The Duck of Minerva

The Duck Quacks at Twilight


August 5, 2005

Dan Drezner posts on one of the best science-fiction series that was ever cancelled before its time… and the upcoming movie. Firefly, for those of you who don’t know, was a Joss Whedon series in which he took the western influences in space opera (Roddenberry described Star Trek, after all, as “Wagon Train to the Stars”) and magnified them to create an explicit “space western.”

I find myself a bit annoyed to discover that the Sci-Fi Channel is now running old episodes of the series. They declined to pick it up when Fox cancelled it.

Dan does not pick up on the most obvious “precursor” to Firefly, however. That would be Cowboy Bebop, which itself spawned a pretty good feature film.

That’s all.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.