I wish there was a sequel to the movie and / or the TV show was brought back
transport Serenity are harboring a highly sought after fugitive -
River, a girl with incredible mental ability and amazing fighting
skills. The Alliance, the rulers of the galaxy, have sent one of their
top operatives after her. He is a one-man army and will stop at nothing
to accomplish his mission. Meanwhile for the crew of Serenity it is
business as usual, and that business generally involves smuggling,
stealing and doing whatever gets them a payout.
After Season 1 of the brilliant series Firefly the show was cancelled.
Two years later, as a consolation prize, and in lieu of Season 2, we
have the movie Serenity. Follows well from the series and is a great
follow-up to it.
Not exactly the same vibe as Firefly though, and some of that
difference might be put down to Firefly being a TV series and Serenity
being a feature film. Firefly was less about action and more about
characters - the crew of Serenity, their relationships and how these
relationships develop. Serenity is more about action with a nod to the
relationships already developed in Firefly.
This does make Serenity a bit less engaging than Firefly, though
probably more accessible to people who didn't watch Firefly.
This said, it helps a lot if you've already watched Firefly. The
backstory is only briefly explained at the start of Serenity and there
is not enough time in the movie to fill viewers in on the characters'
personalities and relationships. So, as a standalone film it is pretty
shallow. It does thus rely on the viewer to have seen Firefly to
This I can testify to myself. I originally watched Serenity without
seeing Firefly and found it okay but not great (gave it a 6/10).
Recently I watched Firefly (found it brilliant) and now have rewatched
Serenity. Very different view on it now (9/10).
Ultimately, Serenity provides the closure that Firefly never had and is
a fantastic conclusion to the series.