Wednesday, September 8, 2010
No power in the 'verse can stop me....except low ratings.
Firefly. One of those fantastic shows that are axed before people know enough about it to love it. Stupidly axed before it's time. Firefly, for those who don't know about it, is set five hundred years in the future. A renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft (called Serenity) tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. Stars Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin , Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite, and Adam Baldwin.
But just because the show is gone doesn't mean that it was bad. Firefly was given little to no advertising and most fans, like me, only knew the show existed after Serenity had come out and the show's been axed. Had the show had a better timeslot and advertising it's fanbase then could've rivaled its fan base now and it never would have been cut.
This show should never be axed simply based on it's sheer comedic value. The characters have such depth to them but they are absolutely hilarious as well. Their quotes are the most memorable of any TV show i have ever watched...and I've seen a lot!
Joss Whedon is a master world-builder. I would LOVE to be his friend! The world he has built is futuristic yet simple, contrasting between the high tech Core planets and the outlying low tech outer planets. He's even combined English and Chinese to create a language peppered with words which, whilst you might not know the meaning of, you can totally guess the intent behind it. It allows the most inventive swear words and responses without having to bleep anything out.
For example in a scene where mal is frustratedly trying to learn medical lines he says:
"Ching-wah TSAO duh liou mahng" which means 'frog humping sonofabitch!' And honestly who doesn't enjoy learning swear words in another language?!
Their fans, aka Browncoats, are rabid and obsessive...so upset about the show's abrupt cancellation that they rose up and forced a movie out of the network. Serenity neatly wrapped up the story but a second season could still fill in many of the holes and keep the fans at bay. Besides with the witty banter, tension between the characters, moral issues with loyalty and crime, cool outfits, and sheer space cowboyish of it leaves plenty of content to be explored.
So tell me guys, have you watched firefly? Do you think it should have been axed? What other shows do you think were axed before their time?
A few other shows I can think of include Tru Calling, Dollhouse,and Moonlight...