FIREFLY EPISODE DISCUSSIONS

What's Your Favorite Scene From Firefly?

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Thursday, February 25, 2010 11:22 AM

BANKSY


The whole special hell speech is pure genius.

I also love Wash's infamous dinosaur scene in the pilot.

There's actually loads thinking of it, but those two are definitely somewhere in the top ten.

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Monday, October 4, 2010 1:41 PM

XYLIDINE


My favorite scene is when Stitch beats the hell out of Simon in Jaynestown. In fact stitch is my favorite character in the whole series. He was betrayed, permanently injured, and then thrown in a tiny wooden box to steam for four years. During that time his strength and health deteriorated due to inactivity and a poor diet. Sometimes his captors even forgot to feed him at all, and he had to listen while the world worshiped the thing that caused his despair. Suddenly he is released and given the power of information and weapon. A mind that had become empty and lifeless was now filled with the energy of mission. It is this energy that allowed him to deliver such a vicious blow that sent Simon to the ground. Stitch knew that Simon had no part in what happened four years ago, but that didn't matter. Simon represented the world and Stitch wanted to get even with it. That scene represented a man who was free to administer justice and punishment.

Hideous features were used to paint Stitch as a bad guy but his character was stronger than Jayne's. The fact he didn't conclude throwing Jayne out first indicates stronger code. During the final confrontation outside, Malcolm intended sabotage but Stitch spared him. Unfortunately his rage and vengeance were not enough to overcome the condition advantage of Jayne. Ultimately, Stitch was ended with the same justice as those scavengers attempted to end Malcolm with. How much anger would have been manifested had Malcolm been blown away for good?

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Monday, November 22, 2010 12:45 PM

TOASTERPIMP


Objects in space:

River walking through the ship, touching the walls, feeling the floor, etc.

also, same episode,


shot of river bending down over stick/gun (not picking it up right away), and the above shot of the leave/stick covered floor.


not many shows as can pull off scenes without any spoken words but so charged with emotion and meaning.


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Monday, November 22, 2010 1:20 PM

CHAOSMANDY


I love the scene when Kaylee and Mal first enter the shindig and we first get a look of her in the layer cake dress :D

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Saturday, November 27, 2010 7:18 PM

KUTA

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Saturday, November 27, 2010 7:24 PM

OUT2THEBLACK


Quote:

Originally posted by farfly:
River and Simon in their spacesuits on the outside of Serenity. Simon terrified and River with the most beautiful smile you've ever seen.



First one comes to my mind too...

She's just been staring deep into the black , and LOVES it !

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Saturday, November 27, 2010 7:27 PM

FEARTHEBUNNYMAN


Quote:

Originally posted by out2theblack:
Quote:

Originally posted by farfly:
River and Simon in their spacesuits on the outside of Serenity. Simon terrified and River with the most beautiful smile you've ever seen.



First one comes to my mind too...

She's just been staring deep into the black , and LOVES it !



That's one of my favorite scenes too - River's beatific smile, Simon's took of abject terror, even as he keeps his arm protectively curled around her, but also the seconds leading up to it, showing that vast expanse of dark space in the stars, and the two of them, so tiny and alone, huddled together out in the middle of it. To say nothing of the accompanying score.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 12:24 AM

TOADSMOOTHY


Quote:

Originally posted by Jongsstraw:

So many great scenes in only 14 episodes, hard to choose. I'd have to say my favorite scene is the Hero Of Canton song scene from Jaynestown.



The scene that makes me the happiest also makes me sad.

I love when Kaylee gets to wear the fancy dress and go to the ball...and is announced as someone important, with escort. She is dazzled and happy and gets to "interrogate" the buffet table. haha

Well, then she ran into the mean girls, but the old gentleman saved her from that. But then Mal misbehaved and ruined it all. As she said "Until the punching, it was a real nice party." Which was heartbreaking.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 4:33 AM

ANONYMOUSE


The one scene from Serenity that absolutely tore at my heart was the moment River looks at Simon after throwing up and says, "I'm all right." It was as if she herself was realising that; it was played so beautifully by Summer and was one of the best pieces of acting I have ever seen. It was like: "I'm not crazy. I'm okay, I really am." And she was. I tear up every time I watch it; I think that moment was a turning point in River's life, after which she might have mostly recovered from what those butchers did to her.

