Firefly went from "ooo that was nice" to my most favoritest comfort food on about a billion levels. I never saw it as a western any more than Tattooine scenes made IV a western. It had super future modern cities (fantastic) and gritty urban run down shit holes and outposts where everything is made of wood and there's horses.. as there would be if you set out into space with a bunch of earth animals and never found any thing alien and native to ride. Visually it's my best thing ever, a banquet.
It's interesting that there are NO ALIENS and no alien life forms in Firefly.
If you ever want to do a Firefly rewatch/lovefest with me JRulez let me know, I would welcome your Orange style reviews! And yes I will get to them eventually, going to see Elysium today though so might take me a bit.