Next up in the (HD)DVD player was Serenity, Joss Whedon's followup movie to his Firefly series. I am not familiar with the series at all, but the movie proved to be an excellent, if slightly derivative, sci-fi action flick.
The movie takes place six months after the last episode of Firefly, where Mal and his crew are getting desperate. After a nearly botched robbery where telepath River Tam nearly gets killed by the Reavers (mad, cannibalistic humans), River and her brother try to strike out on her own. But River leads them all on a wild chase across known space, to try and uncover a desperate Alliance secret.
A solid entry in the space adventure science fiction genre, Serenity suffers some from too much of the "same old, same old". There were a few spots where I'd say, "Okay, next comes..." and sure enough it would happen. Not often enough to detract measurably from the final enjoyment, but enough to keep it nothing more than a fun couple of hours. There were some great quotes, that's for sure! I enjoyed the wry, self-deprecating humor and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
Capt. Malcolm Reynolds: Define "interesting".
Hoban 'Wash' Washburn: [deadpan] Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die?
The movie was also dragged down by the video quality, which was nothing more than average for a normal DVD, never mind an HD-DVD. I guess it was Universal's first HD-DVD, and it shows, unfortunately. The sound was good and there were plenty of extras (which I explored only a little bit). So I would recommend this movie if you enjoy a good sci-fi yarn.