It took a while, but I finally finished watching Firefly today. I watched the first disc at a friend’s place late last year, then watched the second disc two or three months ago, and I wasn’t as impressed as I might have wanted to be, partly for the reasons I got into here. But a few days ago I finally got the third and fourth discs from the library, and whaddayaknow, the show has grown on me.
This is partly thanks to the flashback episode which shows how everyone joined the ship in the first place; I like those kinds of stories. I also love the very naturalistic, almost documentary feel of the cinematography, particularly where the special effects are concerned; for example, I like the use of zoom lenses and the way shots occasionally go out of focus; in a way, it reminds me of the pseudo-realism of Walking with Dinosaurs. Greg Edmonson’s music is also pretty cool; a somewhat mournful scene with snow, I think, makes me think of James Newton Howard’s excellent score for Snow Falling on Cedars, which has long been a favorite soundtrack of mine. And even the characters have grown on me; I liked Alan Tudyk, in particular, when I saw him play the “pirate” in Dodgeball, but now I think he’s moved to the front ranks of actors who can get me to see a film simply by being in it somewhere.
I wonder how the first two discs would look if I saw them again. Since the big-screen follow-up Serenity won’t be out for another three and a half months, I guess I may have time to find out.