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Status: Cancelled/ Ended
First Aired: September 2002
Last Aired: December 2002
Country: United States
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link to the Official Site for the new spin off movie of Firefly, Serenity.
Out in theatres Sept 2005
Nathan Fillion - Malcolm Raynolds
Adam Baldwin - Jayne
Ron Glass - Book
Summer Glau - River
Alan Tudyk - Walsh
Jewel Staite - Kaylee
Sean Maher - Simon
Gina Torres - Zoe
Morena Baccarin - Inara
Set 400 years in the future in the wake of a universal civil war, FIREFLY tells the tale of Serenity, a small transport spaceship without a homeport. Captain Malcolm (“Mal”) Reynolds commands Serenity for legitimate transport and salvage runs, as well as, more “entrepreneurial” endeavors.
On Serenity, crew and passengers live together in close quarters as they shuttle between the Alliance governed galaxy and the border planets that delineate the new frontier. The crew undertakes almost any job -- legal or not -- to stay afloat and put bread on the table. Each of the passengers has his or her own motivation for being on board - some honorable, some more questionable. All have unique pasts and different reasons for wanting to get to their destination.
Serenity and its crew flies to the border planets, many of which are barely inhabited, because they want to stay away from the Alliance and below its big radar. Thrust together by necessity, the disparate men and women of Serenity face constant challenges, which test and reveal their true identities. FIREFLY is about their unpredictable lives and relationships, as well as their search for meaning in a very uncertain time.
Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds – “The Captain”
Mal is the Serenity’s captain. He is a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the Alliance to no avail. The world he called “home” now gone, Mal does what he needs to do to keep Serenity flying and its crew intact. Uncertain of his role in peacetime, Mal wants a normal life, but at the same time knows he'll probably never have one – an ongoing internal conflict.
Zoe – “The Soldier”
Zoe served with Mal during the war and is very loyal to him. She owes her life to Mal and is torn between that debt and her future with her husband Wash. Zoe has the strength and experience to take command of the ship, if necessary.
Wash – “The Pilot”
Wash flies Serenity and is Zoe's husband. He is unassuming, self- deprecating and not at all the fiery hero type. He is the calm one with a sense of humor.
Kaylee – “The Mechanic”
The ship's engineer and bright light, Kaylee is more comfortable on “her” ship than on the ground.
Inara – “The Ambassador”
A “Companion” by trade, Inara has her own space on the ship’s shuttlecraft. She is a high-class courtesan in a time when prostitution is perfectly legal on most planets. Why she is on the decidedly working class Serenity remains a mystery.
Jayne – “The Mercenary”
Big, tough and unpleasant; Jayne’s a loyal soldier… until he gets a better offer and for now, the best one he’s got is Serenity’s. For now.
Simon – “The Doctor”
Simon is the doctor on board Serenity. He comes from a wealthy background and has had a privileged upbringing. He constantly disagrees with Mal and the captain’s decisions.
River – “The Fugitive”
Borderline psychic, River can read most minds and tends to speak not only what is on her own mind, but others' as well. The Alliance is eager to “recover” their genius.
Book – “The Shepherd”
He is a priest, older and a little wiser than the rest of the crew. It is unclear if Book on a mission to spread the word of God throughout the universe or on a personal “walk-a-bout.” He’s found God, but he still needs to find himself.
- The Train Job (OAD
We join the crew of Serenity in a dark, musky bar. There, Captain
Mal Reynolds sits with Zoe and Jayne trying to stay out of trouble,
but as always, he’s having a hard time avoiding it. Mal and Zoe are
playing a game that resembles Go, and Mal is losing.
A local in the bar begins making grandiose comments about Unification
Day and the dawn of a new galaxy. Mal approaches the bar and talks to
the man who asks him to drink to the Alliance with him. Mal is
perturbed when the man accuses him of being an Independent.
Mal confronts the man and gets into a bar brawl that ends with the
crew trapped against a cliff wall. Mal calls his pilot, Wash, to come
and get them. As they are about to be taken out, Wash makes a
last-minute rescue and flies them into space.
Back on the ship, Simon continues to nurse his sister River back to
health. She continues to have nightmares, and her past remains
mysterious. Mal confronts Simon and River, and River remarks that Mal
means “bad” in Latin.
Also on the ship, Shepherd Book begins to delve into the lives of the
passengers. Mal tells him that he’s welcome on the ship, but God is
Over in Inara’s shuttle, Kaylee is being pampered by Inara, the
Companion. Mal walks in on them and tells Kaylee to get to the engine
room and repair it. Kaylee leaves and Mal confides in Inara about an
upcoming job. He tells her that they’re meeting a man named Niska, and
that she should stay on the ship because it may not be safe for her.
They meet up with Niska and are escorted in by Crow, the resident
henchman of Niska’s gang. Niska tells them that their job is to rob a
train containing some precious cargo. Niska warns Mal that his
reputation of being “hard” is not unwarranted, but if they do the job
right, they’ll have no problems.
He tells them they’ll be taking Alliance goods from a train heading
toward Paradiso (a planet in the Georgia System) and delivering them
to Crow. They’ll receive half the money up front and half when they
complete the job.
On the train, Mal and Zoe pose as husband and wife as they locate the
material. They reach the cargo room and prepare the goods. Flying
overhead, Wash steadies the ship for contact while Jayne readies
himself to be lowered down.
