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Date Posted: 12:57:01 07/19/03 Sat
Subject: Unbspoiled Serenity cruise: "Safe" and "Our Mrs. Reynolds"
May just be overly high expectations, but I wasn't especially fond of either of the two episodes I watched tonight.
Safe had some nice dialogue from Greenberg, but the plotting was obtrusive and cliched. Of course Book would happen to get shot just when Simon was kidnapped, and of course the settlers would turn out to be brain-dead religious fanatics from the 17th century.
On the plus side, the Simon/River backstory was interesting and effective, and like fresne I got the implication that River's parents may have been partially or fully in on whatever was happening to her. It is also nice to see River's growing lucidity with the eps in their proper order, and Safe explicitly confirms the implications of telepathy in Shindig. The hints that Book may have some current or former connection with Alliance military or government are intriguing. Also nice to see Simon's frustration finally boil over, although at the worst possible moment.
Our Mrs. Reynolds had the authentic Joss dialogue touch, especially the "special hell" references which I'd spotted on livejournals before but didn't know the source of. I once physically threatened somebody who was making audible homophobic remarks while watching a play whose subject matter he should have been perfectly aware of from the publicity, so I understand the consignment of such people to the lowest circle. Unfortunately, it started of an embarrassing male fantasy of one kind, and turned into an equally shallow male fantasy of an opposite stripe when Saffron's plans became apparent.
Irresistible BtVS back reference on Jayne's introduction of "Vera" - "So you give your gun a pet name. How very serial-killerish of you."
The question of how Book knows so much about crime may be perfectly explicable if his sect practices Catholic-style detailed and formal confession. The portrayal of Book has certain problems in terms of relation to 20th century Christianity. Like Caleb, he talks like a wandering preacher of some ultra-Protestant sect, but dresses like a Catholic priest (and comes from a monastery).
The Firefly tic of very understated death continues with the two little figures sucked out of the pirate ship as it blows up.
Most intriguing question - is the Academy Inarra trained at the same one that River was rescued from?
If you're interested, the Sci-Fic Channel ep ordering so far, which I believe is the official ME-preferred one, is:
The Train Job
Our Mrs. Reynolds
Out of Gas
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