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1st May '17 7:39:42 PM AFP
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* River notes that Mal's name means "Bad" in Latin. Of course, Malcolm isn't a Latin name, but a Scottish Gaelic one, and ''actually'' translates as "Devotee of Saint Columbia" (a reference to a missionary famous for spreading Christianity in Scotland), making it a ''very'' ironic name for Mal given his views on the Almighty. Shortening his name could be seen as a MeaningfulRename.
18th Apr '17 6:30:50 AM Argon2
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* The concept of Companions being high-class actually makes an insanely large amount of sense when you consider an entire generation of humanity lived and died on route the new Solar System after leaving Earth. Social taboos would probably have been put aside to prevent people from going stir-crazy and getting cabin fever. It also makes sense in light of the many human cultures in history which have had similar traditions, of which the most well known is probably that of the ancient Greek ''hetairae''.

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* The concept of Companions being high-class actually makes an insanely large amount of sense when you consider an entire generation of humanity lived and died on en route the new Solar System after leaving Earth. Social taboos would probably have been put aside to prevent people from going stir-crazy and getting cabin fever. It also makes sense in light of the many human cultures in history which have had similar traditions, of which the most well known is probably that of the ancient Greek ''hetairae''.




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* Why does Mal consider mocking Inara different than mocking her job? Because unlike most prostitutes in the 'verse, she is clearly wealthy and educated enough that she chose her job (or chooses to stay in it). It's not an inherent part of her identity or lifestyle she has no control over.
31st Mar '17 4:50:04 PM rxg9er
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* River definitely has PTSD from her time at the academy. However, most of her meltdowns are perfectly sane reactions to threats that the rest of the crew isn't yet aware of.
19th Oct '16 12:03:47 PM tromag
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** Also, in ''Ariel'', when he infiltrates the hospital, deals with a crisis without flinching and continues the job. When he's in his element, playing a part he understands, he can perform admirably. When thrust into a situation he doesn't really understand, he's left flustered and stammering. That actually says a lot about his life on Serenity.
17th Oct '16 9:08:49 AM MrDeath
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* River's MindRape by the Alliance has a lot of components (torturous training, mental conditioning, PlayingWithSyringes), but there's one that's easily missed: her PsychicPowers were [[PowerIncontinence always on]] in a facility full of other people being subjected to the same. She's quite the {{determinator}} to have held out for as long as she did.
* In ''Heart of Gold'' we see, by her reaction to the results of the paternity test, that Ranse Burgess's wife is completely on board with his fathering a child with Petaline and leading a bloody raid against the Heart of Gold to get it away from her. Given his fate at episodes end she's likely to come into control of all his money and property and, especially given the fact that Nandi is dead and the crew of the ''Serenity'' are gone, there's no reason to imagine she won't send a larger force, now with bruised egos and something to prove, against the now-defenseless (or at least much less defended) Heart of Gold to try it again. One expects, from what we've seen of her, that she'd have the prostitutes killed, the brothel burned, and salt the earth for good measure.

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* River's MindRape by the Alliance has a lot of components (torturous training, mental conditioning, PlayingWithSyringes), but there's one that's easily missed: her PsychicPowers were [[PowerIncontinence always on]] in a facility full of other people being subjected to the same. She's quite the {{determinator}} to have held out for as long as she did.
* In ''Heart of Gold'' we see, by her reaction to the results of the paternity test, that Ranse Burgess's wife is completely on board with his fathering a child with Petaline and leading a bloody raid against the Heart of Gold to get it away from her. Given his fate at episodes end she's likely to come into control of all his money and property and, especially given the fact that Nandi is dead and the crew of the ''Serenity'' are gone, there's no reason to imagine she won't send a larger force, now with bruised egos and something to prove, against the now-defenseless (or at least much less defended) Heart of Gold to try it again. One expects, from what we've seen of her, that she'd have the prostitutes killed, the brothel burned, and salt the earth for good measure.
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16th Oct '16 6:16:44 PM Robbery
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* River's MindRape by the Alliance has a lot of components (torturous training, mental conditioning, PlayingWithSyringes), but there's one that's easily missed: her PsychicPowers were [[PowerIncontinence always on]] in a facility full of other people being subjected to the same. She's quite the {{determinator}} to have held out for as long as she did.

