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A Serenity filter.

I'll start: Book got completely screwed, didn't he?
Book got completely screwed, didn't he?

Well, yes. But, given the story and the structure, I'm really not sure he could have got much more screen time without it seeming unecessary. Since the film more or less had the pace spot on, I'm not sure you can complain about Book from any position other than the fan's. (Cue the exchange we had last night.)

And can I just say that seeing Mal as (reputedly) originally intended was a pleasure?
And can I just say that seeing Mal as (reputedly) originally intended was a pleasure?

In a towel with bedhair?

His hair was longer than in the show. OMGTHEYISCHANGINGOURSHOWFORTHEMASSIESS!!!1!
True up to a point. And Ron Glass' schedule got in the way a bit as well. And Whedon still wouldn't tell us what the story with Book was, on the grounds that he was saving things for the sequel, so I suspect there might be flashbacks.

But yes, as I said last night--if you're a fan, he got screwed, if you're a non-fan, he's just a wise old black man who gets killed. I'm not sure which sucks more, but either way it is a problem.
And can I just say that seeing Mal as (reputedly) originally intended was a pleasure?

You know, that was one of the first thoughts I had about the film... after omgthey'reinspacebutyoucanstillhearthesplosions that is.
And can I just say that seeing Mal as (reputedly) originally intended was a pleasure?

Hell yes. IIRC, the first "nice Mal" was got in the series was in The Train Job; which was written to please the network, not anyone else. I think Mal would have been much darker throughout the series if they hadn't had to write that episode when and how they did. Seeing his character being so conflicted and mood-swingy and dark was great.
And can I just say that seeing Mal as (reputedly) originally intended was a pleasure?

Thinking on this, I reckon one of the things I liked about Firefly was that Mal didn't whine and sulk his way across space. I rather think that had he been that darker individual hinted at in the film (and his darkest moments are, let's be fair, under extreme pressure), it would have been a bit too much 'Angel-in-space'.
And Wash got the shaft. *sob*
Por ded Wash!!!
And the dinosaurs still on the controls at the end! *sobs more*

I mean I thought it was upsetting enough watching Serenity get smashed up like that..
I know! Who will play with them now? *weeps openly*

And the dinosaurs still on the controls at the end!

That was beautiful. Waah.
We should have guessed this would happen using the following logic: Joss is a fucker. Who is the most lovable character? Who will therefore die? Joss is a fucker. Brilliantly done (Fillion was saying his favourite thing to do at screenings is watch people chuckle at Wash's leaf line before immediately segueing into horror and shocked stillness), but what a fucker.
It could have been Kaylee I suppose.

I also liked that it avoided having any big weepy scenes afterwards. The way Zoe dealt with it felt completely in character for her.
Surely Kaylee is at least as lovable as Wash?
Wash did, indeed, get screwed. And in a nasty, over-too-quickly, no time for grieving way. Great way to kill him off, but I'll miss him, he was probably my favourite character, and woefully underused except in War Stories.

I have only one change I'd make to the film, but I'll post that on my own journal tonight.
I'll miss him

Fillion told us that Joss has said he finds it hard to imagine another film without Wash or Book. The panted one added that Joss is "a clever bastard", so we shouldn't discount the possibility.

On the film vs. tv front, thinning the cast helps him out a bit, though. I really do wonder how much the film will be comprehensible to people who haven't seen Firefly.

One thing I loved: the number of scenes where there were three or four different things going on at once. Example: when Inara calls Mal. We have the awkwardness of the Inara/Mal thing; the amusement of the rest of the crew watching; and the uneasy knowledge that Inara basically has a gun to her head. Very nicely done.

Do we think they changed the River/Simon escape story too much? Or if they didn't change it, Simon knew a lot more than he was letting on ...
Oh, and as a note, the entire cast was in Edinburgh - except for Wash and Book...
Tudyk's appearing in Spamalot on Broadway at the moment, to be fair ...
Tjat was my hindsight realisation: oMG, the peo[le who die are the ones who didn't cme on tour!

From the Joss commentary on Chosen (which is ataggeringly germane toSerenity): "of course once you die in the Whedon verse you get more air time."
Whedon was joking about it a little.

"Hey, how come my script ends at page 130?"
"You land the ship, the film ends. That's it."
"But everyone else's script is longer."
"That's because you're better than them. They need more help to get their lines right."
Fillion: "We actually had a vote for who died, before the script was written. Yeah. Only two people were missing from the meeting and ... wow. That was Ron and ... Alan. Weird."
FYI - I had a small post on the film here and there are links to other discussions in the comments.