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Theory about Inara

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Monday, January 19, 2004 2:42 AM

MSBIGPILEOFDUST


I have another crackpot theory (apart from the one on Book working for Blue Sun and following River).

I've only been posting here for a week so I apologise, if someone has already posted this theory.

Based on the 'Out of Gas' commentary, I think that maybe Inara is either terminally ill or under threat of death. If its the former, this could account for her refusal to persue Mal and her having a painless-suicide kit in her possession.

Tim Minear tantalises the listener and poor David Soloman with hints about Inara’s big secret. I think he lets it out of the bag though by saying that her conversation with Simon after they find out that the ship will run out of air gives a big hint. She only really says one thing, something like 'its never a good time to die', and only does one thing, she looks at him significantly when he mentions his birthday.

So… Does she have a fatal disease?? Is she being threatened with death unless she spies on the cap?? Is she about to turn 40 but has really good beauty products or a haggard painting???? Whaddaya think?


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Monday, January 19, 2004 4:05 AM

THALOS


Joss Whedon in one of his commentaries mentions that the syringe we saw in "Serenity" had in fact nothing to do with suicide. He went on to say that since the show was cancelled that if viewers thought it was for suicide that's fine, but Inara's secret and the truth of what was really in that syringe would have been (and may be in the movie) disclosed.

I still like the theory that she is addicted to drugs which is why she is on Serenity and not the house priestess.

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Monday, January 19, 2004 4:24 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Joss did say the syringe was not a suicide kit. As to what it was, there has been quite a bit of speculation, from a drug used to boost strength and speed, to drug to simulate death. No telling for sure, but hopefully we will receive some more clues when the movie comes out.

"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."


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Monday, January 19, 2004 4:37 AM

SEGURANT


Well I think she is in hiding. In Heart of Gold, it was mentioned that Inara was up for high priestess or something like that. She could have made an enemy or decide not to take the post and left.



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Monday, January 19, 2004 4:57 AM

BOBSUNCORP


I had this idea that the drug may actually have been some kind of emotion supressor - hence the reason why she was injecting herself with a lot of scary reavers about to (possibly) attack. Also it seems to me that in a profession where she makes people fall in love with her, she would need to keep HER emotions in check and able to deal with. Her relationship with Mal (or lack of) may also cause her to want to stay in control. Partly I wonder whether this kind of a drug is obligatory for a companion - a theory debunked by the fact that the "heart of gold" (can't remember her name) did not seem to be aware of this, although did not disprove it either - perhaps she left the academy before she found out about it.

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Monday, January 19, 2004 9:38 AM

VENA


there is the fact that wheh she came back from her physical (sorry fuzze on the ep.) kaylee asked Inara how things went. She replyed with somthing close to "Same as last year"

That can get you to think a bit especialy when you tie it in to the mysterious meds, it's never a good time to die, and the odd leaving of the house.

I vote she is deathly sick.

Any takers?


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Monday, January 19, 2004 10:12 AM

NICOLACLARKE


I like the idea that Inara is an addict of some sort (well, perhaps 'like' is the wrong term...). It would explain why, with such an apparently bright future ahead of her (Nandi's comment about ambition and Inara making house priestess), Inara chose to hide herself away on the most disreputable-looking ship she could find. I imagine a drug addict wouldn't be the kind of image a Companion house would want to project. I assume, too, that she left before she was found out, or else I'd guess she wouldn't be able to operate as she does - i.e. as a registered Companion with company health insurance perks.

Being dangerously addicted to something expensive might also add an extra urgency to Inara's need for clients - perhaps that's why she was forced to consider leaving when it became obvious Mal was keeping her from finding enough work. She loves Mal, and Serenity, but the addiction is too strong?

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 1:08 PM

SHINY


When Joss jokes, "she's a druggie" in the commentary, maybe it's not totally a joke. She may in fact be dependent on the drug she takes out as they pass the Reaver ship in Serenity. Just last night, I noticed this from the transcript to "The Message" ( http://www.fireflyfans.net/feature.asp?f=46):

Quote:


During this, Inara finds a small package, squarish, addressed to her. She smoothly slips it beneath her outfit without anyone noticing, turns to see Kaylee arrive, looking glum.



