Firefly (2002–2003)
8.7/10
3,628
11 user 9 critic

Serenity 

Malcolm Reynolds is a veteran and the captain of Serenity. He and his crew are smuggling goods, but they need to pick up some passengers for extra money. However, not all the passengers are what they seem.

Director:

Writers:

(created by),
Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Badger (as Mark A. Sheppard)
...
Dortmunder Captain
...
Inara's Client
Eddie Adams ...
...
Edit

Storyline

After scavenging the remains of a cargo spaceship, Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds and his crew are found by the Alliance but they escape. They go to Persephone to sell the stolen cargo to the criminal Badger, but he is no longer interested in the wanted goods. Malcom decides to sell the cargo to the outlaw Patience in the planet Whitefall and pick up passenger to raise money. But soon they discover and Alliance's mole on board that is chasing one of the passengers. Who is who? When they arrive on Whitefall, Patience betrays Malcolm and the infamous Reavers have followed them and will attack Serenity. What will Malcolm and his crew do? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-14

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

20 December 2002 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Tim Minear, Inara's vial was to be revealed in a later episode to be able to kill whoever she has sex with. In the story, Inara uses the vial during a reaver attack, and when the crew finds her, all of the reavers are dead. See more »

Goofs

Just after the crew escape from the Reavers using the 'Crazy Ivan', Wash is seen with his arm outstretched holding an imaginary steering wheel. This is explained by Joss Whedon on the DVD commentary; the makers had to pull the chair back in order to fit both Alan Tudyk and Gina Torres in the shot and Tudyk is simply miming steering the ship. See more »

Quotes

Jayne: I don't understand why we didn't leave that son of a bitch in a pool of his own blood.
Mal: We'd be dead. Can't get paid if your dead.
Jayne: Can't get paid if you crawl away like a bitty little bug neither. I got a share of this job. 10 percent of nothing is... let me do the math here... nothing, and a nothing...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Serenity (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
aka Joss Whedon's Space Cowboys
21 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a bad-ass science-fiction/fantasy show that combines riveting melodrama, gritty action, surprisingly good visual effects (for TV at any rate), excellently drawn-out characters and story lines layers with apropos complexity without contrivance, and a quasi-Western theme. The music, not to mention the theme song, is explicitly Western in genre homage, and right off the bat in the pilot one sees that this will be something like a Western story. If one could make a comparison, the Sgt. Reynolds character played by Nathan Fillion becomes a rogue Captain of the ship Firefly after losing in war (i.e. Civil War, turned gunslinger, pirate, whatever). And, as the episode goes on, that a motif of scavengers having to deal with total scum business people- first the shyster in the Mos Eisley-esquire space port, then later with the old-lady gunslinger- one sees it beefed up more-so.

It should be kinda strange, but the 'different' attitude doesn't feel at all out of place. On the contrary, as Whedon probably knows from the lineage of Star Wars, a Western backdrop out in space is just what's needed to keep the drama fresh. Whedon also has a strong knack at getting humorous moments, if not any real comedy, out of scenes and situations that could in other hands be total trash (i.e. mixing together a hooker character and a Shepherd character). On top of this, as just evidenced in the pilot episode that came first in chronology if not in original release date, Whedon is a really spot-on storyteller in getting the intended audience ready for more and more servings. Aside from the obvious- what will happen with that doctor and her fragile sister brought out of near hibernation (if you haven't seen the movie I won't say anything more)- all the characters, put on by actors like Alan Tudyk and Adam Baldwin and Gina Torres with brilliant ease- are perfectly relatable and interesting.

Can't wait to see more! That's the bottom line, folks.


18 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page