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Monday, September 26, 2005

The Miracle of "Serenity"

If you've been reading this blog, then you know I have cancer, and it doesn't have a good prognosis. I found out just this past June, and underwent chemo and radiation in June, July and August. It wears you down, makes you tired and I basically just sat in a dark, cold room curled up on my sofa either watching tv or sleeping. Not so much fun.

In order to amuse myself with something other than judge shows or soap operas during the day, I joined one of those unlimited rental movie programs. In August, I asked some of my friends what they would recommend I watch, and several of them suggested renting the series "Firefly".

Now, my favourite tv show- that's still on the air- is "Alias" and I knew Gina Torres went to work on "Firefly". And last October at the Dallas Comic-Con, I helped judged a costume contest and someone was dressed as Kaylee from "Firefly" and I had no idea who she was. That was the extent of my knowledge about the show.

During the premiere episode I wasn't really sure what to make of the characters. Then the writer made a twist that I didn't expect and I fell in love with the characters and the sociological message behind the series. I'm now an addict.

The movie "Serenity" is coming out now. It's based on the series and I'm anxiously awaiting opening day. In fact, I thought it was coming out last Friday, only to be disappointed when I found out it isn't until this coming Friday! I started looking around "Serenity" websites in my obsession. I came across a message board that mentioned bloggers could get in on a press pass for a preview on Tuesday, so I signed up. I wasn't sure if that was real, but I was excited nevertheless.

And I kept looking around at fan-based sites. Then somewhere I found out there was going to be a premier on Wednesday outside of Austin and two of the actresses, Summer Glau and Jewel Staite, are scheduled to be there. It's also outside under the stars, in an old west "town" and there is a Q&A with the actresses after the viewing. Pretty awesome. Only thing was getting there and in would be a pain. Austin is around 5-6 hours away, and to go down there without knowing whether I could get in would not work. You could take chances and see if there was room, make a reservation, or write a "love poem" to one of the characters. I decided to go ahead and write a poem and if I won, then I would go, if I didn't then I was happy enough going on Tuesday alone. Okay, not really- but you gotta convince yourself. I ended up winning 2 tickets!

Now I've gone from crying and being all depressed as I was last week to having a smile on my face and being all excited about being able to see this movie- and under such great circumstances.

And that is the Miracle of "Serenity".

I just need a date now. I wonder if Mal is available...

Please support this film by seeing it. The show was canceled way too early. I'd like to see the series live on. It has purpose and a meaning that many movies do not.

If you haven't seen the tv show, then I cannot recommend it enough. It is out on DVD, so don't even bother renting- purchase it.

For more information on the movie, visit the official website http://www.serenitymovie.com . Here is a synopsis of the movie:
Joss Whedon, the Oscar® - and Emmy - nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, ANGEL and FIREFLY, now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family –squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.

I'll post my review when I get back from Austin. Next week it's down to Houston for my next round of chemo. What fun!

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