If we assume that what's in the small package is another kit with the same syringe and vial, it's reasonable to assume that she needs to take this drug regularly for some reason (to stave off death, keep her young, surpress emotions, increase her pheromone production, whatever)

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 2:29 PM

VETERAN

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I think she may be terminally ill.

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 3:02 PM

NITEHAWK


terminally ill would be painfully cliche. but it might explain her choice to go off and adventure or whatever, to experience life while she can (mrs heart of gold mentioned companion life being constricting). Might also explain why she doesn't open up to Mal (beyond it would ruin her career) - she doesn't want to have him love her and then die on him.

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 3:11 PM

KURUKAMI


Quote:

Originally posted by BrownCoat1:
Joss did say the syringe was not a suicide kit. As to what it was, there has been quite a bit of speculation, from a drug used to boost strength and speed, to drug to simulate death. No telling for sure, but hopefully we will receive some more clues when the movie comes out.


It might well be that she had a medical condition which was exacerbated by periods of extreme psychological stress, which would probably include getting attacked by the Reavers. Perhaps the syringe was an ampule of meds for the onset of symptoms, similar to what a diabetic has to do when their insulin runs low.

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 3:20 PM

VENA


I think I have changed my mind. My vote now swings to the idea that it is not only a drug she must keep taking cause of some kind of addiction but maybe, just might be somthing to keep her young.

member Nadie commenting on how Innara did not look a day older than the day she left the house?

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 4:06 PM

SOUPCATCHER


http://www.fireflyfans.net/thread.asp?b=17&t=3396

I like the theory that Inara is the opposite of terminally ill. But there is a problem with the syringe being a youth drug. As PHLEBOTININ brought up in the above thread, why does she take it out when threatened with the danger of Reavers?

I see the needle as a last resort. Something that she would only use in a scenario involving death at the hands of Reavers. Why specifically Reavers? Because they would eat her flesh and that's something that Inara, in her present state, cannot allow to happen.

So here's the theory. Inara has gone through longevity treatment and her body does not age at the same rate. Her cells have been modified with a virus. This virus can be transmitted to Reavers through the eating of her flesh. The syringe counters the virus and returns her to normalcy so that, if the ship is taken, we don't get a bunch of longevity treated Reavers. The problem with using the syringe is that she would go back to normal mortality. I'm guessing that her treatment is not something you just pop back into the pharmacy to renew.

Still having fun rolling this idea around

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 4:54 PM

SAINT JAYNE


Quote:

Originally posted by Vena:
member Nadie commenting on how Innara did not look a day older than the day she left the house?


I thought it was just a generic complement.

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 6:38 PM

SHINY


Quote:

Originally posted by Kurukami:
It might well be that she had a medical condition which was exacerbated by periods of extreme psychological stress



...like for example flying out to the edges of the galaxy to be threatened by criminals and savages, while simultaneously being insulted or teased by someone with whom she has serious UST problems?

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 6:44 PM

SHINY


Quote:

Originally posted by SoupCatcher:
I see the needle as a last resort. Something that she would only use in a scenario involving death at the hands of Reavers.



If that's the case, then the mysterious package she receives and quickly hides in 'The Message' should not be another one of these, meaning there would be an additional mystery to solve...

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Thursday, January 22, 2004 7:21 PM

SOUPCATCHER


Quote:

If that's the case, then the mysterious package she receives and quickly hides in 'The Message' should not be another one of these, meaning there would be an additional mystery to solve...


Ooh. Didn't remember that package. Now I have to wait until my loaned out disc 4 is returned so I can get a better look at Inara's mail.

If she is getting another syringe in that episode then my theory doesn't hold much water...

