[quote="The_Wanderer, post:23, topic:226543"]
Space Above and Beyond was a great, and very underrated, show! It was just getting interesting when the series was taken off the air.
I've heard good things about S: A&B; isn't that the one with the genetically-engineered second-class citizens?
One thing that occurred to me is, Firefly fans who also like first-person shooters really ought to play Halo 3: ODST. I actually started liking Firefly more after Buck, Dutch, and Mickey, voiced by the gents who played Mal, Jayne, and Wash—and Mickey is a pilot, just like Wash (the best part is when he steals an alien ship: "Console reads green across the board. Well, purple.") Also I think they let Adam Baldwin have more control over his character; he's religious in a sort of "rough soldier-man" kind of way (and, according to various sources, happily married, which ain't like Jayne). Baldwin (who's not one of those Baldwins) is some manner of Evangelical, see.
I realized, actually, thinking about it, that I don't really mind Firefly's characters much, at least the male ones (Whedon's female characters are all insufferable Mary Sues, especially Kaylee—and I've had a thing for Jewel Staite since I saw her in "Space Cases" when I was twelve and she was fourteen, so it takes work to make me hate her character).
I just hate the setting. There is absolutely no work on the thing. If the Alliance could do that scale of terraforming, the Independents might as well have been fist-fighting the Mighty Thor. I have elsewhere compared the necessary technology to Niven's Pak Protectors, or the Forerunners from Halo.
That Companion houses are apparently part Buddhist temple needs some explaining, since in the real world all Buddhist monks have vows of chastity—and some of the things she says sound like that old, demonstrably false chestnut that Asian religions have the same sexual mores as the post-modern West.
And why do all the props that aren't specifically 19th century, look like they came off a shelf in Target?
Then there's the Chinese. Leave to one side that they mangle it atrociously—because apparently Mandarin coaching would break their budget!—all their profanity is based on Western concepts of cussing. Profanity works completely differently in Chinese; there's a lot less sex and religion, and a lot more nudity and death. Admittedly they both use poop, but so does everyone.