I enjoyed Serenity that much.
I can forgive you for not watching the show the first time around. It was on for all of ten minutes or so, and then it was shown out of order. I didn’t watch it either. It was only fourteen episodes, and sci-fi as western space opera is easy to dismiss. Honestly — it is.
I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to see Firefly, knowing that it expected someone watching it to have a brain and want to use it. If that alone weren’t enough, there’s the darkly humorous bits. The tough chicks who kick ass. Actual (not pretend) family values. Plus, a truly beautiful space hooker who is so enchanting it is just wrong and tacky to call her a whore.
All of which is playing on a movie screen near you right now, with bonus clever visual riffs on the original Star Wars movies. And really, when is the last time you saw a smart, funny, kickass space flick you could enjoy while using your brain?