Star Trek, a TV show that began in the 1960’s, is one of the most popular TV shows ever. Last years big box office movie release showed that it is still a show that many people want to watch and I believe this is because, at its heart, it has always shown a positive future for humanity. It’s a world – no, a galaxy – in where humans explore the cosmos for no more reason than to see what’s there, there is no financial gain involved, indeed money no longer has any meaning. People work for the good of others towards a common goal. And, of course, they have interesting, exciting, important and ultimately entertaining voyages from one star system to the next.
I’ve become, almost overnight, a browncoat. (No, not a tramp…)
Browncoats are what fans of Firefly/Serenity call themselves, and in the last few weeks when I started watching the show I’m definately one of them. Even now when I’ve got a pile full of Open university work to get through, I’m surfing the web for info on the show…
…and I’m glad I have because I came upon something I think is an amazing coincidence. Apparently, there’s going to be a charitable showing of Serenity AND the firefox pilot just 20 minutes up the road from where I live! This is a global event happening across 51 cities throught out the world.
Here’s the website with the full listing:
But the one I’m interested in, in oxford at the the “Ultimate Picture Palace”:
And as a bonus, all proceeds will be going to the charity “Equality Now”:
I must say, I can’t wait! (And of course, my girlfriend is sure to want to come too…)
UPDATE: Also, as your already no doubt a fan of Firefly, go here and vote:
http://richlabonte.net/tvvote/index.html Come on, we can beat those Xena pushovers… (!)
In a recent magazine poll on what is the best science fiction film of all time there was a big shock.
Star Wars was knocked off the top spot and the film Serenity was crowned “greatest”.
To be honest, I suspected it was a group of fans who got together to push it to the top, but I still really wanted to see what it was like. I was thinking about seeing the film when it was on at the cinema but the trailer made me think it wasn’t worth seeing it (neither did it give any idea of what the film was about) this was a great shame.
I went out to hire it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although, I would have to say I didn’t think it was the “Greatest” by a long way and my suspicious, I thought, were correct… BUT…
After talking to a friend at work, he told me he had the original series that the film continued from, but which had been cancelled after only 11 episodes. it was called FireFly. He graciously let me borrow them and I was curious to see the story unfold.
I’m glad I did because they were brilliant! I was very surprised, but I really thought they were great. I can now, with a hundred percent certainty, say that the people who voted for Serenity did because THEY DO think its the greatest – they were just talking about the film AND the series.
I’m hoping it all comes back… but until then, I’ll have to be buying my own DVD Collection! (And on a side note to this, Amazon have said that after this poll came out, serenity / firefly suddenly shot towards the top seller marks! http://www.sfx.co.uk/page/sfx?entry=sfx_poll_result_sends_serenity)
More info here:
FireFly – May you once again rise from the fire.
But anyway, today I woke up and starting whistling a theme tune of a cartoon I’d watch twenty years ago, so I just had to look it up on the internet and find the real one… A few seconds googling and… Relive one of those great 80’s cartoons here:
Click on “The Theme Tune” on the left.
This has got to be one of my favourite cartoons…