original airdate: 11-1-02
interior decorator, how can I make my home into party
central?" Nine out of ten will agree you have got to
get yourself an animated hovering chandelier. Then add a liberal
selection of snooty rich people and an elaborate hors douevre
table and youll have the makings of the finest invite-only
party this side of alliance outpost 37.
of Firefly hasnt changed much since our last
visit. The chemistry between Mal and Inara does seem to be
real and developing nicely. At this early stage it is merely
leading to unhandled sexual tension and frustration, which
in due time gets redirected at the rest of the ships
unfortunately, becomes a vent for Mals discontent as
she admires a frilly evening gown in a store window. While
the abuse is mean spirited and you feel bad for Kaylee, it
does lead to one of the funnier lines in this episode. As
she stares longingly at the dress in the window the captain
states she would look like a sheep prancing around on
its hind legs."
local head hoodlum is Badger, and he appears to have a history
with Mal. Theyve had dealings before and Badger proved
too disreputable for the deal to proceed. The hood is trying
to enlist help from the Firefly crew for a local who needs
to move some property off planet. For whatever reason moving
this property this is illegal, so its the perfect gig
for the Serenity crew.
on this world Inaras services are retained by a particularly
wealthy local man that desires her company at the coming party.
This is the only party to be at; anyone worth their salt will
be there. Mal conveniently gets two invites to the same party
to make contact with their prospective client.
gentleman retainer turns out to be quite the unpleasant jerk.
He manages to be rude and cruel to all those around him, including
Inara. He even manages to get a dig in on the glorious Serenity
calling her a piece of Gassa.
the elaborate party he gets a little frisky with Inara and
Mal, defending her honor," punches him out. This
constitutes a challenge, which Inaras employer accepts.
According to the planets local system laws, Malcolm and he
are to fight with swords the next morning.
are a few good scenes back on the ship with Badger and the
rest of the crew. In an attempt to prevent them from interfering
with the fight and ruining his chances at continued business
on this planet, Badger has taken the crew hostage . During
the hostage crisis River comes into the scene completely and
both disturbing and amazing to see this new side to her. She
manages to transparently blend with Badgers cockney
accent using an accent of her own. It would be nice to learn
more about whats going on with this girl. She continues
to show brief glimpses that she, in fact, has some capabilities,
but no further clues are given regarding how, why, or to what
this episode was interesting and fun with the usual blend
of trickling main plot information and a muddled moral code.
The relationship between Malcolm and Inara is interesting,
but hopefully it wont lead to Firefly being overwhelmed
with angst and unrequited love.
the crew comes into mortal danger. Can Mal save them from
a death worse than fate? Tune in and find out.