from the ever-astute John C. Wright. http://www.scifiwright.com/2015/05/come-to-the-dark-side-joss-we-have-cookies/#more-14042
I will rebut one issue in the comments. People like giving Joss Whedon credit for writing Mal Reynolds, a shining light of libertarian sci-fi. This is not actually true. The primary writer was Tim Minear, and Joss gets a lot of credit for Tim’s sympathies, which permeate the show. http://www.popmatters.com/feature/138304-still-flying-an-interview-with-tim-minear-part-i/
Joss’ personal sympathies were with the Alliance, or would have been, if not for the drama being with the characters. So crediting a self-avowed New Deal Democrat for that is somewhat less than accurate.
I, being a Brownshirt, identify with the underdogs. Besides, Nathan Fillion is awesome.