Serenity (2005) - Verbal Diorama

Episode 53

Serenity (2005)

Published on: 30th July, 2020

Serenity, the continuation and culmination of Joss Whedon's one-season space western TV show Firefly, had the full backing of Universal after acquiring the rights of Firefly from Fox, who really didn't have a clue what Firefly was, or even the common decency to air all the episodes in order.... this is not the first time Fox have been world-class a-holes on something I've featured on this podcast.

Although arguably Serenity exists because of Universal's desire for the project, Joss Whedon's skills as a writer/director and the returning cast for bringing these beloved characters back to life, it actually exists because of one reason:

The Browncoats.

Fandom is power, passion, strength and unity. Fandom grew Firefly and made Serenity happen. Without the Browncoats, we would never have had Serenity. They don't just aim to misbehave, they aim to transform this miscarriage of justice.

Although fandom wasn't enough to resurrect Firefly for a second season or create a sequel to Serenity, the fact we got Serenity at all is miraculous. This cancelled TV show, this ragtag crew of underdogs ended up with a feature length movie that introduced new characters, tied up arcs, looked and sounded beautiful and was a worthy end to the stories of Mal Reynolds and his crew. It was also loved by fans and critically acclaimed. That just doesn't happen for one-season TV shows, let alone TV shows that were unduly cancelled.

Firefly and Serenity are the rare and precious jewels in Joss Whedon's crown. Or should that be his pretty floral bonnet.....?

I would love to hear your thoughts on Serenity or Firefly!


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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.
Are you interested in how movies are made? Do you wonder how a film went from conception to completion? If so Verbal Diorama, hosted by Em, is the podcast for you!

Movies are tough to make, and Verbal Diorama is here to celebrate the coming together of teams of extraordinary cast and crew, bringing us movies that inspire us, delight us, make us laugh, make us cry and petrify us. This podcast discovers the stories behind the scenes, and proves how amazing it is that movies actually exist!

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Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are audibly book ended by Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.