Sometimes, when a talented performer dies prematurely, they'll be given posthumous awards. When the FOX network hastily pulled the plug on Joss Whedon's Firefly midway through the space Western's first season, Whedon was eventually given an opportunity to make Serenity--a feature-length continuation of the television series for the silver screen. Set some 500 years in the future, Firefly was a character-driven space-opera-meets-Western about a crew of nine nobodies on a cargo ship in the same way that the sitcom Seinfeld was a "show about nothing" in New York City. Firefly told the story of the captain and crew as they traveled through the sparsely inhabited outskirts of settled space while trying to avoid space cannibals. Yeah, space cannibals. Packed with everything from swashbuckling swordfights and Wild West-style shootouts to space cannibals and psychics, Firefly had it all, which presented Whedon with a difficult task while writing the script for Serenity. He had to somehow please the show's burgeoning fan base, while also introducing the characters and premise behind the TV show to moviegoers unfamiliar with the series. See how Whedon did when Serenity is screened this Friday and Saturday as a part of the Midnight Madness series at Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Call 214-764-9106 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
Fri., March 20; Sat., March 21, 2009