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My Favorite Scene: Serenity (2005)

Summer Glau was a dancer before she was an actress on Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and -most recently- Arrow.  That shows during one of the best fight scenes I’ve ever seen (which also has one of the longest continuous takes I’ve ever see).  Serenity, for Firefly fans, is pretty much the only thing that’s kept us from bursting into flame over ten years of resentment.  We’re all still mad FOX canceled the show after 13 episodes (only 10 of which they aired…out of order…idiots).  But if we hadn’t have been given Serenity to get a little closure for our band of ragtag space cowboys?  Ka BOOM (sound of a random Firefly fan bursting into flame).  Glau had a few amazing fight scenes in this movie, but the “Miranda Fight” as it’s most commonly known, is the most impressive.  It’s a close call between this and two of Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s scenes as the film’s villain.  If you’ve never heard of Ejiofor before, it sounds like 12 Years as a Slave will make sure you do soon.

PS – FOX, we’re all still pissed and we’re out there….and flammable.

Serenity, Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion

 

Top 5: Most Traumatic Early TV Series Cancellations

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The fall TV season is upon us!  While a few shows have already gotten underway, the majority of shows begin debuting new episodes next week.  Tomorrow we’ll have up a KT Fall Show Premiere Guide so you can plot your couch potatoing for the next nine months.  With returning favorites, comes a crop of new shows, probably the most promising of the last five years.  Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, JJ Abrams’ Almost Human, Brooklyn Ninety-Nine and a whole host of potential time sucks just waiting to be discovered….and some of them will end up breaking your heart.

SHIELD is a good bet.  SHIELD isn’t going to break your heart.  It’s got Marvel and Disney going for it on a network Disney owns.  It’s going to be just fine.  It’s not going to do what these five shows did to me and I’m sure many of you.  You’ve got your own shows that lived on the bubble and didn’t make it, mostly thanks to network stupidity.  These are all available (except #3) on Netflix, Hulu and/or Amazon Prime so they can be revisited at will, but despite the different genres, networks and casts, they all have one thing in common: they all left way too soon.

1. Firefly (FOX)
Firefly, Joss WhedonThis is kind of a no-brainer.  13 episodes (only 10 of which aired) of Firefly was enough to whip together a group of Brown Coat fans who are still nuts about this barely-scratched universe ten years after its cancellation.  FOX gave a JOSS WHEDON show ten episodes.  They aired the pilot and the first episode out of order and then switched its time slot twice.  This was a particular labor of love for Whedon and, like many of these shows, the cast has gone on to find success.  Nathan Fillion‘s Castle is beginning its fifth season.  Zoe Saldana stars in KT-favorite Suits over on USA.  Monica Baccarin is nominated for an Emmy on Sunday for her work on Homeland.  Summer Glau is joining the cast of Arrow for its second year.  It’s worth mentioning that, like #2 and #5, the story here has continued in comic books.  Whedon has also given Buffy the Vampire Slayer seasons eight and nine through comics.  The X-Files even recently returned for a tenth season in comic book form.

2. Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Pushing Daisies, Bryan Fuller, Lee Pace
It’s almost impossible to describe Bryan Fuller‘s masterful Pushing Daisies.  Mostly because it sounds like a horrible idea, but then so does Breaking Bad‘s premise in a vacuum of the talent used to execute it.  There’s never been anything on TV like PD and it makes the best use of color of any show that’s ever been aired.  It’s a phenomenal series.  Lee Pace, who plays Ned on the show, is going to blow up in the next two years with big roles in the final two Hobbit movies and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

3. Boomtown (NBC)
BoomtownMy friends are manically whacking their browsers closed right now because I have been unrelentingly annoying about Boomtown’s year and a quarter truncated run.  Boomtown could have been one of the best cop shows ever.  THE best ever.  Donnie Wahlberg, Neil McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and a host of familiar faces you’ve seen in movies and on series since were on the best cop show I’ve ever seen and we only got 30 episodes.  You can get the first season on DVD and it’s worth every penny.  Graham Yost wrote and ran this show.  Google him and see what he’s gone on to do.  I’m not going to do it all for you!

