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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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 »


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 »


Inara: Mal, this isn't the ancient sea. You don't have to go down with your ship.
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Referenced in Firefly: Ariel (2002) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity
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Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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Best. TV. Episode. Ever.
16 December 2006 | by (Evanston, IL USA) – See all my reviews

"Out of Gas" is the "Citizen Kane" of television episodes. Everything about it is perfect: the stellar cast, Tim Minear's brilliant and moving script, David Solomon's direction (fantastic pacing), the melancholy soundtrack, the clever lighting--everything. I can watch this ep over and over, which I can't say about any other ep of any TV show I can think of.

I disagree with the other commentator that "Out of Gas" should have been the final ep; the best series finale to "Firefly" was never made because it would have given closure to seven years of outstanding television.

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