Mark Watches ‘Firefly’: Episode 13 – Heart of Gold

In the thirteenth episode of Firefly, Mal and Inara’s relationship reaches a stunning conclusion when they attempt to help a friend of Inara’s fight a man who wants to steal a baby. Literally. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Firefly.

This is a strange episode. A good one, certainly, but really goddamn bizarre. I’ve been sitting on pieces of this review since Monday, figuring out how to properly assemble them into a coherent piece of words and sentences and thoughts, and I still find myself unable to properly figure out exactly how I feel about what happens in “Heart of Gold.” I’m hoping we can discuss this more and perhaps I’ll figure this out!

I knew from the opening of “Heart of Gold” that Inara would play a large part in the story, relating to her sex worker friends on another planet. What this episode does is set up the main villain, Rance Burgess, to be indicative of exactly how damaging male privilege can be. I will say that I loved how he encapsulated evil in a way that could easily be read as complete misogyny: Burgess literally hates women, believes that they should be subservient to all men, and that their bodies belong to their male counterparts. I imagine it’s not hard to assume that Burgess is also a raging transphobe who conflates genitals to gender, either, and even his phallic obsession with guns can be read that way.

“Heart of Gold” also largely strays from demonizing sex work, which is something Firefly has done really well the entire season. Mal’s prejudice towards Inara’s line of work is always openly criticized in smart, intelligent ways, but I was bothered by something else relating to sex work: Inara’s comment about how the women at this brothel are actually whores.

I understand the function of how that works. I realize that “companions” are trained and have to get licenses, so it’s a matter of actually calling these women by the correct terms for their trade. I understand the show is written in a vacuum and that it’s entirely possible in 500 years that the word “whore” doesn’t mean what it does now. I can accept all of this. I was more irked at the classist subtext to it, that people without access to training or without the money/education of real companions are lesser workers. Here’s the real kicker, though: Mal is actually the one who notes that these women are independent of the larger companion system and there’s a subtext that they’re probably more free than Inara is. Bravo, Mal, for picking that up.

That being said, Inara does treat all of the women at the brothel with the utmost respect and it’s really only that small detail that rubbed me the wrong way. Again, every character here is seen reacting differently to the girls working at the ranch. Book reacts with awkward horror, which makes me then wonder how genuine he is. We keep getting hints that he’s something more than a preacher, so is he really that uncomfortable with these women? Jayne, predictably, thinks with only one organ and I’m going to avoid talking about it because we all know what it is.

The coded message at the heart of this episode is that women’s bodies belong to them. I wish Burgess was a slight bit more dimensional as a character, but his one-note misogyny works well on the creep factor, especially during the scene where he preaches to the local men about the rightful place where women belong. (And the oral sex demand is just awful, right???)

While the crew is preparing to fight Burgess for the right of Petaline to keep her child, Mal begins a strange relationship with the head madam, Nandi. It’s clear that the subconscious desire Mal acts out on Nandi really should be directed towards Inara, as he is definitely allowing his feelings for her to start to bubble to the surface. I expected Nandi to seduce Mal and Mal to ultimately turn her down in some form of grand epiphany, but, surprisingly, he does the exact opposite. I knew Inara would find out and the scene where she does is beautifully written and acted. Her words are those of professionalism, which is her refuge from what happens immediately after this. When she collapses in the next seen, crying harder than we’ve ever seen her cry, I could seriously feel my heart break. I’ve come to respect and care for Inara so much over these thirteen episodes and I…well, I want her to finally be happy.

It’s strange how this personal romance, which I’m generally averse to in literature and film, has had such a profound on me, so much so that I actually didn’t even really care about the big battle that follows this. It was nice to see the crew working together toward a common goal; I commented before that they’re becoming this sort of dysfunctional sort of family, and it’s not been as clear as it is in “Heart of Gold.”

