Firefly, while brief, was a show of many funny moments. From every weird and unexpected thing out of River’s mouth (“You are such a boob.”) to Wash’s constant witticisms (“We all know I’m the funny one!”), the show is infinitely quotable, and good for laughs well into your fiftieth viewing of all fourteen episodes. The storyline and characters were so ripe for humor it’s simply tragic that we’ve been deprived of the potential future Firefly hilarity through the show’s cancelation.
It is for this reason that we decided to relive the comedy of Firefly by narrowing down its funny moments to a mere ten. It wasn’t easy, and it might have simply been easier to enumerate the moments of Firefly that weren’t funny, but we’re pretty happy with the list.
So here they are, in no particular order and absolutely up for some debate: The ten most hilarious moments in Joss Whedon’s Firefly.
- Wash’s dinosaur monologue. Our introduction to Wash might possibly be the best introduction to a character ever in the history of television. Crouched over the pilot’s console in the bridge of Serenity, our intrepid pilot is narrating a conversation… between a toy stegosaurus and tyrannosaurus rex. “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!”
- Jayne tries to trade Vera for Saffron. What begins as an intimidating situation ends in hilarity as Jayne first introduces Mal to his “very favorite gun” Vera, and then offers to trade her for Mal’s seemingly innocent accidental wife, Saffron. Mal’s response: “My days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle.”
- Shepherd Book’s Special Hell, which he explains to Mal is reserved for child molesters and people who talk at the theater, is certainly where the Captain will go if he takes advantage of Saffron. The Special Hell remains a running threat from Shepherd Book as events unfold around them and it looks more and more likely that Mal will be going there after all, even though Saffron was “all naked and… articulate!”
- The Hero of Canton. Is there a funnier episode of Firefly than “Jaynestown”? The comedic pinnacle of this episode is the song “The Hero of Canton”, which reveals Jayne’s fame to the town of mud farmers. Almost as funny as the song itself are the reactions of the crew. “Let’s go to the crappy town where I’m a hero!” Wash eagerly suggests.
- Mal kicks a henchman into the ship’s engine. And at that moment in “The Train Job”, announced by Mal’s “Darn!”, we all knew what kind of a show this was going to be.
- Jayne narrates Simon’s diary. “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.”
- Naked Mal sitting alone in the desert. Really the whole situation surrounding Mal’s naked circumstances, as well as his reaction to it, is comic gold. It takes a certain kind of man to be abandoned in the middle of nowhere, naked, double-crossed, and end the day smiling in satisfaction. “Yeeeeeap. That went well.”
- The cortical electrodes. When planning to rob a central planet hospital, Simon gives the crew a script of medical-speak to get them inside. Jayne tries ever so hard to remember his line, which makes it just disappointing when he isn’t asked to deliver it… so he does anyway. “We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neurological response from either patient.” Oh, Jayne!
- “This is something the Captain’s got to do for himself.” When Zoe stops the crew from rushing to Mal’s aid, he yells back, “No it isn’t!” and they sheepishly open fire, effectively ruining the iconic this-is-something-he-needs-to-do-for-himself moment.
- Kaylee’s dead… psych! As Simon and the rest of us can all agree: Mal is psychotic.
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