Site Columns By Michelle
July 28, 2006 - 10:07 PM

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Monday night I noticed that Serenity was on cable and decided it was time to give it a chance. I've been apathetic about Firefly, which I sort of liked with some notable exceptions. I find Whedon's aren't-I-clever dialogue rather cloying. I didn't particularly love any of the characters and I had trouble warming up to the women, particularly Inara, both the concept of her (phoniest prostitute in the entire sci-fi hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold genre and that's saying something after the Bajoran "comfort women" on Deep Space Nine) and the casting (played by an actress with no chemistry with the man who supposedly would cross a galaxy for her). But I'd heard that her role had been minimized in the movie and even non-Firefly fan friends who are as bored by new Battlestar Galactica as I am liked Serenity, so I figured I owed it to myself to watch it.

The whole family ended up in the room, and although for the first 3/4 of an hour or so I remained unimpressed -- same issues with the sledgehammer dialogue and still hiding my eyes from all the women but Gina Torres -- but then the storyline really got going and the movie moved away from reintroducing all the characters' carefully constructed quirks, and the film absolutely rocked! I was pretty spoiled, but even knowing what was eating River and what lay behind the Alliance's tyrannical brutality, I was riveted by how everything played out. Nathan Fillion and Summer Glau in particular gave much stronger performances than I ever saw from them on Firefly. So that was totally enjoyable, and everyone who told me to watch it was right, thank you, and we will all definitely watch that one again.

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Which summer franchise sequel delivers the goods best?
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Happy Birthday!

Saturday, July 29th is the birthday of both Wil Wheaton, The Next Generation's Wesley Crusher, and David Warner, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country's Chancellor Gorkon.

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