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I just watched Serenity on DVD. I had seen it in the theaters so knew what to expect… and I believe this helped some.

 

The first time I watched Serenity it was the first showing on the first day of the movie’s release in my area. The theater I went to is one of the better ones in my area, a very nice, and big, screen, clean, and with a great sound system. I was all set for a great ride.

 

I had just recently seen the entire Firefly series (which Serenity is based on) and read the three Serenity comic books (the last one in the parking lot as I waited for the movie time to arrive) that take place after the end of the Firefly series but before the movie. I was pumped and ready for the show.

 

By the time Serenity, the movie, was over, I was numb. I walked out of the theater with my sense of joy at seeing my screen friends again, and the humor… largely muted by feelings of shock and grief. Still, I also felt I had seen something powerful. I had been thoroughly entertained but still… I felt numb mixed with sad as I drove home.

 

I wanted to go back and see the movie again while it was still in the theaters but I could never quite bring myself to go. I decided just to wait for the DVD to come out.

 

I wasn’t quite sure if I was ready for the DVD either but I decided to watch it tonight. Knowing what to expect did help this time though. I was much better able to enjoy the show and accept those things that I still wish had gone another way.

 

Serenity is an excellent movie, and I thought so even the first time I seen it, but for those of us who really fell in love with the cast of characters, and the verse they live in, it does take an emotional toll to watch it.

 

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You aren't kidding about the emotional toll.
I too went opening weekend and I was largely unspoiled before seeing the movie. I did however read a few rumors, no specifics. Didn't plan on it but these things happen in cyber space. I knew to take a hankie with me when I saw the movie. Even knowing what I did, it didn't lessen the impact. I got choked up again when I saw it on DVD. Even my hubby who claims not to care for scifi was shocked at some of the events that happened. Even though I shed a few tears it was a great ride.

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   it does take an emotional toll to watch it. 

 

You are definitely right... and I don't think that it is a toll that I am willing to pay. 

 

 

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If you haven't seen the movie....
 

 

For a while after seeing the movie in the theater, I couldn't even enjoy the series any more.  It was WAY too sad. Every time I would see a scene in the show I would get depressed all over again.   

 

One thing that ESPECIALLY bothered me about the deaths - especially Wash's was that I  honestly did not see a point to it.  The Shepherd's death had a reason... or at least a point in the plot.. it gave them the motive,  the fire, the passion, to continue on with a plan that they NEVER would have tried previously.  I could SEE that one. There was NO point to Wash's death.  They already HAD the mission, they knew what they had to do,  it served no further point in the plot other than "shock value." 

 

One of the things that made the show different... at least for me... was the marriage of Zoe and Wash.  Other than "MacMillan and Wife" and "Hart to Hart" there aren't too many adventure series out there that feature a married couple.  It changes the whole dynamic of the show.  There is no love of the week, no sexual tension with other characters, no "hiding" the fact that two people can actually LOVE each other.During the series, you just KNEW that these people were making it WORK.  They had a marriage that was going to last.

 

When Wash died in the movie, it RUINED the series for me.  The scened to two characters had together were just too depressing. No longer could I just imagine them living happily ever after, having the children that they discussed, and still in love and traveling through the galaxy.  The image was shattered and the show was wrecked.

 

As stupid as it sounds, I don't think that I was ever so NUMB as I was after seeing the movie.  I KNEW that it was a movie... based on a "silly" TV show... but I was DEPRESSED, shocked and saddened.

 

Most of all I am upset over the fact that MAYBE 30 seconds of a two hour movie would make me not want to buy the DVD or ever see the movie again.... but right now that is how I feel.  It just isn't worth it.

 

I had looked forward to that movie for SO long... I couldn't wait until it came out and I couldn't wait to get to the theater to see it.  Now I am doing my best to forget it so I can picture my favorite crew living happily ever after.  

 

 


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Much as the loss saddened me I saw a point to it. After that scene I had the feeling that all bets were off. That anyone could go at any time. I think that is what Joss was going for but that is just my take on it.
I hope you find it in you to be able to enjoy the series again NJ.
Maybe if you go watch A Knight's Tale and then come back you might be able to enjoy it.

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I had never seen the the firfly series.I know they put it on after they took andromeda off ,so out of some odd sense of loyalty i didnt watch it . when i saw the preveiws for the movies it looked pretty cool.(finally a good scifi movie) I rented the dvd and although i didnt know the characters very well enjoyed the movie except for what nannyjo said.it didnt make sense to me either.

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I waited until the DVD was out to see the movie...basically because no one would go with me and I just can't bring myself to go to a movie alone.  I also couldn't wait to see this movie...I loved the series...the characters are great.  It was a depressing movie...and I think only depressing to us die hard fans of the series who spent time with the characters and got to know them.  All I have to say is Wash is my favorite character....and I'm still in shock. 
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I waited until the DVD was out to see the movie...basically because no one would go with me and I just can't bring myself to go to a movie alone.  I also couldn't wait to see this movie...I loved the series...the characters are great.  It was a depressing movie...and I think only depressing to us die hard fans of the series who spent time with the characters and got to know them.  All I have to say is Wash is my favorite character....and I'm still in shock. 

If you lived here I would go to the cinema with you bud. Your right it's no fun to watch a film at the cinema on your own you just sit there looking like billy no mates.

I'm not a fan of firefly but I did enjoy the film and hope they make second one.


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Yikes!

Okay, I'm brave and will still see the movie, I'd already heard about the carnage, but not from fans who described the emotional impact as well as you all have. I was waiting for the DVD for the same reasons as Grey, but now have to schedule it for a time when my wife is away. She'll tease me mercilessly if I cry.



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ok, this movie rocked definitly! too bad there was some killing off of characters. I would have like to see more movies. this movie was spetacular!

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Alright, it has been awhile since this thread started. I will now throw my support into the mix. My wife & I have watched the whole series BOTH time it was released (actually, Fox wasn't the whole series NOR was it in order, but we watched it then too). Before the movie was released we got the magazine about the movie. However, I forbade my wife to actually read it before we went to see the movie (or at least, don't tell me about any spoilers), and let me just agree with the rest of this group; I was shocked at Wash's death. In fact, I still watch Serenity at least once a week and even though I know it's coming, it still puts me in a small bit of shock. I understand the 'why' (life isn't always fair and sometimes the good ones die and I am fairly certain Wash was the easiest to kill because he was the most unlikely (aside from Kaylee) and his death had NOTHING to do with the whole 'mix-race marriage , lol) My wife thinks I am a bit weird for watching this movie so much, but I remind her about 'Oceans 11' which she watched EVERY NIGHT FOR A YEAR or SG-1's 'Window of Opportunity' which she is breaking ALL records for most watched in THIS household! As you can see, there is a stalemate!

    Ahh well, such is the married life of a SciFi Geek/nerd!


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