Jeff writes up the show promos for Buffy, Angel, and Firefly; he also does the Previouslys. Love him muchly, for he sees what we don't and reports it back to us.
( continues...) Universal logo, which then has the "UNIVERSAL" word come flying toward the screen, and the earth morphs into a shot of a cloudier, greyer planet, which we then see a small, bright explosion on the surface.
Fade to black, then the words "FROM THE MIND OF JOSS WHEDON" appears.
The screen flickers as though the broadcast is being interrupted, then we cut to a shot of a city street at night. Many bright lights and Chinese signs are seen as people mill about.
Flash cut to a shot of
Flash again to a shot of
flying in atmosphere, where we see a large, ziggurat-type building with smoke pouring out of it on a plain of snow or water.
Fade to black, then we get "CREATEOR OF"
The screen flickers again, then we see the words "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER".
Another flicker, then we see "AND ANGEL".
One more flicker, then we get "COMES HIS UNIQUE VISION"
The screen flickers, then we see "OF THE FUTURE".
The screen flickers, then we cut to a shot of
flying over a desert, with blue sky behind it.
Cut to a shot of flying through clouds, then we come upon some industrial looking structures built on mesas. The shot screams up to something that may be a ship or missle at a launch pad.
The words "A PASSENGER WITH A PAST" appears.
We get a shot of River laying on the metal grating of a deck on the ship, looking pensive.
"I'm taking your sister under my protection here."
We see Mal talking to Simon, as Zoe and Jayne look on.
Reverse to a shot of Simon looking up at them, then quickly cut to a shot of a junk ship flying about 2 feet above the ground of a desert location.
Flash cut to a shot of Mal and Jayne in a moving Jeep-like contraption, with both aiming guns forward at something.
Cut to a close up of the junk ship, where it looks like a reaver is shooting something out the side.
Switch to a shot of Mal standing in the transport as he pulls his gun back and twists out of the way of a shot.
Cut to a shot of River in an interior location with blue lighting, as she is sitting on the ground and leaning against a wall as the camera closes in on her.
"The only people she's a threat to is us on this boat."
We are in the cargo hold (I think) as Jayne says this, looking off-screen as Wash looks on in the background.
Cut to a space shot of
apparently dropping straight down from a long ship.
Fade to black, with the words "SIX REBELS ON THE RUN" appearing.
"It isn't safe"
We see Zoe (with shotgun in her hand) and Simon coming through a corridor on the ship, then reverse to see them walking down the gangplank onto the surface of a planet, with Jayne already on the ground and aiming Vera.
Cut to a close up of booted legs jumping down onto the surface of a planet. A primitve town is seen in the background, with some kind of obelisk in the center of the shot.
Quick cut to a shot of River, on a planet, turning around towards the camera with a look of fear on her face.
Fade to black, then we see River standing in the ship.
We switch back to the shot where Mal was talking to Simon while Zoe and Jayne looked on, except this time Mal seems to be reacting to something Simon said, and Zoe and Jayne both are grimacing and looking down.
Flash to a shot in space of ships leaving a planet.
Cut to a shot of Mal standing in a cave. The barrel of a gun is visible, as though he is holding a rifle upright on the ground.
"I think we better go."
Quick shot to an interior location (the cargo hold, perhaps). We see Mal standing and facing the camera, then a figure (perhaps a reaver) pops up behind him and screams. Mal turns around towards it.
We quickly reverse the shot to see Mal reaching down to pull his gun out of its holster. Behind him and seated in a vehicle inside the hold are River, Jayne, and Zoe. Jayne rises up with his gun drawn, and Mal fires a shot.
The screen flickers, then we (continued...)
( continues...) see the words "AN EMPIRE IN PURSUIT".
Cut to a large shot of River holding on to a rope, then we see a figure step through the shot, as though it were a projected image or hologram.
"Where are you hiding, little girl?"
Fade to black, then we see the assassin talking to the image of River.
Flash to a shot of bare feet stepping over a prone body on a rough floor.
Cut to an extreme close up of River, her hair covering her face, lit in bright light.
"The Alliance wanted to reason, they shouldn't have sent an assassin."
We see Mal standing in a dark room, with a candle lit next to him, as he talks.
Cut to a shot of the assassin pulling a sword from its sheathe on his back.
Pull to a side shot of the sword being drawn out and down.
Fade to black, then fade in on a shot of a beautiful, silvery city amidst mountains and lakes.
The image of the assassin on a view screen fades in.
"Every minute you keep River Tam from me more people will die."
Cut to the bridge as Wash, Zoe, Mal, and Jayne look on at the viewscreen.
We get a very quick cut of a figure slashing a sword at someone with long, dark hair, then cut to an aerial shot of a burned out village.
Fade to another shot of a burned out section.
"This is your fault."
Cut to a closer shot of the ziggurat-like structure on the water or snow, burning.
"I don't murder children."
We get a shot of Mal standing on the bridge.
Cut very quickly to a shot of a little girl standing in front of a tree.
Fade to white, then extremely flash cut to a shot of the assassin throwing a punch at Mal. The scene looks to be in a bedroom.
Flash white, then come in on the assassin on the viewscreen.
Cut to a shot in space as a sun glows in the camera, and the camera moves along a large ship as we see four planets (one ringed like Saturn) in the shot.
Cut to a shot of uniformed Alliance crew staring out the windows of a ship or station.
Unknown person played by David Krumholtz:
"The Alliance has gone to enourmous struggle to find your friend."
We see the unknown guy through a circular window on a door. A blonde woman is reclining on a bed in the background.
