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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, 07:30 PM   #16
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Re: Least favorite Firefly character

Zoe, although I like them all really. There is no real Neelix or Mr. Crusher type on Firefly.
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Old December 1 2009, 07:31 PM   #17
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For me it's a toss up between Inara and Simon. I liked the idea of Inara, but I thought the actress was very weak, and the "tension" between her and Mal was tremendously contrived. Simon's pretty much the same - weak actor, though he probably had more good moments than Baccarin. I also felt, writing-wise, that Simon was supposed to provide an earnest foil for the crew's criminal activities, but he never really did.
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Old December 1 2009, 07:32 PM   #18
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I don't like Mal or Jayne, but I had to go with one so I chose Mal. He's just plain snarky and assholish. So is Jayne, but he at least has a dumb innocence and a lot of humor surrounding him.
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Old December 1 2009, 07:37 PM   #19
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Simon, the boring straight man of the crew.

But in that alternate universe where Firefly ran for seven seasons with higher ratings than American Idol I am sure Simon would have transformed over time into a bigger badass than Wesley on Angel.
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Old December 1 2009, 07:50 PM   #20
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Inara. The space hooker with a heart of gold. Ugh. No wonder she doesn't show up until half way through the movie.
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Old December 1 2009, 08:33 PM   #21
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Inara. No problems with the actress, but the character felt tacked on and unnecessary. Everyone else seemed to have a point, or a reason for being there, but not Inara.
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Old December 1 2009, 10:51 PM   #22
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Zoe, although I like them all really. There is no real Neelix or Mr. Crusher type on Firefly.
Neelix on Firefly? I think you just gave some producer an idea.
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Old December 1 2009, 11:09 PM   #23
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River, even though she was much better in the Movie.
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Old December 1 2009, 11:32 PM   #24
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Inara. No problems with the actress, but the character felt tacked on and unnecessary. Everyone else seemed to have a point, or a reason for being there, but not Inara.
If you mean why Inara had joined up with the crew of Serenity, I'm sure that would have been revealed and explored more as the series went on
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Old December 1 2009, 11:43 PM   #25
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Book. Wise-old preacher man cliché with a touch of magical negro, the way he just steps out of nowhere ready to pull out whatever skill or information the situation requires. I had no idea what he was even doing on the ship, every episode seemed to have to give him a new function, and I didn't much care for the unresolved secret history thing. Maybe if the show had lasted longer and more of his biography had come to light he would have made a more interesting character, certainly counteract the feeling of the semi-spiritual character with no past, but he was just so bland most of the time.

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Old December 2 2009, 12:01 AM   #26
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Inara. No problems with the actress, but the character felt tacked on and unnecessary. Everyone else seemed to have a point, or a reason for being there, but not Inara.
If you mean why Inara had joined up with the crew of Serenity, I'm sure that would have been revealed and explored more as the series went on
Oh, I'm sure she had her reasons, and I'm sure they would have been explained eventually, but we only have fourteen episodes and the movie to go on, and none of it was ever really fleshed out in any of them.
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Old December 2 2009, 12:49 AM   #27
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Simon. Great character, but he was the most normal one.
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Old December 2 2009, 01:06 AM   #28
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I... as endearingly stupid and mercenary as Jayne ...
You and I part company here... I wanted to bury Jayne. Alive.
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Old December 2 2009, 01:10 AM   #29
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River ... I always thought she was the most annoying character in terms of her actions, even if her character story was one of the more intriguing ones.
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Old December 2 2009, 01:18 AM   #30
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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.
Agreed. I'll call it the Riley Finn Factor.(TM) I was very angry at the end of the movie when, much to my surprise, Simon survived yet my favorite character, Wash, was given one of the most pointless, brutal deaths in cinematic history.

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Book. Wise-old preacher man cliché with a touch of magical negro, the way he just steps out of nowhere ready to pull out whatever skill or information the situation requires. I had no idea what he was even doing on the ship, every episode seemed to have to give him a new function, and I didn't much care for the unresolved secret history thing. Maybe if the show had lasted longer and more of his biography had come to light he would have made a more interesting character, certainly counteract the feeling of the semi-spiritual character with no past, but he was just so bland most of the time.
I thought the actor who played Book did it magnificently. He was always a character that left me wanting more. As for his backstory, the best theory I've heard is that he used to be an Operative. But just like the Operative in the movie, he had an experience that opened his eyes to the true depravity of the Alliance, which is why he left. If he was an Operative, it also explains how he was able to pull out a new badass skill every other episode.
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