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Jewel Staite: From Firefly to Serenity to Stargate Atlantis

Updated on July 31, 2017
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Jewel Staite, star of Firefly, Serenity and Stargate Atlantis.
Jewel Staite, star of Firefly, Serenity and Stargate Atlantis. | Source

Well, if she doesn't live up to fanboys' fantasies, I don't know who would.

I guess for guys like me who find geeky girls hot, Jewel Staite is truly a dream come true. She's smart and plays in science fiction TV and film and, also, has worked with comic book boss and director of the Avengers movie, Joss Whedon. It doesn't hurt that such directors like to put her in rather intriguing positions in various scenes; such as the Goth Girl "playing" with death in Dead Like Me or being bound and gagged in Stargate Atlantis. What Staite had to say about this last scenario she's been in:

Yeah, I don't know what that's about. In season four, I was kidnapped and bound and gagged. This year, it's happened to me twice so far. And I just read another script where I am again bound and gagged. I don't know what I did. - from io9

Well, she was not too unhappy about the whole thing, she says she's glad writers continued to write her into the storyline.

Staite is an interesting actress and person in general. She's for real. She reads those comics Whedon puts out and runs her own food blog. She also wrote a chapter in the book about the Serenity movie, Finding Serenity. Well, if she doesn't live up to fan-boys' fantasies, I don't know who would.

What's interesting too is her general laid back and easy-going attitude. Even when it comes to her divorce from actor Matt Anderson back in 2011, everyone else seemed more distressed than Jewel. She said both her and Matt were still alive and well, so there was no need for grieving.

Ms. Staite seems to feel fortunate she's an actress in the genre of science fiction: There tends to be substantial and meaningful roles for women in the story-lines. Turns out, she's perfect for those roles too.

Firefly to Serenity

Firefly was a short-lived science-fiction Western TV show in which Jewel Staite played Kaylee Frye, the mechanic, and heart, of the space-ship Serenity.

This was another Joss Whedon project, who is also famous for being the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Whedon is good at developing female characters who are both strong and very feminine, as evidenced not only in Firefly, but also Buffy and The Avengers. So, Kaylee Frye is no exception to Whedon's talent for creating strong female characters.

Interesting too is that the characters of the show were a bit of a reflection of the actual cast. According to Staite, they bonded quickly and just seemed to click.

Though the TV series Firefly was short-lived, the story itself didn't die. It was revived for the movie titled after the space-ship, Serenity. I think one reason that the film remains important is because the fans were left hanging when Firefly was cancelled. All of those great characters and story threads cut off abruptly, leaving viewers hungry. So, that, I suppose, made Serenity that much more of a treat, letting fans see their favorites once again.

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Stargate Atlantis

For Stargate Atlantis, Staite had another important role, that of head medical doctor Jennifer Keller. Though, she admitted she felt a bit like the odd-woman-out on the show at first, because the rest of the cast was already very experienced with the show having been a part of Stargate for years, she also says they did give her a warm welcome nonetheless. Obviously it worked out, she was on the show for several years.

Interestingly enough, Jewel recently reunited with her former co-star from Stargate Atlantis, David Hewlett, for a web series called State of Syn. She plays the good girl, he plays the bad guy.

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Staite's newest project, State of Syn, sounds very intriguing and just the right thing for the sensitive outcasts out here who love her work. It's an animated sort of graphic novel made into film, or a web series, with some rather ground-breaking web movie techniques using photography and voice-overs. The story is about a dystopian world in which there is a major divide between the rich and the poor and big corporations have taken the place of the government. Well, like most "futuristic" stories, this one seems to be more about what's happening now than it is about the future.

Staite plays a highly sensitive outcast caught in the middle of this world of deprivation and greed.

I'll say no more. It's a very intriguing concept. You can find it on Hulu.

As usual, Staite has found another strong and interesting character to play in an intelligent way against the background of a captivating and thought-provoking story-line. She seems to continue to do the smart thing, a reflection of who she is as a human being: Thoughtful, smart and sensitive.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of her on-going expansive and innovative endeavors.

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