VIDEO: Serenity (2005)

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It’s Ursa’s 50th review! She’s massively excited, though not everyone else is quite as thrilled. This week, we side with the Browncoats in a Serenity-themed “Agency vs. Structure” Smackdown! With cameos from Welshy, Cheapus, FunkyMonkey, Sofie Liv, the Porn Critic, and Mysterious Overlord of the UFOAgony Booth Winston O’Boogie, it’s going to be… interesting.

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  • Happy 50th Episode.  Nice review, although you kind of got my hopes up for a second when you started that “for a proper review, go watch” line.  Should have known it would be a Booth thing ;)

    • Jill Bearup

      The MIB/DJReport Firefly/Serenity episodes: a review SO detailed, it took 3 parts and 45 minutes to complete! :D

      Also, had to appease Liam somehow…

      I’m so mean to him. XD I don’t know how or why he puts up with it. 

      • Daniel Pizarro

        Wonderful review Ursa….and I’m glad you now mentioned my highly detailed co-review with MIB.
        If I have time, I will try (i repeat TRY) and do another review…maybe involving more stupid reality tv shows (‘The Only Way Is Essex’ comes to mind).

        • Jill Bearup


          But…The Only Way is Essex? Truly, your masochistic tendencies know no bounds.
          We appreciate your sacrifices. :)

          • Daniel Pizarro

             I aim to please…besides, if I do eventually get another review out this year and it just happens to feature another stupid reality show, I’m sure you’ll be the first to watch…from under your bed.

          • Jill Bearup

            You know me too well. :P

  • MichaelANovelli

    Don’t feel bad, Sofie, I wasn’t even invited…

  • Fish Eye no Miko

    “And in these stories, Goliath always loses”

    Have you ever seen “Blakes 7”?

    • Jill Bearup

      Nope. I take it it goes a bit 1984, and the good guys lose in the end? 

      I don’t like sad endings… I’ll take bittersweet, but utter hopelessness just depresses me. One of the many reasons the horror genre and I don’t get along. That and the gore. And the jump scares. And my overactive imagination…

  • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

    The comments about Rain made me think; as an audience are we willing to see women engage in brutal fights, see them bloody and hurt yet come back strong, or do we expect them to never take damage, be kick ass all the way through and show no fear?  Rain seemed like, from the start, she was programmed to kick ass and even though a tortured character still had to skills to beat people up without taking damage herself. 

    I was engaged in an online debate about what the perceptions are for how female characters in action roles are portrayed, and it seemed like the conclusion was “If she can’t take the combat, she shouldn’t fight.”  It didn’t seem to matter if she grew and improved as a fighter, but more of a reaction that if she wasn’t able to handle herself earlier, she shouldn’t expect growth as a character and a fighter.  We already know that’s bunk from how awesome Katara was, growing and learning in Avatar and how much improvement she gained during the progression of the story with her waterbending. 

    The point was made more poignant by the fact that I was talking about my favorite female character Tigra, and in all of the fights I see her in she gets kicked around, slapped, slammed and crushed, yet still has the internal fight to go for the victory.  She isn’t timid she’ll get in your face and will be willing to take damage to give damage, and I just don’t know if an audience is willing to see a woman take physical abuse even though she’s expecting a fight…is that naivety to think an audience would root for her in hand to hand combat, or will gender imbalance still make it the same narrative of :(1) woman needs to learn her place, teach her a lesson or (2) You’re a douchebag for fighting a woman, you should not hit her.

    • Sofie Liv

       One thing I freaking loved about Korra… the girl gets kicked around and it doesn’t necesarilly look pretty.
      When she was stuck in that “Wind training.” thing and got slapped around, I was just thinking. “Yes!”

      I will how-ever leave further debate until one of my own videos gets released which is all-ready scripted, a video where I’ll talk about a term I myself invented I like to call. “The steel barbie.” ideal… which no one can measure up to, not even within fiction itself.

      • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

        Steel Barbie…I can name easily three women: She-Ra, She-Hulk, and Diana herself.  Black Canary, Wasp and Hawkgirl all take a lot more damage in combat because they just aren’t as powerful, Wasp especially seems the most likely to fight for her values, not because she can not be hurt but for her convictions. 

        • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

          I also wonder why there isn’t a general thought area on this site…I hate hijacking threads that have little to do with the subject matter…I don’t want a Forum setup (there are already too many of those out there) but a thread-based independent comment section would be pretty cool for us to nerdgasm without worry about threadjacking.

          • Jill Bearup

            Steel Barbie as a…concept could work. Sort of. I mean, we’ve got Superman, after all, who’s basically the same idea. And his hair never gets mussed either. 

            Though in real life he’s a bit of a dork, I guess. That seems to be true of a lot of alter egos, Batman excepted.

            But unless they are superpowered or Goddesses (hey Wonder Woman!) it just seems weird. And there are quite a few more Boring Invincible Heroes (and Heroines) about these days. 

            Actually, it was one of the things Liam talked about in his Tomb Raider review. We like our characters to have to TRY, to get mussed up or bloodied or hurt. If things are too easy for them…what’s the point? They’re supposed to be relatable. Way more awesome than we are, but still relatable. “If you prick us, do we not bleed?” Steel Barbie surely doesn’t.

          • Sofie Liv

             Well, I also mean it’s a kind of ideal of both body and mind that all women within fictional medium tries to life up to.. and none of them really can, which makes them look sort of forced.. because they are.

            Again, i’ll get more into that in my own video in due time.

            And Batman gets to be beaten up real bad for time to time.. also he is the god damn Batman, unreasonable cool for compleately unexplainable reasons… if you really stop and dig into his character, he really shouldn’t come across as cool as he does.. he just doesn’t make any sense on any logic level..

  • Sofie Liv

    Being extremely clever today aren’t we?

    You do realise high intelligent mainly dealing in big ambigous questions but as a consequent is rendered incapable of social manners and interactment could be signes of sociopathy right?

    Loved the video, it really was very smart :)

    • Jill Bearup

      Noooo comment. XD

      • Sofie Liv

         Wait a tic-toc!

        Oh god I am so sorry, I casted you so wrong for the Holmes videos.

        Monitoring every-body claiming it’s to protect them, maintaining an posh refined exterior while being “politely rude.” at first glance looking like such a reasonable individual, is building a net-work of people higher up in the hiraky than us, infiltrating them by meeting up to their big “movie” event.

        You are secretly Mycroft Holmes aren’t you?

        • Jill Bearup

          Dang, my secret has been discovered.

          Well, time for a cuppa.

          • Sofie Liv

             Well, as long as you don’t sell me out to Moriarty i’m good.

    • High intelligent? If English was your first language and not Finnish, that would have been very funny but I’ll let you off for it. :)

      I also agree that it’s a very smart video from a very smart lady. Can’t deny the thought process that goes into making these analyses.

      • Sofie Liv

         You know.. with this running gag about people not getting where I am from it’s hard to figure out when you are serious or not..
        You ought to know I speak Danish normally right?

        But well, can’t help that I am extremely clever, I was born that way, and therefore it is not only my right, but my duty to use my gifts, even when people asks me to get the hell out.

        • I’d have to be of pretty low intelligent to not remember you were Danish. I wanted to get in on the joke but it obviously failed due to text not having emotion. Live and learn.

          Also the fact that I’ve met you in person and that you talked rings around me shows your intelligence. Can’t fault you for flaunting that grey matter. :)

          • Sofie Liv

            Even if it were the case don’t be to hard to yourself.

            Jill litterately told Welshy I was from Sweden… after we had all-ready made out two Sherlock Holmes collaborations.. our conversation on Skype went exactly like this.

            “I talked to Welshy and he did remember you!”

            “Oh that’s great!”

            “Yeah, I just had to say that happy blond swedish girl!”

            “…. you did what? Jill I’m from Denmark.”

            “Oh Sorry, the Netherlands.”

            “That’s even further away!”

