You’ve gotta love the underdog. David or Goliath? Smiths Salt-n-Shake or Kettle Chips? Corner shop or multinational conglomerate? Muppet Treasure Island or Pirates of the Caribbean? Give me the little guy fighting for his right to party anytime.
The story of the good ship Serenity is one that starts way back in 2002, when the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon, created a new series outside the Buffyverse called Firefly. No teen angst or vampires here, just a rag-tag group of renegades slooping round the universe trying to make a dishonest living.
This had hit written all over it. Then it got cancelled after 11 episodes and the dream was over. RIP Firefly, we hardly knew ya.
Then, in 2005, Whedon managed to get a deal together to produce a movie version of the series – Serenity – with the original cast. The underdog lived to fight another day, David to the TV execs Goliath. Or something.
Fast forward to 23 June 2007 in the Filmhouse in Edinburgh and I’m watching the charity screening of the film at Can’t Stop the Serenity with an audience of Browncoats (the name given to the fans by the fans). It’s Joss Whedon’s birthday and the aim is to screen the film in around 47 countries around the globe to raise money for Equality Now.
I own the DVD but never got around to watching it, so this was a great chance to see it on the big screen. The audience were excited, the organisers, all fans, really enthusiastic.
I’m glad I went along, mainly because I got to see the film the way it was meant to be seen, but also to get a glimpse into a fandom that loves their wee show to death. I’m not sure what it’s like on a larger scale (I’m sure there are pockets of nastiness somewhere on the web if you look hard enough) but this was a good place to hang out on a wet Sunday in Scotland.