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06 October 2005 @ 12:22 am
Okay, saw the movie. I liked it... But I liked the series better. Want more series! Unfortunately, with the weak box-office numbers, I'm expecting that the thing is pretty much dead, alas. There's the outside chance that I'll go back and watch this in the theater again, but probably not. Either way, it's a certainty that I'll be buying the DVD.

That said, it's one of the better movies I've seen in a while.

General spoilerific type comments follow:

Only two previews... I've never seen only two previews before a movie before that I can recall.

Okay, they've already established that the languages used in the Alliance were English and Chinese. The writing in the ship in the series was Chinese. The writing used everywhere else was Chinese. Why, then, was the writing in the ship Japanese in the movie? Yes, it's easy to tell the difference.

Killing off Book? I mean, come on, he was one of the most interesting characters on the show. And now we'll never know what the heck was up with him with that enigmatic history and all. Between that and Wash... Well, it was a bit shocking, which is good, but... Book?

The opening bit explaining the Alliance made a lot more sense than the series. Not scientifically, of course (it's kinda stupid, and it was definitely the weak point of the whole shebang, and probably the main source of the illusion my old housemate has that Battlestar Galactica is better :), but it was never very clear before.

And yes, this was the first time I've seen a movie in a theater solo in my entire life.
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Steve Eleysfeley on October 6th, 2005 07:34 am (UTC)
Book: It doesn't rule out his backstory. All the actors were supposedly under contract for three movies, which means the second movie could be a flashback or something.

Did I ever mention my own Book theory? I put forth that he was not only at the Battle of Serenity, but he was the captain of that Alliance behemoth ship we see at the end of the pilot's opening scene. That's what he's atoning for: he was on the winning side of Gettysburgh, and the one primarily responsible for all that one-sided slaughter.

I've got nothing to prove that, of course, but it makes as much sense as any other theory. And it explains why he's so oddly attached to Mal.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on October 6th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
All of the actors were under contract?

Hmmm. Of course, it doesn't necessarily mean that they'd have to exercise the contracts.

As for backstory... Hmmm. It makes sense, but I don't really find that possible story all that compelling. I'd be hoping for something a little more radical.
Amyamyirene_40 on October 6th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
The movie only cost $40 million, so it doesn't have very far to go to earn out. If it causes a spike in DVD sales for the series (which have already earned some serious profits - I understand that's the major reason why the movie got greenlighted) and earns out, there's actually a good chance that there'll be at least one more movie.

I'm going to see it this Sunday. I carefully averted my eyes from the portion of your message containing spoilers. I have managed to keep relatively spoiler-free - there have been enough wails of anguish in other places that I figured out that a main character gets killed off, but at least I don't know which character it is.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on October 7th, 2005 05:45 am (UTC)
Well, I'm not sure how the economics are going to work out on it -- I and many others were hoping for an unqualified hit, but it looks more like it's on the edge, probably earning something like $30M in the domestic release.

Which doesn't mean it's going to lose money, but it makes the greenlighting the next movie uncertain, as it's probably not going to make much, either.

And heck, I want more series more than I want more movie. ("Firefly, the series based on the hit movie Serenity!" as Joss was joking in the commentary tracks on the DVD.)