Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@outlook.com) is an independent consultant located in Alexandria Virginia. His services and capabilities are described here. Application areas include project, program, and data management; market assessment, digital strategy, and program planning; change and content management; social media; and, technology adoption. Follow him on Google+. He also publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain.

Joss Whedon's SERENITY

Joss Whedon's SERENITY

Review by Dennis McDonald

A fun movie. The elements are familiar: Han Solo-style wisecracking captain-with-a-heart-of-gold, rag-tag crew, gorgeous babe good at swordplay and kick-boxing, evil empire, space armadas battling at close quarters, and — I kid you not — flesh-eating outer space zombies. These are all assembled in a competent and imaginatively visualized package that, even when it strains credulity, entertains.

My only complaint: there’s no sense of wonder here. The story line appears to be a well crafted assemblage of ideas and themes pulled together from movie and TV science fiction. There’s no real attempt at a deeper reality that good written science fiction can accomplish. What we have is a competent product that adheres to the Star Trek/Battlestar Galactica formula of chases, romantic sub-plots, soap opera, and political intrigue.

But it’s fun and well produced with great visual and sound effects. I just hope that folks introduced to science fiction via products such as Serenity realize there’s a lot more to the genre and that they follow up with some reading of authors like Vinge, Stephenson, and Clarke.

Movie review copyright (c) 2010 by Dennis D. McDonald

Nicolas Roeg's WALKABOUT

Nicolas Roeg's WALKABOUT

Noboru Iguchi's THE MACHINE GIRL