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Thoughts on Firefly
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I'm now finished three out of the four discs of my Firefly boxset. I'm not going to review every episode, just give some general thoughts. Safe is one of my favourite episodes so far, mainly because it focuses so much on Simon and River, their relationship and their background. It also just emphasised my love for Simon, who's under just as much stress as River, although it's of a different kind. I mean... God, I sympathise with Simon so much. I know what it's like to be around people who don't care about your opinion. I know what it's like to be around people who have no respect for you. I know what it's like to work with people who are just not on your intellectual level, who don't have your interests. Am I the only person who think that a lot of the crew are acting defensively against the fact he's a doctor? Of course, I'm not saying Simon is a saint: he is a snob, he can be stiff, but he's also young and sheltered. When he got up on River's pyre and hugged her, I wanted to cry and also clap, because that is who Simon is. He'll stick by her for better or for worse. He is motivated by love. He is basically good (which is probably what Kaylee finds most attractive). Think about it, he's a doctor: he could really take some serious revenge on those people with his skills, but he doesn't. When he's got Jane on the table at the end of Trash and he's talking to him, I got really excited, thinking he'd make some really great threat. But when he said that Jayne would always be safe on that table, I wasn't disappointed. Because that's Simon. He's a doctor. He wants to heal people. It reinforced the message stated in Ariel: that Simon is a GREAT doctor and he really shouldn't be stuck on Serenity. I loved Jayne seeing Simon in his element. The look of shock on his face was very satisfying. (In fact, I loved Ariel in general for the way Simon's intellect came to the fore and showed everyone that they shouldn't underestimate him.) Also, Simon only said Jayne would be safe while he was on the operating table, which was backed up by River's wonderful line of "I can kill you with my mind". River reminds me a lot of my own little sister in some ways: if anyone insults or tries to hurt me in some way, she gets very protective. I think we all know that the only reason River slashed Jayne in the chest (I cheered, mea culpa, but I did) was because of how he treated Simon. River may tease and irritate Simon but God help the stranger who even dares to disrespect him.

Incidentally, Mal's line in Safe made me smile. "Maybe, but she's our witch." Good stuff. I loved finding out more about Shepherd Book - am I the only one who thought he looked like Einstein with his hair loose? I wish we'd found out more about Saffron, though: how did she end up on that planet? If she got her training from the Academy as a Companion, what happened to make her go on the run? Just too many loose threads. Of course, Inara shutting her in the rubbish tank was hilarious and very satisfying. It's interesting how the three women (Zoë, Inara and River) all agree on Saffron's character. I would have loved to see Saffron's reaction to River since I see River as the only character who might possibly unnerve Saffron. But that's just me.

Thoughts on Kaylee: Kaylee says to Simon in Our Mrs Reynolds that she's never heard him swear, but she heard him swear about Serenity and Mal in Safe in the shop. I'm aware that time passes between episodes, but come on, I doubt she'd forget that. It really rubbed me wrong that we got introduced to her by having sex with Serenity's previous mechanic. I know it's meant to be funny but... it just didn't strike me as funny. I don't see Kaylee randomly sleeping with handsome men, even if it is to get close to the engine. She's always portrayed as such a romantic, idealistic character that I felt such an encounter was out of character for her. That's not a criticism of her so much as the idea. I get the theory but it didn't play out for me. One last remark on the subject of Kaylee: sweetie, I know you're freaked out that River killed those men without blinking an eye, but if she hadn't, Serenity would have been taken over and you'd all be dead or on the brink of it. So please get over it. I do think that what freaked her out the most was the way River used her very own line: "No power in the 'verse can stop me." But her nervous acting still made me roll my eyes and think She's the reason you're still alive and on this ship right now. A 'thank you' wouldn't go amiss.

I love Wash.
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It's a funny coincidence, that my friend (who owns the Firefly boxset) watched Discs 3 & 4 this Saturday. I'm completely hooked on that show and it's really a shame that they cancelled it.
Regarding Book's loose hair - totally Einstein!!! Btw, that episode, I think "Jaynestown", was one of the funniest episodes so far. I haven't laughed so loudly in a long time.
And I agree with you about Kaylee having no reason to act that weird at the end of "War Stories". River saved her life after all.

