew are all criminals because they still refuse to live by The Alliance’s rules.
It is sort of like Star Trek/Star Wars meets a Western. The Firefly is a smugglers ship, and they do jobs for anyone doing most anything so that they can survive. Of course, they pick up a ragtag crew of characters who each have their own motivation for being in this position. Two of which are a brother and sister who are running from the Alliance because they were experimenting on the sister and the brother broke her out of their control.
All of this is explained in the series, but if you only wanted to watch Serenity and not Firefly (shame on you), you would be able to understand everything I have just explained. Serenity is the wrapping up of why the brother and sister are being chased and what the consequences of the experiments on the sister are.
There is brawling, chasing, swearing and an incredibly in depth story still manages to get in there. I don’t want to say too much about what happens because the beauty of Joss Whedon is that he is always throwing in a twist that makes perfect sense but can still blow your mind.
If you have seen any of the above mentioned shows or movies, you should know how amazing the stories are that Joss weaves. If you have not, put all of them on your list and be prepared to suck the crack rock that is Joss Whedon’s narratives.
I recommend Serenity to pretty much everyone. The only people I can see not liking it are people who hate scifi. I don’t understand it, but I know those people exist. Otherwise, strap in and be prepared to have your brain and your adrenaline used to their full potential.
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