Firefly (2002–2003)
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Out of Gas 

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



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Episode cast overview:
Steven Flynn ...
Captain Sash
Lacey #1 (as Roderick L. McCarthy)


Mal and the Serenity crew are celebrating Simon's birthday when there is a fire in the engine room. Soon Keylee learns that the life support system is not working since they need a new converter. Mal order his crew to live Serenity in the two shuttles and Wash releases a distress signal. While breathing with difficulty, Mal recalls how most of the members of his crew joined him in the Serenity while waits for a miracle. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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25 October 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Inara tells Simon, "I don't want to die at all," she is thinking of a disease that is killing her. Morena admitted in her answer to a fan's question at a convention that if Joss Whedon had told the fan's friend that Inara is dying, then it must be true. See more »


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 »


Mal: Looks can be deceiving.
Jayne: Not as deceiving as a low down, dirty... deceiver.
Mal: Well said. Wasn't that well said, Zoë?
Zoë Washburne: It had a kinda poetry to it, sir.
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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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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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