I'm not as big a Firefly fan as many on these boards, but I've definitely seen the series and movie enough times to develop some opinions that seem to be unpopular. Here are a few to start us off, though I'm sure I'll be back to ramble more later on:
The more I watch FF, the less I like Inara. In fact, at this point it's no exaggeration to say that I strongly dislike her. No matter what Joss was attempting to convey with his idea of a 'companion', IMO Inara's role and status was so poorly and inconsistently explained that it still seemed like nothing more than the typical 'hooker with heart of gold' that's been done a million times before.
I also find her character extremely arrogant, conceited and haughty, though that could be attributed to the actress's affect and delivery. Finally, her typical 'on the surafce it's advesarial but, gosh gee, they really care for each other underneath' relationship with Mal is highly annoying to me. If I could get rid of one FF character, it would be Inara in a heartbeat.
Kaylee more often annoys than delights me.
I dislike River only a little less than Inara. I find her 'crazy genius' thing overdone and sort of out of place with the rest of the characters and more subtle themes on this show.
A more positive UO: I know many feel that FF has a really incoherent premise and nonsensical 'verse, but for some reason the idea of 'independents' retreating to the edges of society has always made perfect sense to me. i wish we could see more of it...especially if they brought my beloved Wash back to life and got rid of River and Inara!
As much as I love Mal, if I had to pick just two favorite characters who I never tire of watching, it would be Jayne and Simon.
I prefer The Train Job to Serenity (the episode). Speaking of which, I prefer the movie to the TV series.
This is both unpopular and surprsing, given how much I've always admired Joss Whedon's dialogue, but I still can't get past the awkward combination of 'down home' western speak, contemporary English and random Chinese phrases. The frequently tossed out 'basic but grammatically incorrect pearls of wisdom' feel so false to me, and don't even get me started on the constant use of 'ain't'!
Edited by marlaas, Sep 19, 2006 @ 12:10 PM.