"Hmmm...live-action Cowboy Bebop." Dated late last year, this critique starts with the premise that Firefly is a ripoff of Cowboy Bebop and then milks it for all it's worth.
Interesting read. While disputable, yet another possible reason why network executives didn't give Firefly the chance it deserved. Provided of course suit-and-ties think like this guy. What's amusing to me about the essay though is how the writer goes everywhere mentioning show after show from Buck Rogers to Miami Vice. I think he's trying to prove that Whedon was influenced by Cowboy Bebop but he has absolutely no proof, so after several paragraphs of smokescreen, he just makes the blanket assumption that Firefly is plagiarism of Cowboy Bebop. This may or may not be the case, but if one's going to make such an accusation, one should either acknowledge it as opinion, or have actual proof.
Dated May of 2002, Animeboards fans read a description of Firefly before it ever got aired, and made the assumption that it was a "Fox Bebop ripoff".
Vectormatrix takes the exact opposite direction in its criticism of Firefly. Namely, that it would have benefitted Joss Whedon if he'd seen Cowboy Bebop before making Firefly so he could have stolen from it. There's just no pleasing everybody.
July 25 2003
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