On the ship, Shepherd and Inara discuss the Captain. Kaylee lowers
Jayne down onto the train and they hook up the cargo. Just as things
seem to be going as planned, an Alliance officer walks in on them,
shoots Jayne in the leg and forces Mal and Zoe to be left behind.
The train arrives in Paradiso and everyone is questioned when the
cargo is discovered missing. It turns out that the cargo was
containing medicine for the city’s residents who are suffering from a
degenerative malady inflicted on the miners in the town due to bad
A local sheriff from Paradiso interrogates Mal and Zoe. Mal tells the
sheriff that his uncle bought him a ticket to help set him up in a
job. The sheriff seems suspect of Mal’s story, but Mal sticks to his
Serenity lands in a canyon, and while Simon addresses Jayne’s wound,
Jayne begins ranting about getting the goods to Crow before Niska
orders them killed. The debate continues, but Wash refuses to fly
without the Captain. Simon drugs Jayne, who passes out just as he’s
barking orders to leave.
The crew devises a plan to send Inara in and concoct a story that Mal
is Inara’s indentured man who ran off with her money. Her story
passes, and the sheriff lets them go.
On the ship, Mal tells the crew that they aren’t taking the cargo to
Niska, since the people of Paradiso need it much more. Just then, Crow
and his men arrive on Serenity. A fight breaks out on the ship, and
Mal’s crew disables Crow and his men.
Mal and his crew begin to haul the cargo back to town and are met by
the sheriff. The sheriff remarks on Mal’s admirable character, lets
them go, and has the locals take the cargo into town.
A restrained Crow tells them that he’ll hunt them down until he dies.
Mal kills him, and goes to the next henchman in charge. That henchman
quickly agrees to return to Niska with the money.
Simon begins tending to Mal’s wounds and they discuss River. Simon
tells Mal that she’s perfectly normal one minute and completely
incoherent the next. We then see River in her room, cryptically
muttering “two by two, hands of blue” to herself.
Up in space on an Alliance ship, a couple of Alliance investigators
tell the ship captain that they are looking for River. They are
wearing blue gloves.
- Bushwhacked (OAD
The crew of Serenity is playing a basketball- type game in the
main cargo area. Everyone comes to watch as they let off steam from
their long days in space.
Inara joins Simon on the catwalk and asks him about River. He says
that she still won’t talk about what happened to her at the academy.
Suddenly a siren goes off and Wash has to attend to the emergency. The
game is one man short, and Kaylee asks Simon to join them.
When Wash reaches the cockpit he sees an abandoned ship in front of
them as a dead body crashes into Serenity. The rest of the crew comes
up to the cockpit and they can’t seem to identify if anyone is still
They analyze the ship and notice that it’s a transport ship for
settlers. Shepherd tells Mal that what distinguishes humans from other
life forms is how they treat their dead. Mal decides to hook up with
the ship and look for survivors, as well as any cargo he may be able
to take for himself.
Mal and Zoe put on their space suits and head over to the ship to
check it out. They quickly realize that whatever killed the passengers
of this ship did it quickly, because there is still food sitting out.
Zoe happens upon a personal log that was stopped mid-entry. At the
same time, back on Serenity, River seems to be convulsing with each
new find on the transport ship.
Jayne tells Simon that they need him over on the transport. Meanwhile,
Inara goes to check in on River but she’s suddenly missing.
Back on the transport, Kaylee and Simon venture off together and Simon
wonders why anyone would abandon the ship. Kaylee remarks that there’s
nothing wrong with it mechanically, leaving them searching for clues.
Zoe and Mal keep searching, while Jayne goes off on his own to scour
for goods. Mal comes across farm supplies, which confirms their
initial suspicion that the ship was transporting settlers. They look
up and finally find all the people, hanging upside down from the
Mal says he knows what did it, and tells everyone to get off the ship.
Suddenly, Jayne is attacked and random shots are heard firing. The
rest of the crew meets up and finds Jayne. He says he was attacked by
something big and strong. They finally find the thing that attacked
him, and it’s just a small man. Mal finds him and knocks him out with
They bring the man back onto Serenity and Simon begins analyzing him.
Jayne guesses that the man killed all the other passengers, but none
of the other crew believes it. Mal tells Simon to dope the man,
somehow seeing something no one else does.
Mal talks to the crew and tells them that the ship was hit by Reavers.
The crew becomes frantic and doesn’t realize what Mal is getting at.
Mal tells them the man saw Reavers and that he’s never coming back to
Mal tells the Shepherd he can go say a prayer for the dead while they
pick up the rest of the cargo from the transport ship. The other
obstacle is that the Reavers have rigged the ship so that when
Serenity detaches, it will blow up. Kaylee tells Mal she can bypass
it, and gets to work.
Meanwhile, Inara watches over River, who begins convulsing again as
the rest of the crew hauls the cargo onto Serenity. Kaylee is able to
get Serenity free from the transport, but just as they detach, they
are met by an Alliance Cruiser.
On board the Alliance Ship, they begin suspecting that Serenity may be
holding River and Simon. Simon begins to worry, not realizing what Mal
has in store for him. The Alliance men attach and board the ship.
The Alliance men begin searching the ship and interrogating the crew.
Mostly looking for Simon and River, the Alliance Captain brings the
whole crew on board the Alliance Ship. The Alliance Captain gets
nowhere, however, as the Serenity crew leads them astray with varying
tales and personal anecdotes.
