The short lived Joss Whedon series Firefly gives many nerds geekgasims of incredible magnitude. It’s hard to believe that a show that lasted one season can have its own rabid fan base that’s as dedicated as they are. I’ve always thought that I would like the series, being a sci-fi loving geek and all. I didn’t get a chance to really sit down and watch it when it was first on, but thanks to Netflix’s instant queue and a dismal social life I’ve finally seen the whole series. I’m left wondering what’s the big deal.
Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t absolutely hate the show. It had it’s moments (some were awesome). I just don’t get why people love it so much. I decided to create a list of things that bugged me about Firefly to both entertain and anger, though I’m assuming I’ll get more anger than entertaining.
1. The re-use of Starship Troopers suits:
I realize that the series had a limited budget, but I’m a big Starship Troopers fan, so it’s damned distracting any time I see those re-used costumes. To make things even worse is when I’m at a convention I can’t tell what they are supposed to be. The lame-o brown coats think that they’re call backs to Firefly while the awesome people (me) think they from the greatest sci-fi bug themed space combat film of all time, which always leads to fist fights and guys dressed up like space cowboys crying like babies.
2. Weird Technology:
There’s a few instances of odd technology that really bug me. In one episode they are on some backwater planet that looked just like any bar you’d see on Earth decades ago. Then a guy is thrown through a window, but it’s not really a window at all, it’s a force field. Wouldn’t it be much more reliable and energy efficient on a backwater planet to have a real window there when everything else seems to be based on our current level of technology? It’s like having GPS on a horse. Even worse is when their guns make fancy noises, but look just like regular guns. It’s fucking distracting.
4. River: The Weirdo Girl with Special Powers
I can’t stand a beautiful weirdo character. They annoy the piss out of me. This time it’s a girl named River played by Summer Glau. I can’t stand her because she’s annoying and she doesn’t get useful until late in the season. Until then, she’s so friggen mysterious and strange that I suppose we are supposed to be entranced by her. It’s like they made River for the weirdest girl in school to latch onto.
I feel bad about saying this, but I find Summer Glau to be unattractive, especially in this series. I think a lot of it has to do with her dead in the eyes acting style. It works a little more for her where she played a robot in Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles than it does in Firefly.
5. The Theme Song.
You can really tell that Whedon and crew had high hopes that this wasn’t going to be a one and done season and it suffers. Buffy worked much better in this respect. Even though there were many mysteries that took several seasons to solve, there was at least one cohesive story every season.
Firefly just felt like it lacked direction. In Buffy you’d have a big bad. In Firefly, you’ve got the River stuff that kind of meanders (no pun intended), the threat of the Federation screwing the crew, and the vague threat of the Reavers. Why couldn’t they have the bounty hunter guy that shows up at in the last episode making appearances all through the first season? It would have been a hell of a lot more satisfying.
And now no doubt after I’ve sent you into a furious rage, I would like to point out that I also saw Serenity and get this, I totally loved it. It’s a real shame that it didn’t do well. Strange world we live in, isn’t it? I’d totally go to the theater to see another one.