The only thing worse than someone who doesn't like Firefly is someone who writes deliberately provocative blog post titles. Those people are real jerks.
Now, I don't have to tell you that if you're afraid of spoilers to either the Firefly series or the movie Serenity you probably shouldn't be reading this blog, do I?
No. I didn't think so.
Yes. Joss Whedon killed Wash in Serenity. And everyone hates him for it. As well they should. But, I think, not for the reason they think they should.
And sure, I have a lot of half-baked ideas. And I'm going and blogging these half-baked ideas. But just because they're half-baked doesn't mean I'm wrong. So here we go. Now note that I actually saw Serenity before seeing any of Firefly. So I watched it without Firefly prejudice. And when they killed Wash I though: "Wait, they killed that dude? And they did it now?" It just seemed so wrong.
And ergo: I think they killed Wash in the wrong place. If he'd died closer to the end, or if he'd died a little afore that, it woulda "fit in" with our dramatic sense a big better. Instead, they waste his butt. And it's surprising.
Now there be those who don't want to be surprised that way. And there are those who think those kinds of turns against a few thousand years of narrative is sort of amusing for them. I ain't makin' no value judgments either way.
So, yeah, I'm a big fan of the series and of the movie, but I can totally see why someone would not be that into it.
It kind of reminds me of the time Mitchell Riggs told me that Macbeth wasn't a very good play. I remember thinking "I've heard of people like you, but I've never met one."
You see, for some people Macbeth doesn't work because we don't really see him as the "good" guy he was before the witches showed up in his life. Other people think Macbeth is one of the most important pieces of literature in English. You know, half of one and six dozen of the other.
So if people can have such diametrically opposed opinions on one of the pieces of the canon of English literature (well, drama at least) then surely we can disagree on a TV show.
I mean... except that Firefly is really really good.
Now on further thought about the detail of the narrative of the Firefly series, is another one of these weird things which might just throw the whole narrative for many people. The point of view, and indeed the hero of, the whole show is the Doctor: Simon.
But that sounds to me like yet another blog post.