SCI-FIGHTERS: SERENITY (Joss Whedon, 2005)
136 Metropolitan Ave. between Berry St. & Wythe Ave.
Saturday, November 7, 11:15 am
We were huge fans of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, so it was with much disappointment that we watched his 2002 TV show, Firefly, come and go so quickly. But the diehard fans, known as Browncoats, wanted more than the Fox network gave them, so Whedon delivered this exciting feature-length film for Universal, reuniting the cast, including Nathan Fillion as Mal, Gina Torres as Zoe, Alan Tudyk as Wash, Morena Baccarin as Inara, Adam Baldwin as Jayne, Jewel Staite as Kaylee, Sean Maher as Simon, Summer Glau as River, and Ron Glass (yes, the guy from Barney Miller) as Shepherd. The bad guy this time around is known simply as the Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a cold-blooded killing machine out to destroy River, who has very dangerous special powers that the Alliance wants silenced. Also getting in the crew’s way are the Reavers, vile creatures who prefer to eat their prey alive. While the Browncoats should be thrilled with the film, so should newbies to this world, as Whedon has managed to make Serenity an involving stand-alone space Western that sci-fi fans can enjoy without knowing anything about Firefly. But after you see this thoroughly enjoyable flick, you’re likely to rush to catch up on everything you missed. Serenity is screening November 7 at as part of the Nitehawk Cinema series “Country Brunchin’” and “Sci-Fighters” and will be preceded by a live performance by the Brooklyn country band Tatters & Rags. “Sci-Fighters” continues Fridays and Saturdays in November around midnight with such other fab flicks as Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Alien, Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, and Paul Michael Glaser’s The Running Man.