Firefly: Season 1, Episode 4

Jaynestown (18 Oct. 2002)

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Mal and the crew of Serenity land to pick up some contraband In Canton, a township on Higgins' Moon, where labor is provided under servitude run by the local magistrate. Jayne had once ... See full summary »



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Fess Higgins (as Zachary Kranzier)
Well-Dressed Man (as Bob McCraken)


Mal and the crew of Serenity land to pick up some contraband In Canton, a township on Higgins' Moon, where labor is provided under servitude run by the local magistrate. Jayne had once robbed the boss with a partner but barely escaped by jettisoning from their getaway vehicle his partner (now waiting for revenge) and the money boxes (who have made him a legendary hero). Jayne is recognized by all and "welcomed" accordingly. Sub-plots show Simon and Kaylee face their growing romantic feelings, River first tries to "fix" the Bible and is later traumatized by seeing Book's hair. Meanwhile, Inara is "making a man of" the magistrate's resentful son who helps the crew escape out of spite to his father. But there has been a confrontation with Jayne's abandoned partner whose vengeful shotgun kills one of Jayne's young hero-worshipers, bringing Jayne to verge of philosophy with Mal. Written by anonymous

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Adam Baldwin admitted to swiping the Jayne statue's head as a souvenir after filming the episode. Later on, additional shots were needed for the episode (scene where the crew first sees the statue) and the crack where the head was broken off and then reattached is visible. See more »


Simon's cup jumps away from his mouth while he's drinking with Kaylee. See more »


Simon: Canton really stinks.
Mal: That's what makes it such a great drop point. No one comes here that doesn't have to.
Wash: I vote we do this job really, really fast.
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The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
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Jayne the hero!
12 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As serenity approaches the backwater settlement called Canton where they intend to pick up some contraband Jayne is somewhat nervous, apparently he is persona non grata there as he robbed the local magistrate there. Given this fact he and the rest of the crew are understandably more than a little shocked when they find a statue of him there. The shock is further increased when they hear a song being sung in Jayne's honour at the town bar. This does at least explain why Jayne is the 'Hero of Canton'; during his robbery years before he was forced to abandon his loot so he could take off, the poor people of Canton thought it was a deliberate act of kindness though. When the magistrate learns of Jayne's presence we releases Jayne's former partner; the man he jettisoned before the money, so that he can get revenge for both of them. While this is going on Shepherd Book is looking after River back on Serenity where he has to stop her 'correcting' his Bible and later terrifies her when she sees him without his hair tied back.

This was another great episode in a great series, featuring many laugh out loud scenes, moments of poignancy, and even a catch song! The whole cast put in fine performances as always but particular mention must be made of Adam Baldwin, his portrayal of Jayne was fantastic, one moment he is scared of being identified, the next he is revelling in his fame and most surprisingly he shows genuine emotion when one of the locals is killed while trying to save him. Further great comedy was provided by the interactions of Shepherd Book and River and of Kaylee and Simon. With episodes of this quality it is shocking that 'Firefly' was cancelled so soon.

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