My Top Twenty Genre Shows of All Time

20. Red Dwarf: for the laughs.
19. Dollhouse: for the characters, for the loss, for the cynicism, for the pessimism, for the paranoia, for the desolation.
18. Farscape: for the characters, for the loss, for the story, for science as magic, for the laughs.
17. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: for the characters, for the loss.
16. Lost: for the characters, for the story, for the love.
15. Battlestar Galactica (2003): for the characters, for the story, for looking like you knew what you were doing.
14. Fringe: for science as magic.
13. The X-files: for the faith.
12. Carnivale: for the myth.
11. Millennium: for the faith.
10. Blake’s 7: for the pessimism.
9. Star Trek: The Next Generation/DS9/Voyager
8. Babylon 5: for the story.
7. Star Trek: Original Series: for the idealism.
6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel: for the laughs, for the loss and for the fight, the cynicism and the faith.
5. Trigun: for the laughs and the consequences.
4. The Prisoner: for the paranoia.
3. Firefly: for the laughs, the love, and the cynicism.
2. The Twilight Zone: for the twist.
1. Doctor Who (predominantly the 2000 revival)/Torchwood: for science as magic, for the laughs, for longevity, for the twist, for the optimism, for the pessimism, for the desolation, for the cynicism, for the faith, for the paranoia, for the love, and for the consequences.
(Also, on a completely unrelated note: White people have deluded themselves into thinking Dave Matthews Band is amazing but Hootie & the Blowfish was a fad they went through, thus proving they can easily accept a White man leading a band made up of minorities, but the inverse is just silly. Somehow, this explains Avatar, Fern Gully, Dune, Dances with Wolves, Dangerous Minds, Tarzan, Pathfinder, Davis’ character on Treme, the reason White 60s protesters at Civil Rights protests are ironically annoying and superior, and the popularity of Rebirth Brass Band at Le Bon Temps among White college students. Good day.)

Huh.

So, any of you out there that watch Buffy and read my ramblings may find me extremely thick for this, or you may be in my boat…

I only just realized, when someone else pointed it out on a message board, that at the end of “Chosen”, the series finale, when the sign falls into the crater…that was Spike knocking down the “Welcome to Sunnydale” sign for the last time. I got a chill that almost made me tear up when I realized it, and I should have caught that on the first watch.

That is all.

Backlash

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.