O kay, I would like to start off by saying, what the hell, Fox?
The year’s 2002, and you pick up this new show. It’s definitely got original content, sure haven’t heard of any other “space westerns”. You’ve got a fantastic ensemble cast, got the guy who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel behind the project, and on top of that, did I mention that you have Animal Mother on the show? Fox, you picked up this great show, and you showed the episodes out of order, you air it on a Friday night (nights in which most people are out of the house), and ya go ahead and cancel it during the eleventh episode. You guys were aware that there’s fourteen, right?
I watched all fourteen episodes and feature film of the Firefly franchise, and I have to say, Fox really screwed the pooch on this one. The show had a cult following, and they threw it away! The show had one season, not even if you count how it was canceled three episodes before the finale. You guys aren’t exactly known for having good TV shows, ya know. NBC and just about all the other networks have cornered the market on that, except for Sunday night, when you show your cartoons. Do you guys understand that if you had moved the show to say, I don’t know, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday night, that you would actually have a TV show on the air for a while that didn’t completely tank? You guys are known for being outrageous right winged lunatics, but you’re okay with that.
I can’t imagine thinking, “Oh man, I think we should have a lot more Glenn Beck and a lot less of this potentially great TV show we just picked up.” I dare somebody to tell me one really awesome TV show besides House and American Idol (if you can call American Idol awesome) that Fox has had in the 2000s.
Get ready for some SPOILERS:
Now, the series should have gone on longer. I just established that. But honestly, the thing that annoyed me most out of everything was the unresolved tension between Malcolm and Inara. But then I figured that maybe the movie based off of the show, Serenity, would take care of this problem and that the audience would have some closure on this whole deal.
So I watched the movie last night, and guess what? No resolution to this, no closure, no nothing. I found it profoundly outrageous. Why the hell was it necessary to keep their relationship ambiguous when Kaylee and Simon were having a make out fest at the end of the film? We all knew they were going to hook up, they could have easily gotten together in the actual series. Which begs the question, why did the writers have the need to torture me with not giving this an ending for them?
It’s extremely doubtful that there will be a second Serenity movie due to the fact that, I don’t know… They killed off two of the main characters? Why was that necessary? To crush all of our dreams of a sequel? That must have been it.
Despite my whining about a few things, I loved the series. Not all endings are perfect, but it’s definitely worth the watch. It didn’t make me as sad as the Dawson’s Creek ending, thank God. That’s another story for another time.