Well, an episode about Simon. River is more a part of Simon’s story here than a character explored in her own right. But she does, at least, show some personality and some of that genius psychic-ness we’ve heard so much about.
In Bushwhacked, the crew of Serenity come across an abandoned ship, floating in space. When they discover that the passengers on the ship were attacked by Reavers, dissension breaks out: should they stay to care for the dead, steal their supplies, or run as fast and as far as they can, before the Reavers come back?
The Train Job is Firefly‘s second pilot, the one the network ordered because they thought the actual pilot was too long and slow and difficult to follow.
Perhaps this episode works well as a pilot. I wouldn’t know, since I didn’t watch it first. But seeing it after the actual pilot, it feels… disappointing. It has its moments, more than a few, but most of the time is spent reintroducing us to characters we just met, and expositioning to cover narrative gaps that we learned about in much greater detail last week. It’s not an episode to skip, thanks to its few vital moments. But its certainly the slowest episode of the series.
And, as most of it is a repeat of last week’s exposition, there isn’t much to say.
I was more than a little nervous to start rewatching Firefly.
It was my favorite show as a teenager. More than LOST (which I loved), more than Veronica Mars (which I really, really loved), more than any other show. But it’s been several years since I watched it, and when I think of it now, one thing always pops into my head:
Combine that with the fact that Joss Whedon has been criticized more and more recently for the shallowness of his so-called feminist message, and I was really concerned that my favorite show would turn out to be heartbreaking, and not for character-death reasons.
Turns out the reality is a lot more complicated.
Because of the slow-burn nature of the pilot, this post is more a general musing on the world of Firefly and its characters than an episode-specific review. But I’m going to be posting episode reviews (with no spoilers for future episodes) every Wednesday until I’ve worked through all the episodes and the movie. The whole thing is on Netflix if anyone wants to watch along!