Re: Firefly first-time/rewatch (NO SPOILERS, please)
Something to be noted... Whedon originally envisioned the character played by someone older, but Nathan's audition was so good he felt that he'd found their Mal.
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
- Terry Pratchett -