Episode #285 – Serenity

We discuss something that’s been on our want list for a while: the genre-hopping bonkers twist-em-up, Serenity. And to do so, we are joined by the delightful Jenny Jaffe, whose attachment to this film can surely be described as “healthy.” Meanwhile Stuart explains costume-care in the stripper industry, Elliott introduces his new hit character “Crawdaddy,” and Dan’s reaction to the film is a real twist ending!

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“There’s a blood twister a-seperatin’ us”

Wikipedia synopsis for Serenity

Movies recommended in this episode:

John Wick 3: Parabellum

Long Shot

Alice in the Cities

Police Story/Police Story 2



July 13 – MINNEAPOLIS – Parkway

September 28 – BOSTON – WBUR CitySpace (TWO shows in one night)

October 12 – LOS ANGELES – The Regent Theater

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May 25th, 2019



  1. Wildride says:

    “The Secret to Wild Things” was a running gag where we kept joking that every movie would end with the Wild Things story wrap up scenes. This is partly because, when I first saw it, it was with a group of people who had already watched the movie, but stopped the tape/disk before the credits rolled. So, if the credits rolled too long before stopping them, we’d imagine this movie would have a wrap up, too, but that it would be the one for Wild Things for no particular reason.

  2. M. Turyn says:

    I fantasise that they filmed most of “Serenity”, then decided it was too over-the-top until someone said ‘What if it all were a video game an overwrought adolescent made-up?’.

    “John Wick 3” sounds like Suzuki Seijun’s “Branded to Kill” and its sequel “Pistol Opera”, violent nutsoid soap operas set in ‘the world of assassins’ where everybody’s more concerned with rising in rank by killing higher-level killers than actually taking contracts.

    The end credits sequence of the remake of “Dawn of the Dead” is significant; the end credits of the original “Night of the Living Dead” help set the ending’s tone in place.

  3. Vardulon says:

    Here’s a low-bitrate version for people with data caps: https://archive.org/details/TheFlopHouseEpisode285SerenityLowBitrate

  4. Zeke Mohinder says:

    Hey Peaches
    Long time, first time.
    Love your show – been listening since ep 1! woohoo! 🙂

    My fav eps are the ones where you have female guest hosts – Hallie Haglund and recently Jenny Jaffe come to mind.
    Whenever I hear Hallie say her name on the pod, I laugh out loud because I’m in love with her on the show!! You’re all awesome but she’s Hallie Awesome! So don’t be shy and get more female guest hosts especially Hallie!!
    Jenny you are also great!
    All the guest hosts (lads and lasses) bring a different vibe to the show and make for great ear-candy. Keep up the great work all of you!

    Yours truly,

    the angry geek

  5. Robert Jase says:

    Is this film some sort of sequel to ‘S Christmas Story’? Is this the story of Grover Dill’s son Baker? Would that have been a better movie?

  6. Vardulon says:

    The idea behind the Heist line “Everybody wants money, that’s why they call it money” is that it demonstrates that the Danny DeVito character is so sociopathically greedy and lives such a completely unexamined life that he’s put absolutely zero thought into the assumptions that go into defining him as a person.

    It’s also David Mamet’s second-best one-liner ever, after ‘So, that happened.’

    Fun fact: I lost out on the plum role of ‘airport security guard who walks past Gene Hackman’ because I lived too far from the airport they were shooting at!

    • Paul Bostwick says:

      I came to say what Vardulon said, about the DeVito line. Exactly so. DeVito’s character has internalized an ethos so deeply that he cannot even describe why money is good or desirable beyond appealing circularly (and without self-awareness) to its seemingly obvious desirability.

      A rare textual miss by the flop-squad… Great episode! That your guest saw it in a theater with a crowd who came to a common understanding of it was especially cool.

  7. Christoph says:

    I was cracking up at the commentary on Jason Clarke’s accent. My girlfriend and I kept turning to each other during Pet Sematary every time he pronounced something in some totally inexplicable way.

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  10. Stephen says:

    We sure are getting a lot of Jason Clarke lately. Folks just can’t get enough of his expressionless face and utter lack of charm!

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