Many of my sci-fi friends have muttered to me on occasion of their love for Joss Whedon’s post-Buffy project, Firefly. A programme that – like Buffy, Angel, hell The X-Files – was something I was going to get around to seeing but never did. More victims of my entertainment overload.
Fortunately, for all those Firefly fans and folk like me who were only vaguely aware about it, there’s a film version coming out, called Serenity. But the omens aren’t good – at least if you’re an interested sci-fi fan but have only the vaguest notions of what it’s all about.
For starters, its’ TV origins play a heavy part in the Serenity trailer – much like the Fox trailers for the ill-fated Doctor Who TV movie from 1996. The trailer for Doctor Who 2005 studiously avoided any mention of the TV show’s 40-year history and just promised you a good time and a ride. And look how successful Doctor Who 2005 has become.
This wouldn’t matter so much if the Serenity trailer was compelling. But CGI eye-candy aside, it seems to devolve down to a mysterious woman being protected by her brother against an Evil Man/Empire ™ personified by the smiling black guy from Love, Actually. Not exactly a fantastic plot there!
Still, like Sith, watch me eat my words when I go see the film.