Been a minute since I rewatched this classic, which is now old enough to vote in the US. Yes kids, 18 years since Firefly aired, and 18 since it got booted from Fox.
That shouldn’t shock anyone. Ask The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. just how well Fox supports good westerns.
Anyway, I’m partway through the pilot and still loving it. The characters, the dialogue, the speed of the story, it’s no wonder the show continues to find new fans even after all this time.
One thing that aids that? Its cancellation.
The brevity that was heaped upon it when Fox pulled the plug has helped to keep the overall story tight and tidy, especially with the conclusion that the movie Serenity provides.
It’s the same principle that makes 8-episode streaming series so successful. There is a such thing as too much.
Just ask The Hobbit trilogy.
Plus the perception of injustice–“How could you cancel something so great?!”–gives it the oh-so-coveted victim status that the new century thrives on.
There are comics that continue the story, and some of them have been good, but they run into the Hobbit problem after a few issues.
Too much of a good thing isn’t still a good thing. Too much is just too much.
Something to keep in mind with my own work. It’s why I’ve taken a liking to shorter pieces. Satiate the appetite and move on.
Get back to work.