What Is Inara Running From?

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Thursday, October 14, 2004 10:19 AM


I don't want any spoilers, so I didn't read all of the posts, but if Inara were 52+ then Nandi would have had a much stronger reaction. There's no way. Unless Inara had been taking the drug since before she met Nandi, but then none of possible reasons for leaving the core would make sense - if they didn't cause her to leave before, why now?

My theory: how about both anti-aging and disease-medication? Inara has some disease, requiring her to take the medicine in the syringe. One symptom of the disease might have something to do with accelerating the effects of age, which could cause the medicine to actually make her appear younger.

Or the disease could be something else, with the medicine having a coincidental side effect of slowing down the aging process - or even reducing it.

Whatever the disease is, they haven't found a cure yet (physical exam in Arial was the "same as last year"), the Guild would kick her out if they knew (so she has to run), and there's an alliance/Blue Sun connection (they infected her, or she signed up to get the experimental drug).

I mock you with my monkey pants


Thursday, October 14, 2004 11:36 AM


I really don't think it's any kind of major anti-aging thing. Joss didn't even really want laser guns in Firefly, much less some huge insane thing where Inara is really 52 and takes anti-aging stuff so she looks 25. It might have been something that would have happened on Buffy or Angel, and I agree it is a very Joss thing to do, but I just don't think he would have done it in Firefly. But then again, I could be totally wrong and you could be right, for all I know. Hopefully, we find out in April.


Friday, October 15, 2004 9:47 AM


I agree that a major anti-aging thing goes against Joss' desire to keep a sense of realism about the show. Just to clarify my theory - I think that the medication that Inara is taking for her disease may have a side effect that helps her physical appearance somewhat. You know, there are medicines that we have today that clear up your skin and help reduce wrinkles, so it's not unreasonable to assume that Inara's medication could have a similar side-effect, just a little more potent. But she ain't 52.

I mock you with my monkey pants


Saturday, October 16, 2004 9:21 AM


I have no idea what Inara is running from, and I'm okay with that. We'll find out in the BDM (if Joss wants us to know).

What I do have a problem with is this: If the powers that be at Fox hadn't cancelled the show, we probably could have retired this topic months ago. Instead, we're still hashing and rehashing the same theories.

How long till the movie?

Angel: People who don't care about anything will never understand the people who do.
Hamilton: Yeah, but we won't care.


Sunday, January 16, 2005 8:10 AM


i was wondering. no doubt maybe she is trying to get further away from her training/home(?) planet. but in bushwhacked. when they talk about the transport ship carrying families. she reapeats, kinda insistantly: "families?!"
so it makes me wonder if she is either looking for family members, or possibly looking for her own child. who could have been concieved with (look to earlier comment) a "pesterous client"
i know this is a long shot. i just wonder if she could be running from a person who perhaps wants his child, and also she would be running to find the child.
or maybe she's after her parents or siblings. maybe she was sold into the guild.

just makin it up as i go (I.Jones)


Saturday, August 5, 2006 3:25 PM



Originally posted by WhooDahn:
In SERENITY, she tells Book she has been on the ship 8 months. Then in BUSHWACKED, she tells the Alliance she was on the ship almost a year.

first, she said that in the train job

second, it is my belief that there were several months between the episodes
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Saturday, August 5, 2006 6:35 PM


I don't think Inara's trouble has anything to do with the Alliance or the Guild. As she notes, "I have no quarrel with the Alliance. I supported Unification." Also, she apparently has no problems with House Madrasa (spelling?), becuase that's where she was staying when Mal rescued her from the Operative. So, what is she running from? I think she is dying of an illness. First off, we now she's afraid of death, becuase she says so frequently. Secondly, she has that mysterious syringe in her quarters. Perhaps it's medicine of some kind. Lastly, there are her medical check-ups. She claims they're routine, but they might be something more. If I were dying of a terminal disease, I would want to travel as long as I was able. To see as much of the world as I could. Inara states that one of her reasons for shipping out with the crew of Serenity is becuse she,"wanted to see the Verse." That's what I think is going on with her. She's dying. Oh, I almost forgot. I think part of her hesitation in getting romantically involved with Mal is because she knows she's dying, and she loves him and doesn't want to hurt him further.

Morbid and creepifying I got no problem with, so long as you do it quiet like.






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