I’m a huge sci-fi geek. My childhood was steeped in Star Trek, Star Wars, and anything else that felt like it was even remotely part of some kind of space mythology — or set in space at all. But when people recommend new sci-fi TV shows or movies to me that I haven’t already bought into myself, I balk. I wring my hands. I’m a non-believer.
I was much the same with the television show Firefly, whose popularity continues even today with an incredible cult following. I initially denied watching Firefly because the idea of a “Western in Space” didn’t make sense. (Even though socialism in space did. Highly illogical!) But after awhile, I got over myself and the preconceived notions I held about what sci-fi should be. And I watched Firefly. And then I watched Serenity. And I was totally hooked. The characters! The story! The Sino-American and Space-Cowboy future!
And I’m clearly not the only one who’s into the show. There’s a group of stalwart fans — Browncoats, they’re called — and they celebrate their love for Serenity and Firefly every single year, right here in Edmonton (and in other parts of the world as well).
And on Saturday June 23, you can join them down at Metro Cinema for “Can’t Stop the Serenity.”
Here’s what I’m talking about, and what the Alberta Browncoats are talking about:
Can’t Stop The Serenity is a global series of screenings of the film Serenity, held to raise money and awareness for Equality Now, an international women’s rights advocacy group. Can’t Stop The Serenity events are held on (or around) June 23, which is writer / director Joss Whedon’s birthday, through the Serenity Release Anniversary, September 30.
Proceeds from the Edmonton event are divided between Equality Now, Kids Need to Read, and the Edmonton Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) (formerly the Youth Emergency Shelter Society).
Whether you’ve seen Serenity or not, this is a must-attend event for sci-fi fans in Edmonton. The day includes:
- A silent auction starting at 12:00
- A viewing of the Dr Horrible Sing-Along Blog at 12:30
- An evil laugh and costume contests (winners decided by audience applause) — anything from Joss Whedon’s book of work is acceptable for the costume contest, including Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr Horrible, Buffy, Avengers, etc
- A viewing of Serenity at 2pm
- A live auction and the end of the silent auction immediately thereafter.
“The Metro is also offering a one show only discount price ($6) for tickets to Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope for their 5:30pm screening on June 23 for anyone who attends CSTS if they’d like to make a full film festival day/adventure,” according to Sheelagh Semper, one of the CSTS organizers.