On TV, from 2002 to 2003 ex-soldier on the wrong side of a war, Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Nathan Fillion, led a ragtag team of an ex-soldier turned mercenary, her freelance pilot husband, a misplaced preacher, a disgraced doctor (with his fugitive sister) and a brazen mercenary onboard a transport ship he salvaged from a scrap-yard in various missions across several planets, all while trying to elude the dreaded Alliance, who campaigned the losing war they fought in. But that was ‘Firefly,' which, despite developing a massive fan following, lasted only half of a season (thank you Fox),
Afterwards though, the loyal, devoted and jaded fan outcry for more, up until, finally, Universal answered their chagrin in 2005 with a film version of the tale, named after both the starship as well as the losing battle of the war in question, ‘Serenity.'
Joss Whedon, writer, producer and director of both, was told that his film must be self-contained, so that it appeals to more than just the 'Browncoats.' This resulted in a resurgence of popularity for the ill-fated series, as well as box office performance just shy of the budget (about $13.5 million), which, normally,) would kill a series cold, but the subsequent home video rentals, streaming performance and home video sales have surely put this back in the black, as far as performance goes. It evened spawned a documentary ‘Done, the impossible,' chronicling the plight of the fans' tireless battle and quest for satisfaction.
Regardless of the effort it took to get made, ‘Serenity’ is a very interesting, action packed, well written and entertaining story about space travel, the colonization of foreign planets, the cost of doing the right thing, brotherly love, a classic good versus evil duel, the futileness of censorship and, well, as Adam Baldwin.
Serenity and Firefly both (as well as the aforementioned doc) are available on Netflix streaming right now and I encourage those seeking quality, intelligent entertainment to watch it the next time they decide to spend their time seeking video-reprieve from life. When you're finished watching, you'll classify your experience: “shiny.”