"You can’t stop the signal."
Most people involved in making Joss Whedon’s 2005 film Serenity acknowledge that it was a near miracle that they got to make it. The TV show upon which it was based, “Firefly,” was canceled before its 14 episodes all aired and it seemed dead. Luckily, the rabid fanbase clamored loud enough and Universal saw that there may be an audience for a continuation of the story after all. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Disease Films series with Whedon’s conclusion of his “Firefly” story, 2005’s Serenity.
We talk about why the film works and what Whedon brings to the table, notably his sharp story construction and snappy dialogue. We chat about the cast, looking primarily at Serenity’s crew members and their antagonist played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. We look at the look of the film and why Jack Green’s cinematography works so well for us. We marvel at the stuntwork done by the cast, notably Summer Glau and Nathan Fillion as they handled most of their stunts to brilliant effect. We talk about the release of the film and why we think it didn’t do that well at the box office. And we take note of a fascinating milestone this film represents in the advancing world of digital film projection.
It’s an amazing science fiction western noir film and is one of our faves. Definitely check it out, then tune in to this week’s show!
- Watch this film: iTunes • Amazon
- Script Transcript
- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- Art of the Title
- Firefly on Netflix
- The Great Wall of China by Franz Kafka, translation by Ian Johnston