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06 September 2005 @ 09:23 pm
Firefly 1.08 & 1.09-- "You paid money for this? On purpose?"  
My new Firefly dvds are so shiny! With the pretty menu, and the episodes all right there for me to watch, and the missing scenes... Big <3 for Firefly.

I'm trying to pace myself (and my brother, who would have watched the whole series in one night, if I'd let him) so I've only seen three more so far. I have absolutely no understanding as to why the network canceled this brilliant show-- but then, who can comprehend the reasoning of what are obviously single-celled lifeforms. Snerk. September 30th can't come fast enough!



1.08, Jaynestown: "Hamsters is nice."
This episode worked a little to endear me to several characters I was sort of lukewarm on, and it was just damn funny to boot. Jayne's actor did an awesome job of looking scared/nervous/confused/constipated at the appropriate times. (Which is a lot more than one can say for Angel, who has roughly three facial expressions total: angry, brooding, and vampire.) I thought the whole on-ship interlude with Book and River was a really nice touch.

I loved River "fixing" Book's bible-- I can't tell you how many times *I've* wanted to go through with a red pen. (Especially the parts about a husband having lordship over his wife... *beats up Paul* Misogynist prick.) And the hair! The hair was hilarious. Who knew Book was really Einstein? This exchange had me in stitches:
ZOE: River, honey, he's putting the hair away now.
RIVER: Doesn't matter. It'll still be there. Waiting.
It's The Hair That Lurks, coming soon to a theater near you!

I also felt a little more for Simon, who exhibited the ability to be sweet (and not too bright when it comes to women) with Kaylee. "Even covered in engine grease," he says, "you're pretty." This is a very true statement, as my brother will attest. He's also funny when he's drunk, and absolutely clueless about the "real world". A menu? Hah!

Finally, the actual meat of the episode. I was a little warmer towards Jayne by the end (like, a degree, maybe). I think he's morally handicapped. He sees other people behaving ethically, and it just doesn't compute. Of course, any feeling I had for him totally disappeared with "Ariel". *kicks Jayne*

1.09, Out of Gas: "She did something to the ship, Mal. It smells funny."
One of the things I love about this show is the odd sort of togetherness the crew forms. Even more than BtVS or AtS, these people are diverse and, in some cases, completely opposite, and yet they still manage to form a unit of camaraderie that anyone can envy. The look on Simon's face when Kaylee brought out the birthday cake was just perfect! (As was River's, "Time is a finite concept. I didn't get you anything.")

I loved the whole scene in the mess, with everyone eating, laughing and talking. Of course, it had to go south, but I enjoyed it while it was there. When Zoe was injured, I was interested to see Wash call her "Baby". Despite what he told the Alliance in "Bushwhacked", I think he and Zoe really can be private people, but this episode really showed how really in love with her he is. It was awesome! (It was pretty much the second most obvious pairing in this ep, with the first being Malcolm/The Floor. Snerk. ^_~)
His last comment, about scraping her up some cake, was really cute too.

Juxtapose this with their first meeting. Zoe, I can tell you exactly what it was that bugged you about him-- that mustache! It turns him into a totally different man. Without the mustache? Cute Xander-in-space boy-in-mans-clothing. With the mustache? Sleezy car salesman type. It's a phenomenon to rival B.J.'s mustache in MASH.

Other observations:
+Who knew Kaylee was such an interstellar strumpet? *giggles* Her scene was AWESOME, and possibly my favorite introduction.
+I don't know what it is about Nathan Fillion, but somehow he managed to make Mal look considerably more young and hopeful in the flashbacks. It was amazing, the different aura he projected. I was impressed.
+I love Zoe so much. It's her attitude. "You paid money for this? On purpose?"
+Additonally, I want Inara's black bellydancer dress.



Will do "Ariel" later, because I ramble enough as it is.

Also, Amber-- The guy who played Principal Snyder in BTVS also played one of the Nox in Stargate. You know, peace-nic-y tree people? It nigh-on broke my brain!

-Meredith
 
 
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Amberminttown1 on September 7th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Guest stars were invented to break brains. *nods* :)

(I never read your Firefly commentary because I figure it is only a matter of time until I decide to watch the show myself.)
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: ayufuturegarnettrees on September 7th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
Guest stars were invented to break brains. *nods* :)
I think they are, at that. The guy who plays Jim on The Sentinel was just on Firefly, too. I think my neurons are scrambled!

You should definitely watch Firefly-- it's awesome, and I think you'll love it.
-Meredith
Amberminttown1 on September 7th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
Apparently the woman who played Tess on The 4400 was on Firefly. I think I read that somewhere, anyway. :)
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love1garnettrees on September 7th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
Women hate facial hair. Moustaches are creepy and men just don't get it. :P
That explains the proported 'frigidness' of women in the Victorian period. ^_~ It was all the facial hair!

Jayne is aweful cute in his mommy's little hat. ^_~
-Meredith
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gamesiplaygamesiplay on September 7th, 2005 02:17 am (UTC)
Hahahaha. It's funny, but... I just finished watching "Ariel" and these two, too. WE ARE SYNCHRONIZED. That's eerie. (Of course, I suspect I'll watch one more episode before I go to bed, so.)

