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The San Diego Comic-Con is this weekend. I. Love. Comic-Con. The amount of super awesome information, videos and interviews that come out of this convention is so much fun.
Case in point: a Firefly panel took place. This motivated me to hurry up and finish watching the series, as well as the movie that followed: Serenity. A Quick recap of what Firefly/Serenity is: First of all, it was created by Joss Whedon. Secondly, it stars Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds. Captain of the Firefly starship, Serenity. That right there, is really all you need to know. It also stars Gina Torres (also known as Ana Espinoza from Alias), Alan Tudyk, Morena Boraccin, Adam Baldwin (LOVE), Jewel Staite, Sean Maher (my new crush), Summer Glau and Ron Glass. It's an American space western, set in the year 2517. It centers on the crew and passengers of Serenity and their adventures as they evade the Alliance and try to keep their two fugitives on board, (brother and sister) Simon (Maher) and River Tam (Glau) safe. The series originally debuted in September of 2002 on FOX. The ratings weren't all that great and in typical FOX fashion, they canceled the show prematurely that December. Only 11 of the 14 episodes were shown and they were shown out of order (which is just stupid). When it was released on DVD, the sales were fantastic and that, along with the hardcore fan following, persuaded Joss and company to make Serenity. The movie was released in theaters in 2005. It gave fans the answers and closure they needed and was so fantastically well done.
I got the series (and movie) a couple years ago and took forever to get around to watching it. Jeff and I started it about 6 months ago and eventually got distracted and caught up with our current shows, so we ended up stopping after about 6 episodes. When I heard about the Comic-Con panel, I made myself finish. I enjoyed the series from the start but thought it really picked up during the last half. I started to connect with the characters and it escalated my adoration for Nathan Fillion. I liked the show, but I didn't love it. Until. Until we watched Serenity. Holy moly, did they do a wonderful job with that movie. It tied up all the loose ends from the series and it actually left me wanting more. Summer Glau kicks ass in this movie. Like, kicks ass on the Sydney Bristow level of kicking ass (and you know I don't say that lightly). It ended and I was exhilarated. Throughout the whole movie, I was tense and on the edge of my seat. I laughed and cried a little and was so, so happy that I loved it so much. I know I'm late to the game, but now I want more. And more I shall get... See, while they are doing the panel for Comic-Con today, they will also be taping it. They will also be taping a roundtable discussion of the series and the movie for a 10 year anniversary special that will air on the Science Channel on November 11th. I love when fans can keep a series alive with such devotion as they have with this series. So, if you've ever been curious about this show and why fans are so die-hard for it, check it out for yourself. It proves Joss Whedon's brilliance even more than before. I'll end this portion with the Firefly opening sequence. Joss wrote the theme song and Jeff LOVES it:
Entertainment Weekly Firefly Comic-Con recap.
Speaking of Comic-Con, G4 will be showing live coverage from 4pm-8pm tomorrow. 4 hours of nerdy goodness. Love it!!
Over the last few weeks, I have been watching an online series by the name of Burning Love. It's a series directed by and starring Ken Marino and written by his wife, Erica Oyama. It's basically a spoof on the Bachelor/Bachelorette and it's so funny. So very funny. It takes all the ridiculous elements of that show and makes them even more ridiculous. There are also guest stars galore in it. All the funny people show up at some point. Each episode is around 9 minutes long and there are 13 of them. There may be a 14th one coming next week. Maybe a reunion special?? One can hope! Check it out if you're bored or if you enjoy laughing because laugh, you will. Guaranteed.
I finally watched Crazy, Stupid, Love and enjoyed it a lot. Everyone in it was great and it even made me like Ryan Gosling, who I was always on the fence about before.
For my friends who have read The Enchanted Inc. series by Shanna Swendson, Book 5 (Much Ado About Magic) will be available through online retailers August 15th. Woo hoo!!
Since reading The Fifty Shades of Grey series, I may or may not have been wanting to re-read Twilight... and I may or may not have done so. Maybe. Ok, I did. Sort of. I don't know why. What's wrong with me? I suppose it's a sickness. I pretty much just skimmed through each book, only reading my favorite parts. I like doing this. It reminds me why I love the series so much and also reminds me how flawed the movies are. So yeah, I sort of re-read them and I'm ok with that. Like I said... It's a sickness.
The first 4 chapters of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets are available on Pottermore! Yay!! I'm not sure when the rest will be available but if you are itching to dive back into the site, you can peruse the very beginning of book 2. It's better than nothing, right??
My sisters will be walking in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day in August. They are walking in honor of my mom (a 3yr survivor) and anyone else who has been affected by the disease. If you would like to donate so they are able to walk, it would be VERY much appreciated!! Their team name is The Pink Cupcakes and all you need to do is click on one of their names. Thank you!
Click here to donate!
Speaking of the Breast Cancer 3-day... My 13yr old niece, Emily wrote a book. It's available on Amazon and from now until August 10th, all proceeds from the book will go toward The Pink Cupcakes!!
The Baseball Club For Girls
That's all my important information for now. Oh, one more thing... I think Dunkin Donuts changed their iced coffees. The last couple times I have gotten one, they have tasted different. This makes me sad. Has anyone else noticed?
Also, does anyone know of any cool new/used book stores around Michigan that would be worth visiting?? Quaint, original, cozy book stores. Not Barnes and Noble... not that I don't love Barnes and Noble but I miss going to a little book store and just looking around. A book store with character! Any suggestions would be appreciated!