Watching Serenity without ever having seen the series Firefly, I have come to the following conclusion: Don't watch Serenity without first watching Firefly! It really makes all the difference. With no knowledge of the plot or story of the series, I went into Serenity completely unaware of what to expect. The film is thankfully straight forward enough in exposition and story to make Serenity understandable to the outsider. Unfortunately, nothing else works. Fans of the series will love Serenity's quirky dialogue, larger-then-life characters and boisterous action. I hated it for all those reasons. Occasionally the dialogue was funny, but more often then not it sounded stupid to the extent that I'd write the whole script off as a dreadful case of Narm. Fans may treat every repartee or exclamation as a crowning moment of awesome, but I was appalled when confronted with lines like this:
Empire Alliance, is largely evil just for the sake of it, elaborately murdering defenceless scientists, drugging little children, and murdering colonies. Most of it seemed completely pointless. The actor was doing his best to make the Operative intimidating, but his character's excessive behaviour and pretentious dialogue completely undercut any chance of him being perceived as threatening. Even the little mad girl, Rivers, came across as more intimidating (and for good reason). They say a flick is only as good as it's villain. The Operative sucked. Do the math.
I can't stress how much difference it will make, watching the series first. Outsiders like me will not empathise in the slightest with the characters or the story without first getting to know the character progression throughout the series. If you are a Fan of Firefly, you'll probably love the film. If you aren't, you'll absolutely hate it.
- The Operative: Do you know what your sin is, Mal?Mal: Aw, hell...I'm a fan of all seven.[Mal headbutts the Operative and pulls the sword out.]
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