Least favorite Firefly character

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by D Man, Dec 1, 2009.


Least favorite Firefly character?

Poll closed Dec 1, 2010.
  1. Mal

  2. Zoe

  3. Wash

  4. Inara

  5. Jayne

  6. Kaylee

    0 vote(s)
  7. Simon

  8. River

  9. Book

  1. D Man

    D Man Commodore Commodore

    Apr 14, 2004
    Tropical Minnesota
    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. ;)
  2. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    QC, IL, USA
    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.
  3. Kegg

    Kegg Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 24, 2009
    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.
  4. byron lomax

    byron lomax Commander Red Shirt

    Jun 2, 2009
    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.
  5. Mr Light

    Mr Light Admiral Admiral

    Dec 7, 1999
    Simon. He was an annoying douche bag. Everybody else I liked.
  6. Scout101

    Scout101 Admiral Admiral

    Aug 21, 2003
    Rhode Island, USA
    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...
  7. The Ghost of Canon Yet to Come

    The Ghost of Canon Yet to Come Are these the shadows of an alternate timeline? Moderator

    Jul 27, 2001
    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.
  8. Ethros

    Ethros Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 4, 2001
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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
  9. Silvercrest

    Silvercrest Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 4, 2003
    Zoe. Same reasons. But only a little. :)
  10. Othello

    Othello Commodore Commodore

    Mar 2, 2001

    My sentiments exactly.
  11. Caligula

    Caligula Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 26, 2001
    Knoxville, TN USA
    Mine, as well. :bolian:
  12. Hyperspace05

    Hyperspace05 Commodore Commodore

    Jul 18, 2005
    River.... Ugh.
  13. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 26, 2001
    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.
  14. Goji

    Goji Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 6, 2006
    Inara and Book, tied. They always seemed to appear in the most throw-away scenes, and weren't interesting enough to salvage them.
  15. auntiehill

    auntiehill The Blueness Premium Member

    Feb 7, 2006

    She always seemed the most unnecessary of all the characters.
  16. Kirkman1987

    Kirkman1987 Commodore Commodore

    Mar 3, 2008
    Zoe, although I like them all really. There is no real Neelix or Mr. Crusher type on Firefly. :)
  17. Lapis Exilis

    Lapis Exilis Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 20, 2004
    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.
  18. Agent Richard07

    Agent Richard07 Admiral Admiral

    Jun 20, 2001
    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.
  19. Caliburn24

    Caliburn24 Commodore Commodore

    Apr 23, 2005
    Gig Harbor, Washington
    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.
  20. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Oct 8, 2005
    Los Angeles, California
    Inara. The space hooker with a heart of gold. Ugh. No wonder she doesn't show up until half way through the movie.