Talking about Firefly again, sorry not sorry.
I can't help it. I'm really having a hard time doing anything useful these days, since I'm rewatching both the series and Serenity. I cannot shut up about it. Unfortunate, but true.
I've forced friends to watch it, too, and I'm sort of on tenterhooks wondering if they'll like it.
Anyway, I was rewatching the Jaynestown episode and I have to mention this: I really didn't like Jayne at first. I suppose it was the pilot. I was really unsure where he stood and I had this feeling that he was going to betray Mal at some point, and that's something that freaks me out about characters, you know? I've personally been betrayed by a friend (granted she doesn't own a Vera, and it's unlikely she'll be able to kill me with her bare hands) and that's not something I'm okay with ever.
Plus he was mean to River, which is just awful. The girl's not right in the head. (I'm sort of okay with people being mean to Simon. It seems par for the course, and his face just seems to be begging for punches. I like Simon, I just think he's the sort of guy who literally needs to be punched every few episodes. It's the pretty face, I take it.)
But we get to Jaynestown and I just get turned around. It isn't until Ariel that I really figured I loved Jayne, but that's only because of the residual trust issues. From Jaynestown onwards I figure there's something more to him and that it's not so simple, this guy.
I just think he's the sort of guy who grows on you eventually, like you're not sure where he stands at first but then he shows himself to be of sterner stuff and that's that. The repeated mention of the teachings of Xiang Yu and the freaking volcano, well, that's something Jayne passes with flying colours. He knows shame – certainly something I didn't think he was capable of at first. But when he figures he doesn't want people knowing of his betrayal, well, that's something worth noting.
He's still a jackass, but as long as I know whose side he's really on, I figure I've got enough space in my heart to love this scamp.
Which brings me to this problem: I don't know how to rank the crew. I love them all, and I'm not sure there's a least favourite one in my list now. I guess Book has to be the least, since I don't really think about him that much, but he's the Samuel L. Jackson of preachers, so I can't not love him. Maybe Inara?
I think I only rewatch Joss Whedon shows, but Firefly is the first one to go through repeated and consecutive viewing. I finished it last week and started rewatching again. How obsessed is that?
Since I don't know how to end this, I might as well just quote the most important lines in the Jaynestown episode:
He robbed from the rich and he gave to the poor
Stood up to the Man and he gave him what for
Our love for him now ain't hard to explain
The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne!