I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later — I finally had Firefly inflicted on me. I’d been avoiding it as vigorously as possible on the theory that anything so universally beloved by other dorks couldn’t possibly be good. Case in point being the other series to have Joss Whedon’s fingerprints all over it, Buffy, from which badness rises in shimmering waves, like desert heat. But I guess 20 million dorks can’t be wrong… all the time.

It’s sort of like someone sat back and said, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if that show Enterprise didn’t suck?” And instead of just writing a fanfiction in which they served as the convenient Mary Sue catalyst for a cross-century generational meeting between captains Archer and Picard, they went out and created their own show that, like all good shows on Fox, died young. At this point I’ve only seen a few episodes, and unfortunately I’m stuck for the next week with no access to my roommate’s DVDs. I am, however, jonesing to see the further adventures of Captain Malcolm Punchington and his funtastic crew of conveniently diverse personalities. I think only my lack of access to a car (and a general dread of enterting any sort of retail venue within two days on either side of Christmas) will keep me from dropping coin on a set of my own.

What I’m saying here is, “Curse you, other dorks, for being right and making me feel like a cynical tool.” You were right. Tell your sister… you were right.

P.S., in happier news it appears I’ve been ceded the rights to the word “hagiography.” Score! This certainly helps compensate for my failings today as an iconclast.

11 thoughts on “Serene-deputy

  1. Would this also be a bad time to tell you that they just dropped the retail price on the set to $30 (though, most places seem to have it at $35 right now) and that Serenity just came out on DVD this week.

  2. Strangely enough, Buffy and Firefly are actually quite similar in many respects (and different in many others). What I am trying to say is: While Buffy may not, and should not be to anyones taste it is without doubt a great show with the same top-notch writing (well, mostly at least) we saw an Firefly. It’s certainly a show that does not appeal to anyone but “badness” and Buffy don’t even belong in the same sentence. Well, except for some season 6 episodes, but even that’s a matter of opinion I guess. Which your statement was too… but… you know what I mean.

    But then again I still chuckle when you put down Megaman X in the same, trademarked Parish-way. So I guess it’s all good in the end.

  3. Firefly just didn’t have the chance to get crappy. If Fox hadn’t been dumb enough to cancel it, they would have been dumb enough to make it run for years longer than it ought to and it would have ended up just like Buffy. By the end, it would have lost its novelty and originality and very few people would still have cared about it. I’m not saying I’m glad they cancelled it, but I still prefer the way things turned out to the way they COULD have.

  4. If I had realized you enjoyed it that much I would have suggested sending at least the next two discs with you.

  5. I have yet to watch the actual series itself, but a friend took me to see the movie ‘Serenity’ when it came out. I was able to follow the plot, and it was a rather fun (if violent/OTT) movie. Fun music, too. *guitar twang*

  6. I hadn’t realized there were still nerds out there who hadn’t seen Firefly. Well, now you’ve learned something: Sometimes, when everyone everywhere tells you that something is the best thing ever, they may actually be right. This is also further evidence for my theory that simply seeing a few episodes of Firefly can turn anyone into a devoted fan.

  7. Hmm. I still harbor trepidation over Firefly/Serenity because of the same reason as toasty. Hopefully, I’ll just try it and be pleasently surprised like I was oh so many years ago with B5.

  8. I’m always just as reluctant and slow to jump on the nerd-bandwagon, but I really feel like most of the time that’s a good thing. Except when we’re talking about Firefly or the new Battlestar Galactica. Which, by the way, if you haven’t seen, you should absolutely get on top of. Best show on TV.

  9. i really enjoyed the show, mainly due to the language and soundtrack. i really want to play a campaign in that world.

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