Why did Mal let them stay?
Sunday, August 1, 2004

Why did Mal let Simon and River stay on Serenity? The two could get everyone in troble and ruin their lives if they get caught. And still Mal let's them stay.


Tuesday, August 3, 2004 11:17 AM


you all have very good points... but one little detail that i think seals the deal has been missed.

when simon confronts mal in the hall, and asks why mal's so afraid of the alliance... he comments that mal might as well be working for them since he's so eager to turn in river for a "pat on the head." if mal turned simon and river over, he'd be nothing but a fawning lap-dog for the alliance, begging for scraps.

that and mal's just a big sweet heart!

Monday, August 2, 2004 9:02 PM


Also, he explains it in the pilot. Yep.

Monday, August 2, 2004 8:27 AM


The enemy of your enemy is your friend. Very true. I think it is how it started out, but I would like to think that Mal is really noble at heart (I mean, think about in The Train Job, he returns all the meds because other people need them), and that he felt it was the right thing to do because the Alliance was hurting River (of course, also, it would piss the Alliance off, so that's frosting on the cake).

Sunday, August 1, 2004 10:13 PM


The enemy of your enemy is your friend.

Well said!!! And how true, especially in this case. The more he realizes how important River is to the Alliance, the more he'll try to keep her away from them. Plus, he's just that kinda guy.

Sunday, August 1, 2004 5:50 PM


And besides. . .Mal has a sense of nobility. He realized that he would be wrong to turn them out. Mal, at heart, is a nurterer and a protector.


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