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Friday, January 23, 2004 12:37 AM

DRAKON


Quote:

Originally posted by NiteHawk:
terminally ill would be painfully cliche. but it might explain her choice to go off and adventure or whatever, to experience life while she can (mrs heart of gold mentioned companion life being constricting). Might also explain why she doesn't open up to Mal (beyond it would ruin her career) - she doesn't want to have him love her and then die on him.



Also, the choice could be explained if she is an addict. Something they tell addicts is not to return to their old lives, old routines. To do something else altogether.

The syringe in "Serenity" is like a glass cigarette for an ex smoker. Always there, but proof that they are stronger than the addiction. And maybe she ain't that strong, hence the reason why her shuttle smells of incense.

[that part does not quite fit. Injected drugs don't have a smell do they?]

The same data points you've provided are also explainable in the addiction theory as well.

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Friday, January 23, 2004 4:56 AM

MRPRESIDENT


uh, annual medical exams???? Doesn't anyone think that that would be enough to blow any of these theories? Wouldn't a medical exam by someone authorized by the Companion's Guild(? or whatever they have) identify that a) she was terminally ill, b) she was a drug addict, or c) she was taking drugs to slow her aging? Yes, yes, any of these could be acceptable to Companion rules, but I doubt it, since they are supposed to be so respectable at this point in time. First post, just a thought...

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Friday, January 23, 2004 5:39 AM

SHINY


Quote:

Originally posted by mrpresident:
uh, annual medical exams????



That's assuming Inara wasn't lying about the exam (after all, her whole career/job is pretty much a lie, according to Mal...)

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Friday, January 23, 2004 6:15 AM

SAINT JAYNE


Quote:

Originally posted by Shiny:
That's assuming Inara wasn't lying about the exam


I think the exams are real and I think everyone knows that being a registered Companion means they receive the health minister's seal of approval. Well, maybe "seal" isn't the right word here.

So if she lied, then she's either not registered any longer, or Companions standards aren't as high as I think they are.

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Friday, January 23, 2004 6:50 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Some really interesting theories being argued in regards to Inara.

Not sure I agree w/ the youth drug thing. Seems to me something like that would be something every Companion would take, and it does not explain her opening the box to look at the syringe when the Reaper ship is closing with them.

It could be some sort of drug for an addiction, and the stress of an encounter w/ the Reavers could cause her to contemplate taking it.

I had forgotten the parcel she received in "The Message". I will have to go back and rewatch the episode as I do not remember the size of the box, but it is possible it could be a "resupply" of the drug, if that is in fact a drug.

"May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one."


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Friday, January 23, 2004 6:52 AM

MRPRESIDENT


In "Train Job", the local sheriff's deputy checked Inara's status and confirmed that everything was in order at that time, so she must still be registered.

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Friday, January 23, 2004 7:59 AM

PHLEBOTININ


You know, I've wondered about that comment the sheriff made to his assistant? deputy? in Train Job about Inara's Companion papers being in order. As I recall, the sheriff asks his assistant if Inara's papers are in order, and she says, "I checked three times." Or something to that effect.

Now, somethiing about that interchange screamed MEANINGFUL to me. Perhaps this apparently matter of fact interchange was meant to interject an almost subconscious kernel of doubt about Inara's Companion status into viewers' minds? I mean, why make such a point about her papers being in order at all? I know, when The Train Job was written, it was meant to be the new pilot, and thus you could argue that this interchange about Inara's papers was a way to establish Inara's exalted status as Companion and to tell viewers that in the Fireflyverse, Companions are perfectly legal.

But I don't know. Here's some thoughts: Inara is no longer a "real" Companion....her papers have been expertly faked to allow her to continue doing her Companion's job. Her Companion's job is a cover for something else -- maybe she's been hired by the Alliance to spy on Mal or Browncoat activities in the far reaches of the 'verse? Or maybe she works for someone else altogether? Maybe the syringe she looks at in Serenity is a weapon of some kind. Or something that will make her super-strong.

