It's a very different thing to take the Wild West iconography and tropes, and graft a fantastical narrative onto them. Even when it works creatively, as in the case of Firefly, it's just a tough concept to sell to an audience. And for every Firefly, there are tons of science fiction and fantasy outings like Jonah Hex and Cowboys and Aliens.
|The Real Reason Why Science Fiction Westerns Are Such a Hard Sell
On Monday, Syfy launches its $100 million show Defiance, which is full of Wild West tropes, and this summer we’re getting the fantasy-oriented Lone Ranger. Lately, tons of people have tried to combine…