Oh bugger! Just go see it!I tried this one three times, no less! But somehow I just couldn't do it justice. I'm not in a literary phase, perhaps. Anyway, it's holding up the show, so let's simplify..
I have watched a lot of Sci-Fi over the years, and I conclude that..
Firefly is the best Science Fiction series ever made. Bar none.
Serenity is the best Science Fiction film ever made. Well, it's certainly up there with 2001, but in a totally different way.
Go see them!
Except you can't because a) Firefly was cancelled, and b) Serenity slipped into the cinemas with more stealth than a - no, I promised myself I wasn't going to get all flowery again. It's just damned good Sci-Fi, nothing comes close. Imagine a cross between a good solid, gritty Western, and Blake's Seven.
Hah! That's it! It's a cross between a Blake's Seven and a Western. What more could you want? Oh! And there's no aliens! w00t! And there's some amazing babes, and spectacular space camera work, and incredible performances, shockingly good script, musical score to die for, and, and Oh-Oh! I'm off again.
The series and film are both available on DVD, and if you buy a copy, they may just make another film, right? After all, that's how a cancelled TV show evolved into a blockbuster action Sci-Fi movie. Gotta love 'em browncoats.
ps. Good luck, Nathan! Looks like you still need it!