Or, she IS terminally ill or has some other weird condition and has her Companion's papers faked to avoid being kicked out of the profession. Maybe she paid the doctor in Ariel to fake her yearly health exam results.

Just some thoughts. I'm probably wrong, but if there is one scenario I don't want to be correct is that Inara is dying. That's a little corny to me. And even if corny, sad. I want that character around for a good long while.

As I think I've said somewhere before, probably the best way to figure out what the heck Inara's backstory is is to concentrate on exactly why she would be contemplating the syringe under threat of Reaver attack. The terminally ill theory here just doesn't hold water, especially if Joss is telling the truth that the syringe is not a suicide kit.

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Friday, January 23, 2004 8:26 AM

DAKION


Based on Joss's comments, I definitely think it's a drug addiction issue. I think that indeed she left before she was found out. I think the reason she was shown with the kit in the pilot is to suggest the notion of a suicide kit (which someone so tied to doing what she does for a living would not want to meet the reavers fate) but actually could be her thinking of causing herself to OD on her drug of choice (thus becoming a suicide means) or at least put herself in a state where she would be oblivious to what they would do to her but I think she chooses instead to not take the drug and remain in her top form mentally to resist them. Maybe she is working on breaking her habit or maybe she is "on the wagon" and contemplates going offf it at that moment.

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Friday, January 23, 2004 8:33 AM

RAVENWHYTEWING


Just would like to remind you all that in "Out of Gas", when mal asked Inara what she was running from, he assumed it was the Alliance. If she was an addict, it might explain what she was running from.

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Friday, January 23, 2004 8:34 AM

RAVENWHYTEWING


if she was caught, perhaps

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Friday, January 23, 2004 9:13 AM

ROBSTHELL


From what I remember of Serenity, and I only watched it the other night, when Inara pulls that box off the shelf (or whatever it is) there aren't a whole lot of other boxes like that there, plus it seems a bit strange for each individual syringe to come in one box, doesn't it? I'd have thought there'd have been quite a few around if she were addicted to something rather than just having one box around.

Just my thoughts.

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Friday, January 23, 2004 5:45 PM

VETERAN

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Quote:

Originally posted by phlebotinin:
You know, I've wondered about that comment the sheriff made to his assistant? deputy? ...As I recall, the sheriff asks his assistant if Inara's papers are in order, and she says, "I checked three times." Or something to that effect.

...Perhaps this apparently matter of fact interchange was meant to interject an almost subconscious kernel of doubt about Inara's Companion status into viewers' minds? I mean, why make such a point about her papers being in order at all? ...you could argue that this interchange ...was a way to establish Inara's exalted status as Companion



They emphasize a Companion's elevated social status several times in the show. Remember the agrument Inara uses to convince Mal to rent her the shuttle in OoG, the references to Inara as Ambassador in Serenity. I don't think they're planting any doubt about her credentials. What they're doing is establishing the difference between the 'verse and today's society.

Quote:

..maybe she's been hired by the Alliance to spy on Mal or Browncoat activities in the far reaches of the 'verse? Or maybe she works for someone else altogether?



That doesn't make much sense, the War has been over for six years. Mal isn't a threat to the government. He's trying to stay under Alliance radar as much as possible.

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Friday, January 23, 2004 6:24 PM

ENDERSPAWN


Hey hey, I wanted to comment on some stuff and to throw some kinks into the cogworks, as they say.

First, Drug Addiction? Very nice. I think it is possible even when all of the evidence is put together. HOWEVER: Youth drug? No way. First, Joss is trying to make a science fiction show without too much sci-fi. No teleporters, no clones, and so on. It's too easy. So is making Inara a spy for Mal. Mal isn't planning an insurrection. He wants to be left alone.

The doctor's visits? I mean, Doctors can be men and these companions are trained sexperts. Even if it was a woman...who knows? Very likely it would be easy to quiet up an addiction.

Also, this would undermine all the work the show has put into showing us "how it is", which to me seems very much like Joss. All the high and mighty references to Inara as a companion are IRONIC!!