It makes Nandi’s death all the more tragic, too. For Inara, she’ll always have to remember that her friend’s last moments were spent with the man she actually loves. LIKE HOW FUCKED UP IS THAT. Mal will remember that he failed her and he failed Inara even more. But I must give credit to Brett Matthews, who wrote this episode, for giving the moment of retribution to Petaline, lest we forget that she was the actual victim in this case. It might have seemed more poetic to have Mal murder Burgess, but Petaline was the one who had her body and her life violated. Bravo, Matthews.

And then we get the bomb dropped on us: Inara is leaving Serenity.

THOUGHTS

  • My first note for this episode says, “EVERYONE IS ON THE X-FILES.” Frederic Lane (Burgess) is also the man who created the X-Files and first appeared in an amazing season 5 episode called “Travelers.”
  • “This distress wouldn’t happen to be taking place in someone’s pants, would it?”
  • Jayne is more crude than usual in this episodee.
  • “Were I unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion.”
  • “NOBODY PANIC!!!!”
  • “I’m just waiting to see if I pass out.” Oh god, YOU ARE LEARNING, MAL.
  • “No, this is your blood.”
  • And the best line in the episode, which is also a Writer High Five moment, is, “Say goodbye to your daddy, Jonah.” BOOYAH.

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190 Responses to Mark Watches ‘Firefly’: Episode 13 – Heart of Gold

  1. Randomcheeses says:

    Burgess really, really creeped me out.

  2. shadeedge says:

    First time I saw this episode, my thought was "Wow, Lady Heather seems to be getting stuck in similar roles".

  3. Cass says:

    Y'know what I love about Jayne in this episode, though? It's all really subtle things — but he gets *dressed up* to go visit the whorehouse. I love that. And he brushes the girl's hair. And he, y'know, spoons (ignoring the weapons in the midst). He may be crude, but I feel like he demonstrates a more honest respect for their trade, in his own way, than some of the other characters. He certainly doesn't seem to think any less of them for being what they are.

  4. Hanah says:

    Oh so her name was Nandi, not Mandy. Okay. *continues crap at hearing what characters are called* I really, really liked this episode, though there was not enough Kaylee. But the women being awesome and hitting back at the misogyny made up for it because it was AMAZING. The scene where, what was her name, Petaline(?), comes out and shoots that dude? SO GOOD.

