Ordered it on Netflix to give the poor, defenseless Browncoats a little chance after they were so callously Screwed By The Network. I had NO idea about the setting or it's characters, only that everyone I talked to thought it was criminally underrated. Right off the bat, River is in the Crystal Spires And Togas Alliance school, scolding them for "Meddling... meddling," only to see that the scary, evil Leftists are brainwashing her. Suffice it to say, I was not expecting a giant "all welfare states are Orwellian" anvil in the face mere seconds into the movie. I tried to give it more of a chance to see if there was any ambiguity in this situation, but all I saw was more sanctioned culture-bashing. Mal is an Ethan Edwards Expy who gets multiple, angst-filled, Jerk Justifications to make sure he can insult Granola Girl Inara, or anyone else, as much as he wants to. Zoe's supposed to be a counterbalance, but all I heard from her was "aye sir" or something along those lines, and an objection to the ship-disguiseing scheme at the end. Kaylee seemed like an amped-up version of Eliot Ried from Scrubs, while river seemed more like a co-dependent fembot sex fantasy than an independent Action Girl. Shepard and the operative have roles as Magical Negro and Strawman Political, respectively, but most of the male characters just don't get enough screen for proper introductions. I had to check Wikipedia just to find out Zoe and Wash were married. These are all my personal Epileptic Trees here, but, based on what I've seen, I can not recommend the franchise. I know Shurg of Joss forbids me from What Do You Mean Its Not Political, but as someone who's had to defend their beliefs in (some forms of) "big government" and multiculturalism, I can't help but feel I was being caricatured by the Alience's Obviously Evil image. It's a rude, sweaty Punk Punk Space Western, and I've experienced the same Values Dissonance with traditional westerns and American Civil War movies too; nothing wrong with liking them, but nothing wrong with disliking them either. I had no problem with Buffy The Vampire Slayer and, and really liked Dr Horribles Sing Along Blog. Despite how it's been marketed, this is not a good intro to the franchise, it's for long time fans only. Seinfeld Is Unfunny and not even Serenity will amaze everyone.
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