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* River's MindRape by the Alliance has a lot of components (torturous training, mental conditioning, PlayingWithSyringes), but there's one that's easily missed: her PsychicPowers were [[PowerIncontinence always on]] in a facility full of other people being subjected to the same. She's quite the {{determinator}} to have held out for as long as she did.did.
* In ''Heart of Gold'' we see, by her reaction to the results of the paternity test, that Ranse Burgess's wife is completely on board with his fathering a child with Petaline and leading a bloody raid against the Heart of Gold to get it away from her. Given his fate at episodes end she's likely to come into control of all his money and property and, especially given the fact that Nandi is dead and the crew of the ''Serenity'' are gone, there's no reason to imagine she won't send a larger force, now with bruised egos and something to prove, against the now-defenseless (or at least much less defended) Heart of Gold to try it again. One expects, from what we've seen of her, that she'd have the prostitutes killed, the brothel burned, and salt the earth for good measure.
1st Sep '16 5:07:40 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Either Lieutenant Baker was GenreSavvy, or the Independents as a whole were by the Battle of Serenity. Witness that Baker's Authorization Code was evidently printed on the inside of one of his patches, and Mal knew where to look for it without hesitation.

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* Either Lieutenant Baker was GenreSavvy, smart, or the Independents as a whole were by the Battle of Serenity. Witness that Baker's Authorization Code was evidently printed on the inside of one of his patches, and Mal knew where to look for it without hesitation.
6th Aug '16 8:49:26 AM Michael
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* The teachings of Xiang Yu are dismissed as an excuse to be evil. However, we were given a practical demonstration of them applying to the main characters in the previous episode when Mal was about to space Jayne but stopped short because he met the real Jayne. Likewise, when Mal (temporarily) incapacitates Niska's TortureTechnician and attacks Niska directly, the man is crawling away. For half the series, Niska is built up as a ruthless and powerful crime lord with great reach and resources. He's cold, sadistic, and seemingly untouchable. Yet we see his true self when he's alone and unarmed, faced with a very wrathful Mal: Niska is a coward, an old man with nothing but his precious "reputation" for a shield.

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* The teachings of Xiang Yu are dismissed as an excuse to be evil. However, we were given a practical demonstration of them applying to the main characters in the previous episode when Mal was about to space Jayne but stopped short because he met the real Jayne. Likewise, when Mal (temporarily) incapacitates Niska's TortureTechnician and attacks Niska directly, the man is crawling away. For half the series, Niska is built up as a ruthless and powerful crime lord with great reach and resources. He's cold, sadistic, and seemingly untouchable. Yet we see his true self when he's alone and unarmed, faced with a very wrathful Mal: Niska is a coward, an old man with nothing but his precious "reputation" for a shield. In comparison, Jayne is hiding what he may also consider weakness, which is a generally decent side to his personality that is only seen in the face of imminent death.
4th Aug '16 5:36:25 AM Winters15
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** Alternately again, perhaps she read Kaylee's thoughts and Kaylee was thinking about the situation with River and the gun, which prompted River to go to it again to show her she wasn't going to hurt her.
17th Jul '16 1:38:04 AM Uncle_Saturday
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*** The most horrifying thing about this is that it's based on real life. Comanche raids involved oodles of rape, torture-killing of a calibre that would impress modern serial killers, and literally wearing scalps. Occasionally they'd take a traumatized child with them -- who had likely just seen their settlement turn into something out of Dante -- and raise them as a member of the tribe. Whenever these few happened to be captured, they fought tooth and nail to return to the Comanche. For example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_Ann_Parker

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*** The most horrifying thing about this is that it's based on real life. Comanche raids involved oodles of rape, torture-killing of a calibre that would impress modern serial killers, and literally wearing scalps. Occasionally they'd take a traumatized child with them -- who had likely just seen their settlement turn into something out of Dante -- and raise them as a member of the tribe. Whenever these few happened to be captured, they fought tooth and nail to return to the Comanche. For example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_Ann_ParkerMore: http://squid314.livejournal.com/340809.html
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