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View Poll Results: Least favorite Firefly character?
Mal 3 3.33%
Zoe 23 25.56%
Wash 3 3.33%
Inara 12 13.33%
Jayne 6 6.67%
Kaylee 0 0%
Simon 19 21.11%
River 14 15.56%
Book 10 11.11%
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Old December 1 2009, 11:05 AM   #1
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Least favorite Firefly character

Firefly is one of my favorite sci-fi shows, and it boasts one of the best ensemble casts ever assembled. The show obviously didn't go on along enough to take the characters very far, but I think it still managed to develop them moreso than many, many other shows pull off in just half a season. But is there a main character in the mix that doesn't quite click with you?

For me it's Zoe. I never quite bought her chemistry with Wash until it was too late (her last few scenes in Serenity are terrific) and overall she never quite gelled with the rest of the characters, IMO. Nothing to do with the actress---I think all the show's actors were really great, but something about the writing just didn't click properly for me. Do you love all nine of 'em, or is there one you can single out as "least favorite?" Even if only a little.
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Old December 1 2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

Book. I was slightly intrigued by him, but generally I wasn't a huge fan of the way Ron Glass played him in the show.

Incidentally, I loved the way he played him in the movie.
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Old December 1 2009, 11:18 AM   #3
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

It was a close call between Inara and River, but at least Inara - as trite as some of her companion plots could be - was a reasonably fleshed out and developed character. River's just a bundle of plot points and fetishes with the occasional snap of humour, and those plot points begin to contradict each other come Serenity (which included a couple of retcons to why she went mad and why the Alliance want her now.)

Kaylee gets an honourary nod. Oddly, Zoe is about the only female character on Firefly I was completely fine with.
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Old December 1 2009, 01:16 PM   #4
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

Wash was my least favourite. There wasn't very much in the character that stood out for me compared to the others. He was just there.
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Old December 1 2009, 01:38 PM   #5
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Simon. He was an annoying douche bag. Everybody else I liked.
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Old December 1 2009, 03:03 PM   #6
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

Never really liked the way River was used, but at least she had something going on. And Simon you can understand, even if he's kinda a douche at times; fish out of water, grew up rich, etc.

Book did nothing for me. Completely wasted character, never got any development, just hints of a secret that went nowhere. Never really did much for the story, no backstory for him, and all you get is a facade without revealing what's behind it. No thanks...
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Old December 1 2009, 03:41 PM   #7
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

Inara. She was an interesting idea to add to the cast, but I never felt that the stories used her very well, and when they did she tended to have little to do with the actual story and just act as a setup for it. Shindig being the best example, but even the movie did it.
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Old December 1 2009, 05:24 PM   #8
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If I had to pick a "least favourite" I guess I'd go with River. She never really did that much besides babble nonsense most of the time
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Old December 1 2009, 05:58 PM   #9
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

D Man wrote: View Post
Firefly is one of my favorite sci-fi shows, and it boasts one of the best ensemble casts ever assembled. The show obviously didn't go on along enough to take the characters very far, but I think it still managed to develop them moreso than many, many other shows pull off in just half a season. But is there a main character in the mix that doesn't quite click with you?

For me it's Zoe. I never quite bought her chemistry with Wash until it was too late (her last few scenes in Serenity are terrific) and overall she never quite gelled with the rest of the characters, IMO. Nothing to do with the actress---I think all the show's actors were really great, but something about the writing just didn't click properly for me. Do you love all nine of 'em, or is there one you can single out as "least favorite?" Even if only a little.
Zoe. Same reasons. But only a little.
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Old December 1 2009, 06:14 PM   #10
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Firefly is one of my favorite sci-fi shows, and it boasts one of the best ensemble casts ever assembled. The show obviously didn't go on along enough to take the characters very far, but I think it still managed to develop them moreso than many, many other shows pull off in just half a season. But is there a main character in the mix that doesn't quite click with you?

For me it's Zoe. I never quite bought her chemistry with Wash until it was too late (her last few scenes in Serenity are terrific) and overall she never quite gelled with the rest of the characters, IMO. Nothing to do with the actress---I think all the show's actors were really great, but something about the writing just didn't click properly for me. Do you love all nine of 'em, or is there one you can single out as "least favorite?" Even if only a little.

My sentiments exactly.
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Old December 1 2009, 06:20 PM   #11
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

Othello wrote: View Post
D Man wrote: View Post
Firefly is one of my favorite sci-fi shows, and it boasts one of the best ensemble casts ever assembled. The show obviously didn't go on along enough to take the characters very far, but I think it still managed to develop them moreso than many, many other shows pull off in just half a season. But is there a main character in the mix that doesn't quite click with you?

For me it's Zoe. I never quite bought her chemistry with Wash until it was too late (her last few scenes in Serenity are terrific) and overall she never quite gelled with the rest of the characters, IMO. Nothing to do with the actress---I think all the show's actors were really great, but something about the writing just didn't click properly for me. Do you love all nine of 'em, or is there one you can single out as "least favorite?" Even if only a little.

My sentiments exactly.
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Old December 1 2009, 06:45 PM   #12
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River.... Ugh.
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Old December 1 2009, 06:47 PM   #13
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

I'd say Simon, if pushed. I don't dislike him - he just wasn't as tough as Mal, as funny as Wash, as endearingly stupid and mercenary as Jayne, as sexy as the girls or as enigmatic as Book. A good character but the most straitlaced and least quirky of the bunch.

'Least favourite' is the best way of putting it, as I still like him - just less than the others.
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Old December 1 2009, 06:52 PM   #14
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Inara and Book, tied. They always seemed to appear in the most throw-away scenes, and weren't interesting enough to salvage them.
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Old December 1 2009, 07:05 PM   #15
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

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Inara. She was an interesting idea to add to the cast, but I never felt that the stories used her very well, and when they did she tended to have little to do with the actual story and just act as a setup for it. Shindig being the best example, but even the movie did it.
^This.

She always seemed the most unnecessary of all the characters.
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