So many of my fellow geeks, including many I consider friends and many whose opinions I otherwise respect, love-love-love the short-lived SF show "Firefly", created by Joss Whedon.
My question is, why? The characters are largely unlikeable, except for Jayne, who (as the only not-metro male) has to be Whedon's whipping boy. The dialogue is pointlessly chirpy and the Chinese is not only pronounced wrong, it's nonsensical—Chinese has its own profanity, Joss, you don't get to make up swearing for them just because they're not white. Also, the big bad "Alliance" dystopia-state? Yeah, they're idiots, their assassins are not only incompetent, they're about as covert as a comic book convention. And who'd test a gas with unknown properties on a civilian population? Who'd give their brainwashed telepaths super-soldier training? I mean me, if I'm training someone I might have to send on a suicide mission, I don't want them to be able to read my mind and know that!
And, Lord love a duck, the science. Multiple planets with earth-standard gravity and sunlight, terraforming in a few centuries, couples making out under starship engines and not dying. They seem to think messing with your engine's radiation shielding is a matter of "you'll get sick breathing it in"; it isn't. It's a matter of "your silhouette will be burned into the walls". Decent rockets are basically, bare minimum, nuclear submarines—one major design, the Orion rocket, is essentially a series of hydrogen bombs detonated under an armor plate.
Finally, the Reavers shouldn't be able to cooperate long enough to crew a ship.
So what was I missing? What, exactly, do people like about this show? There's gotta be a few people on here who can explain it.