Starring: Nathan Fillion (Capt. Malcolm Reynolds), Gina Torres (Zoe), Alan
Tudyk (Wash), Sean Maher (Simon), Jewel Staite (Kaylee), Summer Glau
(River), Ron Glass (Shepherd Book), Morena Baccarin (Inara), Adam Baldwin
(Jayne), Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Operative), David Krumholtz (Mr. Universe),
Raphael Feldman (Fanty), Yan Feldman (Mingo), Michael Hitchcock (Dr.
Director: Joss Whedon
U.S. Opening Date: September 30, 2005
One of the sadder
“they’ve-cancelled-a-darned-good-TV-show-with-potential” cases is the 2003
Firefly Fox TV show that was cancelled after only one season.
Created by Joss Whedon (the guy responsible for the
hugely popular Buffy and Angel TV shows) Firefly
followed the adventures of a spaceship crew captained by a Han Solo on
overdrive rogue. Forget about “Greedo shooting first”, Capt. Malcolm
Reynolds (played by the laconic Nathan Fillion) is the type of antihero
sci-fi nowadays seems sadly short of.
It was only when word-of-mouth caused the
complete series DVD to be whisked off
shelves that the money bosses realized the mistake they had made and green
lit a big screen movie featuring the original cast.
Like the recent Farscape: The
Peacekeeper movie, the full-length Serenity (named after the
spaceship in the show) will probably attempt to tie up loose plot and
character ends from the TV show.
While a full-length movie is to be welcomed and one can
only hope that if The Matrix can spawn so many
sequels no-one really wanted, that this one will see the start of movie
franchise, the truth is that what we want is a new season of brand-new
episodes, darn it!
Plot Summary for
The film centres on Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on
the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living
pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship,
"Serenity." He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he
has left to family -- squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal. When
Mal takes on two new passengers -- a young doctor and his unstable,
telepathic sister -- he gets much more than he bargained for. The pair are
fugitives from the coalition dominating the universe, who will stop at
nothing to reclaim the girl. The crew that was once used to skimming the
outskirts of the galaxy unnoticed find themselves caught between the
unstoppable military force of the Universal Alliance and the horrific,
cannibalistic fury of the Reavers, savages who roam the very edge of
space. Hunted by vastly different enemies, they begin to discover that the
greatest danger to them may be on board "Serenity" herself.