Still Flying: 'Serenity' @ DPL's Steampunk Film Series

With, Serenity (2005) -- the third installment of DPL's Steampunk Film Series -- Joss Whedon takes us 500 years into the future where the overpopulation of Earth has scattered humans across the universe. The crew of the spaceship Serenity must evade the totalitarian government and the assassin dispatched to hunt them down.

Whether you are a longtime fan of Joss Whedon, or are new to his work, Serenity is an action-packed film with elements from the Western, Science Fiction and Steampunk genres. It is also one of the few movies that I can think of that was developed after the TV show it was based on, Firefly, was canceled. Bridging the time lapsed between the television show and the film, three graphic novels were published that gave fans of the series even more to love.

What I have always loved most about the characters that Whedon writes, whether it is a graphic novel, TV show or film, is that they are likable, witty and flawed. While I don't love this about Whedon, I do respect it -  he has no problem killing any of his characters off. Perhaps only George R.R. Martin has killed more characters than Whedon has.

The film was created due to the overwhelming outpour of acclaim and support for the series after it was canceled. The character of Mr. Universe (David Krumholtz) is, in some ways, a stand-in for the audience. This is most evident in his line, "You can't stop the signal." At the 2012 San Diego Comic Con, a 10-year reunion panel with Whedon and show stars drew a line of over 10,000 people and ended with a standing ovation. The signal (fan support) is still going strong.

Whether you are a Browncoat (as loyal fans are called) or have never seen the film before, I encourage you to enjoy it on the big screen followed by what is sure to be a lively discussion.

Tuesday, June 18, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Free admission
All proceeds from concession sales will be donated to Comic Book Classroom.

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Written by Tara on June 14, 2013


Anonymous on June 16, 2013


Thanks, Tara. I am a fan of both the t.v. series and the film but did not know about the graphic novels. I'm going to check them out!

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