    Oooh shiny shiny building
    What is going on? Who are these people I am confused!
    She has really nice hair
    FUCK WHAT ARE YOU DOING YOU BASTARD?! That's just…UGH
    This is a commune of awesome women <3 THAT'S LIKE MY FAVOURITE THING
    Oh Mal XD
    LOL INNUENDO. I'm so immature
    FUCK YEAH FEMALE SOLIDARITY
    I am so sad I only get these theme music twice more. Whyyyy so few episodes?!?
    DEAL WITH YOUR SEXUAL TENSION ALREADY
    Jayne you're such a dick :/
    Yay Kaylee 😀
    Awww
    Ha he's uncomfortable!
    Oh Kaylee *ALL THE HUGS*
    I don't understand what's going on here at all, but her necklace is really lovely
    Lol Mandy (is that her name?) sees the UST
    Compensating for something with that gun dude?
    HA nice one Mal
    THAT PHONE IS AMAZING
    Um. What?
    OH SHIT POOR PREGNANT GIRL
    I don't think they're going to want to leave their lives for you Mal
    Yeah. Quite
    Simon and Kaylee on the sofa together 😀
    Ha I love how everyone is stressed and River's just grinning!
    Oh god someone's going to die
    Awww a baby Zoe/Wash would be SO cute
    Ha Mal you fail
    Fuck yeah Inara is the awesome
    This is quite a talky episode with not enough Kaylee
    I like this girl 😀 And her nail varnish
    Nooo Mal you love Inara!
    *sigh*
    Well. I guess he doesn't owe Inara anything
    OH who is telling on them?! BAD girl
    SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU PATRIARCHAL DICK. PLEASE SOMEBODY KILL HIM REALLY, REALLY SOON
    OH FUCK YOU. FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK YOU
    Awwwwkwaaaard
    Inara. I love you
    OH baby, don't cry. HE LOVES YOU!
    YAY KAYLEE
    LOL. Nice one Jayne
    Oh god she's still in labour, poor girl :(
    OH awkwardness.
    YAY FOR THEIR INTUITIVE BOND!
    DAMN the imminent violence, Mal was going to find out!
    She's going to die isn't she?
    I expect Mal kills Burgess, but I really hope one of the women gets to
    GOOD SHOT MAN!
    GET THEM WASH GET THEM
    SHIT what is that crazy weapon?!
    God Zoe's a crack shot
    CAREFUL WASH!
    Oooooh nicely done guys! *high five*
    Oh. Faily done guys! WRONG PLACES YOU PLONKERS!
    OH FUCK
    GO INARA
    OH SHIT! D: I knew she was going to die :(
    AFTER HIM MAL AFTER HIM!
    LOL BATTERY FAIL
    Oh YES has Mal brought him back for the women to kill?!
    FUCK YES. THAT IS THE BEST CONCLUSION EVER AND I'M SO SO GLAD THANK YOU!
    Aww poor girl. :( She's going to have a shit life of being raped and used, even if she did betray all the other women
    I would like this scene more if I didn't fucking hate 'Amazing Grace'.
    CAN YOU CONFRONT YOUR FEELINGS NOW PLEASE GUYS?
    Awww this scene is so sweet
    IS HE GOING TO TELL HER?! PLEASE TELL HER MAL!
    WHAT. WHAT. NO INARA, WRONG THING TO DO YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO KISS HIM!!
    Well that episode was fucking depressing in every way
    :(

  5. ramondestroys says:

    Inara's scene with Mal after his night with Nandi was absolutely heartbreaking. Inara telling Mal that she was leaving also left me pretty heartbroken.

    My first thought upon seeing Burgess – YOU'RE THE U.S. MARSHALL THAT ARRESTED KATE ON LOST.

  6. potlid007 says:

    Inara Serra: How many babies have you actually delivered?
    Simon: As the primary? This would be the first. You?
    Inara Serra: My first too.
    River: Mine too.

    River NEVER change.

  7. cait0716 says:

    Mark, I've been waiting for you to get to this episode ever since you called Mal out for calling Inara a whore back in the pilot.

    I would say that the classist undertones come from Inara's years of training, but that she's slowly moving away from that state of mind. Nandi broke free completely. Inara signed up with the crew of Serenity and is probably trying to figure out which world she belongs in: the high class world of Guild Law and Inner planets, or the freer world with Mal and Serenity. This was explored somewhat in Shindig, and gets touched on again here. Had the series gone on, it would have made for an interesting character arc. And as you pointed out, she calls them whores because, without training, that's what they are.

    A few of my favorite moments you didn't mention:
    River wondering "Who do you think is in there?" when Petamine is in labor
    Burgess' gun running out of battery
    Zoe/Wash talking about having a baby. Another arc I would have like to see play out more in the series.

  8. takashid says:

    also,
    “Were I unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion.”

    "because I'm pretty?"
    "Because your pretty"
    KAYLEE LOVE FOREVER

    anyone else really love the moment when books reasurring the girls, "no ones gonna die" and then the very next shot is Jayne "theres people gonna die." i laughed at that part so hard. and, in the end Jayne was right…

  9. YES!

    "Were I unwed I'd take you in a manly fashion"
    "Because I'm pretty?"
    "Because you're pretty"

    Favorite quote of this episode :)
    ILU Wash!

  10. Mary Sue says:

    My favorite line of the whole episode is River looking at Petaline’s belly and asking, “I wonder who’s in there?”

    Mostly because it’s what I often think when confronted with a pregnant woman.

