“Objects in Space”
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by Joss Whedon
After River gets hold of a gun (by accident, not that anyone else knows that, or that it makes a practical difference), Kaylee tells the rest of the crew about the fun time River shot three dudes dead in two seconds with her eyes closed. They’re flying in the middle of nowhere space. Inara’s still working on arrangements for leaving the ship. Zoë and Wash are possibly working on making a baby. Simon and Kaylee are working on stalling out some more. And there’s a bounty hunter here for River. He creeps around the ship while everyone’s asleep, knocking out Mal, locking the rest of the crew in their bunks, tying up Kaylee (after some truly repugnant threats), knocking out Book, and forcing Simon at gunpoint to help him search for River. The bounty hunter’s primary tactic for keeping Simon off-balance is unsettling non-sequiturs. River turns that tactic against him by pretending she’s become one with Serenity, when really she’s just sitting in Early’s ship playing with the coms. She orchestrates a clever plan to get rid of Early without anyone getting killed, which Simon almost ruins by diving for Early and getting shot in the leg. Early ends up floating around in his spacesuit, with no way to get back to either ship. The crew continues life as usual.
Things I Liked
Things I Didn’t
Dangit, Mal, just tell Inara you want her to stay! I do like his interactions with River, though. It’s kind of the first time they’ve really had significant one-on-one dialogue.
Zoë hasn’t interacted much with River so far either. I want more of that.
I also want more of Wash poking fun at Jayne, because that stuff is hilarious. I think he can do it so nonchalantly because his warrior woman is right there, and she’ll beat Jayne up if he so much as looks at Wash too menacingly.
Inara clearly didn’t know anything about Early’s rape threats, or she wouldn’t have wasted her breath trying to talk him down from this sordid bounty hunting life.
Jayne missing pretty much the entire action sequence.
The sequence with Kaylee and Early proves that Kayelee is a Hufflepuff, not a Gryffindor. Selfless and brave, but not as much when the danger passes.
Why are moments so fragile that they shatter when interrupted? Simon let a perfectly good opportunity to kiss Kaylee slip through his fingers just because Book walked between them for about two seconds. But then, with Early, Simon is incredibly brave. He’s got guts when he’s treating medical conditions and when he’s protecting River, just not when it comes to dating.
River started this episode feeling like she doesn’t belong in the crew. I think she proved by the end of it that she does belong. She can work with them against threats, she cares about them, and she can have fun with them.
Dangit Book, what is your backstory?! (I will find out. I bought all the Serenity comics thanks to this rewatch. They should arrive in the mail next week.)
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