We are just too pretty for God to let us die

Firefly fanatics know where that line comes from—Mal Reynolds, the dashing captain of the spaceship Serenity. If Star Trek was just too goody-two-shoes for you, or if you’ve been pining for more of Joss Whedon’s archly quotable dialogue since Buffy the Vampire Slayer finally hung up her wooden stake, Firefly’s your show. You can catch it on Netflix, and you should. Like Buffy, it’s dumb entertainment for smart people, which is one of my favorite things.

It’s not every show that would include the phrase "engage in a feces-hurling contest with a monkey." In Chinese.

Provided for your pleasure today, because it’s Friday afternoon and neither of us wants to stretch our brains much, I invite you spend a few minutes with Captain Mal Reynolds. As communicators go, he’s pretty remarkable.