There are a couple of spoilerish spots in this review. Here’s the spoiler-free version: a perfect score of 42 out of 42.

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 Book

Crew

Written and directed by Joss Whedon.
The complete IMDB listings can be found here.
The official website can be found here.

Original Airdate


Objects in Space
originally aired on Friday,
December 13, 2002.

Premise

A bounty hunter comes to collect River.

High Point

Jayne uncovers his weapons.

Low Point

The final shot.

The Review

I haven’t seen a bounty hunter like this before. I call that
original. He’s no Boba Fett, but he’s definitely a bounty
hunter that I’d have liked to see again. (I’d find it hard to swallow
his return now, though.) There was also a great ploy involved that I
haven’t seen before. I give it 6 out of 6.

The effects were a little heavier this week than they
normally are. I doubt the set is three stories tall, and the exterior
shots were very well done. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story was very interesting. Think Alien, but
with more intelligent characters involved every step of the way. It
was dark, moody, and forboding. River had me fooled, too, with both
of her major lies. Joss Whedon’s history proves that no character is
safe, so an episode written and directed by him could mark the removal
of just about anyone. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting this week was carried by the guest star. (I
didn’t catch his name, but I know he was on Law and Order for
a while.) He made the usually excellent cast seem like amateurs. I
give it 6 out of 6.

This produced a great emotional response. I laughed a few
times at the start with the conversations, and got pulled in by the
way River heard them. By the time the bounty hunter started working,
I was already hooked. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production was, well, what you get when Joss Whedon
directs a Mutant Enemy show. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this was, as you can see, a great episode as far as
I’m concerned. I give it 6 out of 6.

In total, Objects in Space receives the first perfect score
I’ve given in slightly more than two years of reviewing. That’s a 42
out of 42.

The Coming Weeks

Next week, we have the previously unaired pilot episode. It’s two
hours, but I don’t yet know if that extra hour is in the John
Doe
time slot.