Re: Firefly first-time/rewatch (NO SPOILERS, please)
The fact that he refers to others as "son" or "boy" only emphasizes his war-weary attitude. I thought it was obvious.
Obvious, yes. Believable, not really. The actor doesn't really look war-weary, does he? He's a guy your mum would love you to bring home. He kinda reminds me of Michael J. Fox.
But it's not only the actor. The character itself is not very constant. It doesn't make sense to see the war-weary guy act rather infantile when he's around Inara. Who exactly is socially inept again...?
Loyalty, honor and a willing heart... I can ask no more than that - Thorin Oakenshield
Hercule Poirot: I am an imbecile. I see only half of the picture.
Miss Lemon: I don't even see that.