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This fan-made animated teaser brings Firefly back to life.

CAN I EXPLAIN TO YOU WHY KAYWINNET LEE FRYE IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME

The role of ‘favourite Firefly character’ is on pretty heavy rotation for me, but I don’t believe Kaylee haa been in that role before. I was so blind. I realised on my most recent rewatch that she is The Best.

She is gentle, cheerful, kind and above all vulnerable, but the show (and the actor) never mistake these characteristics for weakness. It recognises them as strengths. Kaylee’s not afraid of being attacked or betrayed because, although those things hurt, her self-worth is never on the line.

She is human and flawed and as subject to embarrassment and shame as any person, but she works hard not to be ashamed of who she is or what she feels. She is bravely open hearted. She is giddy over Simon and though a little shy about it is never ashamed of her crush. She opts to soften into the feeling, opting for the scary course of feeling what she feels and letting it show. It makes her vulnerable to pain, and she does get hurt for it. But it also opens her up to possibility and love. And when Simon (being a buffoon) inadvertantly offends her she doesn’t hesitate to call him on it and get angry. She might be a little in awe of his slick, educated air, and she might long to be with him, but that never trumps her sense of self-worth and her expectation of respect of who she is and the choices she makes.

On a ship of stone-cold badasses and suave operators, Kaylee is the bravest of all for facing the world without armour. She knows she is vulnerable, scared, flawed - and she softens into that and lets the world show her what it’s got.

One thing that really strikes me about Terry Pratchett’s female characters is that, here you have a straight guy author writing a whole bunch of women, and in my case at least, it was hard to tell from the text what traits Pratchett himself found attractive.  This stands in contrast to someone like Whedon or Tarantino, who have created lots of interesting women, but their kinks definitely leave their thumbprint.

The media for the past few years: Marvel needs to make a superhero female led film. Marvel has no excuse. We need to see female representation after all the flak Whedon’s Black Widow got along with Marvel’s noticeable lack of female leads.

DC: okay, since no one else is doing it and the media and comics fans alike are demanding a superhero lead film, let’s make the first female lead superhero movie with the most iconic female superhero in history- Wonder Woman! Here you go, it has an Israeli Jew playing Wonder Woman, a female director Patty Jenkins (that Marvel mistreated and dropped from Thor because they’re idiots and the jokes on them now), a diverse cast of Amazons, and it’s coming out next year :D

The media: … . .

Marvel: finally we’re announcing a currently popular white fav and super young Brie Larson to play Captain Marvel in 2019. also let’s push this back for our yellowface and other white movies. we don’t have a director yet but we are looking for a “female” to direct a lady movie ;). We’re so close….to making this movie….3 years from now…and 2 years after Wonder Woman’s movie…. :)

The media: Wow, Marvel was right to make us wait all these years for the first female led superhero film!

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