As for Firefly itself, there are too many to choose from, but I agree with Inara, that Kaylee looked adorable in that dress!

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 6:23 AM

DMI

Expired, forgotten, spoiled rotten.


Quote:

Originally posted by Kayna:

The end of OoG.
"Y'all gonna be here when I wake up?"
"We'll be right here."
"Good. That's good."
Mal's ship is empty without his crew.



-----------------------------
I pray for one last landing,
on the globe that gave me birth.
Let me rest my eyes on the fleecy skies
and the cool, green hills of Earth.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 5:07 PM

OMEN


My favorite scene is from 'Heart of Gold', when Inara is in the corner crying after she finds out about Mal & Nandi. It finally shows that she feels as strongly about Mal as he does for her.


Omen

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:36 PM

RIONAEIRE

Beir bua agus beannacht


The scenes in the first 14 episodes, :) there are very few scenes that I don't fancy, a couple, but not many, all the others are my favorites.

"A completely coherant River means writers don't deliver" KatTaya

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:24 PM

KAYNA

I love my captain


Quote:

Originally posted by DMI:
Quote:

Originally posted by Kayna:

The end of OoG.
"Y'all gonna be here when I wake up?"
"We'll be right here."
"Good. That's good."
Mal's ship is empty without his crew.



-----------------------------
I pray for one last landing,
on the globe that gave me birth.
Let me rest my eyes on the fleecy skies
and the cool, green hills of Earth.

Oh wow. i haven't been on here in a couple of years. Luckily this reply showed up in my email and brought me back. By the way, this is still one of my favorite scenes in the show.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 4:07 AM

GWEK


Too many excellent scenes to truly pick, but...

In THE TRAIN JOB, when Mal kicks Crow into the engine, that's when I knew for certain that FIREFLY wasn't going to be like anything I'd seen beore.

In the pilot, which was broadcast as the series finale, that final scene between Mal and Simon are talking and Mal says we're stilly flying and that's enough... Still makes me mist up to see it. When you think about the state of FIREFLY and Joss Whedon in December 2002, it gives the scene a whole level of nuance beyond what's on the page and even the screen.

And the payoff came three years later, when I saw Serenity sail across the big screen (which, oddly enough, happened in 2005, the same year as my OTHER most anticipated sci fi movie moment: seeing young Kenobi and Vader draw their lightsabers).

www.stillflying.net: "Here's how it might have been..."

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Thursday, July 7, 2011 4:29 PM

JAYNECOBBSHAT


I think it's the end of Our Mrs. Reynolds,when Mal confronts Inara about how she fell.

He tells her she's very graceful and then comes round to how it's unlikely that she just happened to trip and fall.You can see that she's thinking he knows she kissed him and is half afraid and half excited about what will happen next.
Mal comes up close to her and is in a position to kiss her when he cracks a smile and says "I knew you let her kiss you",he walks out of the room laughing and the camera holds on Inaras face as she tries to wrap her head around what just happened.

Just a fantastic scene for showing the sexual tension between the two characters.

Oh yeah and Jaynes line where he says "thats why I never kiss 'em on the mouth."

Jayne rocks.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011 10:38 AM

BUFO


It would be easier for me to name the scenes I don't like. There! I'm done.

If I had to pick I'd say Mal stabbing Atherton with his mercy speech and in Safe, River telling Simon that he gave up everything for her and found her broken.

Also in Safe, Mal and Zoe saving River. What are we? Big Damn Heroes. Aint we just.

I can go on and on.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 2:18 PM

GARYKN23489


I like the final scene of Jaynestown. First, because what Mal and Jayne say in that conversation are some of the most meaningful lines in all of the series. Second, because it shows us that there is more to Jayne than just being a big, bad merc.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:04 PM

MALSDOXY

I know what did this...


#1, this week, is in Bushwhacked...after they take the survivor to the infirmary and are all in the kitchen...Mal's trying to convey to Book the reality about Reavers, they're trying to decide what to do with the derelict, the whole scene is just so compelling

"Haven't you killed me enough for one day ?"
- Mal, War Stories

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:05 PM

MALSDOXY

I know what did this...


any from OoG, that whole episode...I can't pick just one

"Haven't you killed me enough for one day ?"
- Mal, War Stories

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:06 PM

MALSDOXY

I know what did this...


