That's right. I found another way to talk about Firefly and Serenity. Today's all about one of the most ass kicking characters around. And I mean that in every way possible.
She is, of course, River Tam.
If you're unfamiliar with the awesomeness that is River, you really don't know what you're missing. The remedy for this is to go out and watch all fifteen episodes of Firefly followed by repeated viewings of the Big Damn Movie Serenity. As in Immediately.
Raise your hand if you're sick of hearing me gush about this show/movie. Now raise your hand if you're like me and you can't get enough.
Yep. That's what I thought.
When we first meet River, it's at the end of the first half of Firefly's intended pilot Serenity. Captain Tightpants kicks the lid off the big mystery box and there she is-- naked and asleep. We find out she's a fugitive from some government mad scientists who've been using River as a lab rat for years. Her brother's given up everything in order to free her and now they're both on the run. We don't know what's been done to her. Over the course of the series, we learn that she's off the charts brilliant and off the charts traumatized. In the epsiode, Ariel, we learn some of the reasons why. She's also a seer. And in the episode, War Stores, we learn she has some mad sharpshooter skills. But it isn't until the Big Damn Movie that we really figure out what's going on.
(I'd like to take this opportunity to growl at the Fox television people who decided to cancel Firefly before Joss got to tell his story in full.)
Two of my favorite River quotes:
"Also, I can kill you with my brain." (From the unaired episode Trash)
"No power in the 'verse can stop me." (From the episode War Stories)
One of my favorite quotes about River:
"She is fine. Except for being still crazy, she's a picture of health!" --Malcolm Reynolds in the BDM.
And then there's the action stuff. As I said yesterday, the River Tam bar fight scene in the BDM, rocks my world. I want to learn to kick ass like that. No way would I be nearly as graceful or successful, but it sure would be awesome. I found a clip on YouTube that is just this scene, no additions or editing, but it doesn't have any embedding capabilities. If you want to see it, click HERE. Below I'm posting a clip that does have embedding capabilities. It's kind of a River Tam tribute film:
The title of this clip, "River Tam Beats Up Everybody" is inspired by the XKCD comic of the same name.