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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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Kaylee: [about Simon's birthday cake] Couldn't get ahold of no flour, so it's mostly protein. In fact, it's pretty much what we just had for dinner.
[everyone laughs]
Kaylee: But I tried to get the frosting as chocolatey tasting as possible.
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Referenced in Firefly: Ariel (2002) See more »

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The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
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Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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4 November 2014 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Out of Gas is the best Firefly episode. It is the most dramatic, as the crew meets with the most threatening scenario they've encountered on the show till now. It is the most emotional and endearing, since it delves into the crew's backstory, specifically - how it is that they've all ended up on the Firefly (aside from Simon, River, and Book, of course, as we've seen them board during the pilot). It is also the most hilarious, because looking at these characters as they were years ago, and their first meetings with the ever-sarcastic Mal, is tremendously funny.

I do want to mention Objects in Space as the 2nd greatest Firefly ep, but Out of Gas is definitely the more epic and moving one. Pure class - 10/10.


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