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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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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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Trivia

Mal narrates the pre-credit opening rather than Book. The introduction at the beginning of the show in this episode is somewhat different from the normal introduction, but close-captioning displayed the words for the normal introduction. See more »

Goofs

The leather rope necklace that Zoe wears is a symbol of her commitment to Wash (like a wedding ring), but in the flashback scenes in this episode where Zoe and Wash first meet and when Mal and Zoe first enter Serenity, she is wearing the necklace. (However, the information of the commitment symbolism comes from the costume designer on the DVD commentary for the episode "Shindig" and might not be canon as created by Joss Whedon or the other writers. Therefore this may not be a true continuity error if the symbolism exists only in the designer's concept.) See more »

Quotes

[after Mal first introduces Zoë to Wash]
Mal: Great, ain't he?
Zoë Washburne: I don't like him.
Mal: What?
Zoë Washburne: Just somethin' about him bothers me.
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Connections

Referenced in Firefly: Ariel (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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.

Outstanding.

10/10


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