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27 August 2005 @ 01:15 am
Firefly 1.06: "We should start dealing in those black market beagles."  
A little late watching this weeks episode, seeing as I was sprawled unconscious on my bed from about five o'clock to eleven thirty. Still, there's nothing like waking up to a little Xander-in-Space Wash. ^__^;;;


Firefly 1.06, Safe: 'We should start dealing in those black market beagles.'

First off, Malcolm is an awesome character... when he's not being a dick. Which, really, is most of the time. He's got a rather large chip on his shoulder-- again, I'm going with the whole 'disappointed idealist' theory-- but he eventually does the right thing. He doesn't seem to like the fact he's still a good guy under all the grime, but there you go. He also really doesn't like you to call him on it. See his conversation with Simon at the end-- "You're part of my crew. Why are we still talking about this?"

He thought he was doing a real good job of acting a right bastard until about fifteen minutes before the end. Forgive me, but snappy, cynical dialogue like this makes me squee:
MAL: Well, looks like we're here in just the nick of time. Wonder what that makes us, Zoe?
ZOE: Pretty big damn heroes, sir.
MAL: Ain't we just.
You have to give him this-- he's awesome at big rescues that make you want to squish him instead of pounding a rock on his head.

Other reactions to this episode... I like Zoe. She's calm under pressure and, like Malcolm, she recognizes that she should be self-serving in a hostile universe, even though she can't quite make herself do it. "Jayne's right," Zoe tells Mal, as they're on they're way to rescue Simon and River-- but this does not imply that Zoe actually agrees with Jayne. She can't stop being noble any more than Mal can, but-- as Aby and I have been discussing-- she has Wash to humanize her and remind her not to live in the past.

There was a lacking-ness of Wash in this episode. He did have snappy lines though. I still don't like Jayne any better. Riffling through his missing shipmates' things like some ghoul makes me like him even less. I've been told he has a redeeming moment later in the series. *radiates skepticism*

I appreciated the look into Simon and River's past. Whedon seems big on sibling love (see Buffy and Dawn) and low on parental love. Joyce Summers is, as I think I've said before, the really only loving parent we see in his universe. (Well, her and Fred's parents, but we don't see them much, and I thought they loved her in a more hopeless way, because she was so far out of their realm.) Anyway, I wasn't surprised when the whole happy family facade collapsed for Simon and River. Many families do, under pressures like that. It seems to me that, if you want to live well in the Alliance, the rule is to smile and keep your mouth shut. Simon's questions clearly crossed that boundary, and-- unwilling to part with his comfortable lifestyle even for his daughter's sake-- his father turned him away. I'm still not sure how I feel about Simon. Just when I think he's bordering on a annoying level of Wesley-ness circa BtVS season three, he turns around and shows just how much he cares for his little sister. And I melt.

The witchcraft thing? No comment, really. Human beings are very much "it's different-- kill it!" *snorts* Stupid homo sapiens. *makes face* But River dancing was very pretty.

Two more things:
1) Kaylee/Inara. Or, Meredith's unvarnished reaction: "OMGsqueethedomesticityofshopping!Kaylee/Inara". No one messes with Kaylee's ship, and no one talks down to Inara's Kaylee.
2) I'll be interested to see just what got Book his speedy service. It's nice to know he's not as clean as he looks.

Also, I love dinners on Serenity. As Amber says, Ohana means family-- even the loving, dysfunctional ones you make yourself. Especially those.

*yawns*
-Meredith
 
 
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: notafraidgarnettrees on August 28th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
Yes! I'm not the only one shipping Inara/Kaylee! XD
Oh, sweetie, those two are my Firefly OTP.

