Saturday, September 24, 2005


So, a couple of updates. First, my wife and I have moved back to Austin, and we're very happy to be back here. Second, we've taken advantage of Austin's ludicrously underpriced (at least when compared to Raleigh-Durham) housing market to purchase a house, which we're moving into in 10 days. And third, I'm one of the lucky bloggers who gets to go see Serenity a few days early for free, all in exchange for blogging about it.

First, a little bit of my history with the Firefly franchise. The one upside of moving to Durham was getting to hang out with my good friends Jim and Jimmy Jo (hereafter referred to as J&JJ) from college. And I'm not entirely sure, but I think it was the first time that we hung out at Jimmy Jo's place, we watched a couple of episodes of Firefly on DVD. J&JJ were completely obsessed with the show, extolling the genius of Joss Whedon and the foolishness of the Fox executives who bungled the show before cancelling it. So I decided to find out what all the fuss was about, and I rented the entire season on Netflix, as JJ had a waiting list of people he was loaning the show to.

Before I get to into this, I wanted to say that I am not much of a sci-fi geek. I'm a geek for many things, but the whole Star Wars/Star Trek/BG/etc. thing has never really been my scene. By and large (and I'm sure I'm inviting all sorts of flames by saying it), I feel like sci-fi writers use the technology as a crutch to avoid any sort of challenging or interesting character development. Give me Wonderfalls, Arrested Development, the West Wing (seasons 1, 2, and 3), Lost, The Office- give me humor, complexity, and a touch of weird shit, and I'm good to go. And I have to say that Firefly is one of the best artistic creations I have ever experienced, right up there with OK Computer.

Anyway, I have to shower and get going with my day. I'm really excited to see this movie and write it up. If you are too, check out all the info you could possibly want right here- Serenity the Movie.


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