I shall begin with the Firefly episode “Safe” for two reasons: 1) it’s been a while since I saw it, and therefore I’m not entirely sure what to talk about, and 2) I greatly prefer the episode “Our Mrs. Reynolds”, so I want to be done with “Safe” quickly. XD Although they’re both pretty amazing episodes. Obviously, as with all Firefly episodes, I highly recommend them.
In the episode “Safe”, the Serenity and, obviously, crew, land(s) on a backwoods Old West/medieval style planet. I say Old West because it has a very frontier-town feel to it, and also because the whole series is a “space-western,” so of course they try to add as many Wild West aspects as possible to it. I say medieval because River finds a festival and proceeds to join in their maypole/Celtic dancing. She learns the steps eerily quickly, and then throws herself into the dancing with all the abandon of a small child. She and Simon are then kidnapped by the villagers who need a doctor, and he does in fact help some of then, but then River uses her “powers”, and the villagers proceed to label her a witch and attempt to burn her at the stake. I won’t tell you what happens next, but considering the fact that they are in every episode for the rest of the series, it’s rather obvious that they survive.
The second episode, “Our Mrs. Reynolds,” is, in my opinion, one of the more brilliant of the episodes in the series. In it, Mal accidentally gets married to a local girl on the planet they were visiting, and then tries to get her off the ship, but they are already too far gone. The girl, Saffron, is very naive and scared, and has many antiquated ideas about what a wife should do for her husband. The crew takes pity on her, and they decide to take her to a planet where she can get a career for herself. It turns out, though, that Saffron is actually trained as a companion like Inara, and she sabotages the ship, sends it hurtling towards some underhanded ship dealers, incapacitates Wash, Mal, and, indirectly, Inara, and flies off into the nonexistent sunset (no sunsets in space, remember? But if she’d been on a planet, there almost definitely would’ve been a sunset). Luckily, though, everyone comes to and realizes what has happened in time to rescue the Serenity from an ignominious defeat in a scrap heap and they fly off to confront Saffron.
So hopefully this summary has piqued your interest enough that you will now go off and watch these episodes, and delight in the comedy, sniff at the tragedy, and gasp at the partially scary parts (though none are half as scary as “War Stories”). And please do comment: I’d love to improve my writing. See you around soon! Watch more Firefly!!