"I know what did this" scene in Bushwhacked, the music, River walking through the derelict

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:20 PM

MALSDOXY

I know what did this...


and the one previously mentioned here, when Mal shoots the fed in the 'real' pilot...no bullsh*t, no discussion just do what needs to be done

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 3:30 PM

GREENKA61


Quote:

Originally posted by KAYNA:
Quote:

Originally posted by DMI:
Quote:

Originally posted by Kayna:

The end of OoG.
"Y'all gonna be here when I wake up?"
"We'll be right here."
"Good. That's good."
Mal's ship is empty without his crew.



.



This is my favorite scene, too. That and the scene where Jayne is in Simon's room stealing his stuff.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 6:14 AM

MALSDOXY

I know what did this...


another one! OMR, when Mal is waking up he says "Is it Christmas?" that whole scene in his bunk, primo
OK there can never be just ONE

"Haven't you killed me enough for one day ?"
- Mal, War Stories

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 6:16 AM

YELLOWJACKET


I watched Train Job when it first aired, and while I thought that it was a strange formula for a 'pilot episode', when Mal pushed crow through the engine, I was hooked.


That said, I have always enjoyed the mechanics of the relationship between Mal and Jayne, so I always liked the scene in Out of Gas just before Jayne leaves the ship.

"I prepped a suit for you. It's hanging in
the foredeck."

It speaks volumes.




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Friday, December 9, 2011 7:51 PM

INVADERPET87


Off the top of my head, the sequence I love most is River wondering around the ship barefoot at the start of Objects in Space, and her "reading" the others' thoughts and feelings. And her stepping on "the object".

"She understands. She doesn't comprehend."

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 11:13 AM

OONJERAH


Bump

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Sunday, March 4, 2012 5:25 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by InvaderPet87:
Off the top of my head, the sequence I love most is River wondering around the ship barefoot at the start of Objects in Space, and her "reading" the others' thoughts and feelings. And her stepping on "the object".

"She understands. She doesn't comprehend."

That was sheer awesomeness.


The Mal-like Chrisisall


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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 1:29 PM

ISJONNI


The first minutes of Objects in Space, the first scene we really see from River's perspective, catch a glimpse into her world and how terrible it must be for her to be assaulted with not only her own feelings but also the innermost thoughts and experiences of the crew. Especially when she shares the love between Wash and Zoe for a moment; rubs her arm then flees, she's just lonely and curious but then becomes afraid of the intimacy. We also see a bit of Books back story (him yelling/interrogating some soldier in the past (Im guessing, feel free to correct me)). Then the beautiful scene between Inara and Mal, it just breaks my heart the way Mal says "None of it means a damn thing". The camerawork, music and acting are all superb and if it is the last show they shot (again please correct), it really indicates to me that the filming crew, actors and writers are really getting a hold of things. It's the episode that makes we want to watch more Firefly more than any others and it's too sad it was the last one.

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Friday, November 2, 2012 12:11 PM

BIGDAMNHERO42

-Aint no place I can be since I found Serenity


Off the top of my head I'd have to say the scene in Safe where the hillpeople are about to burn River at the stake. Such a beautiful moment when Simon wraps his arms around River and says "Light it" followed by possibly my favorite line from the series...

Mal: Looks like we arrived just in the nick of time. Zoe, what does that make us?
Zoe: Big damn heroes, Sir.
Mal: Ain't we just?

Another moment that really stuck with me though, would have to be when Jayne calls out to Mal, sounding as if he might cry, "Make something up. Don't tell 'em what I did." That was the moment where Jayne really felt like a human being.

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Friday, November 2, 2012 12:48 PM

MRSAX

Cry Baby Cry. Make Your Mama Sigh.


