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Serenity: Those Left Behind-- Comic book review

It's been years and Firefly is still great. There isn't a single wasted episode and it seems like every minute means something. Each character has an important part to play and it had its own style that was not only Joss Whedon but added in the flavor of the actors as well, something few shows can do so quickly and many are never able to do at all.

Having gotten a movie from a TV series that lasted such a short time is impressive and it was one of the best science fiction movies of all time. If it had one flaw it was that it jumped past a fair amount of story. There were characters who were no longer on the ship, and other side characters, especially villains, that the movie just didn't have time to deal with. "Serenity: Those Left Behind" bridges the gap between the movies and the TV series perfectly. It answers nearly all, if not all the questions one would have after watching everything that has been put to video.

The first thing that you will see when picking up "Serenity: Those Left Behind" is the art. As is typical with comic books based on live action properties the art is quite realistic. The characters in general look exactly like the actors playing them. Only Mal ever looks off but even then only a little.

The story feels very much like an episode of Firefly. It even starts with the same story of how earth was used up that preceded every episode, though I truly missed the theme song and was tempted to find a copy and play it before I began to read. From there you find that they are on yet another planet robbing them, this time having Sheppard Book give a sermon as a distraction for the robbery, but there is another crew trying to steal the same money and they get the drop on Mal, Zoe and Jane.

Mal is willing to give up the money, but when the robbers ask for his gun the fight begins. This is not only fun but it sets up a good reason why Mal wouldn't want Jane to bring any grenades with him on a mission as he nearly gets them all killed. It also sets up one of the many great quotable lines in this book. "This gun got me through the war, it's one of only two things I can recall that did, and stuck with me afterwords" putting the second half over Zoe's face just in case you don't know.

From the introduction from Nathan Fillion at the beginning to the back cover art there is no doubt that this comic book is a work of love, but more than anything else what it really does is make me want them to make more Firefly.

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10 Movies to Watch Instantly on Netflix
If you own an Xbox, or a Tivo, or a Playstation, or a number of other devices and have Netflix you are aware of the instant watch but sometimes it's hard to find a good movie to watch. The movies available are often hit and miss and it can seem like everything they have is a b movie from the 1950's. Here are a few movies that are on instant watch you may not have seen, or may want to watch again. 10. King of Kong You don't have to like documentaries to like King of Kong. This is simply a well told story with a lot of drama and humor all centered around the game King Kong. It seems that getting to the kill screen on King Kong is considered one of the hardest feats in video games so when Steve Wiebe records himself doing so as well as with the all time high score no one believes him and he must go on a quest to prove he is the best in the world. Just trust me it's a really interesting and strange movie. 9. Heroes Season 1 There are a lot of interesting TV series on Netflix, but one of the more recent and best is heroes. If you've been interested in the show but don't want to start in the middle then you're in luck. Heroes has episodes all the way up to the third season. (You can skip the second season if you want there's not much you have to know from it) 8. The Animatrix If you loved the Matrix and hated it's sequels then you're the perfect candidate for the Animatrx. A series of Anima style cartoons about the Matrix these aren't all as good as the Matrix but none of them are as bad as revolutions. 7. Enchanted A typical Disney cartoon movie which is suddenly transported into real life New York. This is a fun fantasy that plays with everything you might expect to see in a Disney cartoon including singing animals, dashing princes and evil witches. 6. Unbreakable Superhero movies that aren't about known superheroes tend to go off the rails(no pun intended) because without the source material directors and writers begin to search for a way to make their story different without enough understanding of what comic books are. Unbreakable is similar in that it is different from most comic book movies but you can tell that M. Night Shyamalan has an understanding of comic books. 5, Stargate: Arc of Truth If you're a stargate fan and you haven't seen the Arc of Truth because you didn't want to pay for what amounts to a long episode of the series then watch Stargate Arc of Truth on instant watch. This is a fun story and likely one you haven't seen. 4.  Fido If you haven't seen this movie give it a chance. This is zombie movie in the tradition of manyRelax, it's not a Culkin good zombie movies in the sense that the zombies aren't the danger the humans are and this goes even farther with the troubles with the zombies already being largely solved before the beginning of the movie. There are some very, very disturbing things that happen in this movie but the idea of having a zombie as a pet is an interesting one as is the idyllic 1950's style world that it is set in. 3. Dr. Strangelove A required watch for the sci fi fan this is a very funny movie as well as one with a point. I don't fully agree with the point and it's not as relevant as it once was but the movie is still a masterpiece in many ways and if you haven't seen it this is your chance. 2. Gattaca Gattaca isn't the type of action packed action movie that people expect when they go to watch science fiction in the theater this is instead a movie about characters and ideas. I suspect that is why it's never done as well as I think it should. I am surprised by how many people have missed this film because it's not some obscure art piece. This has well known stars, an excellent story and some of the most important ideas ever explored in a science fiction movie because they not only might happen I suspect they are beginning to happen. 1.  Serenity If you haven't seen this movie you need to and if you have you need to again. This isn't just because it's a Joss Whedon movie or because firefly was a fantastic TV show. You don't need to know any of that coming into it. What you do need to know is that this is a great movie with great action sequences, fun characters and some interesting twists and overall was just a fantastic movie.
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Unexpected moments in Sci-Fi

In this spoiler filled article I want to discuss the times when writers of Sci-fi really surprised me. It’s rare that movies or television take risks and defying the expectations of your audience is a huge risk. It is far easier to tell the story they are expecting and have the special effects solve everything.

5. The Matrix Reloaded/ Matrix Revolutions

I didn’t say good moments. These movies were unexpected to me mostly because they were giant balls of horrible. There were a couple of good moments in them but the bad outweighs the good by enough that I have completely rewritten the story in my mind. In my story Neo finds out that the “real world” is really part of the Matrix as well, made unpleasant for the same reason that the first matrix isn’t perfect. Upon realizing this he wakes up in the real, real world. This even makes sense with him having powers in the “real world”.

(check out How it should have ended for more like this)

4. He’s been a ghost the whole time

I had the sixth sense ruined for me multiple times before I watched it, but this was certainly a great moment. A moment so great in fact that it has just about ruined M. Night’s career as he tries to put a moment like this in every one of his movies.

3. William Shatner sings for George Lucas.

While not in a movie this took one of the longest running rivalries in Sci-fi and played off it perfectly. If you haven’t’ seen the youtube video you have to watch it.

2. Luke, I am your father

I wasn’t watching all that many science fiction movies when this moment happened, but I can’t imagine anyone was expecting it. This moment has been watered down by 30 years of star wars talk, prequels and other silly coincidences in the Star Wars Universe( Robot chicken parody’s this perfectly) but at the moment it was perfect.

1. Serenity – Watching Serenity I wasn’t surprised to see someone die. You have to expect it from Joss Whedon who has always been willing to kill off characters, which was why it was so brilliant of him to lull people into a false sense of security by having Sheppard Book die. Ok, he’s done it, the rest of the characters are.... Bam… Dead.

There are people who hate this, but that is how it should be. Death is supposed to be hard and pulling back from that too much in a movie is a problem. This moment is #1 for me not because it’s better than others but because I experience it personally.

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