DDo a google search of the word ‘firefly’ and you don’t get an insect that lights up it’s abdomen. You get this awesome show that Joss Whedon created and Fox destroyed. But just why is it awesome?
1. The characters
They are memorable and they all add to the ensemble rather than detract from it. No matter the situation, each one of them has something to contribute and we love them for it. From hard nosed Mal to delicate Kaylee, all of them are loved.
2. The Western flair
Everybody digs cowboys. And shootouts. And all that stuff. Throw it on a spaceship or strange planet and it’s practically irresistible. The set designers and costume directors are forever enshrined as geniuses in my book.
3. The one liners
“I aim to misbehave.”
“She’s starting to damage my calm.”
“Were I unwed, i would take you in a manly fashion.”
“Sir? I like you to take the helm, please. I need this man to tear all my clothes off.”
These are the best. Whedon has shown time and time again to be a master of dialogue, and the actors portray it to the intended scale. I can not count how many times I pull these out and use them in conversation. They really are close to my heart.
There you have it. Now let’s strive for this level in our own writing!