A review of the Jaynestown episode of Firefly. Also a brief introduction to the writer, Ben Edlund
It’s back to one of the central planets for today’s episode. No more of this dusty badlands wild west desert stuff, but instead a refined city atmosphere. And evidently I’m not the only one who’s excited, most of the crew are also stoked about arriving on Persephone.
Pretty good I thought. If it had been allowed to air it would have stopped many sci fi geeks like myself wondering if the series would be as crappy as the first episode! In the end, the pilot set the scene very well.
Overall I was disappointed with th episode which was strange since Joss Whedon had said that this was his best script to date!
Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds is the Serenity’s captain. He has a sharp sense of humour and yet suffers under the belief that the destruction of the existing political and social institutions (i.e. the Alliance) is necessary for future improvement of life the universe and everything.
This super-sweet ships engineer has a thing for Simon. Basically, she fancies him like mad. She probably doesn’t know it yet, but Jayne fancies her too!
Book is the ships moral guidance. He’s older and supposedly wiser than the rest of the crew.
Inara is a ‘Companion’, which is the modern day euphemism for prostitute. Yes, Inara is the ships bike! (though a ride on this bike will cost you a fortune!)
This is a big, tough thug. He’s been billed as thoroughly unpleasant and who the hell can blame him!?
River is a borderline psychic although she’s more likely a borderline schizophrenic.
Simon Tam is the argumentative (at least with the Captain) ships doctor. He is a fugitive after he used all his resources to rescue his sister (River) from those no-good hoodlums, the Alliance.
Wash is the all seeing and competent Serenity driver. He’s also the lucky git who’s married to Zoe. Despite this he is unassuming, quiet and pretty easygoing which is a complete load of bollocks in my book!
Zoe is the drop dead gorgeous right hand girl of Captain Mal. She served with him during the war and apparently he saved her life so I guess she feels partly indebted.
A government established after the bitter civil war six years earlier.
They’re not monsters. What they are, are people who went out into space, saw the extraordinary nothingness and went completely out of their heads.
The Train Job hardly made its mark as the first episode of a cult TV Sci Fi series did it? Sure it was fun and exciting and some of the graphics and dialogue were pretty cool, but this was a bit crappy
Overall the show was pretty good. I still have issues with the crappy science and the way they seem to want to ignore basic physics at the expense of the Wild West motif.