Firefly: Season 1, Episode 7

Safe (8 Nov. 2002)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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While visiting an outlying planet, Simon and River are kidnapped by local villagers in need of a doctor. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew are forced to seek medical help from an unlikely ... See full summary »

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While visiting an outlying planet, Simon and River are kidnapped by local villagers in need of a doctor. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew are forced to seek medical help from an unlikely source when one of their own is shot. Written by Anonymous

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This episode marks the television debut of a young Zac Efron, appearing as an adolescent Simon Tam in the flashback sequences. See more »

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Inara: Does it seem every supply store on every border planet has the same five rag dolls and the same wood carvings of... What is this, a duck?
Kaylee: It's a swan. I like it.
Inara: You do?
Kaylee: Looks like it was made with, you know, longing. Made by a person really longed to see a swan.
Inara: Perhaps because they'd only heard of them by rough description.
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Interesting questions are raised
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Following on from the excellent "Shindig" which ended with the crew taking aboard a shipment of cattle we learn what happens when they visit a remote planet to sell them. Once the cattle are offloaded the captain suggests that Simon and River join Kaylee and Inara in town as he doesn't want anything to go wrong with the trade. Of course things do go wrong and Shepherd Book gets shot when the local law men turn up to arrest the buyers. Normally they would get the doctor to help but it turns out that at the time Book was getting shot Simon was being kidnapped by a group of locals who wanted a doctor. Needing to find medical help Mal orders Wash to take off, there being no other facilities about they do the last thing Mal wants to do; seek assistance from the Alliance. At first they aren't keen to help but upon seeing the Shepherd's ID the can't help him fast enough. Meanwhile back on the planet Simon and River are having problems; when River knows what has happened to a child without being told the locals want to burn her for witchcraft.

This was another excellent episode which introduced a couple of interesting mysteries; just what was so special about Book's ID that it got him VIP treatment from the Alliance and how can River read minds? As with all episodes there are a few good laughs and the scene where River takes part in the town dance is delightful.


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