original airdate: 12-13-02
having a hard time writing the review for the latest Firefly
episode. It's not that it wasn't good, it was great. It's
not that I don't think the information in it was cool. There
was a lot to be learned... But I keep asking myself: Why?
a great show like Firefly get cancelled when shows like Earth:
Final Conflict get to run for umpteen seasons?
a network choose a dead end time slot for a show of this caliber
and then sack it for poor ratings?
bad things happen to good TV shows?
beat this episode for general pure content and energy. Everyone
gets to show some strength and some weakness. A bounty hunter
has boarded the ship while no one was looking, and he's out
to retrieve River. The cold logic of this psychotic bounty
hunter often borders on being prophetic. He has insights and
thoughts that both cause one to pause for consideration and
quiver with fear. And still, he is just not right in the head.
with a shot of River as she awakes showing a feeling of all
not being well. As she wanders the ship, she seems to be having
psychic flashes. These flashes may show her what they are
thinking, but it's also possible they are simply what she's
afraid they are thinking. Regardless of where they come from,
she continues to feel like she is just not wanted there.
wanders into the cargo hold and has some sort of out of ship
experience. In her mind's eye they cargo hold is full of leaves
and a few branches. She picks up one of the branches and stands
there calmly with it. It just so happens that what she actually
has in her hands is a gun. Needless to say this is taken as
an unsettling development by the rest of the crew.
In a crew
meeting, minus River, they discuss what if anything they should
do with her. She is potentially very dangerous and they aren't
sure what she is capable of. Kaylee shares her experience
from their encounter with Nisca where River shot three guards
dead in a millisecond with her eyes closed and calmly said
"No power in the universe can stop me."
the crew is scared of River, and to top if off they have a
psychotic bounty hunter on the loose.
quotes from the episode:
"If wishes were horses, we'd all be eating steak."
between Jayne and Wash:
"Are you saying she's a witch?" - Jayne
"Yes Jayne, She's a witch. She has had congress with
the beast." - Wash
"She's in congress?" - Jayne
"How did your brain even learn human speech?" -
and Kaylee actually appear to have something real developing.
Simon still isn't content with his life on board ship. Probably
because even though River means everything to him, if it weren't
for her he would be living a normal and rich life as a doctor
on an alliance home world.
celibate. This causes no end of confusion to Jayne's primordial
brain. But in his own mind Jayne finds a way to explain Book's
lifestyle. Book neither confirms nor denies Jayne's assumption,
but odds are against Jayne being right.
hunter takes one look at Book and declares that Book is not
a Shepherd. It's unclear why or what makes him believe this,
but he just doesn't believe Book is one. And we know from
previous episodes that we don't know everything about the
man claiming to be a Shepherd.
it's worth, we learn that the bounty hunter's name is Juble
Urly. He has a number of insightful comments. One of my favorites
is his thought that they make psychiatrists get analyzed before
certification, but they don't make doctors get cut. He also
had a dog as a child that just didn't like him.
end of the episode you're left with a certain level of excitement.
But this is accompanied by a strong feeling of sadness. Unless
this show is salvaged by another TV network (and Fox has given
Joss Whedon the right to shop it around), we'll never see
what happens to the crew.
considered I'm glad Fox was adventurous enough to share Firefly
with us. Even if only for a little while. We must enjoy the
moments and not lose sight of the fun and entertainment that
we had. Even if it was only for a brief time. Thanks, Joss,
for a great show.
Friday at 8pm. The two hour pilot we've been waiting for.
I can't hardly wait.