Actually, I want to tell you about one of the Executive Producers as I opted not to include him under either of his initials but he’s entirely deserving of mention. Indeed, one cannot think of Firefly without thinking of Joss Whedon who not only was Executive Producer of the show, he created the concept, wrote the scripts, and composed the theme music.
Whedon has been involved in some of the very best cult television, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, s well as directing films such as The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods. Fans, however, tend to think of Firefly as his magnum opus – an epic space-western drama with his trademark sense of tongue-in-cheek, self-aware humour. Indeed, Firefly and Serenity took first and second place respectively in New Scientist Magazine’s 2005 poll to find The World’s Best Space Sci-Fi Ever.
Firefly is constantly referenced in other shows, for example, Dr Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory) is a fan and part of the room mate agreement that Friday nights be reserved for watching Firefly (he was under the impression that the show would run for years. Unfortunately, that was not to be!). Nathan Fillion’s current show, Castle, has also made numerous references to Firefly – Castle appeared in a “space cowboy” costume one Halloween (his daughter claimed it was “So five yeas ago!”), and characters have been spotted sporting blue latex gloves to crime scenes.
Without Whedon, there would be no Firefly, no Browncoats, and no A-Z challenge theme for me this year! The man is, quite clearly, a genius!