May 18, 2014
|9:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Egyptian||Date has passed|
When "Firefly" premiered on FOX in the fall of 2002, it carried with it the reputation of cult television auteur Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel") and his rabid fan base. While the show, which followed the sci-fi/western adventures of captain and war veteran Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and the ragtag crew of Firefly-class transport ship Serenity in the 26th century, earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike, it was canceled after airing only 11 of its 14 episodes. But you can't stop the signal, and in 2005 Serenity took to the skies once again, with Whedon condensing a planned second-season arc into a rowdy, rollicking feature-length film. Still fugitives at law, Mal, first mate Zoe (Gina Torres), pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk), mercenary Jayne (Adam Baldwin), mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite), and medic Simon (Sean Maher) subsist on the odd smuggling job to make ends meet, assignments contained mostly to the rugged outskirts of the galaxy. But they are also guarding a precious bounty -- Simon's unpredictable sister River (Summer Glau), a tortured telepath -- and when they learn that the deadly Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a sword-wielding black ops agent of the authoritarian Alliance, is hot on their heels, they must race against time to discover what government secrets lie within River's fragile mind. So gather round, Browncoats, because no power in the verse can stop us. We aim to misbehave.
A film and television director, producer, screenwriter, comic book author, and actor, New York-born Joss Whedon is somewhat of a treasured American factotum. He's created a number of beloved television series such as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," and "Firefly," and wrote on the films Toy Story (1995), Serenity (2005), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), and Marvel's The Avengers (2012).
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