November 1, 2013
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Today’s episode begins with a flashback! We’re at the Tam Estate, 11 years ago. Kid!Simon is sitting by the fireplace working on something while kid!River tries to play an elaborate role playing game with him. It is here that I do a double take because kid!Simon is none other than a young Zac Efron. LOLOLOLOL. I might giggle through this entire scene. (L: I’ll have fingers crossed for a sudden musical number!) Hilarity aside, it’s a very cute scene – kid!River is adorable and imaginative and kid!Simon is a pretty fantastic older brother. He sets aside his light-up tablet thing to engage/encourage kid!River further when she demonstrates her general brilliance by pointing out that his assignment (the problem itself, not his answer) is wrong. It’s worth noting that her game is very us/them with “them” being the independents.
That point is driven home when their father enters. Zac Efron and his father chat about future technology and have a conversation that’s sort of the equivalent of Zac Efron wanting his own, unfiltered internet account, but dad doesn’t want him to have unfettered access to porn and other unsavory things. (He says it in Mandarin, btw, I’m assuming it was long-winded Mandarin for “porn and unsavory politics.”) (L: He actually says, “heaven knows what.” Heaven might not know, but Sweeney does! PORN AND UNSAVORY POLITICS.) Unfortunately, he was overruled by his wife who is OK with Zac Efron getting porn, anarchy, and The Real Housewives of the Outer Planets. (L: A+) Papa Tam adds, though, that Zac Efron had better use his “dedicated source box” to become a super genius doctor.
November 8, 2013
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We start out on an unknown planet, with a group of cowboys on horses stopping two strangers, a husband and wife, driving a wagon. The cowboys tell the guy driving that he’s carrying something that belongs to them. He says that the stranger is going to give him everything he has in the wagon, including some one-on-one time with his missus. The stranger says he might want to reconsider that last one because he married him a “powerful ugly creature,” and as he lifts his head, we can see that it’s lovable, huggable Jayne.
Jayne says that if he could make him prettier, he would. Mal responds that Jayne is not the man he met a year ago. This is all happening with Mal still wearing the bonnet, by the way.