History Film / Serenity

16th Jul '17 1:25:08 PM masterofthehouse
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* ShooOutTheClowns: A particularly brutal example. [[spoiler:Wash provides much of the film's comic relief, as he does in the show. When the intense final showdown is about to take place, he's properly killed off]].
10th Jul '17 3:45:17 AM Doodler
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* AnalogyBackfire: The Operative compares River to an albatross, recalling ''Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner''. Mal, who's actually read it, points out that the albatross brought good luck and even saved the crew, and it was the Mariner [[UngratefulBastard killing it]] that brought doom on the ship.
28th May '17 3:07:20 AM Origin
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** Mal shoots not one, not two, but three unarmed men over the course of the two hour film. Take that, Boba Fett. This is also the only reason he holds his own against the Operative, who is a much more skilled fighter but doesn't resort to such tricks.
** Which is not to say he doesn't resort to tricks.

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** Being a soldier-turned-outlaw smuggler and no longer bound by anything resembling official rules beyond ''"keep the ship flying"'', Mal has no qualms with bringing a gun to a proverbial knife (or, in the Operative's case, ''sword'') fight. Mal shoots not one, not two, but three unarmed men over the course of the two hour film. Take that, Boba Fett. This Of course, when put up against an exemplary swordsman and martial artist such as the Operative, fighting dirty (and obfuscating his immunity to a certain attack) is also just about the only reason he holds Mal's able to keep up with him.
-->'''The Operative:''' I want to resolve this like civilised men. I'm not threatening you. I'm unarmed--...\\
'''Mal:''' Good! ''(immediately draws
his own against gun and shoots the Operative, who is Operative right out of his chair)''
** As for Jayne? He's always been
a much more skilled fighter but doesn't resort fight-loving outlaw. While Mal avoids rules perhaps out of necessity due to such tricks.
** Which is not to say he doesn't resort to tricks.
the responsibilities placed upon him by his captaincy, Jayne flat-out ''doesn't care'' about them.
22nd May '17 5:12:35 PM StarSword
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%%* DeusExMachina: A well-done type four.

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%%* * DeusExMachina: A well-done type four.[[spoiler:The DisabilityImmunity moment with Mal fending off the Operative's PressurePoint attack was not foreshadowed in any way.]]



* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''Serenity'' is (obviously) the name of the spaceship, but the title also alludes to [[spoiler:the Alliance's plan to control the people of the 'Verse by using drugs to make them naturally peaceful and docile]]. Historically, the title refers to the Battle of Serenity Valley and more broadly the struggle between "civilisation" (The Alliance) and independence (The, erm, Independents) that forms the undercurrent of the film. Thematically, the Operative, Mal, and River are all looking for peace of mind.

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''Serenity'' is (obviously) the name of the spaceship, but the title also alludes to [[spoiler:the Alliance's plan to control the people of the 'Verse by using drugs to make them naturally peaceful and docile]]. Historically, the title refers to the Battle of Serenity Valley and more broadly the OrderVsChaos struggle between "civilisation" (The Alliance) and independence (The, erm, Independents) that forms the undercurrent of the film. Thematically, the Operative, Mal, and River are all looking for peace of mind.
9th May '17 2:26:01 PM eroock
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* ParallelConflictSequence: The final battle is fought in two places.
27th Apr '17 11:32:35 AM FordPrefect
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--> '''The Operative''': Key. Members. Of Parliment.

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--> '''The Operative''': Key. Members. Of Parliment.Parliament.
** Also, after Mal realizes that Reavers are coming:
--> '''Mal:''' Get them! ''Inside!'' '''The Vault!'''



Note that Miranda had a population of ''several million'', and the government managed to supress all knowledge of it entirely, save for a blank entry on the Cortex (the setting's equivalent to the net) and some vague recollections.

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Note that Miranda had a population of ''several million'', and the government managed to supress suppress all knowledge of it entirely, save for a blank entry on the Cortex (the setting's equivalent to the net) and some vague recollections.



* UnusualEuphemism: Between the Mildly Mandarin swearing, the use of archaic words like "quim", and various other slang such as "gorram" and "shiny", It's hard to find examples of ''usual'' euphemisms in this film.

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* UnusualEuphemism: Between the Mildly Mandarin swearing, the use of archaic words like "quim", and various other slang such as "gorram" and "shiny", It's it's hard to find examples of ''usual'' euphemisms in this film.



* YouAreAlreadyDead: A variant, the Operative uses a nerve strike, that while not deadly in and of itself, does leave his victims paralyzed so he can stab them with his sword.

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* YouAreAlreadyDead: A variant, the Operative uses a nerve strike, that strike that, while not deadly in and of itself, does leave his victims paralyzed so he can stab them with his sword.



