fosteronfilm and I began our Serenity experience by having dinner at Little Szechewan with our host, Steve Eley (the man behind Escape Pod), his wife Anna, little baby Alex Eley, and a cadre of other eager Firefly fans. The food was excellent and copious–so copious that our boxed leftovers promise to be enough food for another meal. And the company was wonderful. I’m hoping we get to hang with these fine folks again soon as I enjoyed myself immensely.
And then it was off to the theater to stand in line for an hour and a half with other eager Serenity-goers, including one lass who was hoping to get a spare ticket–willing to sing and barter artwork (and, of course, cash) for the privilege. I’m happy to report that her ticket quest was successful, although if she had to serenade someone to get it, I missed the performance. Someone also ordered a pizza in line, resulting in a perplexed pizza-delivery guy. But eventually, pizza and hungry line-stander were united.
As far as the movie goes, go see it as soon as it comes out! It was really good. Not as good as the best episodes of Firefly, but better than the mean, which is pretty damn good on the entertainment scale. Everything in the movie is bigger and shinier than the TV series, and Joss Whedon’s dialogue, especially in the opening scenes, is nothing short of genius. And the fights! Joss’s choreography a la Buffy and Angel has always been amazing, but what he did for Serenity with River . . . It was a thing of beauty and awesome to behold. I have tons more to comment upon and geek about, but the content of my effusive gushing, and yes, a few railings, contain mongo-ass spoilers. So that’s all I’m going to say.
If you want to read more about the preview screening, check out fosteronfilm‘s review.
Many thanks to Steve for sponsoring the trivia contest which allowed us to partake of the preview experience. If you haven’t yet, go check out Escape Pod and download some SF podcasty goodness as well as Steve’s very funny Serenity review.