Big damned heroes

I just got home from seeing “Serenity,” and lemme tell ya: everything everyone’s been saying about it falls short of the truth. It is THAT amazing. The writing, acting, dialogue, plotting, special effects — Joss Whedon KNOWS HIS STUFF.

But it’s not a happy, fun movie. This is Joss Whedon we’re talking about. When the credits come up, keep in mind a few names: Tara Maclay, Joyce Summers, Cordelia Chase, Anya Jenkins, Jonathan Levinson, Allen Doyle, Wesley Wyndam-Price, Winifred Burkle, Loo, and Jenny Calendar.If you’re at all a fan of the Whedonverse, I think you know what I’m saying.

It did, however, put me in mind of a fun little trivia question. “Serenity” was based on the TV series “Firefly,” which had only 14 episodes — and only 11 made it to air. (Way to go, Fox. Sometimes I think it’d be kinder to just not air a sci-fi show than to let Fox anywhere near it.) But I can think of an even shorter-lived TV series that jumped to the big screen, and quite successfully. Any takers?

Update: well, that didn’t take too long… someday I’ll come up with a trivia question that’ll last longer than an hour.

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