The Alliance men continue to search but come up with nothing as we see
where Simon and River have been stashed – outside the ship, wearing
Meanwhile, the man that Mal took from the transport ship is brought
into the Alliance Infirmary. The Alliance Captain accuses Mal of
killing the people on the Transport and torturing the man, but while
he’s being interrogated, the man in the infirmary goes on a killing
spree, wiping out the medical team that was examining him.
The Alliance Captain finally gets wind of the killing and forces Mal
to walk in front of his Alliance crew in an attempt to find the
killer. Mal brings the Alliance men back onto Serenity where the man
attacks the convoy, nearly killing the Alliance Captain. Mal jumps the
man, breaking his neck and saving the Alliance crew.
After saving his life, the Alliance Captain decides to let Mal and his
crew go free, but not before confiscating all of the stolen goods from
the transport ship.
- Our Mrs. Reynolds
We join the crew of Serenity riding a horse and buggy through a
stream. Mal is disguised as a settler woman and Jayne as his husband.
Suddenly a group of bandits storms them. Mal and Jayne surprise the
bandits and pull out their guns, while Zoe appears from the back of
the buggy to get in on the action.
Later that night, the crew is in a local village celebrating the
victory from their latest job. Inara remarks to Mal that he should
celebrate because they were finally hired to be heroes, and not
Mal and Jayne both get drunk at the ceremony, dancing, enjoying the
people. A young woman places a headdress on Mal and gives him
something to drink. He then dances with her around a large bonfire
into the night.
The next day, back on Serenity, the crew is prepping to leave as the
villagers pay them with what little they have. Up in space, Mal is
putting things away when he happens on a stowaway. It’s the same woman
he danced with the previous evening.
She tells Mal that she’s bequeathed to him. The dance and headdress
from last night were in fact part of a marriage ceremony, rendering
Mal her husband. Mal is in a state of shock as the rest of the crew
enters the cargo bay to find out what the news is.
Zoe hams it up, introducing the woman to everyone as Mrs. Reynolds.
The woman begins crying when Mal tells everyone she’s not his wife.
Mal tells Wash to turn back, but unfortunately they can’t because
right after they left, an Alliance ship touched down on the village.
Wash tells them they have to continue on. The woman runs off when Mal
asks Shepherd what it’ll take to get a divorce. Mal finds her crying
in the engine room and tells her that they have five days left on the
ship until they reach their destination, so it’s best to remain
friends and make herself comfortable.
The woman tells Mal she’d be a very good wife, but he tells her that
he wouldn’t be a good husband. She then runs off and cooks Mal a meal.
She tells him her name is Saffron. Shepherd then approaches Mal and
tells him that if he takes sexual advantage of Saffron, he’ll go to a
special part of hell, reserved for child molesters and people that
talk at the theatre.
Meanwhile, the rest of the crew continues to tease Mal about his new
Over in Inara’s shuttle, Mal tries to hide from Saffron. Inara tells
Mal that she finds his whole “marriage” degrading. He begins to play
around and tease her, when Inara snaps and kicks him out of the
Jayne confronts the Captain telling Mal that he doesn’t feel
appreciated. He offers to trade his favorite gun for Saffron. Mal
yells at him, telling Jayne that she’s not to be bought or sold.
Saffron overhears his conversation with Jayne and tells Mal that she’d
rather work on a ranch than be wed to Jayne. Mal tells her that it’s
good work and reveals that his mother owned a cattle ranch on Shadow,
where he was brought up.
Mal catches himself talking about his past, but notices that he seems
to have ease telling Saffron about it.
As Serenity flies through space, it passes by a small moon, where some
men in a chop shop are analyzing Serenity, preparing to steal it.
Zoe and Wash discuss Saffron, and Zoe can’t believe how Saffron
flaunts herself over the captain. Wash defends her, saying she’s just
following customs and traditions. Zoe blows up at him for no real
reason, but she feels that Saffron is trouble.
Over in Mal’s room, he finds a naked Saffron, waiting for him in bed.
She ends up seducing him. When he kisses her, Mal comments that he’s
going to hell, but then he suddenly passes out, poisoned by her kiss.
Saffron then enters the cockpit, where Wash is sulking by himself.
Saffron closes the doors and tries to seduce him too. When it doesn’t
work, she kicks him in the head instead, knocking him out.
Saffron takes over the cockpit and rewires the ship, as well as
sealing the cockpit doors. She then runs off, looking for a shuttle to
get off Serenity when she runs into Inara. She seduces Inara until an
alarm suddenly sounds, tipping Inara to Saffron’s game.
Saffron takes off in one of the ship’s shuttles before anyone knows
what’s happening. Inara goes searching for Mal and finds him on the
floor. She thinks he’s dead, but when she finds him breathing, she
kisses him with relief and is also poisoned from Saffron’s kiss.
Mal wakes up with the crew around him. Inara tries to tell everyone
she fell, not letting them in on the kiss. The crew finally gets the
cockpit open and realizes that Saffron wired the ship so the crew
can’t turn Serenity around. Both Wash and Kaylee marvel at how Saffron
wired the ship. Inara then adds that Saffron was trained in her art of
Companionship as well.
The men from the chop shop wait for Serenity to come in. They both
comment on how good Saffron is.
