I Tried, I Really Tried.
Saturday, October 8, 2005

I drove about an hour to go see Serenity last night. I had to go see it by myself because I can't find another browncoat anywhere near me. I got there about 15 minutes before the movie started so I rushed to get in line and get a ticket. There were more people just kind of standing around then there were in line so I moved my way through them to find an actual line. There was a group of four teens standing in a huddle near me. One of them said "What do we want to see?" That was my cue, right?

So I turned around to them and said "You want to see Serenity."

The guy nearest me made a face and said that it sounded like a chick flick. What an insult to both me and my movie!
So I told him that it was most definitely NOT a chick flick, that it was action/adventure/horror/suspense/sci-fi..and the same kid cut me off with "I don't like sci-fi." To which I responded, "This is NOT Star Wars." I give him a brief outline of the premise for the movie, he's still not convinced. His three friends are just standing there. Finally, I tell them that if they want to see Serenity, I'll buy all their tickets. Still they looked uncertain. So I got in line and when it was my turn to buy my ticket, I looked back at them. They were still just standing there, unsure of what to do (This is a thing I hate about teenagers. This is a thing I hated about teenagers when I WAS a teenager!) I tried my hardest, I did. I bought two tickets anyway.
And the movie was showing at the screen in the furthest deepest recess of the theater, way way in the back. I think the room sat 50-75 people and it was only 1/2 full. Not another single browncoat in the room (you can kind of sense these things, can't you?) But what it did have was the crying baby, the person who coughed through the whole thing and the woman behind me who kept kicking my seat and didn't get the hint even after I moved down a few seats. They didn't laugh once until "I need your authorization code..bang bang bang...okay!" I mean, the whole exploding sequence got nothing!

And then afterwards a few people hung out during the credits and discussed it: "Wasn't this a cancelled TV show?" "What was up with prostitute?" (I bit my cheek not to yell back "The term is Companion !") and other clueless stuff. Oh well, at least now maybe some of them will go hunting for more info.
And I was the only one that stayed till the end. I had to stay till the very end to hear the Ballad of Serenity. It's like a thank you note from Joss.
And another funny thing: I got home after midnight and crashed, I was so tired. But I woke up abruptly at 6:30am. In my Serenity filled mind, a flash bomb went off! In reality, it was probably thunder and lightning, but I had earplugs in so I didn't hear the thunder, I just probably felt it and saw the lightning flash. Still, it's very startling to wake up to what you think is a flash bomb!


Tuesday, December 6, 2005 3:31 PM


Hey everyone. Just like to say I'm a teenager .

I have to disagree with SigmaNick. Joss Whedon himself said he didn't make this movie for the fans. He made it for the sake of the story. So, maybe poor planning on his part.

Also, my stepmom, who never got interested in the show (she didn't see one episode) came with us to the movies. And although she didn't enjoy it (she's more of a chick-flick type girl), she sat through the movie and she understood the story. She completely got it.

Saturday, October 8, 2005 10:55 PM


Yup. You gotta keep things simple for most teens (no, wait. Most people. Teens dont deserve extra bashing..they just havnt learned to hide their ignorance as well as their elders).

Next time someone tells you it sounds like a chick flick...just say to them that it is an "action comedy". Or an "action" or "Comedy" or "Sci-fi". Leave it at that....Something simple that dont require an explanation.

Oh well. You tried, their loss.

Saturday, October 8, 2005 6:03 PM


Hey Serenity! You did the right thing. Teenagers need the gentle but firm guidance of their elders.
Think maybe you'd want to show up for a showing in Columbia with at least one other Browncoat? I'll be there next weekend with bells on! (well, my Blue Sun t-shirt anyway)

Saturday, October 8, 2005 5:34 PM


Sorry you had such a bad experience at the theater. And they wonder why people aren't going anymore, eh?

But truthfully, that's what I think is wrong with the movie. Don't get me wrong, as movies go today, this is one of the better ones. But, only a fan would know anything about the characters and/or motives, etc. I think this is where it all went wrong. Just action, no explinations (and dialog and... but I digress). People who weren't involved in the series just won't have a clue.

How are people supposed to know if the movie doesn't tell them?

And what was up with those teenagers?!?! When I was a teenager, if someone offered to me a free movie, I would've jumped at the chance. Even if it sucked, I wouldn't have wasted any of my money.

Oh, and by the way, the term is sphooker ;)

Saturday, October 8, 2005 8:04 AM


wow. sc. i've driven there! i love the south, it seems like the father you go the warmer it gets . . . but then that just sounds stupid so allow me to expostulate: people get nicer, warmer friendlier. or at least until you get to floridia where people don't count. :)

Saturday, October 8, 2005 7:26 AM


I had to drive to Augusta GA. I live in SC.

Saturday, October 8, 2005 7:13 AM


note to self: genades may cost extra, but they're certainly worth it!

i apologize for my sucky generation! what area do you live in?


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