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Two rings off-center,
This review is from: Firefly: The Complete Series (DVD)
When this series aired, it showed instant promise.
Based on the premise that outlaying planets would have a rudimentary technology while those that plied the paths between them would necessarily need something more advanced the show blends the old frontier with the last frontier.
The cast was interesting and diverse. The interrelationships had the promise of developing fully. The writing was ecclectic and shied away from the formulaic preachy writing that too often characterizes (imperils?) popular science fiction. (Science Fiction serves best as a way of getting people to think in new ways, rather than as a propagandistic tool for the right or left.) It also shied away from the blaster-blazing non-stop string of explosions that undermines most low-budget sci-fi.
It should have been a bullseye or at least in the first ring.
And it wasnt.
The writers couldn't seem to keep themselves from interrupting the plot lines to snipe at religion by characterizing it as something to make others feel bad, hate crazed witch burners, and hypocritical phonies. If the show had been about the struggle against a religious oligarchy this would have been fitting and appropriate. As it was, it interrupted what might have been good writing with propagandistic sophomoric interpretations. The prejudices of the writers undermined the show with an irrelevancy.
A show might survive if the networks are convinced of its appeal (even if it has none). It might survive if the viewership ratings are high enough to overcome the network convictions. But it won't survive when it goes counter to the grain of the network while alienating the viewers and by doing this the arrow hit two rings off center.