That it was able to do so was a testament to the skill of creator Joss Whedon, known best for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Just as Whedon populated the campy horror-fantasy of Buffy with believable characters and true-to-life situations, he built Firefly and Serenity on the interactions of a likable, if flawed, troupe of characters who faced the same kind of struggles we all do: how to pay the bills, stay true to ones self and not get ground up in the cogs of society. Only in space. And he did it without relying on most of the well-worn tropes of sci-fi -- no aliens, no robots, no time travel which explains both the series failure to capture the imagination of mainstream audiences and its avid but tiny fan base.
Serenity starts at 9 p.m.; admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information, including a schedule of upcoming films, visit www.thinmantavern.com/events or call 303-320-7814.
Wed., July 8, 9 p.m., 2009