Wash and Kaylee get the ship back online. They quickly realize that
they’re running towards an electromagnetic field that would kill them
all on the inside while maintaining the ship for the chop-shoppers.
Mal tells Kaylee to keep on the ship while he comes up with a plan B.
He and Jayne get in their space suits, and Jayne fires at the chop
shop with his gun (encased in its own space suit to provide it with
oxygen to fire) that he offered to trade with Mal.
The shot hits the magnetic field and blows up the chop shop. They
regain control of the ship and go off to find Saffron. When Mal storms
into Saffron’s room on a nearby planet, he finds out that she was
working for the elders of the town that they saved earlier.
He asks Saffron what her real name is, she stares at him blankly and
he knocks her out cold.
Back on the ship, Mal confronts Inara about the real reason for her
loss of consciousness. Thinking that he knows the truth, Inara is
excited, only to learn that Mal smugly thinks that she kissed Saffron.
Opening in the bowels of Serenity, we see Simon trying to convince
Kaylee that he is capable of swearing. She seems to be a little
skeptical. The conversation is broken up by news of Jayne tearing
through Simon's infirmary. Sure enough, the big man has turned the
place upside down in search of tape. Simon is more than a little
distressed by the mess.
Jayne needed the tape to fasten a gun to his belly. He thinks he might
encounter a little trouble on this particular package pickup, since he
had some trouble in this area a few years back. Mal says no guns.
The Serenity breaks through the atmosphere of Higgins' moon and
touches down on the dusty planet. A dusty planet with a bit of a funky
smell. That smell comes from the ubiquitous mud pits, which are the
backbone of the local clay and ceramics economy.
Jayne drapes himself in a hood and goggles to disguise himself, and
Kaylee convinces Mal that Simon should come along on the journey. Mal
agrees, figuring Simon's rich guy looks will help their ruse of being
buyers, not intergalactic smugglers. Simon doesn't like the idea of
going off of the ship, but he goes after some prodding.
Walking through the mud pits, the group wonders if Jayne's disguise is
really necessary. He hasn't been here in a few years, after all. We
find out that the disguise is necessary, as a giant mud statue of
Jayne has been erected in the center of town. Jayne starts to get
nervous that he'll be recognized because, as he admits, he stole some
money from the Magistrate up on the hill, and he's not the forgiving
Speaking of the Magistrate, Higgins is his name, he's meeting with
Inara as the group is in the mud pits. Seems that Higgins has a
problem he wants Inara to fix.
Retiring to the bar to wait for their package to be set up, the crew
tries to figure out why a statue of Jayne would be anywhere, much less
a mud planet. A man comes in and informs Mal that his cargo is all
ready to go, they just need to sneak it past security and the mud pit
A song breaks out in the bar about "a man they call Jayne." It seems
that our guy has become a Robin Hood-type folk hero because he robs
from the rich and gives to the poor. As Jayne confesses, he was trying
to fly away with the stolen money, got hit by some anti-aircraft fire
and had to dump the strongboxes to stay aloft. Those boxes full of
money dropped down on the mud pits, where they were collected by the
Mudders, who saw it as a great and noble gift.
A crowd forms around the bar to celebrate their mythic hero, Jayne. He
doesn't turn away the adulation. Word spreads of a Jayne Day being
held in the town square tomorrow. Mal thinks that will be the perfect
diversion to sneak out the cargo.
Meanwhile, back at the Higgins homestead, the Magistrate asks Inara to
make a man out of his 26-year old virgin son. He's a little shy,
While Inara and Higgins’ son get to know each other, the Foreman tells
Higgins that Jayne Cobb has come back to town. Wanting revenge for the
theft, Higgins frees a man named Stitch. Stitch used to be Jayne's
partner in crime. Higgins hands Stitch a shotgun and advises him to
get Jayne for taking four years of his life and one of his eyes.
Stitch is glad to oblige.
Inside, Higgins’ son and Inara discuss a hero named Jayne. The son
says his father heard that Jayne was returning, tracked him here and
put a landlock on his ship. Doesn't look like he'll be going anywhere.
Jayne Day rolls around and the crowd wants a speech from their man.
The nice thoughts are broken up by Stitch who tells the crowd the
truth. Jayne and Stitch stole the money. After the plane was hit by
fire, Jayne dumped fuel, equipment and even Stitch before dumping that
money. Jayne admits he's no hero. Stitch shoots at Jayne, but a Mudder
jumps from the crowd and takes a bullet. Jayne chucks a knife into
Stitch's chest and beats him until there's no more Stitch. Jayne yells
at the crowd for thinking he's a hero, then knocks his statue over in
Back on Serenity, Wash is trying to get the ship to take off, with no
luck. Inara asks him if he's having problems. Suddenly, the landlock
is released and Serenity takes off. Wash says, nope, no problems. We
find out that Higgins’ son overrode that system and released the ship.
Magistrate Higgins is irate, but as the son points out, his father
wanted him to become a man, and now he has.
Jayne is still upset about the Mudder taking a bullet for him. Mal
opines that every man with a statue made of him was one kind of
sonuvabitch or another. He says it's not about what Jayne did, it's
about what the Mudders need
- Out of Gas (OAD
We see Serenity floating idly in space. The ship is empty, no sign
of life anywhere. Until Mal drops to the floor. He doesn't look so
healthy. Then we hear somebody talking about buying the ship. Mal
flashes back to the first time he showed Zoe the ship. She's
In another flashback, the rest of the crew is laughing and enjoying a
great dinner. Talking about good times and planning their next trip.
