All New: Were the screenings a mistake?
Thursday, February 17, 2005

Yeah, okay, so now there's an actual blog here. Stupid Internet Explorer.

Anyway, my point was: should they have delayed the screenings? My guess is that these current wave of screenings were scheduled before the delay. This means that they're arriving 5 months before the normal time.

We're already seeing spoilers leaking out. Someone even posted the massive spoiler in open text on an unmarked thread in this forum. Most places would consider that grounds to expel the person too.

I got to see the movie entirely spoiler free. The only thing I knew was that all 9 of our BDMs were returning and that there were Reavers in it to some degree. Other than that: nothing.

I don't anyone here will get the same opportunity. Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted to have seen it early but I'm just a bit concerned that a) some fans will get spoiled against their will and b) some fans will leave the forum so that doesn't happen.

Other than my own personal gratification, I'm not sure what good the screenings have done. There was already a big underground hype building for the movie and it's not like anyone would take the words of ardent Firefly fans about the movie at face value. Plus of course, some civilians went to this "sci-fi adventure screening" hoping to see Star Wars Episode III (obviously not knowing Lucas doesn't do test audiences any more) and were therefore disappointed. This could also have a negative effect (it certainly did on Wild Wild West when screener audiences thought they were going to see a preview of the Matrix but then saw an unfinished version of WWW. They were not amused.)

I guess if they were looking to reassure Universal, this should have done the trick. We were all rapt in it and I think it's fair to say that many of us will happily go to see that movie more than once on the big screen.


Monday, May 2, 2005 4:35 PM


Intersesting question. I don't hang out here much. I spend most of my time at the OB. So far, everyone has done a great job of marking all spoilers. Of course, it's still pre-May 5th. Anyway, I'm wanting to stay so spoiler free that I haven't even watched the trailer. I think I know a couple of minor things, but nothing big. I guess I'm just saying that you can be online and stay spoiler-free. Well, that's my opinion at least before May 5th.

Friday, February 18, 2005 2:34 PM


I think I agree. I think the studio is trying to keep the fans interested through what is a very long time without new episodes into the movie.
accidentally saw the spoiler you mentioned... had been avoiding them. Not happy.
But still very much looking forward to the movie!

Friday, February 18, 2005 12:48 PM


I think that these advance screenings are very necessary. I know the one in London was packed with the already converted, but I was talking with an American who was at one of the original screenings in LA. She got to watch it with a mix of fans and people who'd never heard of Firefly. In the discussion group afterwards she got to raise some very valid points with Joss Whedon, Chris Buchanan and various other Big Cheeses sitting behind listening.

You're never going to get a true picture of audience reaction when you just show fans and people who are just plonked on seats and told "Watch this." The people who will love this film will have chosen pay for their tickets and want to enjoy it.

This film is exciting, frightening, sad, shocking, very funny and so very intense. Joss Whedon hasn't let us down.

Friday, February 18, 2005 3:18 AM


Nope, the screenings were a great idea and certainly those of us at the one in Picadilly loved every gorram frame of it. We are all in for a terrific treat on 30th September. I never give spoilers but you would need to be dead from the neck up not to be mightily impressed with this Big Damn Movie. Now go, book your gorram seats before those *liumang* purplebellies pinch all the good seats. Ali D :~)
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