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5.0 out of 5 stars A huge improvement over the previous Serenity series, October 27, 2008
This review is from: Serenity, Vol. 2: Better Days (Paperback)
A few years ago fans of FIREFLY/SERENITY were given a rather lack luster series called THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND. There isn't a great deal of narrative squeeze space right now in the Serenity universe. The reason is that Joss Whedon and his stars still hope to make another movie. Whether it would be a direct to DVD (which is more likely) or a a theater release is an open question.

There there have been rumors from time to time that Universal, given the impressive and steady sales of both FIREFLY and SERENITY on DVD, was at least interested in considering a DVD film at some point, but so far nothing has materialized. But as long as there is a chance of a continuance of the story of Mal, Zoe, River, Simon, Jayne, and the rest of the crew of Serenity, Joss Whedon is not going to reveal the remaining major secrets about his characters. In commentaries on the film SERENITY, Whedon in particular mentioned Inara's story as the great unexplored mystery. The first film cleared up most of River's untold story, which leaves Inara's. And, of course, Shepherd Book, who will not be part of a future movie because of his death. His backstory will be covered in the next Serenity comic series, focusing exclusively on him and the story that he had been unwilling to tell in either the TV series of the film. It is at least tentatively titled A SHEPHERD'S TALE. But like THOSE LEFT BEHIND and BETTER DAYS, it will be another prequel, this one a prequel to FIREFLY as well. After that, I doubt if we wee much more in the way of Serenity comics, since Whedon clearly doesn't want to pick up at the end of the movie SERENITY. If Universal doesn't move forward with a film (they have exclusive rights to the franchise until the middle of the next decade and even then for films only -- TV rights revert to 20th Century Fox at that time), Joss Whedon might be tempted to tell the rest of the story, presumably is a comic closer in length to ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL, rather than the two short Serenity comics that we have seen so far.

As I stated above, this three-episode sequence is a considerable improvement over the earlier THOSE LEFT BEHIND. There are some adventures that truly are similar to those in the TV series or film. Though not as satisfying as another film or TV series, it adds to the canonical body of adventures our heroes have embarked on. Because of its odd placement in the period of time after the TV series but before the film, not much can really happen of great import. You know no one is going to die (Joss Whedon basically invented the body count as we currently recognize it on TV) because of the later film. And River, who emerged as the ultimate lethal weapon in the film, is still self-contained and only minimally interactive with the outside world (though we the most memorable graphic in the series is a full page portrait of River having all her fondest desires realized). But given that, Whedon's team did a great job of creating a fun and funny and interesting story.

In my review of THOSE LEFT BEHIND, I did not recommend that fans of the TV series and movie give it a read. I definitely recommend this. This succeeds in all the ways that the earlier book failed.
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Initial post: Jan 12, 2009 6:53:15 PM PST
Might want to put a spoiler warning.

Then again, if you don't know of Book's death... why are you on this page?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2009 9:33:26 PM PST
Amazon Dummy says:
Agree with the spoiler warning. I DIDN'T know of Book's death. THANKS A LOT.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2010 1:12:39 PM PST
ThoJoc says:
I don't mean to be rude, but seriously...what Firefly fan doesn't know about Book's death? The movie came out FIVES YEAR AGO. Please get over yourself. Robert Moore gave a great review.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2011 12:41:04 PM PDT
I agree Vague.
As fans of Firefly we are constantly devouring any scrap of merchandise and follow ups. It's just so f'in pathetic that, even with a sure thing, fanatic fan base literally chomping at the bit, the powers that be keep putting out that reality crap for the vapid sheep! Argh! And I know the cast has had to seek other employment, but truly have the same adoration for the series and their characters. We can work around Books death by doing an interval series spanning the events from the end of the series to Serenity! Or an out & out prequel, and with Joss at the helm, we are guaranteed epic tales! (vs the pathetic, sorry to say, Lucas fiasco).

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2011 12:11:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2011 12:13:44 PM PDT
ThoJoc says:
Absolutely. Unfortunatlely I think we, as fans, failed to show TPTB that we really REALLY love all things Firefly by not purchasing enough tickets for Serenity when it was out in theaters. I'm not saying we don't show our love for Firefly (we totally do!) but we didn't show it enough when it counted. DVD sales of the movie were awesome (as was the purchase of the series) but it bombed in the theaters. That was our time to show TPTB how profitable our interest is, and they would have provided more support for Joss to create another series or re-start the original one. Or even continue with the movie trilogy idea. Other scifi shows were looking to Serenity too including the creators of Farscape, another great show that was horribly cut in its prime. TPTB know of our fanatic interest, but if they can't pull in enough money, they don't care.

Therefore, we get crap.
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