You know I like Firefly but in no sense is it the hardest sci-fi TV show ou there. It's just sci-fi that drops a lot of space opera conventions, emphasises grit, has no sound in space and throws in some Western conventions.
The hero kicked a prisoner into a jet engine in the first episode, which shows how sophisticated the humor was.
Mm. It was moments like that and "Our Mrs. Richards" hat caused me to drop it originally. Whedon can get a little too
smug for my liking.
The series was quite obviously about how a handful of die hard Confederates ended up winning the Civil War after all. The movie Serenity jumped into the first stage of the end game.
Confederates expunged of all the negative connotations of slavery, that is, recasting the war as a simple statist centrism-versus-individualism.
And boy do Americans love their rugged individualists.