Firefly used as example in The Periodic Table of Storytelling. Story tropes are put into a very cool "periodic table" format. The "Rebellious Spirit" archetype is even given the trope name Mal!
Other Whedon trope names include - Bdh, Big Damn Heroes, and Bad, Big Bad. (But maybe I have missed some.)
Clicking on each trope will take you the TV Tropes website page that explains the trope and gives examples.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what trope elements went into "simple story molecule" of Firefly.
April 19 2014
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