Re: A Thread for Random Musings
I think I have finally figured out why Firefly failed to hook the legions of American SciFi fans during its brief run on Fox in 2002. Whenever I discuss the series and the movie with my peers, middle age male long time science fiction fans, we all agree on the basic marketing flaws, not of the Fox network, but of Firefly fans.
Instead of talking up the spaceships and shootouts, cool backdrop universe, complex and believeable characters, invariably, the twenty something, mostly female fans would enthusiastically reveal that since it was a Joss Whedon project and since he was the moving force behind Buffy and Angel, it just had to be a winner.
For future reference, getting the interest of most older science fiction fans for a series or movie should probably avoid extolling the virtues of campy teen cheerleaders who are usually fully dressed and metrosexual vampirotica relationships as proof of the creator's genius. Be sure and highlight bloodthirsty reavers, the war connection, smart mouthed pilot, hot babes and the running from the law and really bad guys when highlighting a project such as Firefly.
Just a suggestion.