Tell me it doesn't make a little bit of sense!

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Friday, January 23, 2004 7:28 PM

ROCKETJOCK


Alternate possibility: Inara is ill, but with something neither terminal nor likely to endanger her status as a Registered Companion (tm), *provided* she removes herself from the central worlds and takes her medication regularly. Something embarassing, but not contageous, like a brain chemistry imbalance; can't have the public associate Registered Companions (Reg US Pat Off) with the emotionally unstable...

Under this scenario, the needle isn't a Kevorkian Cocktail Per Se; but a deliberate overdose might look like a desirable alternative, what with reavers knocking on the door and all. Even if it's not fatal, it's likely to take some of the sting out of all the dying and corpsification likely to be going on.

If so, Kaylee's dismayed look would be nothing more than the normal involuntary squeamishness someone might show when their diabetic friend deals with insulin.




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Saturday, January 24, 2004 9:33 AM

FAITHLESS


This may not hold much water with the whole syringe during possible reaver attack but I've always wondered about birth control. Maybe Inara wanted to inject herself with this (birth control?) seeing as the possible Reaver rape that would surely insue. And if she herself became a Reaver instead of simply being killed she wouldnt want to carry a Reaver child. Or again with the maybe I must put in a possible pregnancy (which I doubt considering her size and the time-frame) and the mysterious syringe would do something to the child and/or herself.

Not the best theory but just placing another possible one on the table!

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Saturday, January 24, 2004 12:25 PM

MISGUIDED BY VOICES


Quote:

Originally posted by Vena:
I think I have changed my mind. My vote now swings to the idea that it is not only a drug she must keep taking cause of some kind of addiction but maybe, just might be somthing to keep her young.



But why would she need to take it just before the Reavers came on board?



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Saturday, January 24, 2004 2:56 PM

3OF19


That idea about the drug being a pregnancy prevention measure got me thinking a bit...

What if it is a pathogen that, once injected, is transmitted sexually resulting in death?
Inara herself could be immune due to a vaccine of some kind.
It could be a weapon for if she get's in a sticky situation (like the Reavers) where Inara would suspect getting raped (or could be used for assasinations).
Why would she get another package of it? Simple, it might go bad after a while, like normal drugs that have expiration dates.

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Saturday, January 24, 2004 3:35 PM

FAITHLESS


Bravo!!! That is a great twist on my strange twist!

Maybe it doesnt go bad but Inara was just getting more of the the vaccine you mentioned. She may inject the vaccine every so often just incase she has to use the other vile.

But I was also thinking that if its protection then it would have to put something into inara that if injested in any other form (such as through the eating of her flesh) then it will have negative effects on the skin-eating feind! It wouldnt effect her partner in any way but it will keep her hormones in check and her eggs at bay. But once injested by the Reavers it would make them go wonky.

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Monday, January 26, 2004 3:53 PM

SHINY


It just occurred to me after my umpteenth time watching Objects in Space that when River reads Inara's mind and hears "I'm a big girl; just tell me." that it could in fact have been directed not at Mal but something she said to a doctor once...a doctor who was hesitating about telling Inara the seriousness of her condition...

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Monday, January 26, 2004 4:40 PM

SAINT JAYNE


Quote:

Originally posted by Shiny:
..."I'm a big girl; just tell me." that it could in fact have been directed not at Mal but something she said to a doctor once


Holy dah bien! That's the only thing I've heard so far that makes total sense! I'm not saying you're right, but good thinking.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 8:44 AM

SHINY


Perhaps Inara had to leave Sinhon because she wouldn't have been able to keep her illness a secret there, and she rented Mal's shuttle so she could continue to work under less scrutiny and afford to pay for her treatments...of course, this doesn't fully explain the reaver scene unless we accept the 'futility' argument.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 8:49 AM

HATEHATEHATEFOX


This is so weird, I totally didn't see your post about Inara being fatally ill until just this moment so we have a double-whammy on this notion.