Going to fly under the radar and get far away from everything. Then we
hear a rumbling and the lights flicker.
Kaylee goes to check it out. Suddenly, a fireball races down the
hallway. Zoe pushes Kaylee aside and the explosion blasts her across
the room. The crew scrambles to fix the problem. The fire is contained
and blown out the cargo door. The group then rushes Zoe to the
infirmary. Kaylee informs Mal that the ship isn't moving. He needs her
to figure out what happened.
Mal orders Wash to the bridge, but he refuses to leave his wife's
side. Mal grabs him and tells him he's going to get the ship going,
and that's not a request.
Flashing back farther, we see the day Mal and Zoe interviewed pilots.
Wash, sporting a mustache, takes the job. Zoe says something about
Wash bothers her, but she's not sure what. Moving forward in time,
Zoe's heart has stopped. Simon jams her with some adrenaline.
Back in the present, Mal is alone in the infirmary bandaging up his
belly and shooting himself with some adrenaline. He's not in great
shape right now. Flashing back again, Kaylee tells Mal the catalyzer
on the port compression coil blew. The ship is dead in the water and
she doesn't think she can fix it. What's worse, the main life support
is down because the engine is dead. There's no auxiliary life support
either. The crew only has a few hours of oxygen left.
Mal asks Wash if he's sent out a beacon yet. Wash doesn't think it'll
make a difference They're too far out of range. Mal and Wash have an
angry showdown about their options. Wash eventually realizes that
Mal's idea will muck up a passerby's navigation system, and they'd be
forced to stop and dig out Serenity's signal before they could move
In the present, Mal is still staggering around the ship. Nobody else
has been seen to this point. Flashing back further again, we find Mal
interrupting his mechanic, Bester, and a young lady “in the act.” Mal
wonders why Bester hasn't fixed the engine. Bester complains that the
grav boot is shot, but the young lady says the right couple is bad.
She fixes it by removing the couple and plugging the g-line straight
into the port pinlock. The engine starts humming again. The young
lady, by the way, turns out to be Kaylee, Serenity's new mechanic.
Moving to the recent past, Kaylee apologizes to Mal for not taking
better care of the ship. She says they need a new catalyst. Mal says
they have to make due. In the present, Mal stumbles around as the
alarms sound about the life support failure. He tries to work the
catalyst back into the engine when he drops it down a hole. Gone.
Past again, and Mal has gathered the troops to give them a straight
overview of their problems. He says the crew will split up into two
shuttles and they'll launch them in opposite directions to see if they
can find help. Mal is staying with the ship.
After final preparations, the two shuttles depart, leaving Mal behind.
He bundles up in a blanket and falls asleep, missing another ship's
radio call about receiving Serenity's beacon.
Later, Mal wakes up and Serenity is nose to nose with the S.S. Walden.
The captain is quite skeptical about Mal's intentions, thinking an
ambush might be waiting for him. He finally agrees to come onboard and
deliver a catalyst.
The Walden crew comes aboards, guns drawn. They're going to check the
ship to make sure Mal isn't lying. Finding the ship empty, the Walden
captain shoots Mal in the gut and says they're taking Serenity. Mal
comes to his feet, gun drawn. He orders the Walden crew off his ship,
minus the catalyst they brought over. They leave and Mal drops to the
ground, just like we saw at the start.
Mal fixes the engine and attempts to call back the shuttles, but
passes out. When he comes to, he's lying in the infirmary with the
crew. He's confused as to why everybody is back. Zoe ordered the
shuttles back and they found Mal in time. They also found a fixed
One last flashback shows Mal with a ship dealer. The dealer is
extolling the virtues of one particular craft. But Mal looks across
the lot and sees Serenity. He's sold on it.
- Shindig (OAD
We start in a bar with Mal and Jayne playing pool with some
ruffians. A fight breaks out, and Mal and Jayne clean house. Inara is
quite amused watching the proceedings.
Back on Serenity, the crew prepares to land on Persephone. Zoe says
the planet is starting to feel like a second home. Mal says it's no
home here. There are too many people they need to avoid. They're going
to re-supply, look for work and head on home.
Pre-landing, Inara reviews her video messages, all from people hoping
to enjoy her company during this visit. She takes a call from a man
called Atherton. It seems that he's engaged her services for a few
days in order to attend a ball.
Kaylee, Jayne, Wash, Zoe and Mal take in the sights of the city. Mal
seems to become a little sensitive whenever Inara's name comes up. The
groups has enough of Mal's attitude, and leaves Mal and Jayne behind.
As soon as they leave, a man points a gun in Mal's direction. Another
man, Badger, says it's time he and Mal have a conversation.
Badger has an offer for Mal. It seems that a local gent, Warrick
Harrow, has some property he wants to sell off-planet. However, local
powers won't let that happen. Harrow needs a smuggler and Badger is
willing to cut Mal in on it. Why? Mainly because Harrow despises
Badger and won't deal with him.
At an elegant ball, Atherton Wing is introduced with Inara Serra. It's
all very proper and high class. Fawning over Inara, Atherton asks her
to live on Persephone as his personal companion. At that moment, Miss
Kaywinnit Lee Frye and escort are introduced to the ball attendees.
Mal and Kaylee. Mal immediately begins looking for Inara. Kaylee tries
to fit in with the debutantes, without much success.
