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.


Janet said...

For some reason I never watched Firefly until this year. I think partly because everyone said I would be so sad when it was over. And I was! I loved the show and I loved Kaylee. Good pick Admiral. :)

Charles said...

I fell in love with Kaylee the first time she appeared...all of the women on Firefly are beautiful (it IS show business) and all are fantastic actresses (ballet's loss of Summer Glau is our great boon,) but kaylee is the most real of them, the only one that I'd feel comfortable talking to upon first meeting her.