  11. Hotaru-hime says:

    Yeah, when Inara said she was leaving Serenity I screamed out "BUT THERE'S ONLY ONE SEASON!!!!!!!!" and tried not to freak out.
    I love how Wash tells Kaylee she's pretty. It's sweet.

  12. theladyafterwards says:

    Hi Mark! Long time lurker, first itme caller, etc. I just wanted to say that the scene where Burgess makes the prostitue go down on him in front of the crowd really, really upset me. Like, on a visceral level where I actually started crying. So whilst I've been re-watching all the other episodes along with you, I had to skip this one.

    I am glad you are liking Firefly as much as the rest of us – I'm sorry that we've only got two more posts about this marvellous Verse!

  13. Starsea28 says:

    “Were I unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion.”

    OH WASH HOW I LOVE YOU. This line never fails to make me laugh.

    This episode does feel like a punch to the stomach because Mal and Inara come so close and then Inara "does what's best" and decides that she has to leave in order to save both Mal and herself from inevitable heartache. *headdesk* Harry would be proud of her!

    Another favourite moment is Mal panicking at the start of Petaline's labour and Simon being the one who's calm and in charge – role reversal FTW. And River being funny. Okay, River has been funny before but she's been creepy-funny. Here's she just laugh out loud hilarious. Also, MAJOR props to Simon and Inara for getting Petaline through her first labour when Simon had never been the primary doctor in a birth and Inara had never helped with one.

    What did you think of the Wash/Zoe discussion about a baby?

    Inara making the distinction between companions and whores made me roll my eyes. Because it's basically snobbery. Despite living on the border, she still has those inbred prejudices of growing up in the Core, just like Simon. It's just she's better at hiding them.

  14. totiebinds says:

    I think Wash's quote to Kaylee is definitely my favorite of the series. Cemented my love towards him although I was already partial to Alan Tudyk anyway after watching him on Dollhouse. <3

  15. Mauve_Avenger says:

    What I liked about this episode is the parallel it draws to some of the issues surrounding abortion (yay controversy).

    I thought that what Burgess wanted in this episode was very similar to the idea that women who want abortions should *compromise* if the genetic father wants the (possibly) resultant child. It's interesting to see Zoe and Inara ask the usual "is the kid his?", whereas Nandi immediately replies "I think it's Petaline's." It goes back to the idea that a man's genetic legacy is more important and more worthy of legal preservation than a woman's bodily autonomy.

  16. karate0kat says:

    Can I just ad that Wash and Zoe really would make beautiful babies. And I love that a woman like Zoe is allowed to have that instinct. Because women don't need to want to have children, obviously, but it seems like a lot of times we get tough women and we get feminine women, and never the twain shall meet. I love that Zoe is both.

    Also, just to let you know, way back when you were still posting on buzznet, I mentioned that I had to have a thyroid biopsy. I had half my thyroid removed two days ago, and I am cancer free!

  17. WanderingAesthetic says:

    For the first time, reading this review, I found myself wondering about Inara’s background. I mean, we know she’s a companion and training for that seems to start pretty young, but does she have any family? Did she grow up wealthy? What kind of criteria does it take to get accepted for companion school? Do you have to pay for it?

    I haven’t been watching along with you, so my memories of the series are a couple of years old, so forgive me if any of that was ever answered.

    Part of why Inara was leaving was because of pressure from the executives, I believe. I don’t know what their reasons were, precisely. In a perfect world, there would have been several more seasons of Firefly, but at least the series didn’t have to go on without her or face any more meddling. :/

  18. Karen says:

    but I was bothered by something else relating to sex work: Inara’s comment about how the women at this brothel are actually whores.
    Yeah. This really bugs me too. Honestly, I was never a huge Inara fan, but this turned me off of her character. She doesn't like being called a whore not because it is a term that demonizes women for the sexuality. Nope. She doesn't like being called a whore because it implies that she is lower class than she is. UGH. It also puts a new spin on the "petty thief" fight from a few episodes back. Inara called Mal a "petty thief" which to him is denigrating his work, making it seem less than it is which is (to Inara's mind) the same thing that Mal is doing when he calls her a whore. To her, that means that Mal is viewing her work as less than it is. THAT is the problem for her. She's not a "whore". She's better than that. She's a Companion. Yeah. It just all rubs me the wrong way.

