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Serenity Combines Genres

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Bradley Gill
Arts & Entertainment Editor

   Normally science fiction and westerns are about as far apart as Michael Moore and President Bush, but Joss Whedon managed to merge these two genres when he created his cult hit series "Firefly."

   Unfortunately the show was canceled after one season. However, due to the power of the Internet and the obsession of geeks everywhere the crew of "Serenity" are back and on the big screen.

   The movie picks up almost right where the series left off, with government engineered super kid River ( Summer Glau), being chased by the evil Alliance operative known only as The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Aiding and abetting the young fugitive are a ragtag bunch of miscreants who manage to nail every sci-fi and western stereotype dead on the head: there’s the tough ex general and captain Mal (Nathan Fillion), the quirky pilot Wash (Alex Tudyk), the plucky grease monkey Kaylee, (Jewel Staite), the space courtesan Inara (Morena Baccarin) and the resident badass Jayne (Adam Baldwin).

   Without giving away too much of the plot, at least two main characters die in the movie. Fans of the show might be a heartbroken about this, but Whedon gives enough background that even first-time viewers will be affected by the deaths. Whedon introduces all the characters and sets up the plot quite well, so while it may be enjoyable to watch the series it's not necessary to understand what is going on.

   "Serenity" is full of one-liners and clever dialogue. Much like the show, there's also enough action to keep the regular Hollywood crowd interested. The special effects are light years above and beyond what was done on the show and a few shots can even be considered breathtaking.

   "Serenity" is fast paced, witty and fun. For fans of the show it's a blessing; for newcomers it's the chance to see what all the fuss was, and still is about.

Grade: A+

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