Randall Kennedy gets serious in Episode 88 by discussing “a very disturbing trend for me”. He tells Joe Wilcox: “Kiss-of-death casting”—an actor or actress “who is notorious for being part of a series, and it being doomed”. He also observes that this victim series also tends to have a “loyal fanbase”. Randall uses as example: Summer Glau, whose appearance, coincidently or not, on several procedurals preceded their demise.
“Firefly” is first among them, and Randall is rather stunned that Joe has not ever seen the show. “Do yourself a favor” and watch the first episode, Randall says. “It’s one of the best scifi series ever produced”.
“Hold on”, Joe interrupts. “So as a friendly gesture, you’re telling me that I should watch something that’s really good—that’s going to frustrate the frak out of me because it’s over too soon?” (Randall laughs.) “That’s your idea of friendship?” … Frak That! Ep. 88: ‘Kiss-of-Death Casting’