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September 28, 2005

i'm out of the loop

Bloggers are going nuts about it, but I don't have a clue what this is about.

What have I been missing?

Comments

Its a movie based on a sci fi series on the WB or UPI or one of those other minor channels.

Or at least thats what I've been able to ascertain. I don't do the sci fi thing, so I am not sure (well, outside of star wars).

Posted by: countertop on September 28, 2005 09:19 AM

One of those "minor" networks like Fox, actually, Countertop.

It's based on Firefly, a far-too-short-lived series that ran on Fox a few years back. It's a true sci-fi western (though most Sci-fi shows owe SOMETHING to westerns), about a small crew trying to survive on the edge of civilization (both in the literal sense, and in the sense that when they're closer to the "core" worlds, they're skirting the edges of the law).

It's a good show, but, to be fair, not to everyone's taste. It's airing on Sci-Fi now, and they are likely having a marathon to promote the movie (but I can't be sure of that).

Posted by: Robin S. on September 28, 2005 09:43 AM

Geek Fest

Posted by: rightisright on September 28, 2005 09:57 AM

It works for geeks I suppose... but its got a huge draw with freedom loving people.

I've seen the series, and I saw the movie last night. I think you'd like it, Rob.

Posted by: Justin Buist on September 28, 2005 10:22 AM

The guy who created "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" on TV (Joss Whedon) created a series called "Firefly". I've never seen it, but everyone else is crazy about it. I think it was cancelled after one season and a cult following still drools over it. They are showing Firefly on Sci-Fi (I think it's 7PM EST mon-fri) if you want to check it out. I can never make it home in time.

Posted by: Russ on September 28, 2005 11:05 AM

Acidman, you might want to give the series a look-see. Couple of hot babes and an actual shootout in the episode I saw....

Posted by: Grumpy Old Ham on September 28, 2005 11:30 AM

Rob:

Drop $35 bucks and pick up the DVD collection of Firefly. I can almost guarantee you'll enjoy the hell out of it, and want to see Serenity. Great writing, great acting, damned good storylines. For me the SciFi angle is just extra added goodness. This is one of those strange anomalies - really good Science Fiction that's not driven by sciencspeak gobbledygook.

Posted by: Kevin Baker on September 28, 2005 11:46 AM

It is a western set in space. It was an all-too-short-lived series on Fox, who screwed up royally in cancelling it. It is a very good movie that can be enjoyed without seeing the television episodes, but is much richer if you have. Think you would like it for the musical score alone... I plan to go see it again, maybe even a couple of times, to try to get all the great lines, pay more attention to the score, etc.

Posted by: Laughing Wolf on September 28, 2005 11:49 AM

I think you'd fit right in Rob, guns, space hookers and sticking it to the man, what else is there in life? Doesn't hurt that it has a witty tightly written script.

Posted by: Sean on September 28, 2005 12:02 PM

I've seen a few episodes of Firefly and it had the potential to be the best sci-fi ever done on TV. No goofy aliens in rubber masks. Well drawn (and acted) characters in a frontier setting who were on the loosing side of a 'civil' war. I figure I'll have to get the DVD set myself. I think you'd like it. Sci-Fi channel on Fridays at 7.00 Eastern. (And if they run a marathon, I'm in for the day.)

Posted by: Stu on September 28, 2005 12:35 PM

Sci-fi, basically a western in space. The one episode I've seen was pretty good, but the new Battlestar Galactica is still the best sci-fi ever shown on TV.

Posted by: Grand Fromage on September 28, 2005 02:23 PM

Thanks for asking this Acidman. I didn't have a clue either but I don't enough commenters to clue me in at my own blog.

It sounds pretty cool to me but I don't have a movie house nearby so maybe I'll try to watch the series on TV.

Posted by: Libby on September 28, 2005 03:04 PM

Glad you asked. I was going to ask the same question.

Posted by: Jim - PRS on September 28, 2005 08:34 PM

I'll join in.
The original series was very good. They didn't even air the whole first season so some of the episodes on the DVD were never aired.

It's good because the heroes are people not caricatures. They're both good and bad.
And they get off good lines. Here's a link to some of the best lines.

If someone tries to kill you, you just try and kill 'em right back is one good one.

Think Ice Pirates except not silly.

Posted by: Veeshir on September 29, 2005 11:09 AM
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