Books hair in Jaynestown.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 6:52 AM

RIVER_TAM


Oh, man there are far to many, I wouldn't even be able to tell you a favorite episode, let alone a single scene, Wash and his dinosaurs is a great scene, so is when River and Simon are outside the ship and Simon is being the worry-wort that he is and River is in pure bliss at the beauty of the 'verse, the flash backs whith Little River Nd Simon when Simon is doing his homework and River points out that the book is wrong then they sort of role-play together and when Simon is with his parents and the letters from River or when Simons dad is picking him up from jail, oh or the scene at the end of safe when Simon puts his arms around River and she says "post holer, makes holes for posts" then Simon tells them to light it, then River says time to go then Mal and Zoe and every one show up, or how about, I think it is in safe, when River is saying how their dad will come and get them, and there is part of you that realizes she is talking about Mal and you die alittle in side, and in Objects in Space at the end when River is saying how she will be Juble Early's bounty and the the scene after that when River is coming down from Juble Early's ship an dshe meets Mal, or when River says that she has become the ship, or, I think that this scene was from the real pilot Serenity, when Simon asks Mal how he know that he won't kill him is his sleep and Mal has this amazing monolouge about how if he were to kill simon, she would be awake, armed and facing him.
I realize that this scene is from the movie nut, the scene when they are on Miranda and they just found the recording and then River throws up and Simon goes to make sure she alright and then she says "I am fine, I am fine" and a part of you thinks she is
better.
Just to name some of them,
There are to many glorious and beautiful scenes.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 7:47 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


I would have sworn I already replied to this thread, but since it came back onto the top discussions recently I read all the replies, and I didn't. Must have been another similar thread, or likely several other similar ones over the years.

As so many others have said, there are just too many great scenes to choose just one, but if forced I'd have to go with River in "Safe" telling Simon she knows he gave up everything for her, "and you found me broken."

Second place would be River in Early's ship telling him "I'll be your bounty."

Everyone in the show was so well cast and do an excellent job, but it is my opinion that the best acting was done by the least experienced, Summer Glau.




wo men ren ran zai fei xing.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 10:08 AM

RIVER_TAM


Quote:

Originally posted by ecgordon:


Everyone in the show was so well cast and do an excellent job, but it is my opinion that the best acting was done by the least experienced, Summer Glau.




Couldn't agree more! River is my absolute favorite character, and she was cast PERFECTLY!

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 2:00 PM

JONGSSTRAW

We carry in our hearts the true country, and that cannot be stolen.



Browncoats are truly amazing! I salute everyone who has taken the time to write down their thoughts and feelings on Firefly. This thread is almost 5 years old with 12,000 reads. I was fairly new to FFF when I started it, and I was curious what people would say. Thought maybe there'd be a few days of responses from a few people. Every time it comes back to the board it makes me smile and appreciate the dedication of all the fans.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012 6:27 PM

EBFIDDLER


I have way too many favorite scenes to choose only one, and as I've read through people's responses on this thread, most of the time I find myself nodding right along and agreeing, yes that's also my favorite scene. So I decided to put up this short list of my favorite scenes from each episode. At least until further notice! :-) I reserve the right to add other favorite scenes, up to and including every scene in the episode! ;-)

Serenity: Stand-off in the cargo bay, with Dobson holding River hostage. Mal takes in the situation at a glance and deals with it without delay. In a few short seconds, much is revealed about the character of the Captain.

Train Job: Zoe to Mal: "Sir, I think your brain must be missing." That scene just encapsulates the relationship between Zoe and Mal and the way they interact.

Bushwhacked: Wash's interview with Harken. Alan Tudyk's improvised lines are just a riot. I also love the outtakes of the scene, with Tudyk's other improvisations, and Doug Savant absolutely cracking up, unable to keep in character as Tudyk as Wash waxes poetic. The entire sequence of interviews was great.

Shindig: Mal and Inara in the cargo bay with the cows. They spend so much time having tense interactions, I just love this scene where they are in sync with each other.

Safe: I love the intercut scene between River’s dance and the gun battle in which Shepherd Book is seriously injured. The juxtapositions are marvelously well-done.

Our Mrs Reynolds: Two scenes: Saffron in Mal’s bunk, contains so much awkwardness. Saffron is my favorite Firefly villain, and Christina Hendricks plays her so superbly. Also, the last scene: "I knew you let her kiss you." One of my absolute favorite Mal and Inara moments.

Jaynestown: I like the scene with the singing in the Mudders' bar. From the striking of the first chord on the guitar, as they all begin to realize what the song is about, and its implications. Everybody's reactions are so wonderfully played. And it just tickles me that not only is Jayne a genuine folk hero, but he has his own song.

