We’ve had our third solid character piece using recycled plots. Still, the potential for this show is clear, don’t you think?

Cast

Nathan Fillion
as Malcolm Reynolds
Gina Torres as Zoe
Alan Tudyk as Wash
Morena
Baccarin
as Inara
Jewel Staite as Kaylee
Adam Baldwin as Jayne
Sean Maher as
Dr. Simon Tam
Summer Glau as
River Tam
Ron Glass as Shepherd

Crew

Written by Joss
Whedon
.
Directed by Vondie
Curtis-Hall
.

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Original Airdate


Our Mrs. Reynolds
originally aired on Friday,
October 5.

Premise

After the captain and crew celebrate with a group of an unknown
culture, the captain discovers he has been wed.

High Point

The “special level of Hell” speech.

Low Point

They were doing so well with the science. Even recognizing that Vera
needed air was great. However, I’m not sure how much air Vera would
have had after the first round.

Also, they shouldn’t see electrical sparks in a vacuum. That glow
occurs when electrons excite the air in the gas, which then emits
light. They might see a faint glow where electron paths cross, but
that’s it. Since they never said that was normal electricity, I might
be able to let that slide, but if it’s not, then those three had some
seriously advanced technology.

The Review

This was slightly more original than the past two episodes.
Instead of copying one common idea, they’ve taken two common ideas and
put them together. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects were excellent this week, as usual. The final
sequence was the only tricky bit, though. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was well-written, but there was only one moment of
moderate surprise. (I didn’t see the end of act two coming, but I
suppose many others did.) I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting is where this show really comes through. These
three episodes have been focussed on character interaction more than
anything else, and that means the actors have to have their parts
nailed down from the beginning. Fortunately, they do. I give it 6
out of 6.

The emotional response this generated was moderate. There
was very little suspense, as I doubt Fox would let them kill any major
characters this early, but I did laugh a lot. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was excellent. It was nicely shot, well
edited, and the set design was fantastic as usual. The use of the
steadicam really helps to give the show a cramped feel on the ship,
and an amateur video feel on the planet. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was another solid character piece. They’ll be
able to move to story-based episodes soon, and we’ll actually care
about what’s going on. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Our Mrs. Reynolds receives 31 out of 42.