Anyway, I happen to agree with you - that OoG scene is quite a big hint but see my Theory about Inara for more details.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 8:51 AM

HATEHATEHATEFOX


Quote:

I still like the theory that she is addicted to drugs which is why she is on Serenity and not the house priestess.


This is a very cool theory. And one I'd never read before. Plus, the syringe was not a suicide kit? That's news. Then why did she pull it out when the Reavers were pursuing them?




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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 9:03 AM

HATEHATEHATEFOX


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But I was also thinking that if its protection then it would have to put something into inara that if injested in any other form (such as through the eating of her flesh) then it will have negative effects on the skin-eating feind! It wouldnt effect her partner in any way but it will keep her hormones in check and her eggs at bay. But once injested by the Reavers it would make them go wonky.


Could it be, then, that Inara is some kind of sacrificial goat? Drugged with poison and waiting to be taken by the Reavers?

It would certainly explain why she was on such a disreputable ship out on the corner of No and Where. And, after all, Serenity has had 2 (?) encounters with Reavers already - isn't that some kind of record?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 1:38 PM

GEORDIESTEVE2003


Ok I've just read the entire thread. Stuff that makes most sense so far.

Inara doesnt want to die, but would she really be willing to endure what the Reavers might do to her, just to survive? They are supposed to kill remember, and worse before, so a sterilisation kit might make sense, something to make her unable to have a child. However, its highly likely everyone would be killed on the ship, so why bother. Maybe if they thought she was dead already, the old puffer fish thing, slow down heart rate etc. Would Reavers bother with a corpse?

Don't think it has anything to do with ageing, myself, doesnt ring true.

Illness thing, a maybe for me, I think the annual check is standard, would make sense and I believe everyone in adult movie industry has to do the same for same reasons, but it could also have been to check that her illness hadnt progressed to the point where she could no longer be a properly authorised Companion. The whole running ID three times thing in Train Job, I would say that was just because it was suspicious, a Companion, someone of stature, turning up on their little dirtball to bail out two nobodies, they were just making sure.

Its bugging me, I'm gonna think on it some more, but not sure I can work out it out from what we have so far, maybe there are clues enough, but I'm not feeling it.

Shiny.


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Tuesday, January 27, 2004 11:52 PM

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It just occurred to me after my umpteenth time watching Objects in Space that when River reads Inara's mind and hears "I'm a big girl; just tell me." that it could in fact have been directed not at Mal but something she said to a doctor once...a doctor who was hesitating about telling Inara the seriousness of her condition...


That's a superb point! Well spotted! My strongest theory was always the terminally ill one and that has clinched it for me.

I like the drug addict idea, because it has retro-chic opium den associations but I think she's dying.

Here's an idea about the syringe... Maybe its miracle medicine which is keeping her alive and she was planning on using it to revive Reaver victims, if she had the chance. Although she might also have needed a sewing kit to put their skin back on the right way round! Eeek!


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Tuesday, February 3, 2004 2:48 PM

SHINY


Another possible clue about Inara's knowledge of/connection to the Reavers, from the original script to Bushwhacked:

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MAL
That ship was hit by Reavers.

Mal turns, heads off. The others don't follow right away as the horror hits them.

JAYNE
(fear)
Reavers...

Wash looks to Zoe who doesn't deny it -- she knows it, too.

WASH
Crap. [Tzao gao.]

Inara glances back into the infirmary, where the man is writhing in his delirium. She knows what this means.



(emphasis mine)

RIVER
Purple elephants are flying.
MAL
Good. Thanks for the update.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2004 2:54 PM

PALEHORSE


what about the idea that she is using an anti-aging drug, as she is wise beyond her years and left the Head House though she was about to become the High Matron or whatever

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Wednesday, March 3, 2004 1:49 PM

ZENOPHITE


actually her can be a case for both the youth drug thing and terminal illness. from "out of gas" commentary we know that when Inara says "i don't want to die at all" means something more than it seems and this could be interpreted either way.

