“No power in the ‘verse can stop me.”
The setting of "Safe" is a random, barely colonized planet in the 'verse, which doesn't do the episode any favors in terms of being interesting. The backwoods mindset of Outer Planet hicks is expounded upon, as are River's powers, but the predictable "which member of my crew do I save" plot isn't up to the series' powerful standard.
Best Moment: It's a tie between River's dance sequence and the unrealized hints that Shepard Book might be way more than he appears to be.
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"Jaynestown" feels like a B-side from a really good album that would probably be a decent song had it not been released alongside a bunch of other amazing tracks. It's funny and tells us a little bit about Jayne, but the outlandish "mudder" society and the cartoonish villainy of the plantation owner are too cut-and-dry for a series with Firefly's complexity.
Best Moment: "The hero of Canton, the man we call Jaaaaaayne!"
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While "War Stories" gives the audience some much-needed insight into Zoe and Wash's relationship (and Zoe and Mal's relationship, and Wash and Mal's relationship...there are a lot of relationships on this ship), it feels like filler between better episodes that do more to advance the plot.
Best Moment: When River unleashes her River-ness on a troop of invaders and delivers one of the series' most iconic lines.
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It's usually a good thing to get Christina Hendricks to guest star twice in one season, but this episode felt like a Saffron overdose. The crew had a few great moments in planning and executing a brilliant heist, but spending so much time on the backstory of a character who probably should have not shown up again until the hypothetical second season was gratuitous.
Best Moment: Naked Captain Mal in the middle of the desert.
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