Firefly: Season 1, Episode 8

Ariel (15 Nov. 2002)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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Serenity travels to the core world Ariel and Simon comes up with a plan to steal drugs from the hospital.



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When the crew of Serenity arrives on the heavily populated, industrialized Alliance core world of 'Ariel', where Inara is to undergo an annual physical examination for her clean companion medical record, Simon realizes it is the perfect opportunity to sneak River into an Alliance medical facility and find out what they did to her. In return for the crew's help in getting them in to the facility, Simon helps Mal, Zoe and Jayne organize an operation to steal valuable medical supplies. But Jayne has other ideas when he learns about the reward for Simon and River and contacts the local authorities, leading to another appearance of the two, sinister-looking agents known as "Hands of Blue". Written by Shiro

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During the raid in the parts dump, Wash picks up a catalyzer and tosses it aside. This is an important part in "Out of Gas," as it's the one that is destroyed in the fire caused by the blown compression coil; the destruction of the catalyzer disables the auxiliary life support. See more »


When Jayne is taken into custody by the Alliance officer, the officer says that Jayne is "under arrest". However, the phrase used every other time a character is taken into custody is "bound by law". See more »


Simon: This is the recovery ward. This is where patients come to get better.
River: They're going to die.
Simon: No one is going to die.
River: [points] He is.
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References Firefly: Out of Gas (2002) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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just great!
20 March 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Great episode of great show, but one quibble: hi-tech pro killers choose noisiest, bloodiest, most attention-grabbing way to dispatch their victims, all of whom are on their side?! what's with that? Other than that - and wont begrudge the team a little hyperbole in an otherwise superbly restrained and understated show - it's a brilliant heist flick in 42-odd minutes. We came to expect it, but the pace of plot development, the economy of the telling, the sublime interaction between characters whose actors really like each other a lot, and the downright actual excitement of it all continues to amaze. I've been watching telly for 45 years, and I think this may be the best show ever (speaking of hyperbole...)

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