3.6.11

The Sadly Predictable Failure of Firefly


Ever Wonder What Makes or Breaks a Televison Show. I Promise You, it Wasn't the Reavers

Sorry guys--"guys," in that non-gender specific universal Midwestern-and-north kind of way--Firefly was doomed to fail. That's fail spelled ISFP. Yep, at the end of the day the success or--in this case--failure of a television show is tied to the Myers Briggs types of the characters, the roles they play, and the ways those reflect trends in cultural expectations

Background, Foreground, and Landscape Analysis
Once you get beyond the herd of cop'n'crime shows, the trend of successful television keeps the man in his place and elevates the woman to hers. Men are either gay (Two and a Half Men,Modern Family) or else they are ENFP--which means they talk a lot, are slightly on the goofy side, cuddly and cute (or, preferably downright sexy), likely a little dense, and reminiscent of the not-yet-grown-up-kid in a man's body.

And the woman is the driver-leader--less talkative, more logical, decisive, reflective, analytical, scheduled, well dressed, and -- well, sexy. Okay, so they have the sexy thing in common, but beyond that these types are opposites. In Myers Briggs speak, these women would be ISTJ (usually) or INTJ (occasionally) types. Examples: Doctor Temperance Brennan (Bones), FBI Agent Olivia Dunham (Fringe), Lawyer Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife), and Detective Kate Beckett (Castle). Even their titles and jobs distinguish this archetypal modern woman.

So What about Firefly Don't They Like?
Well, it isn't the lack of...(click here to read full review)

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