So, over the past few days, Minna and I have watched godawful amounts of "A-Team". It wasn't just nostalgia and youthful memories- that show is a lot of fun. It's got a good balance of adventure and humor and light drama. Very much "brain candy", but good.
Watching it made me realize a few things. For one, the things that make the "A-Team" good are the same things that make "Firefly" an enjoyable show. The balance of characters is roughly the same. The storylines- heck, the "Firefly" episode where they save the brothel? That could have been an "A-Team" show (minus the fact that they're whores- "A-Team"_ was a lot cleaner).
But there's something else that I discovered while watching the "A-Team". Apparently, it had a larger impact on my formative mind than I knew. All I really, honestly, remembered before watching it was Mr. T and the van. Hell, I didn't even know there was a female character on the show! But I noticed something- when I'm approaching a certain class of problem, or am running an RPG- or playing in it- the sorts of stories, the sorts of problem solving techniques I use are the same as the "A-Team", the same wacky plans are the sorts I favor.