Famous names: Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, Chiwetal Ejiofor
Crunchy goodness: 5
The shit: In the far future of Serenity, prostitutes are treated like royalty. Inara, a main character in the TV show Firefly, is one such prostitute — she appears in Serenity as well, as the only high-class person on the movie's eponymous spacecraft.
Design breakthrough: Serenity successfully combined Western movie style with science fiction tech, giving us a gritty, brokedown future where outlaws roam remote worlds stealing cattle and everybody speaks a patois of Old West English mixed with Chinese.
Sight you'll never unsee: River, the government-created, psychic human weapon, gracefully smashes and kills her way through an outlaw bar after her "attack" switch has been activated by subliminal data embedded in an advertisement for something called Fruity Oaty Bars.