I've had this post on my mind since mid-morning today, though it wasn't until I sat down to write it that it started formulating and unravelling itself properly. I've just been in a Firefly sort of mood lately (if I have to explain what that is, you have my sincere pity), and I've also been thinking about good television and how my interactions with all media tend towards both intensity and repeatability—essentially, I binge-watch things like nobody's business... multiple times. (Sometimes multiple times in a row! Yikes!)
I should start with a disclaimer re: the topic at hand that will surprise absolutely no one who's met me and/or interacted with me for more than two minutes straight: I'm a big fan of Joss Whedon's work. He is my childhood, adolescence and adulthood. (No pressure, Joss.) His work in television has directly influenced me in my development on various levels, some I haven't even remotely delved into. Hell, I would probably never have come close to being the sarcastic smart-arse nerd with a penchant for poorly-timed witty observations on human nature I am today without this influence in my life, though I probably shouldn't inform my immediate family of this as it may result in a lynch mob type of situation if the culprit is finally named in the presence of people who have had to put up with my fast-talking antics for decades now.
All Joss Whedon shows have affected me differently however much one can detect something resembling a common denominator in their core components. I have a particular love for Firefly that combines genuine fascination for and interest in the material with a wistfulness derived from its short-lived status and unfair early cancellation, which, not to put too fine a point on it, still does not make a lick of sense to me. It's both about what is and what could have been. Thus is the nature of a cult following, I guess.
So what does this all amount to? It occurred to me that Firefly is the perfect show to binge-watch ad nauseam. ( Here are the main reasons that is Truth. )
Now if you'll excuse me, I have awesome television to get back to.