On September 20, 2002, Joss Whedon's science fiction programme "Firefly" made its debut.
As a cultural touchstone and a brief period in the history of science fiction, Firefly holds an unusual place in the genre's legacy.
The programme, which is set in a far-off future in which China and the United States unite to
establish the Union of Allied Planets, still has faults. Ten years back, this was not the issue.
However, Firefly hasn't held up well over time, unlike Whedon's most well-known cult series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Particularly by post-Westworld standards, the show's fixation in recreating the Old West in space comes out as childish.
In 2002, the idea that everyone is cracking a joke may have seemed revolutionary for sci-fi shows,
but it now seems stale in the age of Marvel movie one-liners. Back then, pop culture progressives may have
contextualised River Tam's male-gazey feel as hip, but it today comes off as a poor fanboy cliche.
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