Have you ever thought about what it could be that keeps the media from bringing Firefly back? I do. Here’s what I think.
In the ‘verse of Serenity, the generic ism’s of our current world have been put by the wayside. However in current time that is not the case.
True that many of us say, “if we could stop racism (insert any ism here) the world would be a better place.” We even put plans in motion to help the other humans see all colors (sexes, ages, genders, etc) as equal. We rally, we promote, we teach, we march. But until everyone is on the same page, the isms win. Why was Firefly taken off the air? My theory says that it is because of 2 major points.
The first point being that it shows a world in which the (current) isms are gone. True there is still poverty and wealth, crime and law, sickness, and many other things that makes the suffering of humanity an ongoing occurrence, but they are not related to the isms of today’s world.
The only real distinctions now are Fringe planet peoples, Brown Coat Rebels, and Reevers. Hair or eye or skin colors make no difference. Distinctive male and female roles are non-existent. Culture has become a unique blend of all from Earth That Was. The people that survived whatever happened to the Earth and escaped to other planets came together as a human race and blended. People wear bamboo hats, boots, silks, and aviator jackets at the same time. Everyone speaks English and Chinese interchangeably.
And this is my second theory as to why Firefly was cancelled: American media just couldn’t handle that American culture wouldn’t top out all the others if the world was to end. We can’t share the limelight with another super power in the world and certainly not blend so seamlessly with China. That is un-American don’t you know?
I can’t think of another show in my lifetime that has the long-standing devoted following Firefly has, the public outcry to bring its return and yet the networks won’t. Joss Whedon did the impossible and created a world that didn’t conform to what the media moguls feel we the American people should see. But this world he created appeals to so many of us. It is the impossible, but we have had a taste of it, and I for one want more.
I want more shows that show people without the isms; more shows that show people unafraid to blend without conforming. I want to see more people talking about the ability for any color or gender to hold any position. I want to see more shows where people are making morally good decisions and using good old-fashioned ingenuity with true American spirit that is beautifully mingled with ancient Chinese wisdom.
We’ve seen the impossible and we are mighty.