Killing Firefly was Fox's biggest fail ever


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You don't have to agree with me -- that's clearly a matter of taste, and therefore up for endless debate without possibility of resolution. But know when I make this bold claim, I have the experience to back it up. I'm no nerdy come lately -- I've lived and breathed this stuff since long before geek culture became a mainstream thing. One of my first memories is waiting in line for Star Wars -- the original one, in its original run. I was watching reruns of the original Star Trek with my dad before I learned how to read. I remember the absurd excitement I felt when I heard they were making Star Trek: The Next Generation. I've seen every single episode of TNG, and spent plenty of time with every iteration of Star Trek since. I've at least dabbled in every major sci-fi franchise of the past thirty years -- Battlestar, Dr. Who, Farscape, Stargate, you name it -- and in most of the minor ones as well. I went to my first con when I was twelve years old and I've worked my way through a library's worth of science-fiction novels, from classic stuff like Robert Heinlein and Philip K. Dick to cheap, no-name pulp bullshit. So, yes, I think I have the experience to make, and back up, that claim.

It's been hard, in the decade since it went off the air, to see lesser shows succeed where Firefly was never offered a chance to. Heroes got four seasons and it was complete fucking trash. Fringe was a cool sci-fi idea, even if it never really completely jelled for me. Battlestar Galactica had its moments, but in my mind its biggest accomplishment was showing Fox that, hey you fucking morons, there is a market for smart, character-driven space opera! I doubt anyone over there was paying attention -- too busy rolling in piles of American Idol money, most likely -- but the point stands. All of those, and the rest of the TV sci-fi that's come since, only serves to make me ever more bitter at the fate of Firefly. I don't lose sleep over it -- hey, it is a fucking TV show, after all -- but that doesn't mean I'll ever forget, or forgive, the corporate dickbags that smothered my favorite show in its crib.

So yeah. Fuck Fox. Long live Firefly.

The Esquire is airing Firefly's film sequel, Serenity, this Friday and Saturday, February 22-23, as part of their Midnight Madness program.




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Juan Macias
Juan Macias

Nice list of mistakes but the biggest mistake was the cancellation of Arrested Development.

Peter Dunn
Peter Dunn

Terminator: SCC, Lie to Me, Dollhouse, House (over $) and Fringe. All good shows that Fox killed so we can still watch American I-Dull 8 days a week. They even trimmed So You Think You Can Dance back to a shortened week and season. Great ideas and horrible follow-through.

Craig Hawkins
Craig Hawkins

Ending Terminator; Sarah Connor Chronicles was a pretty big fail, especially when the show was getting so good.

Chris Bast
Chris Bast

whoa!!!,...I'm convinced,..yet,.. not surprised,...

Matt Morava
Matt Morava

Fox News is Fox's biggest fail... because of the damage it has done to this country. Canceling the best science fiction show of all time, while horrendous, is a distant second.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

I swear by my pretty floral bonnet that you are correct, sir.

John Ward
John Ward

This is from American Dad and it works for all the good shows that get canceled: Francine: (To Stan) Are you still moping about Steve? Come on. He's just going through a phase. It's like Steve is America and you're Arrested Development. It doesn't mean you're bad, it just means he's not interested in you.

John Kirk
John Kirk

FOX Blows huge, I mean huge chunks! Reality TV is NOT good television. American Idol....how sad!

sherob2
sherob2

Two f'ing thumbs up!  Even BBC killed off a great show, Outcasts!  

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