"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
"That tickles me a bit."

Went and saw Serenity again last night with Nick K. and his co-worker Alfred. Nick loved it, Alfred didn't. Apparently Alfred hates all good movies, however. His complaint was that it wasn't based on reality. O_o

I noticed a few more things last night than I did on the first viewing:

  • Only the Borderworlders speak with the western accent. The Alliance, or well-educated people, speak with British accents. They both speak the Chinese pidgin, but the Alliance not to the same extent.
  • There were four obvious Buffy references that I caught:
    1. Girl having prophetic visions.
    2. Girl killing all the monsters.
    3. Mr. Universe's lovebot == BuffyBot fo' sho'.
    4. The axe River uses during the last fight sequence bears a very striking resesemblence to the Slayer's ultimate weapon in the final season of Buffy.
  • The "hundreds of new Earths" line from the series has been changed to "dozens of new worlds and hundreds of moons", which is much less annoying from a sci-fi perspective. The system maps you see back this up, especially early on. When Mal refers to "thirty worlds" he could mean either actual planets or just anything inhabited, though the latter seems more likely.
  • I am a big fucking nerd.

Alfred, being Chinese, speaks Chinese, but wasn't much help with translations. He did confirm that what River says during the Miranda breakdown scene ("Please God, make me stone") is repeat dialogue.

Nick noticed that The Operative was more than a little similar to Jubal Early (the bounty hunter) from the series. He suggested that they train them to be crazy and badass at Alliance Assassin Training School. Seems possible.

Nick's first comment walking out of the theatre: "Man, I was afraid they couldn't make good movies anymore."

Indeed.

But in Joss We Trust.

October 5, 2005 7:06 AM