For a liberal, Joss Whedon sure wrote a lot of TV shows that reminded us why big government is evil, heroes stand for truth and freedom, and “The Man” is not to be trusted under pretty much any circumstance.
Firefly is one of the shows where those views were front and center the most often. The government is overly controlling, doing all sorts of creepy things, and taking away people’s freedom left and right. Hence the necessity of the a merry band space cowboys on the Firefly class ship, Serenity. Captained by a former “Browncoat” who fought against the Alliance (the creepy all powerful government who, of course, knows what is best for you) named Malcolm Reynolds and a rowdy crew that includes a bubbly mechanic, a kooky pilot, an almost Amazonian warrior woman, a preacher, a prostitute (*ahem* Sorry…the term is Companion), a mercenary, and an escaped government science project River Tam and her brother Simon.
None of them really have friendly feelings about intrusive government folks getting into their business.
Simon: So does it happen a lot? Government commandeering your ship, telling you where to go?
Mal: That’s what governments are for… get in a man’s way.
Alliance Commander: “Seems odd you’d name your ship after a battle you were on the wrong side of.”
Mal: “May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”
Not only that is the show about as anti-government as you can get (which is actually a reasonably regular theme in sci-fi, thank the lord), but it’s also completely hilarious.
So, you know, go watch it.
You have no excuse not too. It’s only one season (plus a movie) and it’s on Netflix.