April 3, 2010

My Perfect TV Show

It's not a secret, especially when you go through this blog, that two of my favorite shows are Chuck and Castle. The two shows are able to blend humor, romance, and drama, but they also share a very special bond: ties to Joss Whedon (Castle's Nathan Fillion and Chuck's Adam Baldwin).

While I'm a relatively new convert to the House of Whedon, I do understand how he's impacted TV, and I credit him for a world of awesomeness. The funny thing is I had no idea who Joss Whedon was until a little movie came out by the name of Serenity, and then my whole world was changed because the floodgates were opened.

Of course, Serenity led me to Firefly, which I vaguely remembered when it first aired on Fox, but of course I didn't watch it. Boy, do I regret not supporting the show the first time around because in my opinion Firefly is the perfect television show.

Like I mentioned before, the reason I like Castle and Chuck so much is because they're able to effortlessly blend well-timed humor, dramatic elements, and unresolved sexual tension. They also have wonderful characters that you just don't see anywhere else. Firefly had these same elements, but somehow it was able to use them to perfection, which is why it is the model for the modern day cult show.

To this day, every time I watch an episode of Firefly it just gets better and better, and I fall in love with it all over again. Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) is by far one of television's greatest characters, and the way he looks after his crew and strives to do the right thing is the stuff on legend. Leverage's (another personal favorite) Nate Ford can learn a thing or two from Captain Tightpants. Also, Mal's "will they/won't they" dance with Inara (Morena Baccarin) puts couples like Chuck & Sarah or Booth & Brennan to shame.

It's because of these reasons, and so many more, that Firefly was the perfect show, and while I do think it wasn't given a fair shot, part of me is glad it didn't last more than 14 near flawless episodes. Had Firefly continued it would have run the risk of becoming stale and repetitive, or it could have worn out its welcome and tarnished its own legacy. This way we'll always remember it for its greatness rather than looking back and remembering how good it used to be...although, a few more episodes would have been nice.


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