|Okay, so now I officially hate Fox.|
You think that's bad, you should have seen what they did to Firefly. For starters, the pilot episode aired last. In fact, this kind of executive meddling is known as "The Firefly Effect."
Firefly's airing order, numbered by their order on the DVDs, is as follows: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 4, 5, 9, 10, 14, 1; 11-13 never aired. Apparently, Fox wanted Joss to up Inara's part--the "space hooker" was really Fox's idea, although Inara is in the pilot. They had a hard time casting for Inara. The original actress was let go due to lack of chemistry. Then, Fox rejected the character of Mal--made Joss write Mal less of a hardened character (which he is in the pilot) and more of a humorous, caring character. Then, they rejected the two-hour pilot completely, making Joss Whedon and Tim Miner write an hour-long pilot in just a weekend.
Notice the order that it aired? It wasn't only the pilot that suffered, obviously. There are a lot of callbacks to "previously" aired episodes. However, the "previously" aired episodes generally aired later than the episode that was calling back to it.
For an example, episode 8 "Out of Gas," which aired fifth, had a part break down on Serenity and Mal getting severely injured. This was foreshadowed in the pilot (which aired last). Simon, the doctor, was lamenting in episode 4 (I believe, "Shindig") that he has never treated a serious injury. The order is "Out of Gas" aired before "Shindig." And it shouldn't have.
There are rumors that this executive meddling and anachronologistic airing of "Firefly" actually saved "Dollhouse" last season. Most of Joss Whedon fans would check out "Dollhouse." Because fans remember what happened with "Firefly," Fox knows that they can't really treat "Dollhouse" the same way. At least, they'll give Joss a chance to end this like it can.
Of course, for some of you, what I'm talking about probably doesn't make sense. Others will know exactly what I'm talking about.