* YouHaveFailedMe: DoubleSubversion. The Operative's superiors aren't angry that Simon got River out, as he clearly went to extreme lengths to accomplish it. They are, however, extremely angry that River's "handlers" showed their pet psychic to key members of Parliament.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: DoubleSubversion. The Operative's superiors aren't angry that Simon got River out, as he clearly went to extreme lengths to accomplish it. They are, however, extremely angry that River's "handlers" showed their pet psychic to key members of Parliament. In person.
27th Apr '17 11:25:40 AM FordPrefect
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* SexBot: Mr. Universe has one. Turns out to be useful for other things, too, like messages. It's not entirely clear why they call it this, since it never moves on it's own and appears to just be a doll.

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* SexBot: Mr. Universe has one. Turns out to be useful for other things, too, like messages. It's not entirely clear why they call it this, since it never moves on it's its own and appears to just be a doll.



** The Operative describes this as his ''raison d'etre''--his purpose in life, he says, is to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a world]] where [[KnightTemplar monsters like himself]] will not be allowed to exist.

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** The Operative describes this as his ''raison d'etre''--his purpose in life, he says, is to [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans create a world]] where [[KnightTemplar monsters like himself]] will [[NoPlaceForMeThere not be allowed to exist.exist]].
27th Apr '17 11:18:42 AM FordPrefect
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* CloseKnitCommunity: Between the series and the film, Shepard Book left ''Serenity'' and settled in a small town called Haven, where everyone seems to be friendly to both the crew and each other. The town is well named when ''Serenity'' needs shelter after a job.

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* CloseKnitCommunity: Between the series and the film, Shepard Shepherd Book left ''Serenity'' and settled in a small town called Haven, where everyone seems to be friendly to both the crew and each other. The town is well named when ''Serenity'' needs shelter after a job.



** Earlier, after [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep the Operative]] has been outwitted by the crew of ''Serenity'' one more time, he proceeds to [[spoiler:have everyone who has ever provided shelter to the crew killed, en masse, including any [[LeaveNoWitnesses inconvenient bystanders]] and [[AnyoneCanDie Shepard Book]]]]. This is what pushes Mal into going to [[spoiler:Miranda to find out just what the Alliance is trying to hide]].

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** Earlier, after [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep the Operative]] has been outwitted by the crew of ''Serenity'' one more time, he proceeds to [[spoiler:have everyone who has ever provided shelter to the crew killed, en masse, including any [[LeaveNoWitnesses inconvenient bystanders]] and [[AnyoneCanDie Shepard Shepherd Book]]]]. This is what pushes Mal into going to [[spoiler:Miranda to find out just what the Alliance is trying to hide]].



** Subverted by [[spoiler:River]]; she declares YouShallNotPass to the Reavers and locks herself in a room filled with them to save her friends and family. Five minutes later, after everyone believes that she's been raped, killed, eaten, and possibly worn like clothing by the horde (in that order, if she's lucky), the doors slide back open--[[spoiler:to reveal her standing completely uninjured and knee deep in enemy corpses]]

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** Subverted by [[spoiler:River]]; she declares YouShallNotPass to the Reavers and locks herself in a room filled with them to save her friends and family. Five minutes later, after everyone believes that she's been raped, killed, eaten, and possibly worn like clothing by the horde (in that order, if she's lucky), the doors slide back open--[[spoiler:to reveal her standing completely uninjured and knee deep in enemy corpses]]corpses]].



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In order: the Academy directors saw fit to put their heads of state in a room with a crazy psychic; the Operative's broadwave attempts to trigger River prevent Mal from turning the Tams off ''Serenity''; and the Operative's assault on Haven and the other safeholds just makes Mal more determined to figure out what Miranda holds.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In order: the Academy directors saw fit to put their heads of state in a room with a crazy psychic; psychic, not just show them video footage; the Operative's broadwave attempts to trigger River prevent Mal from turning the Tams off ''Serenity''; and the Operative's assault on Haven and the other safeholds just makes Mal more determined to figure out what Miranda holds.



* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Parodied. Mal can tell the Rample twins apart because "Fanty's prettier", but there is no easy way to spot distinction between him and Mingo.

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* IdenticalTwinIDTag: Parodied. Mal can tell the Rample twins apart because "Fanty's prettier", but there is no easy way to spot the distinction between him and Mingo.



* InfantImmortality: Averted. The Operative is not above to killing children, as he flat out informs Mal. As proof of this, when the characters arrive at Haven, Kaylee (the crew's most soft-hearted member) comes across a dead little boy about 10 years old (one whom she was briefly seen interacting with affectionately, earlier in the film). [[spoiler:The Operative is aware that this is his MoralEventHorizon, but argues that these deeds are NecessarilyEvil.]]

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* InfantImmortality: Averted. The Operative is not above to killing children, as he flat out informs Mal. As proof of this, when the characters arrive at Haven, Kaylee (the crew's most soft-hearted member) comes across a dead little boy about 10 years old (one whom she was briefly seen interacting with affectionately, earlier in the film). [[spoiler:The Operative is aware that this is his MoralEventHorizon, but argues that these deeds are NecessarilyEvil.]]



