Firefly: Season 1, Episode 5

Out of Gas (25 Oct. 2002)

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When Serenity's life support system fails, Mal orders the crew off the ship - but he stays behind.

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On Simon's birthday, Serenity's engine stops turning and an explosion knocks out auxiliary life support, severely wounding Zoe. With few options, Mal orders the rest of the crew off the ship, but he stays behind hoping for a miracle. The story is told in multiple time frames shifting from Mal's time alone on the ship to the events prior to the crew's departure. Flashbacks to Mal's initial meetings with many of his crew members are also a part of the narrative, showing how and why Mal and Zoe decided to buy the old Firefly-class ship, as well as revealing it wasn't love-at-first-sight for Zoe and Wash when he was hired as the Serenity's pilot, as well as how Inara charmed her way into letting Mal rent out one of the Serenity's shuttles for herself, how Mal met the mechanic/engineer Kaylee in a compromising position, and how the crew met Jayne who was an tough, but dumb, interplanetary bandit. Written by Azure_Girl

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Previously, Kaylee had been complaining about the "crappy compression coil." It was the compression coil finally blowing that crippled Serenity. See more »

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Kaylee has just put Simon's birthday cake down on the table when the explosion happens, but in many subsequent shots of both the table and the floor in the dining room, the cake is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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Wash: When your miracle gets here, you just pound this button once, it'll call back both shuttles.
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Referenced in Firefly: Ariel (2002) See more »

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The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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Out of Gas
27 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not usually a fan of flashback episodes. My initial reaction is traditionally a roll of the eyes and get out my crafts. But not this one. I say it has to do with AMAZING EDITING!!! It truly is the best flashback episode I've ever seen and is my favorite Firefly episode. After reading a previous comment, I have to say that I agree. It would have been an amazing final episode. I highly recommend that anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi show catch this one on DVD or reruns. Then watch Serenity. We've gotten several people addicted to the series after the fact and all of them are disappointed that it was canceled so early on. I keep my fingers crossed that it will come back. The chemistry of the cast from the get go is enjoyable.


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