This could have been perfect. I loved almost everything about it. The people who saw it will probably know why I was so irked... Simon/Kaylee. I'd like to say I'm fine with HetYay, but I'm not. I don't like seeing it just like some people don't like seeing HoYay and it downright annoys me when it's shoved down my throat. And, like tonight's episode, it was.
There were what, two instances of HoYay? Damn bad. Of course there were good points. This is one of the few funny shows I can watch and actually laugh out loud at, and this delivered perfectly. It also gave a nice bit of drama and lovely, lovely whumping. Oh, the Simon!Whump was good.
The HetYay bugged me more than a little. By the last scene with Simon and Kaylee I really wanted to turn the channel. Luckily I didn't and was able to see a nice little Mal/Jayne scene, but even after that I didn't feel like it was worth sticking around for. It bugs *shrugs* (heh).
If not for that the episode would have been awesome, but I can't change what I like and don't like, even if I should technically be more tolerant of heterosexual relationships on TV. *laughs* How weird is that?
If it isn't Mal/Inara, it's Simon/Kaylee *sighs*. But really, other than that the episode was great. I like Jayne a lot more now. Of course, it's not like I hated him before :) Now he has depth! Not just "grrr!"
The whole subplot between Book and River was good. Cute, funny, and bits even made you think. Inara's subplot fell kind of flat.
I give it 7 stars for being good but a kick in the balls for the damn hetero-ness.
[Slightly edited to add additional thoughts]