Mr. Tibbs argued that trying to compare the two shows was like comparing space apples to vampire oranges. My point was that the two shows were produced, directed, and written by a lot of the same people. Firefly started right after Buffy, and even featured many of the same actors from his other shows. Maybe it would be more fair to compare Buffy to Angel, but I never liked that show so Buffy would win that battle without even trying. I kind of started watching after Cordelia left and Spike came on, but I never liked Captain Forehead (Angel). To me Joss Whedon's two best shows were always Buffy and Firefly (sorry to both of you Dollhouse fans). I just wasn't sure which one I liked better until a few marathons led to the tons of notes I've taken over the last few days. And let me be extremely clear - I LOVE Buffy. This will not be a divorce causing Buffy bashing.
So let the justification for this questioning begin. When I started watching Buffy it was great, but sometimes the "monster of the week" thing got old. I enjoyed The Master, and Spike & Drusilla, and the other big bads that had longer story arcs. Except Professor Walsh and Adam. That whole Initiative thing was the worst. In Firefly the big bad was far bigger. There are some various bad guys, but the real evil crossed planetary lines. Mal and company were fighting what basically amounts to the Galactic Empire while Buffy had a Hellmouth. I mean I get that Hellmouths are bad, but they are localized. The Alliance was everywhere doing horrible things to people. Both shows have teenage girls with super powers. One is half-crazy and kills people because of what the aforementioned Alliance did to her. One (at least until the last episode) is the Chosen One and has crazy boy problems. River is far more troubled than Buffy.
Beth got her start writing for a site called Movie Criticism for the Retarded (which has been revived as dorkdroppings.com. Check it out sometime), but was pulled out of an early retirement to write for Needless Things. When she isn't writing she plays video games and watches bad horror movies while eagerly awaiting the zombie apocalypse. She may try to save her husband and/or their cats, but luckily hasn't had to make those tough decisions yet.