Hello everybody! I hope you find serenity this Sunday. Today, I am going to talk about the fourteenth and final episode of Firefly, Objects in Space. I was going to talk about this episode and the movie, but both deserve their own post. So next week, we will conclude with the movie. Let’s unpack this episode.
In the Mind of River
We open this episode with River. We get to see the world through her eyes. One thing you have to remember about River is that she feels everything acutely. And, she reads minds. You get this overwhelming feeling as she walks around the ship, watching everyone interact with each other.
River knows how the crew feels about her presence on the ship. They think she is dangerous. But she soon proves her genius outweighs her instability. It really comes into fruition in the movie.
The River and Early chess match
In this episode, the crew is terrorized by a bounty hunter named Jubal Early. Early in the worst of the worst. He threatens to rape Kaylee and kill Simon. He claims that he does things like this out of obligation, but River knows he does it because he is a terrible person.
Early ties up Kaylee, locks the crew in their quarters, smacks Inara, knocks the Shepard unconscious, and shoots Simon in the leg. He thinks he has the upper hand, but he is no match for River’s genius.
River manages to put the crew in a position to get rid of the threat by saying that she is Serenity. Early thinks that River is in his head when she is really manipulating the situation for Early’s ship.
Had the show continued, I think we would have seen River grow into a critical part of the Serenity crew. Her potential as a character was limitless.
Another awkward moment
Kaylee and Simon give us another uncomfortable moment. Well, it was uncomfortable for me anyway. Did you see when Kaylee put her foot on Simon’s face?
I bet you thought I was going to talk about when they nearly kissed. Nope. I’m talking about the “toes-to-cheek” action. That is traumatizing.
Another suspicious Shepard moment
Early gives us our suspicious Shepard moment this week. Simon is asking him what plan constitutes him beating up a Shepard. Early says the he “ain’t a Shepard”. I nearly screamed, “I know right!”.
This episode is where we get to see River really shine as a character. Also, everything that happens in this episode sets us up for the movie.
It’s kind of sad that we finally get to see the crew starting to gel, and then the show is canceled. And why was it canceled? To make room for more American Idol. Sometimes, the world is unfair.
The bright side is that now that geek culture is a thing, people are discovering and appreciating Firefly just like the rest of us.
Wrapping it up
Well, that’s it for Firefly the television show. Next week we conclude Serenity Sunday with the movie Serenity. This is not only a good way to conclude the show, but it is also a good movie.
In the meantime, be sure to join me for my review of episode five of Radiant on Tuesday. Thursday, we return to the courtroom in episode 5 of Ace Attorney. Hope you had an amazing weekend!