I hope it succeeds, regardless of whether it's any good or I like it. We need more space opera on TV and the main hold-up is the lack of any current successful example the networks or cable can point to and say, "we need something like that."
averaged 5M viewers but that's on broadcast. Basic cable's expectations are lower. (Come to think of it, 5M on broadcast sounds pretty good the way things have been going lately.)
I think the main difference between B7 and Firefly is that Blake was actively trying to lead a rebellion against the state, while Mal had already lost his rebellion and was just trying to avoid entanglements with the state.
I was expecting the other shoe to drop if Firefly
had continued, and Mal's political instincts to be re-awakened. Seems like a waste of his backstory otherwise.
I have this hunch that an overtly political anti-government show might take off if someone has the guts to put it out there. I don't see SyFy as being the network that will do it, but stranger things have happened.