9/07/2005

Remember, remember the 30th of September

Sept. 30th is, of course, the scheduled release date for the Serenity movie. For those unaware, this is the big-screen version of Firefly, the short-lived sci-fi television series originally aired on FOX network, and more recently repeated on the Sci-Fi Channel.

The story is set about 500 years in the future after an interplanetary war through which the centralized Alliance Worlds established their dominance over the would-be "Independent" worlds. The central character is Malcolm Reynolds, who had fought on the losing side of that war, along with a an ensemble of very interesting characters who comprise his crew and passengers.

The series, or at least what we've seen of it so far, has very strong libertarian themes, especially concerning personal freedom and self-responsibility, has a lot of cool gun-play, depicts Alliance functionaries as the bullying bureaucrats we know and love from our century, and features something called The Blue Sun Corporation, apparently some sort of state-capitalist/mercantilist cabal, as a both ubiquitous and shadowy villain-behind-the-scenes.

Oh, and it is written and produced by Joss Wheedon, creator/writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So the writing, especially wrt the dialogue and characterization, is first-rate.

In many ways it is the Anti-Star Trek, and it's about time we got something like this.

The Browncoat Cartoonist says, check it out.

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