Directed by Joss Whedon, 2005

Joss Whedon
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Ron Glass
TV Series: ‘Firefly’

Serenity Summary

Serenity is the conclusion to the TV series ‘Firefly’ – much loved by many loyal fans but unexpectedly cancelled mid-season, after only 13 episodes had been broadcast. The movie wraps up the main plot lines left hanging from the TV series (though it makes a self-contained story in its own right) and brings it to a climax, pitting Malcolm Reynolds and his crew against the ruthless and powerful Alliance that rules the ‘inner planets’ with an iron fist.

5 Reasons To Watch Serenity

  1. It concludes the best sci-fi series ever made
  2. Joss Whedon’s simply unbeatable dialogue
  3. Sci-fi with swords?
  4. CGI with camera-shake and pull-focus
  5. Mal, Kaylee, Simon, River, Wash, Zoe, Book, Inara, and of course Jayne

Serenity Themes

What Makes Serenity a Dystopia?

The ‘Alliance’ is a giant superstate comprising all the highly populated ‘inner’ planets, where resources are plentiful. It runs a totalitarian bureaucracy, backed up by awesome military, technological and financial might. It uses its network of patrols and spies to ensure that any rebellion is squashed. By contrast, the outer planets are inhabited by sparse settlements, with meager supplies, who are left to their own devices. The Alliance is not just a governmental structure, it is an entire way of life, a belief system which centers around its mission to provide a heavy-handedly imposed ‘better world’. Not only is no dissent or opposition tolerated, but this regime is hell bent on bringing its vision of a totalitarian utopia to fruition, regardless of who is exterminated in the process. It is eerily similar to a certain analysis of the modern day real-life political elite and their new age mentality: using the justification of improving everyone’s lives to run roughshod over mankind to bring their New World Order into being.

Serenity Quotes

A recorded message replay is triggered, as Serenity’s crew enter the abandoned ship where the signal is coming from:

Dr. Caron: These are just a few of the images we’ve recorded. And you can see, it wasn’t what we thought. There’s been no war here and no terraforming event. The environment is stable. It’s the Pax. The G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate that we added to the air processors. It was supposed to calm the population, weed out aggression. Well, it works. The people here stopped fighting. And then they stopped everything else. They stopped going to work, they stopped breeding, talking, eating. There’s 30 million people here, and they all just let themselves die.

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