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A conversation about Serenity

The following scene took place this evening.


"What's 'Serenity'?" my teenage niece asks.

"It's the movie based on 'Firefly'. You know, that show I made you watch, and you were kind of bored, because it was a space show and you don't like space shows?"

"The Joss Whedon one after 'Angel'? I wasn't bored. I liked it."

(She was so bored. Doesn't even remember Wash and his dinosaurs. Fact is, her younger sister has recently made "Firefly" her own, and Big Sis wants in on the action.)

"Well," I continue, "they're making a movie out of it, and I get to see a sneak preview tomorrow night, and who knows? Joss himself might even be there."

"Really?!" That has her undivided attention.

"Yeah. Well, one of the stars, or Joss."

"God, wouldn't it be awesome if it was Joss?"

"Yes," I say, disguising my pride in her genius. "Yes it would." I add in my best Mal-to-Kaylee voice, "So...wanna see the trailer?"


I launch the trailer and turn the laptop her way. My niece watches, rapt. She laughs at Jayne and Wash. She says, "Oooh, I like her!" about River-in-the-rafters. She laughs at Mal and the fan. She looks at me with eyes shining when it's over and says, "There's nothing about that movie that doesn't look totally awesome!"

"Wanna watch it again?"


The second time through, she's saying the lines as they come up.

The third time, she's got it memorized. "Oh, that is so cool! I can't wait to see the movie!"

"Tell your friends. We need to pack those theaters on opening weekend."

"How come?"

"Because opening weekend will determine whether there's a sequel."

The kid can squee. I now have proof. "Eeee! There's gonna be a sequel?!"

"It's gonna be a trilogy. Then we'll get the TV show back. Maybe. So tell your friends."

"I wanna watch the whole series first."

Heh-heh-heh. No problem, kid. *makes mental note to order her a DVD set of her own*

She'll have her whole high school there on opening day. I'm so proud.


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May. 5th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
Heh. With fifty recruits, you get a toaster oven.

D'you really think the studio would produce another TV version if the movies succeed? I hadn't heard that possibility before, but it would be... wow. (Hopefully on a non-Fox network. 'sall I'm sayin.)
May. 5th, 2005 07:25 am (UTC)
No one but hopeful and delusional fans is making the "back to TV" claim. It actually seems quite unlikely. I'm just so over-the-moon about the sneak preview tomorrow that I lapsed into hyperbole.
May. 5th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
That is what I would pray for if I had a God. Firefly back on tv. Love you Mal icon.
May. 5th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
Amazing the expressions you find when going through a bit of film frame by frame. The closed eyes and the candle together in the same frame suggested prayer, and what would Nathan be praying for? Same thing as me, of course! (If, as you say, I had a god.)
May. 5th, 2005 07:26 am (UTC)
Aww that is the most precious thing ever! Yay! The theater filled with high school students on opening day could be a very, very good thing.
May. 5th, 2005 02:03 pm (UTC)
As sffan comments below, I'm not sure I want to be in the same auditorium with my niece's entire high school. But getting that age group involved is key. They'll come of age during the Serenity era!
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May. 5th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, same here. But kids smart enough to like Firefly and respect Joss are also cool enough to be a good audience at the movies. I hope.
May. 5th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
Damn fine work!
May. 5th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm finding my way to a style. Not for me the handing out of flyers. Not for me throwing a Firefly-watching party and inviting people who've never seen it. But this gradual wearing-away of resistance in a sort of devilish fashion? Totally my style.
May. 5th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
very cool
May. 5th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ah, corrupting the young and innocent. I'm proud of you. *g*
May. 5th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but it's a good corruption.
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May. 5th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
First one's free, little girl.
May. 6th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
Cows of blue? *snerk*
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May. 6th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Ooops, sorry. Must have had my Simon-tinted glasses on again.
May. 12th, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
Not sure you were around for the "Firefly Wakes Up Vampire" challenge. emungere wrote one about vampire yaks. Of blue.
May. 12th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
And here's where all the "Firefly with fangs" ficlets are linked.
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