October 2nd, 2005


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[User Picture]From: fizzbang Date: October 7th, 2005 - 06:41 pm (Link)
Book's character is sort of explained, although you have to infer a fair deal. I didn't figure it out until I realized that Book and the Operative are, well, bookends to the same story.

Book has a tremendous amount of mysterious familiarity about how people like the Operative work, and both of their central traits are their faith. The Firefly audience who knows that there's something odd about Book can guess that he used to be an Operative, by the end of the movie, the Operative is practically on his way to becoming a shepherd.

It's a nice, subtle touch for a subtle character. Book and Operative might as well be the same character at different points of his life.

As for the rest... When it's explained like that, I agree. Sure, I really want more Serenity, but it's the same sort of want as when you've just finished a perfect meal. You know you shouldn't because the excess would ruin it all, but it was just so fucking good!

But that sort of want will probably be sated once Joss gets started on his next project. And hopefully, a highly successful movie will provide just the sort of clout he needs to keep studios from killing it in its infancy.
[User Picture]From: vanango Date: October 7th, 2005 - 07:03 pm (Link)
I really like Book a lot, the first time I saw the movie I was sad he had a smaller part in the movie, but the 2nd time I came to the same conclusion or at least possibility as you did.

I think the only way a sequel would work is if it were a prequel to Serenity.

Jayne: "One day you're gonna tell us all how a preacher knows so damn much about crime."

(Our Mrs. Reynolds)

I agree another Serenity isn't a good idea though.
[User Picture]From: fizzbang Date: October 7th, 2005 - 07:13 pm (Link)
Yeah, I agree that any other Serenity movie would have to be a prequel. I suppose it could be possible to continue forward from there, but, for all the reasons given above, I just couldn't see it working nearly as well. And, of course, without Wash, it wouldn't quite feel right.

Oh, but I will say that I think Wash dying was the right way to go, but only if you're deliberately planning on not making a sequel. The death of a beloved character made me honestly doubt that the other characters would make it, and Wash's death is the one that closes and completes stories, for all the reasons you listed above. It doesn't lead to any new questions about character development, but if you want to finish a setting's story, that's not what you want, is it?

Plus, the funny guy always dies, right?

That said, I saw all of those folks in line for their first viewing of Serenity, dressed as their favorite characters, and I couldn't help but feel a pang of sorrow for the ones who were wearing hawaiian shirts. I wore my black hawaiian shirt the next day in mourning.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 7th, 2005 - 07:24 pm (Link)
heh, no one was dressed up by the time I got there, even on opening night. The theater wasn't even packed.

Yeah, i see your points, and I think it was a fine decision to make. I was just saying the choice that i would have made, had I written it.
[User Picture]From: mokatz Date: October 7th, 2005 - 08:32 pm (Link)
Oh, but I will say that I think Wash dying was the right way to go, but only if you're deliberately planning on not making a sequel.
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Plus, the funny guy always dies, right?


I have a perfect counterpoint to this: The Death of Spock in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 7th, 2005 - 08:35 pm (Link)
Well, I would argue that Star Trek III was an awful idea, and so Spock's death was a fine ending point.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 7th, 2005 - 07:21 pm (Link)
true. But I don't really need the prequel either. Prequels filmed after the fact often seem rather forced and annoying... see Star Wars I, II and III.

I'm glad you see my points though.
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: October 7th, 2005 - 10:22 pm (Link)
There is a prequel to Serenity, oh Angel of Hardcore. The Serenity three-issue comic book series bridges the gap between Firefly and Serenity
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 7th, 2005 - 10:39 pm (Link)
yeah, I knew about that too... see my not generally caring for comics movie tie ins
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 7th, 2005 - 07:08 pm (Link)
I meant that we never learned exactly what Book's background is. It doesn't matter. That's kind of the point. Mal says "you ever gonna tell me?" Book says "No." That's enough for me.

I'm done with this story. I have everything I need to remember the characters fondly from here on out. If anything, I might rather see something else from the universe (kinda the way Sin City works) and not so much the characters that we met here. And if we're going to do that, then I'm quite fine with just getting something new and different out of Joss. And I'm sure whatever that is will be good.

There's no drama left in Serenity. River can do anything. Good. Let's go somewhere else now.
[User Picture]From: fizzbang Date: October 7th, 2005 - 07:15 pm (Link)
Well, I hear Joss is currently the head writer/director for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie...
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: October 7th, 2005 - 07:22 pm (Link)
yeah, he currently has the nod... we'll see if he gets to keep it...
 

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