how’s the Serenity?

23 August, 2006

So K and I finally got around to watching Serenity last night. We never really got into the Firefly series; maybe because we were all juiced up on Buffy and Angel, maybe because it wasn’t that great, maybe something else…..

Anywho. I actually enjoyed the movie. It was nice to see they’d kept the original actors, who knew the characters, and avoided turning it into a hollywood star piece.

I have a question though….


If you’ve not seen the film, but plan on it, do NOT go any further……


Can someone explain the relationship between Simon and his sister, River? I dont understand their past. He knows she was an excellent dancer, but knows nothing about her being on the planet, Miranda. So was River taken to Miranda early on in life, because of her psychic powers? I got the impression that she was a product of Miranda. So where/when did Simon grow up? Someone feel free to explain it to me, I am happy to be made to understand.

I am starting to think that River was never there, and that her memories of it are just her psychic powers kicking in from across the universe. Hmmm

Also, some of the acting got quite hammy, some of the dialogue was cheesey. Shame.


7 Responses to “how’s the Serenity?”

  1. Squozen Says:

    Okay… River was selected by the Alliance a few years ago because she tested well for psychic ability. Her brain was messed with, which enhanced her abilities but also made her a bit nuts. She never went to Miranda, she read the mind of an official who knew about the project. Miranda was the planet that spawned the Reavers, it had nothing to do with River’s training.

  2. crumpet Says:

    And the reason that the Alliance were wanting to recapture River to the extent of sending The Operative was for that same reason — that she’d read the Government Official’s mind and knew their secrets about Miranda.

  3. Squozen Says:

    And the series is better than the film, and you need to give it another chance, seriously. 🙂

  4. gizo Says:

    Thanks. I get River’s headspace now. Was that obvious in the film, or are you knowing that from watching the series?
    And don’t get me started on the Operative. Why oh why did he go all macho and try to beat up Captain Tightpants instead of just smashing up the extra transmission equipment? It’s like Dr No telling Bond his evil plan (giving him time to escape). Don’t these baddies ever learn!?!?
    I’ll talk to K about giving the series another shot. The film was fun. I mean, there were no snakes on planes, but it was still pretty good…

  5. vetti Says:

    don’t know, don’t care at all, but i’ll keep reading you anyhow…

  6. seebs Says:

    ditto vetti, ditto…

  7. Squozen Says:

    “Thanks. I get River’s headspace now. Was that obvious in the film, or are you knowing that from watching the series?”

    We can’t truthfully answer that as we’d watched the series at least 3-4 times each before watching the film.

    I say the whole Operative/Reynolds ending was deeply silly and lazy writing, but I think Crumpet disagrees with me. It reminded me far too much of the scene in Galaxy Quest where Sigourney Weaver’s character shouts, ‘THIS DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE!!!’

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