I just saw Firefly (T.V. Series) and Serenity, the film that follows the series. I had heard many good things about both of them and I can’t say that I was disappointed. I have to admit that I liked the film better but there are also very nice episodes in Firefly.
I find it interesting to compare these two to Battlestar Galactica (an excellent TV. series). There are many similarities. Especially all the reference back to the past (no laser guns or anything like that) and everything is old and used. Even rusty. And there are no aliens in the world any more. Just us, mankind. And the problems we are facing? The same as today. Firefly and Serenity are even set up as westerns to emphasize that point. Gone is the humanistic faith we see in shows like Star Trek.
But what does this tell us? Are we loosing faith in science and modernism? Is this post modernistic SF? Have we come to the conclusion that new technology will never change human nature? That rational thought will not build new kingdom on earth? That “star men” will not come and save us? We are stuck with our self, with nowhere to run. I find this very interesting and I wonder if we are going to see more of this in the future.
Serenity has an interesting answer though. One could call it the Gospel according to Serenity. It goes like this: “I don't care what you believe in, just believe in it. Believe in something.” (Shepherd Book). And that’s what happens. Mal is on the loosing streak until he starts to believe. Modernism has been dropped for post modernism. Faith is what matters, not what you have faith in? I liked the film better then the shows because it deals more with interesting questions like this one.
One could even say that the making of the film proves its gospel. It took a lot of faith to make Serenity. Firefly was canceled before the first season was over. It was a fool’s man dream to make a motion picture from a canceled show. But they did it by never loosing faith. By believing!