I think this show is finally hitting its stride. What do you think?


Nathan Fillion
as Malcolm Reynolds
Gina Torres as Zoe
Alan Tudyk as Wash
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


Written by Ben
, of The Tick fame.
Directed by Marita

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The official website can be found here.

Original Airdate

originally aired on Friday,
October 18, 2002.


Jayne is nervous about pulling another job in a town where his last
job went very wrong.

High Point

The “I’m fixing your Bible” scene.

Low Point

The crowd’s lack of response in the scene where Jayne met his former
partner. I think it’s unlikely that they’d all just stand there

The Review

Retelling the Robin Hood story isn’t particularly original.
The “hero isn’t a hero” idea is also not exactly new. Still, the
episode managed to feel fresh. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects were few but convincing. None really required
any serious planning in advance, though. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was well written. Once again, they were light on
plot, and heavy on character development. River, Jayne, and Simon in
particular were well developed. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting has to be good to sell a show with this much
character development. Fortunately, it was. Only Sean Maher (as
Dr. Simon) seemed to be acting, and even then it was only in the
scenes where his character was drunk. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was stronger than in the
past. I’m still laughing when they want me to laugh, but I’m starting
to care about the characters as well. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was what we’ve come to expect from Mutant
Enemy. The show seems to have found it’s tone now, so the set design,
costumes, blocking, camera angles, editing, etc. have all settled into
a certain style that is unique to this show. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was an entertaining episode, possibly the best
of the four we’ve seen. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Jaynestown receives 32 out of 42.