Firefly: Season 1, Episode 5

Out of Gas (25 Oct. 2002)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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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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Did You Know?


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


When Mal and Zoe first walk onto Serenity, a cable on the floor behind them slides across the floor in one of the shots, then appears in a different position in a later shot. See more »


River: [after Simon looks at her to see if they found out his birthday from her] "Day" is a vestigial mode of time measurement based on solar cycles. It's not applicable... I didn't get you anything.
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Referenced in Firefly: Ariel (2002) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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Speaks volumes about the series itself
5 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It'd be an understatement to call "Out of Gas" just a great "Firefly" episode; it's one of my favorite pieces of television, period. Superbly structured, it weaves together how-they-all-met scenes with harsh images of a dying Mal, dragging through Serenity and trying to get her back up and running. These are rough as hell to watch (don't give this episode a shot after a bad day at work), but they make the sentimental segments all the more touching. This episode is brimming with character, and beautifully shows the bond between a captain and his vessel.



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