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. Skywalker

    Skywalker Admiral Admiral

    Feb 24, 2005
    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.
  2. Aragorn

    Aragorn Admiral Admiral

    Dec 30, 2002
    Neelix on Firefly? I think you just gave some producer an idea. :p
  3. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Admiral Premium Member

    Mar 2, 2003
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    River, even though she was much better in the Movie.
  4. Ethros

    Ethros Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 4, 2001
    1123 6536 5321
    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
  5. Trent Roman

    Trent Roman Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 5, 2001
    The Palace of Pernicious Pleasures
    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.

    Fictitiously yours, Trent Roman
  6. Skywalker

    Skywalker Admiral Admiral

    Feb 24, 2005
    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.
  7. Michael Chris

    Michael Chris Admiral Admiral

    May 11, 2001
    The 'Querq, NM
    Simon. Great character, but he was the most normal one.
  8. JiNX-01

    JiNX-01 Admiral Admiral

    Dec 29, 2002
    You and I part company here... I wanted to bury Jayne. Alive.
  9. Ancient Mariner

    Ancient Mariner Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jun 3, 2009
    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.
  10. The Borgified Corpse

    The Borgified Corpse Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2000
    Ouch! Forgotten already? You were just down ther
    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.:(

    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.
  11. Phoonzang

    Phoonzang Commodore Commodore

    Jul 6, 2001
    Sioux Falls, SD, USA
    That pretty well sums up my thoughts as well. However, I thought the circumstances of her government tampering and subsequent escape did more to make Simon interesting, not River. I was always impressed with Simon's self sacrifice, giving up his rightfully earned status and everything he knew for the love of his sister. River herself, on the other hand, was just pointless and annoying.
  12. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Oct 30, 1999
    Inara was the least interesting of the bunch. Morena Baccarin is much much better on V.

    Favorites: Jayne, Simon, Zoe, Wash.
  13. Chess Piece Face

    Chess Piece Face Commodore Commodore

    May 17, 2001
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Book was a huge waste of time. Are you religious or are you a spy? Who gives a shit?
  14. WillsBabe

    WillsBabe Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    Inara. Don't know what it is about her, but I just loathe her. I didn't really like River in the series; I was always waiting for her character to "get started" (a bit like Inara - except with her I didn't care). I really liked River in Serenity, though.
  15. cultcross

    cultcross #NotAllMods Moderator

    Jul 27, 2001
    This other Eden
    I like that universe, but a bit too much shrimp.
  16. Ethros

    Ethros Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 4, 2001
    1123 6536 5321
    Glad to see Kaylee hasn't got any votes.

    Because anyone who nominates her must surely be insane :)
  17. Kegg

    Kegg Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 24, 2009
    She got my honourary nod, if that helps. But Inara and River are just bigger fish to fry.
  18. cardinal biggles

    cardinal biggles PANDA MAN Premium Member

    Sep 7, 2001
    I have to go with Zoe as well. She never got fleshed out compared to the other characters — even the ones like Book and River that they were trying to keep mysterious — and as a result, came across as a bit 2D. No negative reflection on Gina Torres; I enjoyed her portrayal. I think if Firefly had had a longer run than 14 episodes, one movie, and two comic book miniseries, we'd have eventually seen some more background for Zoe beyond "Mal's right hand."

    And honestly, asking who's my least favorite Firefly character is like asking what's my least favorite flavor of ice cream. :p
  19. Jono

    Jono Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 22, 2001
    Simon...he was a tool. Kaylee's constnat whining also got very grating. At times I was hoping they would trip and fall out an poorly secured airlock.
  20. Gaith

    Gaith Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 11, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
    Apart from Mal, the Tams and maybe Book, I thought they were all pretty terrible. They actually average to less than the Enterprise crew in my eyes, and I found that crew the least interesting of all the Treks.

    Truth be told, I'd be hard-pressed to come up with a show I liked that had worse characters, though in fairness, I don't like Firefly. Zoe and Wash were perfect for each other in that each was blander than the other. Jayne was a moron. Kaylee's name makes me think "porn star" every time, and she often acts like a porn star trying to be giggly, though she does that fairly well. Inara was as bland as the married couple, though she at least had an interesting face. River isn't really interesting either, I just like the rescuing-older-sibling dynamic.

    That makes two good characters (Mal and Simon), one okay one (Book) and six lame ones. Even Enterprise only really had one clunker in Mayweather, and there it was as much the actor as the character.

    The draws for the show and movie were Mal, the Tam story, the setting and the writing. Along with the meandering story, the characters were its biggest setback.