Personality and traitsEdit
Early was very athletic and clearly adept at unarmed combat. He was also intelligent and incredibly eccentric, given to rambling on philosophic matters in the middle of tense situations, frequently asking "Does that seem right to you?" He may have been hard of hearing or easily distracted, as he repeatedly misheard what others were saying to him. When River Tam read his mind, she revealed that he was a sadist, who tortured his neighbor's dog as a child. This is directly contradicting his own words, when he stated that he doesn't enjoy harming people. He also threatened to rape Kaylee Frye if she did not do as he told her and used the same threat of raping Kaylee when he dealt with Simon Tam.
Behind the scenesEdit
Jubal Early was portrayed by Richard Brooks for the episode. Joss Whedon's DVD commentary for this episode reveals that Early was partly inspired by the Star Wars character Boba Fett, and Early's spacecraft (especially the anterior) shares a resemblance with Fett's spacecraft. He shares his name with the Confederate Civil War General, Jubal Anderson Early, who Nathan Fillion has claimed to be a descendant of.
At the end of "Objects in Space", Mal leaves him floating through space. His fate is unknown. Early has the distinction of uttering the last lines in the Firefly television series as he floats through space: "Well... here I am."
According to Joss Whedon, Early survives the episode.