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Secondary Character Saturday: Jayne Cobb (Firefly / Serenity)

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WHO: Jayne Cobb

FROM: Firefly / Serenity

BY: Joss Whedon

ORIGINALLY APPEARED: 2002

PROS: If you need a good man in a fight, Jayne’s the man for you — if you’ve lined his pockets with enough money, that is. Other wise… good luck.
Lets see… he’s devoted to his mum, and cherishes the hat she knit him. He also loves his guns especially “Vera”. He’s a survivor, he can read a bad situation and form a quick escape plan (albiet usually for himself, but also for the good of the other crew members.)

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CONS: Obnoxious, selfish, rude, misogynistic, mercenary, oafish, unreliable and just a hairs breath away from mutinous.

BEST SHINING MOMENT: In Jaynetown he is (mistakenly) glorified as the hero of Mudd Town (Canton).  Although it is a mistake (He really got caught robbing the rich robber baron of the town and had to jettison the money — and his partner) Jayne takes on some of the heroic responsibilities.

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LEAST SHINING MOMENT: Betraying Simon and River in the episode “Ariel”, endangering the rest of the crew at the same time. Low Jayne, really low.

But you’ve got to give Jayne, he’s got a way with words. In fact he gets most of  the series’/ movie’s best funny lines. Here are my top five Jayne quotes:

  1. “You know what the chain of command is? It’s the chain I get to beat you with until you understand who is in ruttin’ command around here.”
  2. “Not as deceiving as a low down dirty deceiver.”
  3. “Ten percent of nothing is — let me do the math here — nothing into nothing, carry the nothing — still nothing”
  4. “I’ll kill a man in a fair fight, or if i think he’ll start a fair fight”
  5. “Dear diary: Today I was pompous and my sister was crazy. Today we were kidnapped by hill folk, never to be seen again. It was the best day ever!”

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WHY I CHOOSE HIM: I don’t really know. I like every character on the show much more than I like Jayne. I don’t like Jayne at all. But there’s something about the guy that just says “Secondary Character” So, with apologies to Kaylee, Book, Simon, Inara, Zoe, Wash, and especial River… I had to go with Jayne.

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Nathan Fillion 3.27.13 Thought of the Day

Nathan Fillion at the 2005 Serenity premiere.

“What could be better than captain of a space ship? I get to ride horses, shoot guns, have adventures …” —Nathan Fillion

Nathan Christopher Fillion was born on this day in Alberta, Canada in 1971. He is 42 years old.

Nathan is the second son born to Cookie and Bob Fillion, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School then went to Concordia University College of Alberta and the University of Alberta. His parents and brother Jeff are all teachers, and Nathan was on the path to becoming one as well, but just before graduation he was offered a role on ABC’s One Life To Live.

He proved very popular as the show’s character Joey Buchanan and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award, as well as a Soap Opera Digest Award, for “Outstanding Young Actor” in 1996. [Nathan Fillion.org]

As Joey Buchannon on One Life to Live [Image courtesy: Sop Opera Weekly]
As Joey Buchannon on One Life to Live [Image courtesy: Soap Opera Weekly]

His first film role was as the “Minnesota” Ryan in Steven Spielberg’s  Saving Private Ryan.

In 1998 he turned a recurring guest appearance as Johnny Donnelly  into a permanent role on To Guys, a Girl and  Pizza Place. The series ran for three more years.

Fillion as Caleb in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. [Image courtesy: Wikipedia]
Fillion as Caleb in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. [Image courtesy: Wikipedia]

A character arch as Caleb, a defrocked priest, serial killer and really, really bad guy on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer helped bring the series to its dramatic finale.

Fillion worked with Whedon again in 2002 on the science fiction series Firefly. He played Captain Malcolm Reynolds,

Once a sergeant in the losing war for independence, Mal captains a team of misfits in smuggling operations on the edge of the galaxy. His main goal in life is to be left alone and avoid the Alliance government—until he discovers (in the movie Serenity), their heavy-handed plan to fix (i.e., medicate and subdue) the world, at which point he aims to misbehave. He’s broken, bitter and faithless. He’s also damn funny and the one person his crew can count on without reservation. [ PasteMagazine.com]

An example of the Wild West influenced clothin...
He aims to misbehave. …An example of the Wild West influenced clothing and weaponry in Firefly and Serenity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fox rather famously (and stupidly imho) cancelled the series 11 episodes in, but loyal Browncoats kept the faith. The creative team and cast came together again for the motion picture  Serenity in 2005.

He played the “hapless, frustrated hero, Police Chief Bill Pardy” [Nathan Fillion.org] in the campy horror film Slither in 2006.  Then went more romantic as an understanding gynecologist in 2007’s Waitress with Keri Russell.

He joined forces again with Whedon  (this time with Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day) for the three-part musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

You can currently catch Fillion as the mystery novelist turned detective Rick Castle on ABC’s Castle. The series is in its fifth season.


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