Out of Gas: So much to like about this episode, but my favorite single moment is when the pirate ship has latched on, and the airlock opens, and Mal breathes the air. This moment just symbolizes for me exactly what is at stake.

Ariel: Airlock scene. Powerfully written, and beautifully acted.

War Stories: When Zoe short-circuits Niska’s attempt to play with her. “Sorry, you were gonna ask me to choose? You want to finish?”

Trash: Mal and Inara’s scene, that prompts him to open Saffron’s box and ask her about the job. Also, the many, many moments in this episode that made me laugh.

The Message: River's line, "You are such a boob."

Heart of Gold: Mal busted when he sneaks out of Nandi’s room, followed by Inara’s broken-hearted weeping when alone. Mal and Inara are both only human.

Objects in Space: River to Mal: "Don’t make faces, Captain," along with the rest of that scene, when Mal's locked in his bunk and River's talking to him. Also, when River returns to Serenity, floating back down to acceptance.



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Sunday, November 11, 2012 6:44 PM

KNEECAPS


Serenity's final scene, in the cockpit.

River curls up in the co-pilot's seat, smiling, and basks in Mal's heartfelt, if cliche, eulogy of Firefly:

"Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she's hurtin' 'fore she keens. Makes her home"

The speech shows Whedon and Fillion's affection for Firefly and sums up what made the show great. Cue final shots of Serenity majestically soaring through the air.
Just thinking about it chokes me up.

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Monday, November 12, 2012 9:35 AM

FRANK451


Quote:

Originally posted by TheSomnambulist:
Wow good question. I have two both involving Inara.

1) The scene where she finds Mal unconscious on the floor. Her voice cracks just the right amount to convey her desperation. Plus I love the finalé to that seen where she says 'No I'm ok I'm comfy' :)

2) When she breaks down crying in heart of gold. Rips me apart everytime I see it.

By the way everyone's favourite is good! Lets face it all the scenes are wonderful.




These are my favorites as well! I really wish the series had continued so that Mal and Inara's relationship could have been developed more.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012 6:04 AM

JOHNCASEY


Any scene where Book is revealed to be something more than a Shepherd, but my favorite is in Safe when the Feds scan his IdentCard."Get this man to the infirmary at once." The "WHHHAAAAAAAA?" look Mal and Zoe give each other is priceless!

(I feel The Shepherd's Tale comic is not consistent with this. With only 14 episodes I felt they could have done a better job with the comic!)

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Saturday, November 24, 2012 10:12 AM

THESOMNAMBULIST


Just had another one develop as I re-watched the show again.

The scene in Out of Gas where the salesman is trying to sell Mal a ship that just doesn't interest him, and we see Mal's face looking lovingly off screen. Cut to: shot of Serenity out there on it's own away from the other ships.

It's just really touching. Like when you see that girl across the classroom turn towards you and you just cannot look away.
Bang Love at first sight!

°...Well here I am.°

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Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:29 AM

RESETLOCKSLEY

Also, I can kill you with my brain.


My favorite scene has to be when Mal goes to see Kaylee in the infirmary in Serenity (the pilot). I love the dynamic between Mal and Kaylee - he goes to make sure she's okay and she ends up making him feel better, althogh of course he doesn't admit it. I love the way she tells him he's actually a nice man inside...and the adorable drowsy way she says, "Everything's shiny, Captain" is part of what made me fall in love with her character.

I also like the part in the BDM right after River goes nuts in the bar. After all that was said between Mal and Simon, and even with all the reasons Mal has to cut them loose...what does Mal do? He doesn't say a word, just quietly walks over and gently picks crazy little River up.



My days of not takin' you seriously are certainly coming to a middle.

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Friday, January 11, 2013 8:45 AM

STORYMARK


Though its far from the deepest scene ever - I always get a tickle out of Mal and Atherton's "s-what?" fight.




Excuse me while I soak in all these sweet, sweet conservative tears.

"We will never have the elite, smart people on our side." -- Rick "Frothy" Santorum

"Goram it kid, let's frak this thing and go home! Engage!"

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Friday, January 25, 2013 4:58 AM

JOHNSTARHAWK




'nuff said!

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Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:59 AM

RADNATS


The scene where River and Simon are hiding on the hull of Serenity is great; it's like Joss Whedon said in the Making Of on the DVDs that he was fascinated by the fact that nine people looking into the black of space all see something different.