I'd like to see the humanizing side of Jayne-- I'm not sure there's a writer on TV I'd trust as much as I do Joss to actually pull it off. I think my main problem with him is that he doesn't seem to care about anyone else-- but if there are people he loves, then I will be more able to relate to his selfishness.
-Meredith
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Ninjabear: coming for a stealth hug: Simondangermousie on August 27th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
This is one of my fave eps, and the one that started me on my Simon-loving. Because he is stiff and earnest and uptight, but he really loves his sister and it must be killing him to see her slip in and out of sanity but he keeps and keeps on trying.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: intentiongarnettrees on August 28th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
Because he is stiff and earnest and uptight, but he really loves his sister
I was really much more warm to Simon when this ep finished. Not only did I absolutely melt when he joined River at the stake but, seeing his childhood, I had a lot better understanding of how he could have gone from such a cute kid to the man he is now.

Joss does an amazing group with his really crazy characters. *loves River and Dru*
-Meredith
Abyssis: Firefly: Simon and River burnabyssinia4077 on August 27th, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
I love this episode!

I think you have Mal pretty well described right there. He is an idealist, and a free spirit and the war really broke a lot of him. I think a good chunk of him is still living in the battle of Serenity - when so many people who trusted him and who he commanded/cared about ended up dead and the higher ups HE trusted abandoned him, well, he lost a lot of faith in people. Maybe it's my obsession with war stories and soldier bonds, but he really is fascinating.
Zoe grows on me more and more. I can't tell why she took so long to so besides my feeling that I should like her and thus looking elsewhere instead.

Also. SIMON!!!!!! *loves on him way too much* I agree with you in not liking his parent's lack of reaction. It feels wrong.

Jayne, well, I like that he is who he is. He doesn't hide anything and maybe his morals aren't what they should be, and I'm not sure if I'd want him watching my back - he'd do a great job until someone paid him to turn on me - but I do like him somehow and he grows on me and I find him fascinating. I think he's a gutsy character to create. Give yourself a few more eps before you judge him fully.

also, amen to the dinners!
and better start praying right now that Joss gets to make more than one movie and finally explain Book to us.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: notafraidgarnettrees on August 28th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
I love this episode!
Hee. Your icon kinda gives that away. ^__^

when so many people who trusted him and who he commanded/cared about ended up dead and the higher ups HE trusted abandoned him, well, he lost a lot of faith in people.
Rather like Hawkeye, now that I think about it. Not so much in the 'faith in the higher-ups' area, but more in the sense that, had there not been a war, Malcolm would have been a totally different person, as Hawkeye would have been. In a broad sense, war changes everyone, but I get the sense that both characters take death very personally and, in the end, are maybe a little crazy.

I love that Mal and Zoe have such a trusting, yet platonic relationship. And I think, in her head, she probably even thinks of him as just Sir, as if that's his name.

Give yourself a few more eps before you judge [Jayne] fully.
I will. I confess that I do enjoy watching Jayne, because he is very upfront about how he feels. ("Dear Diary-- today I was pompous, and my sister was crazy") I just don't like him-- but I'm eager to see his backstory.

and better start praying right now that Joss gets to make more than one movie and finally explain Book to us.
Nerg. I had a bad feeling you were gonna say that. X_x
-Meredith
Abyssis: Mal&Zoe - Serenityabyssinia4077 on August 28th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
Rather like Hawkeye, now that I think about it. Not so much in the 'faith in the higher-ups' area, but more in the sense that, had there not been a war, Malcolm would have been a totally different person, as Hawkeye would have been. In a broad sense, war changes everyone, but I get the sense that both characters take death very personally and, in the end, are maybe a little crazy.

Point there. I do see some Mal and Hawkeye similarities. I do think those two are very different people since Mal voluntarily went to fight in a war in which he believed and is a fighter, not a scholar/doctor but they both are radically changed in a way that has made them draw themselves away from the world. And go a little crazy. Each has just a few things/people keeping them tethered to life and reality.

Oh, I can understand not liking Jayne. It's hard to like someone who's morality you don't necessarily agree with.

Nerg. I had a bad feeling you were gonna say that. X_x

All I can say is that all the series ever does is create more questions about him. I hope Serenity starts answering a few, but I bet it doesn't finish.