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Serenity

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Special features: Deleted scenes; outtakes; future history: the story of Earth that was; what's in a Firefly; re-lighting the Firefly; Joss Whedon introduction; feature commentary with writer/director Joss Whedon.

Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Krumholtz.

River Tam and her brother Simon are hiding out from the totalitarian government that experimented with River's brain aboard a space-freighter. Captained by a down on his luck soldier, the crew of Serenity must take jobs, whether they are legal or not, while trying to avoid the Alliance, and keeping the Tams safe. Then things get out of control and the true extent of River's powers becomes known. At the same time, the Alliance sends a new Operative to make sure that what River knows doesn't get out.

DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.

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Great finale to a great series

Serenity was impressive. I was ecstatic when the movie was first made because it was a continuation of Firefly. It would be the finale that the series deserved; you don't need to have watched Firefly to enjoy Serenity but I would strongly recommend seeing Firefly first. Firefly was an absolutely amazing show by Joss Whedon but it was canceled midway through its first (and only) season, leaving the wonderful series unfinished without a finale or conclusion. That's where Serenity comes in.

The best part about Serenity is the way it was directed. It feels like an episode of Firefly, not like a separate movie (aside from being much longer than a 45 minute episode). Serenity wraps up the series beautifully. All of the romantic relationships (Mal and Inara, Kaylee and Simon, Wash and Zoe) all move forward (and in very different ways). Additionally, we learn about the origin of the Reavers, we get to learn more about River's past (including watching Simon rescue her, an awesome scene which was never shown in the T.V. series). Being made by Joss Whedon though, main characters are guaranteed to die; they do in all his other series and though I won't say who or how many, I will tell you that of the original nine main cast characters, not all of them will make it to the end.

Serenity is great, especially for browncoats (you know who you are).

Well developed sci fi

It grates my nerves when over thoughout science fiction movies are riddled with plot holes. If you're going to employ science, think it out! Joss Whedon rarely makes this misstep and created the stunning future of the Firefly series. The world wasn't ready, and Firefly was canceled. The fans screamed, and Hollywood brought you Serenity. It's amazing what a budget can do for something already close to perfect. The story and acting are all amazing. See this film, and have a Mandarin dictionary handy.

WARNING: REVIEW CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS

In a sequel to the TV series "Firefly" (which one really has to watch in order to understand this movie), Joss Whedon tells the secret of the Alliance, the galaxy-wide government that has hunted River and Simon Tam and against which Malcolm and Zoe fought a failed war for independence. The movie, like the show, is a space western or space opera. It also contains many witty lines.

Remember the Reevers from the show? They're back and in an even more disturbing form. That's why the movie contains some very, very disturbing parts, including horrible violence and cannibalism.

Those who love Joss Whedon's other work ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Dollhouse," and "Avengers," to name but a few) will love "Serenity." Indeed, "Firefly" fans are quite dedicated to the show, even presenting an unofficial sequel at DragonCon 2010.

The main characters have a great deal of diversity. Of the nine main characters, two are African-American and one is Latina. Four of the main characters are women, and tough ones, too. However the movie also has a Jewish character who, out of greed, betrays his friends.

As a Joss Whedon fan, I can highly recommend all his work. However, do not expect a happy ending.

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