  19. echinodermata says:

    Okay, so this is my least favorite episode of Firefly, and I doubt I'm alone.

    On rewatch, the one thing that struck me was Morena Baccarin's scene when is Inara crying, as it made me think back to her performance in the V finale and how blown away I was in THAT scene – if you saw it, you know what I'm talking about. But seriously, V has a great scifi cast, and includes both her and Alan Tudyk (Wash), and Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet from Lost).

    Um, and River was funny. And that's pretty much it for this episode, in my opinion.

  20. buyn says:

    I liked the scene where Mal goes to Burgess to see what he's like, and says "She's a beauty," and Burgess automatically goes for his gun. It shows that in the comfort of his favorite place, he'd rather show off his gun, than his wife.

  21. Tilja says:

    The first that came to my mind the moment I saw Burgess was also X Files. Then I thought it had been Millennium. You were right, it was X Files. And the place I remembered him from was not it. It was Supernatural, as the yellow-eyed demon. Why is my brain so tangled?

    Very well played episode. I did see most of it coming, except the awesome girl killing misogynist monster part. That was the most amazing thing in the entire episode! And for me, the only unexpected turn, so doubly awesome.

    I share your sadness. The moment I start liking the series, it ends, just like that. I hate that too. Let's just hope it actually ENDS and not being cut in the middle. I don't care about the lenght of a series so long as it has an ENDING. Then I consider it a good and complete series.

  22. Pseudonymph says:

    I don't think anyone has commented on something that really bothered me and bothers me every time I watch this episode.

    When Inara catches Mal coming out of Nandi's room in the morning and pretends to be okay with it, Mal says, "I don't want you to think I took advantage of your friend."

    I always want her to say something like, "she's an adult" "you weren't taking advantage of her" or "it's none of my business" almost anything other than what she actually says: "She's well worth taking advantage of, I sincerely hope you did."

    Uh, What the fuck? What does that mean? "Worth taking advantage of" is one of the more disturbing things I've ever heard and it sounds exactly like something Burgess would say with a straight face. I know Inara is trying to be cool and professional but why is she making it sound like taking advantage of someone is the same as having good, consensual sex with them?

    Does anyone have any thoughts or an explanation for this? The line always seems so out of place in this show, especially coming from Inara.

  23. Lipton says:

    @ virtualpj – Ummm, no, Mark's right. Frederic Lane played Arthur Dales who created the X-Files division that Mulder later discovered. But, yes, Chris Carter created the TV show.

    But Mark, you totally forgot to mention one of my all time favorite episodes, 'The Unnatuarl' where Frederic Lane reprises his character and Jesse L. Martin plays a baseball playing alien. And then Mulder and Scully hit baseballs together and it's beautiful!!! 😉

    Julie Cooper-Nichol! And the telecoercer from Dark Angel!!! OMG, I watch way too much television.

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  25. kellythered says:

    I have never liked this episode much, mostly because of the forced oral sex. I felt that was a bit over the top.

    On Inara: I was also sad when she said she'd be leaving Serenity. To me she always seemed like the mother to the crew. She had a very calm, nurturing personality and always was trying to help.

    That being said, this is one of the episodes that hinted at the real reason Inara was on Serenity. I don't know if this was ever mentioned in the comments but when I found out about it, her decision to leave kind of made more sense, at least to me.

  26. forthejokes says:

    Hmm, I've only watched this episode months, quite a few months ago and I didn't really think much of it. The Mal and Inara relationship is heartbreaking, especially for the timing of nandi's death because she realises that the two are in love.

