Firefly: Season 1, Episode 10

Objects in Space (13 Dec. 2002)

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The Alliance has placed a bounty on River Tam's head and a bounty Hunter named Jubal Early sets out to claim the bounty and tracks down the Serenity crew. Jubal sneaks on-board the Serenity... See full summary »



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The Alliance has placed a bounty on River Tam's head and a bounty Hunter named Jubal Early sets out to claim the bounty and tracks down the Serenity crew. Jubal sneaks on-board the Serenity while the crew is asleep to capture River and Simon and return them to the Alliance, so he can be paid for their capture and only River can stop him. Written by Daniel Williamson

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When the Firefly series was released on DVD, this episode was placed as the series finale. However, according to the official companion, this episode was originally filmed between "War Stories" and "Trash", but Joss Whedon and Tim Minear felt that this episode best summed up the series. If you watch some of the other episodes, you will notice that they let slip some of the things that should've been discovered in this episode: for example, in "The Message", Jayne mentions that River is a psychic, which isn't learned until this episode. Similarly, in the episode "Trash", River says that she can kill Jayne with her brain, which is supposed to be based on River having psychic abilities. See more »


When Jubal Early has landed on Serenity after leaving his craft, he looks into the Galley through the external windows. He crawls forward on the exterior of the hull and places his hand on the window frame just before his head appears from the top of the window. He is in Free Space but his hand is bare, not in the Space suit glove he was wearing when he closed the Airlock on his own craft. See more »


Jubal Early: Where's your sister?
Dr. Simon Tam: I don't know. Who do you work for?
Jubal Early: This is her room.
Dr. Simon Tam: Yes.
Jubal Early: It's empty.
Dr. Simon Tam: I know.
Jubal Early: So is it still a room when it's empty? Does the room, the thing, have purpose? Or do we - what's the word?
Dr. Simon Tam: I really can't help you.
Jubal Early: The plan's to take your sister; get the reward, which is substantial - "imbue", that's the word.
Dr. Simon Tam: So you're a bounty hunter.
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Referenced in Firefly: Trash (2003) See more »


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Brilliant sci-fi adventure and quintessential Firefly.
7 November 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Brief list of spectacularly awesome things about OIS:

+ River comes to the forefront and gives a glimpse of the depth within her character. She's previously often shown what seemed like peculiarity, with occasional flashes of sharp intellect and insight. However, her broadly reaching genius is now firmly established. Her abilities are also strongly developed and demonstrated.

+ There is an uber-cool segment placing us into the mind of River, with superb, inventive audiovisual direction. Very fresh and memorable scene.

+ The antagonist Jubil Early is so organic, interesting, and badass that he completely dominates the episode. Fantastic acting from Richard Brooks. Early's lines, and the air of calm but slightly unhinged (even before River makes him fly off the rocker completely) menace that he conveys in every scene, are brilliant.

+ All the other dialogue in the ep is top-notch, as well.

+ The bits in outer space are stupendously done.

All in all, Objects in Space is a masterpiece. 10/10.

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