I’m going to call it right now: the Firefly backlash is about to begin. It’s garnering way too much nostalgia and respect, as well as popularity among “normals” (non-science fiction enthusiasts, or as Harlan Ellison would refer to them: Sci-fi fans), without having enough of a run to warrant such respect. The straw breaking the camel’s back, I fear, is a simple pole on i09.com pitting sci-fi “badasses” against one another, in which River has kicked everyone’s ass. This might seem plausible at first, but the truth is she’s beaten characters like The Doctor (Dr. Who), who lives infinitely and regenerates and has committed GENOCIDE when he needed, Buffy, Six from BSG, and was in the middle of beating the fucking BATMAN when last I checked. No one can beat Batman, people. No one ‘cept Mrs. Batman.
Don’t get me wrong here, I love Firefly and Serenity more than most. I mean, I watched it while it was ON THE AIR, for Chrissake. But The Doctor? River would be annihilated. The show was on for half a season. Is that tragic? Yes. Is it likely the show would have gotten even better? Given Joss’s track record, a second season would have blown everyone away compared to the first, but given Joss’s track record, the first season should have kind of blown in parts, so clearly Firefly wasn’t following the paradigm. Just because it wasn’t given a fair shake, however, is no reason for it to be making it higher on a list of best science fictions shows than The Twilight Zone. That’s ridiculous. A Firefly marathon wouldn’t even last half of Thanksgiving. That’s gotta count for something.
I’m not saying the show isn’t one of the best, most influential sci-fi shows ever made, with one of the most likable casts ever assembled. It is. But I think if we keep flooding these polls and message boards and viewer’s choice thing-a-ma-bobs, putting it undeservedly over other things, we’re asking for a backlash, one where we are hated and marginalized by our own people, the sci-fi community. And then, you know what Browncoats are? They’re the new Trekkies. Do you want that? I certainly don’t. So here’s how it is: River can beat a cylon, and her Terminator twin, and even Buffy (though come on, she’s also returned from the dead). But The Doctor? No. Batman? It should at least be a close poll if she’s going to win, but everyone knows Batman can stop her. He stopped a Predator, for fuck’s sake. Nathan Fillion is hot, but if he’s up against Ryan Reynolds? Let’s be objective here.
Firefly is more influential/better/cooler than Stargate or Supernatural or even Angel, and of course anything under those. But it is not more influential than The X-files, which means it falls below Twilight Zone, original Star Trek, ST: TNG, Babylon 5, and a slew of other shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which ran for 7 fucking years and consistently was the best thing on television and is the reason we have crap like Smallville and Supernatural and awesomeness like Veronica Mars or Reaper.
To sum up, I’m fighting the backlash early. I love Juno and Diablo Cody, indie romances that don’t end happily (Rocket Science, Adventureland, (500) Days of Summer), Death Cab for Cutie, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and the Boston Red Sox. I’m tired of defending myself for liking things that everyone used to like, but pretends they always hated now that they’ve gotten too popular. It’s asinine and it makes me feel sad. Don’t overexpose a show that seven years ago got the shit end of the stick. I like it being a little cool to like it.
Also, WHITE PEOPLE — quit it with the Beatles thing. I get it. You grew up with them, they have a lot of really good songs, and you’re white, too. We all understand. But know that it is OKAY to not agree that something is the best of anything EVER. Plus, it takes a lot of trying for a Clash fan to like Beatles anything. They’re doing it cuz they like you and don’t want to intentionally exclude themselves. But we have to TRY. Opinions are okay, especially in music. Don’t cause the Beatles Backlash. Thank you, that is all.