'''Jayne:''' Why? Cause this guy beat up Mal? That ain't so hard.\\

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'''Jayne:''' Why? Cause 'Cause this guy beat up Mal? That ain't so hard.\\



* LodgedBladeRecycling: The Operative really shouldn't have let go of his sword after he stabs Mal with it. Mal uses it to pin him to the railing so that he's ForcedToWatch the Pax broadcast.

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* LodgedBladeRecycling: The Operative really shouldn't have let go of his sword after he stabs stabbed Mal with it. Mal uses it to pin him to the railing so that he's ForcedToWatch the Pax broadcast.



** The Operative offers to do this to Dr. Matthias "like an ailing pet".
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Simply being put in a room with [[spoiler:[[TheGovernment Key Members of Parliament]]]] was enough to drive River completely monkey-shit. It is expanded on in the {{Novelization}}--she was writing coherent secret messages to Simon right up until that point, upon which they immediately degraded to hash.

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** The Operative offers to do this to Dr. Matthias Mathias "like an ailing pet".
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Simply being put in a room with [[spoiler:[[TheGovernment Key Members key members of Parliament]]]] was enough to drive River completely monkey-shit. It is expanded on in the {{Novelization}}--she was writing coherent secret messages to Simon right up until that point, upon which they immediately degraded to hash.



* TheMovie: The Big Damn Movie.

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* TheMovie: [[TheMovie The Big Damn Movie.Movie]]



* NeutralFemale: Subverted with Inara, who tries to fight the Operative alongside Mal. Key word "tries", given she's a Companion, and he's a highly trained government agent.

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* NeutralFemale: Subverted with Inara, who tries to fight the Operative alongside Mal. Key word "tries", given she's a Companion, and he's a highly trained government agent. Although...



* NoNameGiven: The Operative. His name is taken from Doctor Mathais identifying him as "an operative" of the Alliance Parliament. Of course, the Operative states he doesn't ''have'' a name to give anyway, given he officially doesn't exist.

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* NoNameGiven: The Operative. His name is taken from Doctor Mathais Mathias identifying him as "an operative" of the Alliance Parliament. Of course, the Operative states he doesn't ''have'' a name to give anyway, given he officially doesn't exist.



'''The Operative:''' I'm not going to live there. There's no place for me there, any more than there is for you. Malcolm, I'm a monster. What I do is evil. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.

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'''The Operative:''' I'm not going to live there. There's [[TropeNamer no place for me there, there]], any more than there is for you. Malcolm, I'm a monster. What I do is evil. I have no illusions about it, but it must be done.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Operative comes off like this at first. When Dr. Matthias sees him reviewing footage of River's escape, he protests that there was nothing he could have done to prevent that. The Operative actually agrees with this, saying that Simon had spent far too much time and effort preparing for the escape for them to realistically have prevented it. [[spoiler:Then he executes Dr. Matthias because he had, inadvertently, leaked government secrets by allowing Parliament members into the same room as a mind-reader.]]

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Operative comes off like this at first. When Dr. Matthias Mathias sees him reviewing footage of River's escape, he protests that there was nothing he could have done to prevent that. The Operative actually agrees with this, saying that Simon had spent far too much time and effort preparing for the escape for them to realistically have prevented it. [[spoiler:Then he executes Dr. Matthias Mathias because he had, inadvertently, leaked government secrets by allowing Parliament members into the same room as a mind-reader.]]



'''Dr. Matthias:''' Gave up a brilliant future in medicine as well. It's madness.\\

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'''Dr. Matthias:''' Mathias:''' Gave up a brilliant future in medicine as well. It's madness.\\
27th Apr '17 2:18:57 AM FordPrefect
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* AbandonShip: Two separate cases in the film's climax. [[spoiler:The Operative uses a escape pod to flee his flagship, while Mal and the others leave ''Serenity'' after it lands on Mr. Universe's base and the Reavers begin to harpoon it.]]

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* AbandonShip: Two separate cases in the film's climax. [[spoiler:The Operative uses a an escape pod to flee his flagship, while Mal and the others leave ''Serenity'' after it lands on Mr. Universe's base and the Reavers begin to harpoon it.]]
19th Apr '17 3:22:56 AM Arivne
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* DeadManWriting: [[spoiler:Mr. Universe]] survives his stabbing long enough to record a message using [[spoiler:his lovebot]].

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* DeadManWriting: DeadManWriting
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[[spoiler:Mr. Universe]] survives his stabbing long enough to record a message using [[spoiler:his lovebot]].


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** Dr. Caron (the female scientist on the planet [[spoiler:Miranda]]) says in her holographic message "I won't live to report this..." because she knows that the Reavers will soon attack and kill her. Moments later they do so, in a chilling and horrifying manner.
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