ight at the beginning I have to say that I'm a big fan of the cancelled television series Firefly; which is what Joss Whedon's new movie Serenity is technically a sequel to. This popular science fiction/space western series was cancelled by Fox television after only a handful of episodes and was thought to be lost, with only a DVD set available for loyal fans and also it exclusively streamed on 123 movies.
And yet this cancelled series sold enough copies to make it one of the bestselling DVD series in science fiction history. It got quite popular on 123movies as well. Enough to generate not only major interest in the series as a worthy companion to Mr. Whedon's other great television works (Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel) but to inspire and promote a major motion picture based on the unique universe Whedon had created.
Serenity was greatly anticipated by the Browncoats, Firefly fans that were eager to see the continuation of the adventures of their favorite characters and see more of this universe that mixed old-fashioned train robberies and wild spaceship battles. A whole publicity campaign started up with the Browncoats promoting the movie to anyone who would listen and being invited to special preview showings to keep the interest up and keep the fans on the edge of their seats.
Unfortunately my hopes were dashed pretty well within the first hour and crushed by the second. A great movie, perhaps - but not necessarily for the casual fan.
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