Firefly (2002–2003)
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River has a daydream and holds one of Jayne's weapon believing it was a tree branch; suddenly she awakes and sees Mal and the crew scary. River overhears Mal and the crew discussing about ... See full summary »



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River has a daydream and holds one of Jayne's weapon believing it was a tree branch; suddenly she awakes and sees Mal and the crew scary. River overhears Mal and the crew discussing about her and she feels rejected. Meanwhile, the ruthless bounty hunter Jubal Early, who has tracked down River, boards the Serenity while everybody is sleeping. He subdues Mal and locks the crew in the cabins; ties Kaylee up in the engine room; hits Shepherd Book on the head; and he finally captures Simon to force him to deliver his sister. However River is missing and out of the blue, she tells through the communication system that she felt rejected and had melted away becoming part of Serenity. The skeptical Early does not believe first, but soon she is convinced she is telling the truth. What will happen to River? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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13 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Jubal Anderson Early (November 3, 1816 - March 2, 1894) was a lawyer and Confederate general in the Civil War. Early was promoted to brigadier general after the First Battle of Bull Run. He was present at the Battle of Malvern Hill, the Battle of Cedar Mountain, the Second Battle of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Shenandoah Valley, the Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, the battle for Richmond and Petersburg, and Waynesboro. He was at almost every significant battle of the civil war. The fact that he survived so many engagements is remarkable. See more »


When Jubal Early confronts Simon Tam in the corridor, he tells Simon, "The warrant doesn't specify any particular need for you to be alive" but, in the opening scene, when Jubal looks at the warrant, it clearly says, "Wanted Alive." See more »


Jubal Early: All right, that's all the hide-and-seek I got time for. I know you're on this ship, little girl, so here's how this goes. You show yourself, we finish this exchange, or your brother's brains will be flying every which-a-way. You understand, I'm sort of on the clock here. It's frustrating.
River: You're wrong, Early.
Jubal Early: I'm not wrong, dumpling, I will shoot your brother dead if you don't...
River: Wrong about River. River's not on the ship. They didn't want her here, but she couldn't make herself to leave. So ...
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Referenced in Firefly: Trash (2003) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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Beautiful- The Highlight of Whedon's Career
17 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is a real stunner through and through. From the opening walking shot to the breathtaking scene in space to the final scene with the marble, this episode is a masterpiece if only due to its cinematography.

What makes it an eternal classic is the fact that on a conceptual level it integrates 14 episodes of plot, reveals a huge mystery, resolves a character, presents the fantastical without appearing fake or oblique, presents the ideas of choice and justice as fundamental, and thereby delivers the greatest ensemble television piece ever to have existed and be rewarded with cancellation because of its virtues.

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