Did we really need to hear about how adept Jayne is with heavy sticks?


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 Jane Espenson.
Directed by Vern

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The official website can be found here.

Original Airdate

originally aired on Friday,
November 1, 2002.


A combination of jealousy and employment opportunities brings Mal into
a high-class society he doesn’t understand.

High Point

“Is she mad or something?”

Low Point

Holographic pool balls. It didn’t seem like the kind of technology
that would be used when the rest of the place was so primitive. I
like the social stratification, but that just seemed inconsistent.

The Review

Once again, the premise of the episode is hardly original,
but was well suited to educating us about the various characters.
(Jayne doesn’t really understand anyone else, Kaylee isn’t entirely a
tomboy, Simon will get in on the action when he’s needed, etc.) I
give it 3 out of 6.

The effects were very few. Apart from the chandelier and
pool balls, they could have been entirely stock footage. Still, they
were very well done. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was fairly well plotted, but it seemed to drag a
bit in the second half. This was really a three act story forced into
a four act structure. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was fairly good. Morena Baccarin seems a little
too subdued, hardly showing emotion even when it is called for.
Nathan Fillion is getting good practice at acting like he’s taken a
sever beating. The rest of the cast was entirely convincing. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was not terribly
impressive. I give them credit for only putting one cast member in
any real danger, since the “save the entire crew” plotlines tend to
get a bit dry. I laughed often, but I never doubted the outcome. I
give it 4 out of 6.

The production was the Mutant Enemy high again. The set
design is one of the most difficult parts of the show, as there are so
many high and low tech elements to be mixed, and yet it’s always
extremely well done. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it was an entertaining episode. I doubt I’d look
for a rerun, but I’d watch one. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Shindig receives 30 out of 42.