The regular cast is joined by the beautiful Christina Hendricks who does a great job as Mal's new bride Saffron, I'm sure most male viewers will think that they'd have succumbed to her charms long before the captain did. Writer/creator Joss Whedon did a fantastic job coming up with such a good story which includes excitement, humour, sexiness and even a surreal anecdote about the juggling of geese.
"Our Mrs. Reynolds" is one of the best episodes of "Firefly'. The identity of the gorgeous and naive Mrs. Reynolds is a surprising plot point. The lovely Christina Hendricks is tailored for the role of Mrs. Reynolds. My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Mrs. Reynolds"
Mal: "Well my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle."
You will never predict at the beginning of the episode exactly where it will end up. We are introduced by the (apparently) helpless waif named Sapphron, who is used by her rustic kinfolk to ingratiate herself to Capt. Reynolds as his new wife, as a reward for his kindness to them.
Things go south very quickly when Reynolds does not reciprocate the same feelings toward Sapphron as she demonstrates toward him. And his embarrassment and frustration is a source of constant amusement and bewilderment to the rest of the crew.
But things are not all that they seem...Go - watch and enjoy; I only envy the fact that I cannot have the same pleasure you will have by watching it for the first time all over again!
Mal and the crew carry out a Hired Gun Job on behalf of a settlement plagued by a bandit Gang,and are invited by the townspeople as honoured guests to take part in a celebration afterwards. Next Day,Serenity's taking off to Move on,and down in the Cargo Bay,Mal meets a stowaway-A Woman who Claims to Have Married Him during the Party..Which Wedding He has no Memory of... It's a comedy of Errors,but all is not as it seems....And We get to meet Vera!
The good; The Mal/Jayne exchange on the wagon cracks me up every time. Some great acting by Christina Hendricks and the scene where everyone stands around judging Mal upon meeting his bride is hilarious. Some nice tension too as they ingeniously slip the net.
The bad; ?
Best line; Mal; "How drunk was I last night?" Jayne; "I don't know I passed out" plus Mal; "You've the same right as anyone to live and kill people"
Kinky dinky; Mal cross dresses. The bandit leader demands 'one on one time' with Jayne's missus. Zoe refers to Saffron as Mal's 'nubile slave girl'. When Mal finds a naked Saffron in his bed she declares she's 'made herself ready for him', she started without him? She 'swells to think of you in me' as indeed does he. It's been a 'long while' for Mal. Wash likes forward women. Jayne never kisses his women on the mouth. Another thank you kiss from Mal to Kaylee.
Capt subtext; Obvious jealousy from Inara, the only other member of the crew who's not laughing at all this. Also jealousy from Zoe, maybe over Mal but also over Wash seeming to like Saffron. Note her pride later when she learns that Wash resisted and stayed true to her. Kaylees's the only one who doesn't feel jealous, she feels for a crying Saffron describing Mal as a monster for upsetting her. Huge battle of seduction between Inara and Saffron but who's conning who? Like all straight men Mal loves the idea of two women together, thinking that Inara kissed Saffron rather than him.
Women good/men bad; If Saffron is to be believed girls on the backward planet are kept in a 'maiden's home' and given away in arranged marriages. Mal decades Saffron 'No one's property'. Zoe takes exception to the idea that she might cook for Wash.
Happy high-class hookers in Space; Saffron refuses to be a 'doxy' and expresses contempt for them. Mal never beats around the bush and refers to it as 'whoring'. Inara actually thinks the arranged marriage is degrading. Also she reveals her speciality is washing her client's feet.
Fanfic; Plenty where Saffron seduces Mal, Inara and any and all of the entire crew. The adventures of Mr and Mrs Reynolds also popular.
Questions and observations; The opening dirge is very Xena. We see the friendship between Mal and Jayne developing to a great degree, they seem more like buddies in this ep than before. Is Bau a real dish? We learn a little more about Mal, he's from the planet Shadow. The way the wreckers refer to the Firefly she sounds like the Volkswagon Beetle of spaceships. Note Saffron seduces Mal not with her body so much as flattering him for his morality. Inara pretty handy in a fight, maybe they teach more than footwashing at the academy. Why don't they all just pile into Inara's shuttle when they're being lured into the net? Or if they depressurise the cargo bay wouldn't it alter their course? Presumably the suit keeps pumping oxygen in when the visor is shattered allowing Vera to still function in a vaccum. Very little River in this ep, does she even have any lines? . Marks out of 10; 8 bordering on a 9, really good, up there with Serenity as the best ep so far, funny, thrilling and some great character moments, really like Saffron and I hope we might see her again, I hope the rest of the series is this good.
This is a mostly fun and lighthearted episode w/a wicked (though not wholly unexpected) twist. The guest star is a young and utterly ethereal Christina Hendricks, who does a great job at playing the seemingly innocent would be bride. It struggles to include the entire crew in the story, w/Simon and River (who, if she's in the episode at all, is only in the background) but it may be the most purely entertaining episode since the pilot.