It’s an age old question among geeks and movie goers the world over. And I’m here to tell you that I say neither!! Yes, I have shared a love of both of them to a small extent. However, it’s always felt like something was missing from both of them. Something that would tip the scales in order for me to truly love and defend one of them as many Sci-Fi movie buffs do. As it turns out I’m just a late comer to the color brown. Browncoat that is.
Truth be told on the matter of Star Wars and Star Trek… For me, the original Star Wars light saber scenes felt like it was two old men fighting in a pool filled with Jello. The newer ones had much better fight scenes, but didn’t hold the same feel. The original TV series for Star Trek was out and out cheesy, but cool enough to continue watching. That is until they came out with the movies. Then it got good. After the changed to the newer crews, I lost my love and just stopped bothering. I’d watch them if someone else wanted too, but I wouldn’t choose to watch them by myself.
That is until the Star Trek reboot by J.J. Abrams. As a side note, the only movie reboot in the past few years that hasn’t sucked monkey balls as far as I’m concerned. Most reboots as of late have done just that. I digress.
Why am I a Browncoat? Once I was given my complete freedom, I was able to watch whatever peaked my interest without some nagging input from a second party. I re-watched some old TV favorites from the legendary Joss Whedon. His shows always captured my attention in a way only seconded by John Hughes and Kevin Smith. So after watching the entire series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, I decided to see what else Joss had done. This is the point where I started to realize that Joss Whedon was a god in his art. First, I had watched Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, then Dollhouse. Both short but damned good.
Then The Avengers movie. Again, kicked much ass!
After that, I found exactly what I had been missing when it came to my thirst for futuristic Sci-Fi entertainment. Something believable, characters that felt as if they were my own family of friends. Ones I could relate to on every level. The show was called Firefly. Thing is, just as I got into it… It just ended. One season that was only fourteen episodes long. Long story short, when it originally aired (and I somehow missed it) in 2002, the Fox Network not only fought the writer’s vision, but showed the episodes out of sequence and then canceled it. Without any consideration for their viewers. Who, despite Fox’s insisting need to fuck it up, loved it. Still Fox trashed it. The fans rebelled and started to find ways to make the show survive and revive. Along the way they also raised funds, helped charities, created fan fiction, even a role playing game. All the love of the fans, Joss Whedon somehow managed to give his adoring fans one big finish. A feature film called Serenity (the name of the ship). Equally as good as the series and helped explain the overall vision for the series.
The series was short lived and there’s still those of us who would see the show revived. Even the original cast is all for it. Maybe someday. I highly recommend you check it out on Netflix or buy it on Amazon.
Here’s how it is: (The) Earth got used up, so we (moved out, and) terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths, some rich and flush with new technologies, some not so much. (The) Central Planets, them as formed the Alliance, waged war to bring everyone under their rule; a few idiots tried to fight it, among them myself. I’m Malcolm Reynolds, captain of Serenity. She’s a transport ship, Firefly class. Got a good crew: fighters, pilot, mechanic. We even picked up a preacher for some reason, and a bona fide companion. There’s a doctor, too, took his genius sister from some Alliance camp, so they’re keeping a low profile, (you understand). You got a job, we can do it, don’t much care what it is.