Cut to a shot of a corridor, and the camera pans up to the ceiling, where we see River holding herself up there by using her legs against the sides of the corridor and her hand holding something on the ceiling. She is dressed in a blue and white leotard.
The camera switches angles to be even with the ceiling as we see River holding her position.
Unknown person plaved by David Krumholtz (OS):
"You'll know what it is you're carrying."
The next shot is from behind River as she removes her coat/cload and drops it to the floor. The scene appears to be in a bar of some kind.
The camera cuts to Rivers booted feet as the coat falls to the floor and she walks forward.
The angle pulls out so that we see River standing in the middle of the room, walking slowly. People get up to attack her and she starts her kung-fu.
The camera switches angles as we see River kick a person in the face, then she spins and kicks with the other leg some other person jumping up to attack her. A third guy rushes towards her and gets kicked in the gut.
Cut to a shot of Mal, seated at a table in the bar, as he pulls a fan or shade up and looks out to see what is happening. He has a look of consternation on his face. Jayne is seated next to him, but he hasn't noticed anything yet.
Cut to two guys dressed business-like, with one guy holding a bag. The other guy speaks.
"Do you know that girl?"
Cut to a shot of River holding another guy buy his arm, as she kicks him in the face, then spins and throws him.
Change locations to a dark interior, with candles lit in the background. Mal and Inara are there, and a white statue is next to Mal.
"She is a might unpredictable."
Cut back to the bar fight, as we see River take on (continued...)
( continues...) two more fighters.
Switch back to Mal and Inara. Mal nods.
"Mood swings of a sort."
Cut back to the bar fight, as River leaps to a step and power kicks another attacker.
The camera reverse as we see the figure just kicked fall into the screen, right in front of where Mal and Jayne are seated with the other two guys. The look on both their faces is priceless.
Cut to a shot of the assasin, in what looks like the bedroom location.
"It's worse than you know."
Reverse and we realize that Mal and Inara are in the same location as the assassin.
"It usually is."
Fade to black, and then we see the words "THIS FALL"
Fade in to a shot of
Serenity hurtling towards the camera through a large debris field in space.
The camera pulls to a side shot as we see the debris rushing towards a group of ships coming up from a planet.
"It's a fair bet the Alliance knows what's coming."
Quick flash of Mal.
Cut to a shot of River's face through a grate as she opens her eyes.
Cut back to Mal.
"...they're not going to see this coming."
Cut to a hero shot of Jayne standing with blue sky behind him. He unzips his coat.
"Let's be bad guys."
We flash to somebody tumbling out of a location in the cargo hold, attacking a reaver, perhaps.
Cue an explosion.
Fade to black and we see the words "THE CULT PHENOMENON HAILED BY CRITICS"
We see Mal falling down through a shaft, where we see blades of some kind at the bottom.
Mal grabs on to a chain or beam to halt his fall.
Fade to black, then we see ">Superb" from DVDtimes.co.uk referenced.
Then we see ">Smart" from DVDjournal.com.
And we get ">Fresh and original" from DVDverdict.com.
Then the words ">"One of the Top 10 Must-See Movies This Year" from Movie-Source.com appear.
Fade in on a shot in space as
hurtles towards the camera, with a larger ship in pursuit and a missle trailing the Firefly. Oh, and there is a lot of debris around.
Flash cut to Zoe on the bridge.
"We're not alone."
The camera zooms in on a large space station with a star glowing behind it.
Cut to Mal standing on the ship and backlit.
"Well no more runnin'."
Cut to a close up of two people seated in a vehicle, with the focus on the gear shift as it is shifted forward.
The words "AND LOVED BY MILLIONS OF FANS WORLDWIDE".
Cut to an interior scene of a store. We see Wash rushing towards the camera, then Jayne holds out his left arm and clotheslines him.
Pull back to see Wash flip completely upside down, and Jayne grabs his legs and holds him up. Mal can be seen standing near a counter and talking to someone behind it. Another figure is seated and looking at Wash and Jayne.
Pull to a different angle as we see Jayne pile-drive Wash into the ground.
Fade to black and the words "BECOMES A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE EVENT" appear.
Cut to a couple of shots of
flying through a field of ships and debris.
"This is going to get pretty interesting."
Cut to a shot of Mal and Wash on the bridge as we look out the windows and see all the action.
We get a quick cut of River using a sword to take on three or four reavers.
Quick shot of an explosion.
Back to the bridge, the camera is from the front as we see Wash at the controls and Mal standing behind him.
"Oh God, Oh God, we're all going to die?'
Cut to a corridor on the ship, and we see River standing in front of Simon. She brings up her leg and kicks him to the side.
We then see Simon and Kaylee rushing from a fire in a corridor behind them.
Cut to a frenetic space debris shot.
We then see a ship very close to the ground pursuing a vehicle in the desert.
Cut to the cockpit of
as Wash concentrates. Mal and Kaylee are in there as well.
Switch to a hero shot of Mal standing tall and holding a rifle in his (continued...)
( continues...) hand.
Fade to black, then we get a shot of glowing plasma, then we see the Chinese
logo, with the word "SERENITY" in english superimposed over it.
Fade to black, then we see the assassin standing and walking in the bedroom setting.
"I want to resolve this like civilized men. I'm not threatening you. I'm unarmed."
The assassin sits down, then the camera reverses to Mal and Inara.
Mal then pulls his gun from his holster and fires.
The words "YOU CAN'T STOP THE SIGNAL" appears, then the credits show.
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