Another sort of far out possibility: we know that bioweapons were used during the war. (remember saffron saying that their mark was actually a bioweapons guy during the war, zoe's reaction seemed to imply that indeed such things had occurred rather than it being total fluff from saffron)
COuld inara have been exposed to some sort of bioagent?she was pro unification ("out of gas") could she have been a sort of mata hari type spy for the alliance? granted this is a stretch.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2004 3:29 PM

FORRESTWOLF


Since I'm working on the Traveller roleplaying game/Firefly thing, I thought I'd mention that anti-aging drugs are considered very illegal in Traveller (a roleplaying game with a very old history that I'm convinced was one of the inspirations behind Firefly).

IF Joss was inspired by Traveller, he might just have picked up on the "anti-aging drugs would be illegal" idea.

Actually, I find the drug addict or terminally ill ideas more convincing, but I thought I'd throw the Traveller idea out there.

For the record, psionics are the one other BIG no-no in the Traveller 'verse...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2004 3:50 PM

PALEHORSE


Traveler was a great system.

Any game that gives you a chance of dying in character generation places high on my list.

Good times...Goooodtimes.....

There were prodigies and portents enough, One-Eye says. We must blame ourselves for misinterpreting them. One-Eye's handicap in no way impairs his marvelous hindsight.

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Thursday, March 4, 2004 8:09 AM

LODRIL


Hmm.. lots of interesting theories.

The Reaver thing has some points to it, but seems to have one gaping flaw in the logic; Reavers are apparently pretty easy to goad. If you wanted to get taken in by Reavers as a trojan horse of sorts, seems it'd be easy enough to do without needing the expense of touring with Serenity or the destruction of a valuable Companion. You could just have some ordinary girl with the virus find some Reavers and then 'run' from them. Sending Inara like that would be equivalent to hiding behind some bushes to shoot golden bullets at a blind man. Way too much work and expense for what you're getting. She did seem to know enough about the Reavers though...

Drug addiction has many more interesting possibilities. Perhaps she wasn't addicted on purpose... a poorly chosen client might have done something to her. There are also drugs to overcome drug addiction, which might be what she had. Historically, those drugs become more addicting (witness opium addiction, for which morphine was invented, and morphine addiction, for which doctors created heroin). An unwilling addiction would explain why she was allowed to remain a companion, albeit fallen from grace. The trauma of it might also explain her desire to get away from her old life.

Also, just because it's not a 'suicide kit', doesn't mean it's not to ward unpleasantness with something less than death. It might have been pain killers, or as someone suggested, something to protect her from pregnancy or other Reaver induced complications. In WW2, the Japanese used painkillers on the Korean women that they forced to ummm... serve the army.

It might also serve some entirely third purpose. Maybe it would somehow disguise/reveal her to the Reavers as someone they should accept and not kill. Maybe it would 'lobotomize' her, rendering her a Reaver and keeping her from revealing secrets she learned as a Companion. There seems to be a lot of room for speculation.

As for terminal diseases... it's a thought. It'd probably have to be something that wasn't catchy, given her line of work. It would explain quite a few of her actions, like her (more or less) easy acceptance of Mal's affections to her friend in Heart of Gold. If that were the case though, why would the approach of Reavers make her think of the medicine? That seems off, which makes me doubt the syringe was to stave off death.

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Thursday, March 4, 2004 9:01 AM

DAEG


It seems to me that the elevated status of Companions would make them prime candidates as agents for anyone wishing to spy on or influence those in positions of power.

I also always thought there was something sinister about the routine medical checkup (mostly because we weren't shown any of it). It would be an ideal time to "debrief" an agent (pardon the pun). I was initially thinking that this could even be without the knowledge of the agent - possibly they carry an implant that records all their encounters and is extracted and replaced once a year, without them ever knowing of it's existence.

The drug kit, however, alters this theory and could suggest a method of keeping the "agents" under control. They report back and do as they're told - or their supply is cut off. Perhaps the drug also helps keep any "conditioning", that they have been subjected to, active.

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