Anybody who has been reading my blog knows that I’m going to see the movie Serenity this weekend. Rotten Tomatoes currently rates it as “80% Fresh” which means good.

Just like almost every other review of every other moderately anticipated sci-fi flick of the last 30 years, Serenity has been compared to Star Wars. Of course nowadays, that’s not a complement, and Serenity has been hailed as providing that which the Star Wars prequels lacked–plot, character, emotion, and good dialogue.

So, I’ve got a pair of questions:

  1. Anybody else got plans to see the new flick?
  2. What does it say about the Star Wars franchise that it’s still the standard by which all sci-fi movies are judged, only now it’s seen as the mistake to be avoided, rather than the heights to which one should aspire?