            And that is what you call a goof… I am still laughing every-time I remember this.. like right now.
            And yes, every-body in the world must know.

            But now as we figured she is actually secretly Mycroft Holmes.. maybe she did it on purpose to annoy me.. her humour can be very devious that way <_<

            I just found out that I don't really trust Jill any-more…

  • Liam Barrett

    This is better than my review. Straight up.

    • Jill Bearup

      Well…thanks! :) 

      This review is… also kind of just Not About The Movie, but I’m hoping people won’t mind too much. I had to keep hauling the script back to Serenity when it wanted to wander off on its own.

      Script: But philosophy!

      Me: BUT REVIEW!

      Also, I have never laughed so hard editing a review as I did with this one. Everybody’s performances just cracked me up. Especially the ad-libs.

      I’ve never made a commentary track on an episode before, but I think this one I might actually have something to say. Mostly ‘I love all of these people’ but still. Something. :)

      (Spot an ad-libbed line, win a point! Points don’t mean prizes, but I will be very impressed and go ‘oooh’. Boothers, looking at the script doesn’t count.)

    • Thomas Stockel

      I really liked your review, Liam.  This was just different.

      Happy 50th, btw, Ursa!

      • Jill Bearup

        Thank you! :)

        • Thomas Stockel

           Just to be clear: I really liked your review, too, Ursa!

          • Jill Bearup

            :) Glad you enjoyed it!

    • The_Stig

      What were you eating, some kind of meat pie?

  • The_Unusual_Suspect

    Haha! Porn Critic’s cameo was hilarious! I lost it at “I have lube!”

    • Jill Bearup

      Me too. And I had to watch this episode, like, thirty times, so that’s quite a compliment. :)

      • The_Stig

        Porn Critic might want to be careful. That schtick of his runs the risk of getting really creepy really quickly. Just saying.

        • Jill Bearup

          I promise not to make him overuse the joke. 

          I figure that having been used twice it can now (rather like the Daleks) have a rest. :) 

          Plus, of course, in the real world Rick is lovely and not at all creepy, so I’m perfectly happy for the Porn Critic to go all Abhorrent Admirer on Ursa because I think it’s funny. And also because if they ever met Ursa would probably end up threatening him with her extensive range of edged weapons.

          • The_Stig

            What’s funny is that I’m talking about someone being creepy to a girl who has cameras in the flats of all her AB colleagues :-)

            But seriously, I know it was just a bit of fun. He seems like a very nice guy and I’m a big fan of his stuff and I’d be very surprised if his real personality was anything at all like his Porn Critic persona. I didn’t mean to come off like some kind of prude (really, I’m not. You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger proponent of free expression than me.). I’m just saying that due to the nature of his material he’s walking a very fine line between clever and offensive, more so than many other internet reviewers; and really, isn’t it a line everyone has to walk in this day and age?

            Anyway, enough about that. Let’s talk about you! This is, after all a comments section for YOUR video. I always enjoy Stuff You Like,(your sweet Irish lilt makes it even more enjoyable) and this edition is no exception. Well done.

            Still, one thing still bugs me. What WAS Liam eating? Sheperd’s pie?

          • Liam Barrett

            Coleslaw. Then Chocolate Philidelphia. Cast-iron constitution, me.

          • Jill Bearup

            Really? Coleslaw? Eurgh…

            “Let’s talk about you! This is, after all a comments section for YOUR video.”
            Ha! One of the most brilliant things about my comments sections is how random they get. Honestly, I’m just happy I have vaguely positive (and, indeed, any) comments to read. :)

            I’m lucky in that Ursa seems to veer over to the side of happy-go-lucky but really off-the-wall rather than offensive. Except the whole spying on her colleagues thing…which began oh so long ago…

            Actually, it began with episode 23, and asking Liam for a cameo, which was a lead-in to a joke that didn’t properly materialise until episode 35. And even then only in passing.

            That seems like a really long time ago now… [/nostalgia]

  • Kids today!

    Nice one. I enjoyed this a lot.

    • Jill Bearup

      Thanks! :)