I love Jayne, I really do, possibly because he's morally handicapped. Also Wash, Mal, and Zoe. I'm still either lukewarm or ambivalent on the rest, although I'm with you on River's Bible-fixing and hair comments.

And yes! It IS the mustache! So glad Wash got rid of that.

I just had my own brain broken by one of the guest stars in "Ariel." AHHHH.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: notafraidgarnettrees on September 7th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
Dudes, we are synchronized. It's bizarre. I'm up to "The Message" now, and planning on calling it quits for the night. I need to digest!

Jayne is an entertaining character, just not very likable, in my mind. Wash, Mal and Zoe have the most amazing little tableu going on. I like Kaylee, too-- she's like a little prairie bouncy... fairy thing. *flails for words* She's just cute.

Whedon likes to break brains I think.
-Meredith
Ninjabear: coming for a stealth hug: Zoedangermousie on September 7th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
Yes, I love those as well...

I fell in love with Simon sometime during "Safe" so by Jaynetown I was finding him irresistable.

The funny thing is, I don't really care for Wash. I don't dislike him: he is funny and nice. I just don't find him very interesting...
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: ayutwicegarnettrees on September 7th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
You don't like Wash? Blasphemy! ^_~ Just kidding. It's that he's so playful and Xander-like-- he's got no business being aboard Serenity, and yet he works so well.
-Meredith
Abyssis: Mal&Zoe - Serenityabyssinia4077 on September 7th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
I love Jaynestown! I love his speech and then the "there are no people like that. There's just people like me" and just...he does get humanized a bit. You are right about his morality/ethics. They're just, um, non-standard. He's very much just looking our for himself, he doesn't really understand the idea of being part of a group or team. Doesn't look to help others and doesn't expect others to help him. But he is slowly learning and I love watching that.

And River and Book with the bible and the hair really are truly brilliant.

with the first being Malcolm/The Floor. Snerk.
*giggles*

I love all their scenes where they're eating around the table like a family. Make me miss family dinners.

Who knew Kaylee was such an interstellar strumpet? *giggles* Her scene was AWESOME, and possibly my favorite introduction
See, I really don't like that scene. To me, it feels really out of character. Even after a few years in space when we see her Kaylee is pretty shy around guys. I can't see a Kaylee who is still sheltered a living at home being that...outgoing? I love the rest of her intro, but that just feels really off.

I don't know what it is about Nathan Fillion, but somehow he managed to make Mal look considerably more young and hopeful in the flashbacks.
Which is interesting when you consider that buying that ship was probably not long after the war ended so maybe he should be really worn down and stuff but instead he's more spirited than he is after sailing her a while - the one place he has that's almost home and almost freedom.

ARIEL!
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: jadegarnettrees on September 8th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
[Jayne] doesn't look to help others and doesn't expect others to help him. But he is slowly learning and I love watching that.
*nods* I think one of the things about Mal that confuses Jayne the most is that sometimes, in Jayne's world view, there's no profit to what Mal does. He seems to think in terms of exchange-- 'what has so-and-so got that I want?'-- so he's an interesting foil for our jaded hero. ^__^

I can't see a Kaylee who is still sheltered a living at home being that...outgoing? I love the rest of her intro, but that just feels really off.
I didn't see her livng at home as making her sheltered-- she is, after all, young. I guess I see her shyness around guys as an indicator that she likes them. With Bester, it was sort of like a little recreational basketball or something-- I don't think the sex had much importance to it, other than for them both to have fun. I liked seeing the writers do that, and not make Kaylee look 'easy'. She's just an outgoing girl.

Which is interesting when you consider that buying that ship was probably not long after the war ended so maybe he should be really worn down and stuff
Perhaps he was clinging to the possibility that Serenity would be his escape-- that the Alliance couldn't touch him there? It might have taken some time for him to realize that the Alliance wasn't going to let the war be over, really, and that their long arms would reach out to hinder him where ever he went.

*grins* "Ariel" was absolutely awesome.
-Meredith
Nebula: River 'dance'authoressnebula on September 7th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
*giggles* The Hair That Lurks starring Shepherd Book as the Hair's Human Form, and River as the heroine. Or should that be Zoe? ^_^

I really loved the Wash/Zoe in that episode as well. So so sweet! When you wrote the Mal/The Floor thing I cracked up. Jayne's introduction was really funny as well. "I share a bunk....with THAT one." *snerk*

Glad you're enjoying sweetie. I know 'Ariel' wasn't all that good for Jayne, but it makes for an interesting connection later on between those three. Trust me. ^_^

~Nebula
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: ayutwicegarnettrees on September 8th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
*grins* Both Zoe and River can be heroines! Zoe can battle back The Hair until River has come up with a complex plan (involving quantum physics) to send The Hair to another dimension. Wash can be Zoe's Goofy Love Interest. ^_~ Jayne can be The Hair's first victim.

The ending of Ariel really susprised me, but it definitely solidified some of the characters for me.
-Meredith