  27. Narcissaa says:

    I HAVE BEEN SO DESPERATE TO POST THIS GIF OMG

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    One more and possibly some more tomorrow when I'm not half drunk.

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    River, the Kaylee/Wash interaction and the Wash/Zoe baby conversation were by far my favourite parts of this episode. I really loved Nandi as a character and it hurt so bad when she died. ALSO OMG INARA'S TEARS MAKE ME BAWL.

  28. blankppr says:

    I watched this pretty much just the other day and had a lot of thoughts. I LOVE how Jayne is showed. I don't remember thinking him harsh or anything. I mean, yes, he is very forward and not at all embarrassed by his love of sex. But he only has sex with one of the girls the whole time and treats her like such a sweet heart. I mean doing her hair and asking him to help him with his guns and everything. He pretty much spent most of his time with her and he did treat her like a human. I think it really showed a big soft side of him on top of seeing him in the Jaynestown one. He really cares for people deep down.

    And, not to be mean, it seems hypocritical to applaud the staff for having strong, feminine women who are fine with sex and unashamed of it and then to put down Jayne in this episode were he's essentially being the same way and actually shown as being less masculine than other people would write him as. (Though of course women being strong and feminine is rarer.) Just like when Kaylee was hired and was having sex with the former mechanic (and didn't stop) and how she wonders if they "…service women folk." And the following quote (can't remember it exactly), Jayne is being forward and unembarrassed about sex and, of course he's more forward and less subtle because he's Jayne and not very good at subtle but he's on the same level as the women in the show really. I feel like it's kind of reverse sexism to criticize Jayne in this episode for wanting to have sex especially since he dotes on the prostitute he decides to do it with. (Which is ultimately cute and unexpected for his character. Though we have seen hints of his soft side already.)

    As for his care of the women versus trying to trade his gun for YoSaphBridge, I do realize in that sense that that's messed up of him. I don't think his morals are very straight in his head but I do think that he has a great ability to care for people. It's hard to tell, too many thoughts are in my head right now and I don't want to write all of them. I still stand by my initial thoughts.

    Another thing, I really thought that Wash and Zoe discussing the baby was the ultimate combination of Zoe's strength and femininity; she is one hell of a woman. lol. It was kind of awesome.

  29. Kripa says:

    I love love love this episode except for one point of contention – the birth scene. I hate the Screaming Birth trope, and this episode utterly failed to avert or subvert it. Seriously, Simon as a doctor should know that being on your back with your legs up is the second worst position to give birth in. The worst is being literally held upside down. This isn't a hospital setting, and Simon should have known to let Petaline move around, experiment with different positions like crouching, squatting, on all fours, on her side, whatever, and let her eat snacks. But I suppose that doesn't look sexy on screen. Also, making the woman push on the doctor's pace rather than her own pace is not best practice. Gah, the state of reproductive health care in the US. /soapbox rant

  30. cjazzle says:

    thank you for your acknowledgement/knowledge of women's issues in such an episode as this. it might seem obvious to those who are in the know, because to a large extent it is FELT rather than expressed in words, and a feeling can say much more, but whenever issues relating to misogyny and sexism come up in film, it's just nice to know that there are men out there who DO get it. all it takes is a sentence like, "the oral sex demand is just aweful, right?"). i am not a particularly eloquent person, but as a woman i always appreciate it when another person, especially a man, can effectively communicate a concept such as this, which i believe is vitally important to interpersonal relationships between men and women.

  31. cjazzle says:

    ARGH!! WanderingAesthetic brings up an excellent point – i want to know more about Inara!! ever since i'd seen Firefly for the first time, about 3-4 years ago, i have always wondered more about Book, but i had never really given any thought to inara'a background! day-um!

  32. dumbxblonde07 says:

    Okay, I kind of teared up when inara announced she was leaving… I mean, I thought she was going to kiss him! God, so sad!

