Valentine’s Day arrives this weekend, along with it the expectations of romance. However, romance in our house differs from most. I prefer sarcasm, action, and a bit of romance. Episode 2 in the Firefly comic series has a few scenes that exemplify the love and romance between Zoe and Wash. The firefly series is full of little quips and scenes shared by the love birds.
Zoe is a strong veteran while Wash is a snarky pilot looking for adventure. Zoe needs some peace in her life and Wash appreciates a powerful woman who stands up for what she believes in. They are an outstanding example of opposites attract. To me, their relationship sparks and they quibble like any healthy couple does. It is through their mutual respect and love they can live and work together.
In the Firefly TV Series, there is jealousy, differing opinions on decisions made by their Captain, and conflict over whether to start a family. What there isn’t is dark secrets, affairs, divorce, and love triangles. It is a breath of fresh air. The couple is solid, no matter what is thrown against them and how much they disagree.
Zoe: I know something ain’t right.
Wash: Sweetie, we’re crooks. If everything were right, we’d be in jail.Firefly, Serenity
Kaylee: Look at the pretties!
Wash: What am I looking at? The girls or the clothes?
Jayne: The girls.
Zoe: The clothes, please.
Kaylee: Say. look at the fluffy one!
Too much foofaraw. If I’m gonna wear a dress, I want something with some slink.
Wash: You want a slinky dress? I can buy you a slinky dress. Captain, can I have money for a slinky dress?Firefly, Shindig
They published the comics after the television series, so their relationship shows through even deeper than in the show. Not said is the depth of their love and how they show it. No. 2, takes place on the desert moon of Bethlehem. Serenity requires repairs after being shot at by an Alliance warship, Zoe is on the ground with Mal, escorting the Pilgrims of Moriah to their holy land on the other side of the valley.
Wash worried about Zoe when he knows they are being chased as war criminals by the Unificators, Federal Deputies
Even though they each have their strengths, they still support each other in their separate rolls when needed. As Zoe is the warrior and Wash the pilot, it seems pretty clear cut. The inversion of the traditional gender roles adds to the flavour of their relationship. They are both equally important to the crew and each other. Both the best at what they do and they respect each other for it.
Even when their decisions are a bit in conflict with what is best for the crew, they do it with love! So if you are looking for some romance, but you want nothing too mushy, maybe Wash and Zoe have what you are looking for. There are loads of options available, but this is the one I have been enjoying this week.
Do not despair though, we do have a romantic Romeo and Julietesque story planned for this weekend. We are streaming Warm Bodies, a zombie Romeo and Juliet. A lot of sarcasm and snark I enjoy along with some action. One of the love birds will be shot at as well! Love, is so much fun:) So grab your chocolate stash, mine just arrived in the mail, and your movies and spend time with those you love. Even if you are not in the same house, we can stream the movies we love together. Snark translates well by text.
Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Reading!