Jaynestown was indeed hilarious, especially with the recurrent line of "This is what going mad must be like" from Simon, because you knew they were all thinking that, especially Jayne! I liked the song a lot as well. And Simon explaining to Kaylee that he's polite because he likes her. It's kinda sad he has to explain that to her, I think.

It's not that I think she has no reason, I understand her reasons, but the Gryffindor in me was rolling her eyes and saying "Get over it! You see her slash Jayne's chest and you're only freaking out now she's actually killed someone? Come on, Kaylee. Zoe kills people all the time, I don't see you freaking out over her."

I think that Kaylee had a certain image of River that was literally blown to pieces (pun very much intended) when she shot those men. She saw River as someone who is (somewhat) helpless and incredibly fragile and in need of protection. Simon's treatment of River reinforces this perception. So when she stepped up to the plate and saved Kaylee's rear in such a brutal fashion, I think it freaked Kaylee out a little bit. Okay, it freaked her out a lot.

But I think ANY of the crew members (with the exception of Simon and maybe Book) would have been shocked to see her actions. Slashing Jayn'es chest just plays into the whole "crazy little girl" box that the majority of them have put her in. Killing three men with her eyes closed is a little bit more serious. ;)

I accept that. And I accept that practically all of them would have been shocked. But I doubt that many of them would have been as freaked out as Kaylee was. I do understand where she is coming from. But part of me is still irritated. ;)

You need to get yourself over to mums_for_mal for a little squeeing among friends. ;) Lots of interesting discussions, great fics, and general all-around fun. The Cap'n is real easy to work for, so long as you don't ship Rayne. (But that never stopped me. ;D)

*obligatory rant*

Rayne is WRONG.

*end of obligatory rant*

I'll take a look at that in a while, when I've finished the series and Serenity. Want to make sure I'm primed. ;)

Yay to searching people's old LJ entries today. ^_^

Am I the only person who think that a lot of the crew are acting defensively against the fact he's a doctor?

Oh, I definitely think so. Not necessarily intentionally - but Simon's in a different world.

I'll be honest, I can relate a bit to Simon as well. I'm nowhere near as smart as he is, but I was raised in a way many of my peers weren't. For instance, when I learned to read, I also was taught how to analyze pretty much from day one. I have friends who've been a bit rude or inattentive when I do it, and they've admitted that I confused them or even made them feel a little confused. Similarly, I was raised with manners I find a lot of people just don't possess. I say "please", "thank you," and "pardon?", although sadly I'm starting to forget to say the latter. Damn Americans. ;) I'm constantly surprised at how many people never say thank you, never call if they're going to be somewhere late, etc.


However, Simon is not only extremely intelligent, he knows it. He also doesn't think much of the crew. I've been in that position to, where I've come across someone who clearly doesn't think all that much of the world I'm in and/or the things I like... and that also stinks, because then you are constantly defensive, even if you really like the person.

It really rubbed me wrong that we got introduced to her by having sex with Serenity's previous mechanic. I know it's meant to be funny but... it just didn't strike me as funny. I don't see Kaylee randomly sleeping with handsome men, even if it is to get close to the engine. She's always portrayed as such a romantic, idealistic character that I felt such an encounter was out of character for her.

I didn't get it either, especially as she didn't even look like the Kaylee we know - unless the idea was that she wasn't really herself until Serenity or something. It was almost as though they filmed or at least wrote that episode before they'd established her character. (Which actually could be the case.)




Edited at 2010-08-22 09:11 pm (UTC)

However, Simon is not only extremely intelligent, he knows it. He also doesn't think much of the crew.

Yeah, if he wasn't so obvious about how this is all beneath him, he might have an easier time of it. But then he would't be Simon! :) Awkward group socialisers unite! o/\o (high five)

I'm constantly surprised at how many people never say thank you, never call if they're going to be somewhere late, etc.

Ugh, I know. It's not really 'common' courtesy any more, is it?

I didn't get it either, especially as she didn't even look like the Kaylee we know - unless the idea was that she wasn't really herself until Serenity or something.

Ohhh, maybe! She is the 'soul' of the ship, so I guess it would make sense that she'd be drifting until she found it.

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