Thursday, August 04, 2011
30 Days Of Female Awesomeness: Day 2: Favourite Supporting Female Character
Kaylee Frye, engineer/mechanic on board the privateer starship Serenity. If you haven't seen Firefly, and you call yourself a Science Fiction fan, WHAT THE HELL'S WRONG WITH YOU?!!! ...ahem...sorry. Anyway, Firefly was a fantastic series created by Joss Whedon in 2002 that ran on Fox for one season, and then got the axe. Like Star Trek before it Firefly was a show that was unappreciated during its run, but found great support after being cancelled. Enough support that Whedon was able to make a feature film, called Serenity, which tied up the loose ends. The crew are diverse and interesting, but Kaylee, the female mechanic, played by the ever wonderful Jewel Stait, was one of the most interesting. In addition to being a woman in a traditionally male role, she was both dainty and lusty, which are, again, not a usual combination in a TV show. She was never vulgar, but was no shrinking flower either, and kept the ship held together better than anyone. Imagine Jim Kirk, Montgomery Scott, and Scarlett O'Hara mixed together and you get Kaylee. She was my favorite Firefly character, and my favorite female supporting character.