Mal introduces himself to Mr. Warrick Harrow. Pardon, Sir Warrick
Harrow. Atherton comes over and introduces himself to Warrick during
his conversation with Mal. The tension broils between Mal, Atherton
and Inara. Mal asks Atherton for a dance with his date. During the
dance, Mal and Inara tension reaches an all-time high. Atherton glares
on, searching for a sign of something amiss.
Across the hall, Kaylee has found a group she fits in with. The men.
They all talk about spaceships and engines and such.
Atherton cuts into Mal and Inara's dance, saying Inara is his because
money has changed hands. Mal socks Atherton in the face. Atherton says
he accepts Mal's challenge to a duel. It will take place tomorrow
morning. With a sword. Not Mal's weapon of choice.
Back on the ship, Badger spreads the word of Mal's troubles. And he
brought his gang along to make sure they don't leave the ship to
rescue Mal. Badger wouldn't want word of his shady dealing spreading
around the planet.
Inara offers Mal a backdoor escape from his overnight lodging. He
refuses because he wants to fight. On the ship, the crew tries to plan
a diversion to overpower their guards. Back in Mal's room, Inara tries
to teach him swordsmanship.
The morning comes and so does the duel. Atherton radiates confidence.
Mal cuts Atherton's shirt, but Atherton lands the first piercing, to
Mal's right side. Atherton forces Mal to the ground, and stomps his
foot down on Mal's sword, snapping it at the hilt.
Atherton slowly moves in for the kill. Inara begs Atherton to spare
Mal, saying she'll stay here with him if he does. When Atherton looks
over to her, Mal jumps to his feet and punches him in the face. Mal
picks up his broken sword blade, tosses it into Atherton's chest and
lands another punch, dropping Atherton to the ground. Now Mal looms
over for the kill. However, he decides to spare Atherton's life. After
a few small stabbings, of course.
Impressed with Mal's courage, Warrick agrees to let him smuggle his
cargo. On Serenity, the crew is still planning their diversion when
Mal returns. Warrick's smuggled booty turns out to be cattle
- Safe (OAD 11/08/02)
We open on the Tam estate of the past, and are introduced to Simon
and River as children. River demonstrates her amazing mental
abilities, and Simon’s father promises Simon a gift in exchange for
him growing up to be a successful doctor.
In the present, Serenity touches down on Jiangyin. Judging from the
locals, it seems to be fairly primitive. And they're not happy to see
a "fancy vessel" like Serenity coming in. The locals figure the ship
is only looking to sell something.
After landing, the crew unloads the cattle cargo from their most
recent job. River talks to the cattle as they mill about their new
pen. She says they remember where they are now that they see sky. Mal
orders Simon to take River for a walk so he can wrap up his
cattle-smuggling business. Simon is reluctant since the Alliance
considers he and his sister fugitives, but Mal says go. He says the
Magellan is a thousand miles away, so they shouldn't worry about the
In town, Inara and Kaylee go supply shopping. Simon and River walk in.
Simon isn't enjoying looking after River. He also doesn't enjoy being
on a junky ship schlepping across the galaxy, which Kaylee takes
offense to. River wanders off during their conversation and Simon
can't find her.
At Serenity, the men show up for their cattle. Heavy negotiation
ensues, but a price is finally met and a deal is struck.
Unfortunately, as the men are paying, the law shows up looking to
arrest Marcus and Nathaniel Grange, the would-be cattle buyers.
They're wanted for a murder.
Simon finds River as she wanders into a dance and music performance.
River joins right in as Simon nervously looks on. Back at Serenity, a
shootout ensues. One Grange boy is shot down and the other is tackled
from behind by Mal. In the aftermath, Mal sees that Shepherd Book has
been shot in the chest.
Over at the dance, three men - local boys - throw a sack over Simon's
head and drag him away. The men walk Simon through the forest. We
flash back to Simon’s past, and see him arguing with his parents over
hidden meanings in River’s letters to him from the Academy. He
suspects that something is wrong, but his parents attempt to convince
him otherwise. In the present, River comes across Simon and the
kidnappers and figures they're playing a game.
On Serenity, Wash returns from town. He says there's no sign of Simon
and River in town. Wash thinks they were kidnapped because of some
warning signs he saw in town. It seems to be a problem on this planet.
Mal gets ready to lift off in order to rush Shepherd to medical help.
He's not worried about leaving River and Simon behind.
Speaking of which, they see Serenity lift off as they're walked
through the woods by their captors. On board, Mal and Wash check
galactic charts for the nearest medical help. Inara comes on the
bridge and suggests “certain nearby facilities.” Mal doesn't want to
discuss that as an idea.
On Jiangyin, the kidnappers march Simon into town and show him off as
a doctor. The filthy masses straggle out to see him. The captors take
Simon to a sickhouse. They want him to help heal their residents.
Simon realizes the situation and begins to aid people.
In space, Serenity glides next to the Alliance cruiser Magellan and
requests permission for docking.
Mal and Jayne carry Shepherd onto the Magellan. Armed guards are there
to meet them. The ship's security chief seems reluctant until Shepherd
begins mumbling about an ID card. His card is fetched from his pocket
and scanned. The security chief orders Shepherd taken into the
emergency room immediately.
