Nice Work Dumbass. – Casey – Jayne
I’m sorry to start that way, but that is pure Casey. Of course it was pure Jayne first. But if I have to make note of every great line or character moment or exchange or bit of dialog… Well let’s just say that while this episode may have served as a second pilot, and didn’t so much introduce the characters as flesh them out a bit in the re-watch, it did do something wonderful. It reminded me of one of the things I love best about Whedon’s shows. The characters, sure, but oh my, the dialog. The wonderful lines and exchanges these characters have. More gushing after the jump.
I’ve given some thought to moving off the edge. Not an ideal location. Might get a place in the middle. -Mal
So it turns out Mal isn’t such a morose guy after all. He’s apparently more a Gilbert and Sullivan type pirate than a real Aargh, walk the plank matey pirate who would shoot someone in cold blood or abandon helpless people to their fate on a desolate planet on the edge of the verse. And he likes to tweak the Alliance. Or drunks. Or a bit of both. He also manages to find himself in an Alliance friendly bar every Unification Day. Anyone else getting the impression Mal’s war isn’t quite over? Zoe clearly seems to relish a good fight too.
And Jayne. Well he didn’t fight in no war. But he still seems to love a good fight. You start to see why they keep him around as Jayne manages to eject 4 or 5 from the bar and take them down with some inventive use of a bar stool. Well the Independents may rise again, but not today. Gettin’ out with their skins intact and a job contact will have to be enough for now.
Take us out of the world, Wash. Got us some crime to be done. – Mal
Whedon does great villains. Mishka is no exception. I love Mishka in that he’s-so-deliciously-evil-love-to-hate-him sort of way. “My wife’s nephew… I’ll be getting an ear-full at dinner…” So our merry band has a job and an employer who one doesn’t want to disappoint. On to the job.
Time for some thrilling heroics. – Jayne
I wish I had something profound to say, but aside from a lot of good dialog, some fun action and Jayne getting shot, not much outside your normal spaceship robs a train caper happens here. Oh yeah, Mal and Zoe are detained, Jayne tries to take over the ship, the crew rebels, the doctor drugs Jayne, Inara rescues Mal and Zoe and Mishka’s man Crow shows up to take the goods; the entire supply of a medicine critical to the survival of an entire town.
These are stone killers, little man. They ain’t cuddly like me. – Jayne
So Mal has his limits after all. Crime is one thing, killing another, but innocents aren’t part of the bargain. He’s not OK with collateral damage. Knives flying, guns blazin’ Mal and his merry band save the day and deliver the medicine back to those who need it.
They also now have no money, no cargo, and a very dangerous man angry at them. Well not for long, Crow that is. Yes, it’s dark, but MAN was that funny. Indiana Jones and the pistol funny. No, Mishka is the dangerous man who’s mad at them. Just one more thing to be looking over the shoulder for.
Speaking of which, unmentioned so far is that riddle wrapped in an enigma, River. She’s apparently very valuable to some scary people, and she knows it. So far though she isn’t in a conversant frame of mind.
So now with both the pilot episodes out of the way we can get to some thrillin’ heroics next week with Bushwacked. And Maybe I’ll be able to get a synopsis and some thoughts up in a timely manner. Let the comments begin. And just because I felt constrained to not relive EVERY great line, don’t feel it applies to you in comments. 😉