    Also, When they're discussing the birth and both Inara and Simon admit it'll be their first (I'm assuming they've both had training on how to do it), I loved that River piped up "mine too!"

    Also, I feel as if the juxtaposition of Western themes with sci-fi was really evident in this episode, mainly with the horses and the hovercraft, the pistols and the raygun. Serenity is kind of dingy looking and blends with the dusty Western feel, but Burgess' things were shiny and out of place.

    Also, the demand for oral sex – my face = >:O Omg, so offensive! And the girl did it! I'm glad at the end, he was the one on his knees… I couldn't help it though, I was concerned that she was holding the baby for it (the noise! the kickback!). Also, how did Petaline know it was that one girl who helped Burgess? I didn't notice her give herself away at any point?

  33. myeck waters says:

    This episode has a jarring moment of backwards footage during the balcony speech / forced oral sex scene. Drives me crazy whenever I see one of those.

  34. MichelleZB says:

    Look, let's not be so hard on Inara for calling the girls whores. She's not the first member of a professional association that has professional snobbery, and that's exactly what it is. She doesn't mean whores in a bad way exactly, or even so much in a classist way, although it ends up being slightly classist. It's more like, OMG THEY DO NOT HAVE THE LICENCE THAT I HAVE ON MY WALL.

  35. monkeybutter says:

    I tried so hard to make a coherent, concise comment about the persistence of different classes of sex workers since the beginning of history (haha, oldest profession) last night, so here it goes again.

    There is a difference between women who sell their bodies and women who also sell their minds, and they occupy different classes in a sexist society, as do wives and daughters from prostitutes. I don't think we've really seen any powerful women in the Alliance or on the outlying worlds, and the only women who are close to being independent — Zoe and Kaylee — do so by living on a ship separated from the rest of society. I don't like the way Inara defended her status by denigrating regular whores, but it's not at all unexpected for her to be protective of her status.

    I don't know. I think it's all a good jumping off point for a discussion about the historic and fictional roles of women.

  36. kell1976 says:

    I stumbled across your watching Firefly at the end of last week and have spent this week rewatching all the episodes (haven't seen them in a couple of years). Forgot just how much I loved this show. I'll be watching the film tomorrow night though, as I'll be working on Saturday. Just wanted to say I love your blog. :)

  37. Shae says:

    FREDERIC LANE CREATED THE X-FILES? That dude is in EVERYTHING. Seriously. He is like, my secret weapon when we play 6-Degrees-of-TV-Separation. This just confirms my belief that I need to watch the X-Files like tomorrow.

    Also, Mark, you should really watch the Firefly extended gag reel. Just ask for it and someone cooler than me could probably link you to a good copy of it on the intarwebs. It is… the best thing. There's a whole chunk of it dedicated to this episode and I won't tell you more than that but IT'S SO WORTH WATCHING.

    ~*~this cast~*~

  38. JessDarb says:

    Long time reader, first time commenting, absolutely LOVE "Firefly", etc.
    About the moment when Burgess tells the prostitute to get on her knees: I COMPLETELY MISSED THAT. I thought he was literally JUST telling her to get on her knees in a symbolic gesture of submission. I had NO IDEA that he was forcing her to engage in oral sex in front of the crowd. Wow. Just… wow.
    Of course, I originally watched "Firefly" when it was on the air, and I was only a tender 16 years of age. The context must have just sailed straight over my head at the time, and every time I've watched it since then I've just stuck with my initial impression.
    So thanks for pointing that out. That makes that scene so, so, so much more intense and horrible.

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  43. Karinthia says:

    That’s a mold-breekar. Great thinking!

  44. No-matter what is said and done..ONEcannot continue without it’s MAIN attraction; and lets face facts, it’s CS.. That creator dude should just ‘GETOVERHIMSELF’ or whatever “PRIDE/EGO” and get CS back..

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