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Old April 5 2009, 04:04 AM   #63
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Re: Contradictions between Firefly series & Serenity

There were some (mostly explainable) inconsistancies as well in the interior sets of the Serenity between the series and film...

I believe that the sets for the "Serenity" (the ship) had to be re-built/re-created from scratch for the movie - since the TV series sets were long since torn down and trashed and/or recycled piece by piece - and for the most part they did an excellent job in matching the movie set to the TV set in very exacting detail - down to even having the "big red recall button" Wash installed in the cockpit in the episode "Out of Gas" where Serenity was broke and stranded and everyone but Mal abandoned ship in the two shuttles - and it was saved from the original set by that same actor, IIRC, when the sets were about to be torn down, and he gave it to Joss when the show was canceled and told him "It you ever find a way to make a movie...just hit that button, and we'll come back..."

I also believe I read that they had the original set blueprints for the series, so that would have made an accurate recreation by movie production crew much easier...

(And ironically, I've also read that, unlike the relativily cheap TV spaceship interior sets, the *movie* Firefly interior sets were built to be semi-perminate...tough enough to be kept standing - or stored and re-assembled easily - to be re-used through the then-expected sequels and/or series revival that unfortunateley never happened...)

But there where still *some* noticable (to fans like me) differences and inconsistances between the TV series ship interior sets and movie sets...

The most noticable to me was that the forward-facing wall of the cargo bay - which was just a wall covered with steel grates in the TV series - was now a big wall molded with a round shape matching of the rotating tail engine that sat behind it (in universe)...

(I'll try an hunt up some comparisan pics later - but if someone else wouldn't mind obliging me, it'd be mighty shiny of you and I'd much appreciate it!)

I actually prefered the movie set, and I explain it to myself by imagining that the engine-molded wall was *always* there behind those grates, but in-between the series and film the grates were all removed for whatever reason, exposing the wall behind it.

(Though, if so, then it raises the question of why they were ever needed in the first place if they could just be removed...I mean, if they were kinda unnessary anyway what's the logic behind installing them to cover that wall in the first place if they were not really necessary - why add extra essentially dead weight to the ship...??? But I'm sure someone could come up with some technobabble reason to rationalize maybe they *were* needed as some kind of radiation shield...but the crew needed to sale the metal for extra cash when things got rough so they wouldn't all starve and run out of fule - and the radiation wasn't *too* dangerous as long as you weren't *bunking* 24/7 in the cargo bay...? Or maybe durning less leaner times Mal and Kaylee could have even aforded an engine upgrade that involved the plates not being needed - or involved building a new wall there or somethin'...???*)

Other set/set-piece changes were much easier to they had a different mule - a real shiny hover-mule that could hold everyone, as opposed to the little 2-person max ATV they had in the series...but that was mostly destroyed in the episode where it was set on fire to serve as a distraction in the sucessful attempt to rescue I assume when they had been able to afford it such an expensive-looking replacement...or maybe even more probable Kaylee and Wash maybe found it in a junkyard and did a refurbishing job on it like that Ambulance in "Ariel"...)

And I think the "engine" - the interior rotating thingy in Kaylee's engine room - seemed to look a bit bigger and bulkier to me - again, an improvement, IMHO, over the simplistic and (I've always felt) less-believeable TV version...

Also, Kaylee's hammock and the place it was mounted on were both very different...that I didn't prefer because they old hammok looked MUCh more comfy to me...but that style/color of hammok I reconize as one you could buy online called a "Mayan Hangout"...and they aren't made anymore in that color...

( - I've always wanted one but they are a bit pricey for my budget!)

ETA (I got bumped offline): ...and so maybe the production crew couldn't find a replacement...I just assume that maybe the original got really really burned in one of Serenity's seemingly many engine fires...

The bridge moniters in the movie were different as the movie they had this sort of horseshoe looking border to them now that they didn't have in the series...(kinda gave them a subtle "Western" touch, if you ask me...I wonder if it was intentional...?)

And then all the little kitchen table settings and some of the interior furniture in the lounge area was all replaced which different stuff in the film...

Oh, and Mal's brown coat had this added rubber thingy on one shoulder...I have NO idea WTH it was for...

*(And speaking of radiation...I was a bit disappointed when it was pointed out to me that the area that Simon, River & Shepard Book bunked in - those little rooms with teh tatami or shiji (or whatever the proper name is) sliding doors and walls...were actually located in the round, rotating, *glowing* tail-engine section that gives a "Firefly" it's name - it just seems like a really *odd* place to put crew quarters! They much have some *damn* good radiation shielding in that section!!! But if *I* was redesigning the ship I would make it a bit longer to add an extra section between the cargo bay/kitchen area and the engine, to accomidate the extra passenger berths...)
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