100 sci fi women #47: Kaylee Frye

Time for a return to television, and to one of my all-time favourite space westerns in particular….

Kaywinnit Lee “Kaylee” Frye Firefly and Serenity

Kaylee is fun, cute, practical, sweet, feisty and naive. She is also someone who knows her own mind well, and isn’t going to be pushed around, treated badly, disrespected or taken for granted. She is a wizard mechanic and the only one who can keep Serenity flying. Her mechanical aptitude doesn’t stop her loving pretty dresses or being obsessed with strawberries, nor does it harden her attitude to those around her. The most generous spirited and loving of those upon the Serenity, her wide eyed naivety doesn’t make her a complete innocent; she knows how to have sex and how to keep herself happy when there is no one else around – or when the object of your affection is too emotional clumsy to come good. Kaylee would make an ideal younger sister: happy to sit and plait hair, but then able to fix your hairdryer. One of my big disappointments with Serenity was that Kaylee shrank from her more cuddly form to be more Hollywood thin, but we don’t really hold that against her.

Kaylee: I like meeting new people! They all have stories!
Jayne: Captain, can you stop her from bein’ cheerful, please?
Mal: I don’t think there’s a power in the ‘verse that can stop Kaylee from being cheerful. Sometimes you just wanna duct tape her mouth and dump her in the hold for a month.
Kaylee: *kisses* I love my captain.