In a small way, it was a relief to be freed of the need to concoct a story to get past the ticket takers. Instead, we surveyed the other neighborhood options for paying customers and decided to check out Serenity. Since it didn't start for an hour, and we were hungry, we ended up at Cyber Dogs for fake meat products and Ms. Pac-Man. While Carolyn's Russian-style hot dog with mashed potatoes and mushrooms wasn't worthy of a recommendation (which one might have guessed from its ingredients), my fake tuna melt (with avocado and cheese on an English muffin) was magically delicious.
Speaking of pleasant discoveries, Serenity was fantastic. It was fun and surprising and action packed. Joss Whedon sure does well with young women who know a thing or two about hand-to-hand combat, doesn't he? I'll admit that bits were on the edge of campy, but this was all part of the movie's charm (along with the rustic soundtrack and the assumption that in the future most buildings will be designed by Frank Gehry.). I hadn't seen the television series (such a bad Whedon fan), but I still really enjoyed it without knowing all of the backstory or why the characters spoke in a old westerny drawl intermixed with occasional lapses into some sort of Asian-sounding language.
After the movie, Carolyn had a slip and fall accident; so we went to Barnes and Noble to give her time to recuperate. We also used the opportunity to look for the Firefly DVD (to try to get some answers to backstory questions), but it was sold out. I'll definitely put it on my list of things to rent for rainy days.