In the sickhouse, River bonds with a girl named Ruby. The nurse
doesn't think River will get much out of Ruby because she's a mute -
at least for the past few years. Later, River says Ruby explained what
happened to her, but not through speaking. The nurse thinks River is a
witch and must be killed.
The nurse rings the old town bell, rallying the citizenry. The town
patron slaps River after she explains that the old patron was sick and
died. The patron thinks she's a witch because she can read minds. The
townsfolk tie her to a pole for a good, old-fashioned witch burning.
On the Magellan, Shepherd comes to. Mal wonders why the Alliance
allowed a wanted ship to dock, then took care of Shepherd. Shepherd
doesn't offer any answers, but says it's good to be home.
Simon tries to save River from the mob. He attacks their ignorance and
says this is not God's will. He hugs River and tells the people to
light the post if this is what they want. At that moment, Serenity
hovers over the people. The cargo door opens, and there's Jayne, gun
trained on the townspeople.
Mal and Zoe walk toward the crowd, guns also drawn. They take back
River and Simon without much fuss from the patron or anybody else.
Back on Serenity, Mal says he came back for Simon simply because he's
on his crew. That's all that matters. The crew shares a nice dinner
and all is well on Serenity once again
- Ariel (OAD 11/15/02)
Serenity hurtles through space. On board, the crew mulls around
while discussing Ariel, a core planet. Shepherd Book is not present,
as he’s been dropped off to meditate at an Abbey. Zoe says she's not
getting off the ship. Too many Feds. Mal says nobody's getting off the
ship. They're dropping off Inara so she can renew her companion's
license. Guild law requires an annual physical for all companions.
Cleaning his guns, Jayne spits on them. Simon asks him not to, but he
does anyway. Suddenly, River picks up a butcher's knife and slashes
Jayne across the chest. In the infirmary, as Simon is stitching him
up, Jayne tells Mal the siblings have to go before she kills somebody.
Mal refuses, but tells Simon that River is completely confined to her
Later, Mal and Jayne complain that they have no job to do while
waiting on Inara. Simon says if the crew helps him get River into the
hospital's diagnostic ward, he'll help them get into the hospital
vault and tell them what medicines to steal (to later sell on the
street for huge money). Simon wants to get River into a 3-D neuro-imager
to find out what they did to her at the Academy.
Simon reveals his plan to sneak into the hospital unnoticed. Kaylee
and Wash will build an ambulance ship from old scrap parts, and Mal,
Zoe and Jayne will pose as medics. They'll be carrying Simon and
River, who will be induced into unconsciousness to seem like corpses.
The ambulance touches down at the hospital and the plan is underway.
Jayne assures Mal that he's okay with Simon's plan. The on-duty nurse
sends our crew down to the morgue. Mal gives River and Simon an
injection that will revive them in a few minutes, then he and Zoe
depart for the vault. After a moment, Jayne walks down the hall to a
telephone and calls the police. The officer asks if Jayne has the
fugitives, Jayne asks if the officer has his reward.
Jayne heads back to the morgue, where River and Simon come to. Up in
the hallways, Mal and Zoe are pushing their gurneys towards the vault
when a doctor stops them, asking to see Mal's badge. Meanwhile, as
Simon and Jayne wheel River through a patient wing, a patient begins
having a heart attack. Simon jumps in and saves the man's life.
Back in the hallway, the doctor orders Mal and Zoe to follow him. He
begins yelling at them, but Zoe shocks him with the paddles, knocking
him out. They take off for the vault and get in using the doctor's ID
Simon lays River down in the neuro-imager and kicks it on. In the
vault, Mal and Zoe begin cleaning house according to Simon's shopping
list. They load up the gurneys, close the lids and take off.
Simon begins scanning River. A hologram of her brain appears over her.
Simon is shocked by what he sees. He says they cut into her brain,
over and over, removing the part that allows her to suppress feelings.
Jayne tries to rush out the group. Simon says they have twenty more
minutes, but Jayne says the plan changed while Simon was out.
The group moves outside, where Federal marshals are waiting for them.
Jayne asks the officer he spoke with how they want to handle things.
The marshals arrest Jayne for aiding and abetting fugitives. Jayne
asks about his money. The officer says it's his money now.
Mal and Zoe make it back to the ambulance. Mal wonders where the rest
of the group is. Well, they're inside, being held by the marshals.
Outside, Mal realizes something is up. He and Zoe arm themselves and
looks for a way to sneak in the back.
The marshals transfer their captives into a holding room and Jayne
goes on the attack. He knocks out one guard and kills another. Mal and
Zoe hustle through the hospital. Kaylee and Wash radio directions to
Two sinister men, dressed in black suits, show up and interrogate the
arresting officer. When the suited men find out the officer spoke with
the captives, one of the men pulls a blue wand device out of his
pocket and triggers it. The arresting officer begins to bleed from
every orifice, as well as his fingernails.
Inside the holding room, Jayne, Simon and River hear the men screaming
outside. The screaming continues until the suited men have killed all
of the marshals. Our group takes off in the other direction. They're
unsure of where they're going, but it's away from the screaming. The
suited men find the guard that Jayne knocked unconscious and bleed him
to death as well.
The trio finds a door, but it's locked. Jayne tries to blast it open,
but his stolen weapon malfunctions. The suited men are rapidly
approaching. Jayne tries to break the door open when the handle is
blasted off from the other side. Mal and Zoe are standing there.