One of the last scenes in Objects in Space is a nice reflection on the freedom loving ways of Mal and his crew and those of the Alliance and the various other power-hungry people that cross their path. River is talking to Early when the latter sighs: "Yeah, well, you know me real well." To which River responds that she wishes she didn't because "You like to hurt folk". Early defends himself saying that "it's part of the job", but River cuts right through it by stating that "it's why you took the job. Power. Control. Pain."

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Sunday, January 27, 2013 3:21 PM

JONGSSTRAW

We carry in our hearts the true country, and that cannot be stolen.


Wow...5 years and this thread keeps coming back. Kinda like my son asking me for money.

It's clear there is no one overwhelming favorite scene, but Out Of Gas and Objects In Space seem to be the 2 episodes with the most favorites.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:24 PM

TINYSPOCK


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"were there monkeys?"

somehow I never expected him to say that! It was high-larious!

SHINY



It's the way he says it, seriously-like! ROLF!

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Friday, October 24, 2014 5:59 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


The Pilot Serenity, when Kaylee is shot, and in infirmary, the pan out to see Jayne monitoring through the window, alone, gets me.

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Friday, March 6, 2015 1:23 PM

AQUA


Interesting reading some of these. It might be more appropriate/interesting to list one or two moments for each episode/character, not sure if there was a thread for that. Anyway I'll post in this as it's more recent. It can just be stream of consciousness, might turn into a blog thingy. I'm afraid I'm going to have to be the embarrassing person who rambles on a bit.

So, anything with River pretty much. Mostly, River only has like 1 or 2 scenes per episiode - they seemed well thought out to me, like her scenes were perhaps so effective because they were so sparse. There are too many, pretty much all of them I like. I relate to that kind of awkwardness; morbid, creepy, cryptic etc. And also, somewhat relatedly, as my current, sig the Jayne 'We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient', and Mal and Zoe's expression after it. LOL. Which is also, at times, a kind of awkwardness I can also relate to, LOL. I tend to ere on being the cryptic, humorous side. So I relate to Jayne in a way, well actually a way that is fairly obvious to me.

My favourite *River moment* is probably the 'don't belong' speech in Objects in Spac.e. Yep, that's me. The aloneness rather than the loneliness, sometimes I think its my aloneness that gets me through conversation.

In 'Safe', the scene where Simon is going to sacrifice himself for River, and then Mal and Zoe turn up, 'That girl is a witch', 'Yeah, but she's our witch, so cut her the hell down'. Gotta love that scene.

Jaynestown was another milestone episode. I liked how they had the messages of someone that people greatly admired being a lie, that it was about what they 'needed' rather than the greatness of the thing being admired. They had that same theme going on with the bible, Book/River. Particlarly the speech in 'Jaynestown' where he says 'You think someone's just gonna throw some money at you? There aren't people like that, there's just people like me'.

It's interesting, though also somewhat mystifying in that it's difficult to be specific, to look back and wonder which scenes/episodes in particular sold me. Whether there was a scene that 'stuck out' and really sold me on the show. While I initially became interested mostly because of River, I think I really started to get into in those episodes, 'the crew' and overall vibe of the series, either 'Our Mrs Reynolds' or 'Jaynestown'. The humour combined with something more profound. There's the Book special speech but even moreso the line 'Well.. isn't that... special'.

In rewatching 'Our Mrs Reynolds', the 'Veera' speech Jayne gave. I was like, 'I totally forgot that even happened but now it's so obvious.' the line Mal gives 'My days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle'. I remember that used to be my favourite line in some other life. Now I don't like it as much as I did then, perhaps due to overfamiliarity.

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Friday, March 6, 2015 3:54 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by AQUA:
Interesting reading some of these. It might be more appropriate/interesting to list one or two moments for each episode/character, not sure if there was a thread for that. Anyway I'll post in this as it's more recent. It can just be stream of consciousness, might turn into a blog thingy. I'm afraid I'm going to have to be the embarrassing person who rambles on a bit.

