This is the next entry in a Theatre… a Movie… and a Time, a series that was begun here. The time has come to set the record straight for a film based on a certain short-lived TV series. Timely, too, with regard to the genre upcoming in my AFI Top Ten series and what’s in store with the next episode in the Castle television show.
“At last, we can retire and give up this life of crime.”
September 30, 2005: I confess here and now that I did not watch, hardly at all, the too brief but extraordinary sci-fi television series, Firefly, during its initial run on the Fox network. Even though I espouse and champion its virtues wholeheartedly these last 6-7 years, it’s all because I went to the movies with my long-time golf partner on this particular Friday night.
For exactly 20 years, my friend worked at the same institution as did I. As opposed to me, he left. He found work doing IT security with business establishments in other parts of town. During this mid-00s stretch, the South Bay area of Los Angeles he could get to fairly regularly. Naturally, going for after-work movie viewing was always in play — and since it was not too far from where I live, I was all for it. We made plans to meet up at the food court before heading over to the 7:30 PM show that evening.
The mall theaters of the Galleria at South Bay 16 only made sense because there were plenty of screens to catch popular first-run films. That’s it. Nothing special except for the commodity that is today’s consumer cinema. I chose Joss Whedon’s Serenity purely for its trailer out that summer, and the hazy memory of once seeing its cast on some TV series I channel-surfed passed. I truly had no idea what I was in for. When the movie was over, I was hooked — and simultaneously kicking myself for feeling like I read the last chapter of a great novel before even starting the book.
I picked up the series DVD soon thereafter, and subsequently spent a whole weekend watching every episode that I had missed. Then, I went back and saw the movie again with new eyes. Silly rabbit.