It’s a very different thing to take the Wild West iconography and tropes, and graft a fantastical narrative…

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…

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