4. SportsNight (ABC)
Sports Night, Aaron Sorkin

 

Sports Night really never had a chance.  It was Aaron Sorkin‘s first series right before The West Wing and ABC had no clue what to make of this look behind the running of a thinly disguised SportsCenter clone.  They imposed a horrendous laugh track on it the first season, shuffled it all over creation and then ended it after two years.  Every member of the cast has gone on to Emmy or Oscar nominated work and Sorkin got valuable experience from it and moved whole themes and monologues to The West Wing, Moneyball and other projects.  The best part of the show was Robert Guillaume, who suffered a stroke during the show’s run and then had the courage to show his recovery process on-air as part of the storyline.

5. Angel (The WB/CW)
Angel-castOK, yes.  Angel got five years.  It’s a stretch to stick it on the list, next to shows that got 13 episodes.  However, Angel, which spun-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ended up becoming a more consistent and better show than Buffy.  It got better and better every season and had years of life left in it.  It did leave us with one of the best endings any show has ever had, but I’d have traded that for a few more years of its company.

 

G.I. JOE 3 Already in Works

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We really only have ourselves to blame.  After handily winning this weekend’s box office with $51.7 million, Paramount is already planning GI JOE 3.  I think I made my thoughts pretty clear in my review, but short of a complete reboot with  a script written by someone who has even a tenuous grasp on this world and these characters, I shall not be suckered again.  No matter how cool Snake Eyes is.

Which, for the record, is off-the-charts freaking awesome.

Movie Review: G.I. JOE: Retaliation (2013)

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No, Joe……Just….just no.

They did it to me again.  I swore after sitting through the first GI Joe, which was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, they’d never get me into the second film.  Then they went and showed that ninja fight on the cliffside and my inner 8-year old (who makes most of my decisions) decided I had to go.

Let’s start with what was good because it’s not going to take very long.  Unlike last time, everyone looks true to their characters.  There’s no lips on Snake Eyes’ mask.  Cobra Commander does not look like a corpse in a diving helmet.  Storm Shadow looks great.  Firefly looks great.  The only design and casting complaints I have are Zartan (so cool in the comics and series and yet so so so not here) and RZA some how heading the Arishnikage Ninja Clan.  Whatever, we got Jinx and she was awesome too.  In fact, I have no complaints about the F/X, costumes or cast (aside from effing Zartan).

None of those things earned this movie it’s 3.5 points (which is generous).  The entirety of that is for the flat out 10 that is the sequence in the mountains where Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes have a fantastic duel that segues into a mind-bending cliffside chase/fight with Cobra ninjas.  It is AWESOME!  I’m sure when it’s out on blu ray, you can find it on You Tube.  Do that.  Because the rest of the movie is a 0.0.

The problem is simple and two-fold.  John Chu is a horrible director and they spent absolutely no time on scripting a good film.  The dialogue is just painful and awkward.  The camera bounces so much all over the place that most of the time you don’t have any idea what’s going on and the first 25 minutes of the movie are spent trying to explain away or attempt to fix what the last movie screwed up.

This should have been a total reboot.  Forget the last film.  Start over.  I’m not expecting an Oscar winning movie, but there’s a reason this franchise and these characters are still stuck firmly in the mind of a generation.  They’re awesome.  Snake Eyes is in the KT dictionary next to the definition of “motherfreaking awesome”.  It’s a franchise that’s lasted 30 years now through several animated series, hundreds of comic books and three godawful movies.  It deserves the kind of treatment that millions of kids gave it in their imaginations when it first came out.  We’ve never let it go.  Next time, get someone with that passion and spend a couple million on the script instead of an explosion and make a movie worth making.
3.5/10.0