Our Mrs. Reynolds / Jaynestown
In "Our Mrs. Reynolds", after helping a barren town thwart bandits, the crew celebrates with a party and libations. The next morning, Mal discovers that he unwittingly participated in a marriage ceremony and meets his new wife Saffron. Mal admirably rejects the premise of a person being traded as payment, but eventually falls victim to her seducton. But Saffron has other plans. We discuss our reactions to Saffon's betrayal, and whether Jayne's trade for Vera is deplorable or a sign of growth.
In "Jaynestown", when the crew lands on Canton - a planet populated by enslaved mudders - they find that the inhabitants have built a statue to commemorate Jayne. Years ago, Jayne stole from the Magistrate and dumped the money (and his partner) in the chase. The Mudders believe that Jayne was giving them the money as a charitable Robin Hood act. While Jayne basks in hero-worship, the Magistrate makes plans for revenge. We debate over Simon's behavior as respectful or insulting, and Joe teaches us how to make Mudder's Milk at home.
PLUS! Joe from Wayne Manor Memoirs joins us in the Stacks.