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Directed by: Joss Whedon
3 stars
::spoiler alert::

Considering I’m a HUGE fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it goes without saying that I’m a Joss Whedon fan.

However, I’m not particularly a fan of SciFi nor did I ever watch even one episode of the television series, “Firefly,” upon which this movie was based. Yet.

I don’t really know what to write about this movie. I’ve started several reviews & chucked them all. Why? Because I don’t know what to say.

Which, I have regretfully come to the conclusion, is not a good thing.

Excellent dialogue. Human, believable words & actions in a genre that typically offers up gibberish.

& honestly, their near-misses with the Reevers (pardon me if I misspell) were scarier than “Hostel.” Scarier in the sense that I felt that adrenaline jolt in my chest which I didn’t feel once during “Hostel.”

But the end result was a little disappointing. I wanted what she saw to be HUGE. Granted, the wiping out of an entire planet was huge, the making, essentially, of Reevers was huge, but … eh … I expected more. Instead, I watched a watered down version of “Stephen King’s The Stand” (book, not made-for-tv-movie, cuz let’s face it, that was the watered-down version of the book).

I dunno. I liked it, but don’t know if I so much am going to join the underground masses that worship at the foot of Firefly/Serenity. But then again, maybe I just need to give the television show a look-see. After all, I didn’t judge BVS the tv series on the movie.

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A reader just wrote in to me with the following comment to this blog post from miss_niki:

I’m really a sci-fi fan. It is such a great way to sneak in reality to people who are thinking they are watching fantasy.

If you take a look at the TV shows, you will understand where the power comes from and you will end up a great big fan of Nathan Fillion. He set the tone and creates a character as strong as any.

The very first episode sets the tone of his character and the actor runs with it. Give it a try and see what you think.

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Thanks! I bought the Firefly DVD box set for a friend, but being that she already owned it, I chose to keep it for myself for exactly the reason stated by the Reader. I do love Nathan Fillion, from the work that I have seen thus far. I’m looking forward to living the journey.

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