So, anything with River pretty much. Mostly, River only has like 1 or 2 scenes per episiode - they seemed well thought out to me, like her scenes were perhaps so effective because they were so sparse. There are too many, pretty much all of them I like. I relate to that kind of awkwardness; morbid, creepy, cryptic etc. And also, somewhat relatedly, as my current, sig the Jayne 'We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient', and Mal and Zoe's expression after it. LOL. Which is also, at times, a kind of awkwardness I can also relate to, LOL. I tend to ere on being the cryptic, humorous side. So I relate to Jayne in a way, well actually a way that is fairly obvious to me.

My favourite *River moment* is probably the 'don't belong' speech in Objects in Spac.e. Yep, that's me. The aloneness rather than the loneliness, sometimes I think its my aloneness that gets me through conversation.

In 'Safe', the scene where Simon is going to sacrifice himself for River, and then Mal and Zoe turn up, 'That girl is a witch', 'Yeah, but she's our witch, so cut her the hell down'. Gotta love that scene.

Jaynestown was another milestone episode. I liked how they had the messages of someone that people greatly admired being a lie, that it was about what they 'needed' rather than the greatness of the thing being admired. They had that same theme going on with the bible, Book/River. Particlarly the speech in 'Jaynestown' where he says 'You think someone's just gonna throw some money at you? There aren't people like that, there's just people like me'.

It's interesting, though also somewhat mystifying in that it's difficult to be specific, to look back and wonder which scenes/episodes in particular sold me. Whether there was a scene that 'stuck out' and really sold me on the show. While I initially became interested mostly because of River, I think I really started to get into in those episodes, 'the crew' and overall vibe of the series, either 'Our Mrs Reynolds' or 'Jaynestown'. The humour combined with something more profound. There's the Book special speech but even moreso the line 'Well.. isn't that... special'.

In rewatching 'Our Mrs Reynolds', the 'Veera' speech Jayne gave. I was like, 'I totally forgot that even happened but now it's so obvious.' the line Mal gives 'My days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle'. I remember that used to be my favourite line in some other life. Now I don't like it as much as I did then, perhaps due to overfamiliarity.

An interesting moment to me now, one I didn't really notice it when I first watched the series, in 'Our Mrs Reynold's' two people who were working with Saffron are talking about the ship, 'Firefly class spaceship', and one of them says, 'it's got no flash', 'some people aren't looking for flash'. It has something to do with, growing up and being confronted with the mundane quality of everyday life that Joss described in the Buffy DVDs.

Also, on my recent re-watch of the series, I merged two of my favourite lines to create my attempt at fanfic:

Mal: I'm going to the special hell
River: We all are.

That was more extensive that I had intended, fun though! Might do it again some time.

'We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient'.


Did you get to read about the cast comments where nobody knew what to make of the scripted lines for River - they never made any sense, nobody in the cast could understand them or react to them, until Summer made those lines seem perfectly reasonable (in River's way) and the cast had something to react to? I thought that was telling for Summer's potential.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 8:02 PM

AQUA


Yeah, I remember that. I think it was Nathan Fillion that said it originally in the Firefly featurette, though it's been a while since I watched that.

Summer Glau was great as River. Admittedly, I didn't really keep up with her work after Firefly. I always admired her acting in the show and thought she was very graceful. Her background in dance probably helped her use that physicality in her acting. Film/tv is visual and I think that physical intelligence enhanced her performance. Plus she was also great at accents. ::D:

Oh, and another moment can't help but include:

'This is something the captain has to do himself'.

'No, no it's not'.

That's something I can also relate to, except in my case I usually, don't actually get any help. o.O


'We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient'.

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Sunday, March 8, 2015 2:43 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Quote:

Originally posted by AQUA:
Yeah, I remember that. I think it was Nathan Fillion that said it originally in the Firefly featurette, though it's been a while since I watched that.


That may be. my recall is of either Jewel or Morena saying it.
Quote:


Summer Glau was great as River.


It makes me feel nostalgic for the times where I used to collect photos of River/Summer, even though I wouldn't say it's necessarily my favourite pic of her. Admittedly, my interest in her eventually lessened after Serenity, but she's really the only actor I've ever had much interest in beyond the performance on the show. Usually I don't keep up with what actors are doing at all really.

Oh, and another moment can't help but include:

'This is something the captain has to do himself'.

'No, no it's not'.

That's something I can also relate to, except in my case I usually, don't actually get any help. o.O


'We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient'.


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