The ambulance arrives back on Serenity just in time to meet Inara, who
has also returned. The entire crew is safe. Simon is optimistic about
a possible treatment for River, based on the data he collected. Simon
thanks Jayne for saving them. After the crew leaves, Mal and Jayne
begins to unload the pilfered medicine. When Jayne turns around, Mal
cracks him in the face with a wrench, knocking him out cold.
When Jayne comes to, he's locked in the cargo hold with a radio. From
the other side, Mal opens the cargo bay door and asks Jayne why he
went out the back. He knows Jayne called the Feds. Jayne denies it
Mal says if Jayne turns on any of his crew, he turns on Mal. Worried
that he's about to be sucked out the door when the ship pressurizes,
Jayne asks Mal to not tell the crew what he did. Mal walks upstairs,
but not before closing the cargo bay door. He leaves Jayne in the
cargo hold to think about what he did.
River sits quietly drawing as Simon approaches to give her an
injection. She asks if it’s time to go to sleep again. He smiles and
says that it’s time to wake up
- War Stories (OAD
Jealous of Zoe's relationship with Mal, Wash
insists (thanks to a bit of scheming) that he go with Mal to try to
sell some of the medical supplies the crew stole from the Alliance. In
the middle of the deal Mal and Wash are kidnapped by men working for
Niska the crime lord, who wants revenge against Mal for the botched
train heist. He tortures Mal and Wash until Zoe shows up offering
money in exchange for the prisoners. Niska says that the money is only
enough for one person and Zoe chooses Wash. Wash realizes that Mal's
antagonizing him while they were being tortured was to help keep him
alive and kicking. This inspires him to do everything he can to help
Zoe rescue Mal from Niska. The rest of the crew jump on board to save
Meanwhile Inara extends her services to a council member. To the crew
of Serenity's surprise, it's a woman. And Simon continues to treat
River with some of the medicine he stole but she suffers the
occasional relapse as well as displays a penchant for blind-shooting.
- Objects in Space
When River gets hold of a loaded gun the
crew begins to believe she may never recover. Their discussions are
interrupted by the arrival of a bounty hunter, Early, who sneaks on
board the ship and takes out or locks up the crew and forces Simon at
gunpoint to take him to River. River talks to him, apparently having
possessed the ship. She stalls for time only to reveal she is on
Early's ship. She claims that since the crew was willing to give her
up, she's best off going with Early. But when he leaves Mal has been
directed to him by River and kicks the bounty hunter off into space.
- Serenity (Part 1)
After a flashback to Zoe's and Mal's days in
the wars six years previous, we cut to the modern day where the
Serenity crew is running a salvage operation on a deserted ship and
are forced to flee with the cargo when the Alliance show up. Their
buddy Badger refuses to buy the cargo so they head off to the rim
worlds after picking up three passengers: Book, Simon, and Dobson. En
route someone sends a signal to the Alliance and it turns out to be
Dobson, an undercover Federal agent, who arrests Simon but is glad to
take the whole crew in. He shoots Kaylee before being captured, and
Simon forces Mal to flee in return for his doctoring services. When
Mal investigates Simon's cargo he finds a naked woman...
- Serenity (Part 2)
The naked woman is Simon's sister River, a
government test subject he helped to escape. After ducking a dreaded
reaver ship, Mal tries and cuts a deal with Patience, an old "friend"
but suspects a trap. Patience tries an ambush but the team escapes
just as the Reavers return and the Federal agent breaks loose. Mal
shoots the agent dead and Wash manages to duck the Reavers. at the end
Mal decides to take on all three of his remaining passengers
- Heart of Gold
The crew of the Serenity are in for a gunfight when one of Inara's
companion colleagues asks for their help. The Serenity crew defends a
bordello from a gunslinger who got a prostitute pregnant and now
intends to collect the child; Mal falls for the bordello's madam.
- Trash (Unaired)
Saffron (from "Our Mrs. Reynolds") returns - after Mal breaks up her
current gig, she convinces him and the crew to help out with a
"perfect crime" that isn't. The crime: go to Bellerophon and steal a
criminal's prototype laser gun from his collection. The plan: Saffron
and Mal sneak in and dump the gun down the trash, bypassing security,
and the Serenity crew grab it from the disposal system. Of
course, this is Saffron, and it turns out she's married to the crook,
Durran, and plans to double-cross Mal. Things don't work out so well
and Saffron strands Mal naked in the desert. Fortunately Mal and Inara
anticipated a betrayal and set it up so Inara grabs the gun, leaves
Saffron behind, and rescues Mal.
Meanwhile, Simon figures out Jayne betrayed them (in "Ariel") and the
two have words.
- The Message (Unaired)
An old war comrade of Mal's and Zoe's, Tracey, mails his corpse to
them. He also leaves a message asking them to deliver his body to his
family. Some men claiming to be with the Alliance is on the trail of
the body and catch up to them demanding the body. The crew can't find
anything on Tracey's corpse, but as they prepare to cut it open,
Tracey comes back to life. He explains he is smuggling super-organs in
his own body. They flee to the planet with the men in hot pursuit and
eventually/supposedly agree to give up Tracey. Tracey gets wind of the
plan and makes a break for it with Kaylee as a hostage – they shoot
him down and Mal reveals they were going to send the officer off since
he's out of his jurisdiction and on a personal mission with no
authority. Then Tracey dies and they deliver his body for real this