Firefly: Season 1, Episode 11

Serenity (20 Dec. 2002)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
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In the first half of the original pilot episode, the crew of Serenity takes on several passengers and make their way to another planet to try and sell goods they salvaged from a wrecked ... See full summary »



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In the first half of the original pilot episode, the crew of Serenity takes on several passengers and make their way to another planet to try and sell goods they salvaged from a wrecked ship. Their efforts are impeded, though, when Wash and Mal realize that there is an undercover alliance fed on board. In the second half of the original pilot, Simon struggles to save Kaylee, and in turn River and himself while Mal, Zoe, and Jayne attempt to unload the cargo from the salvage to a trigger-happy mayor of a border moon. Written by Anonymous

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When Serenity first sets down at the Eavesdown Docks on Persephone, Kaylee mentions to Mal that the ship she would like to find a new compression coil, adding that, if the compression coil bursts, the ship would be "drifting." This foreshadows the events of episode 8, "Out of Gas" in which Serenity has an engine failure caused by its faulty compression coil. See more »


After Simon asks Mal "What business is that?", Mal punches Simon in the face. When Simon falls down, hands are visible at the bottom left of the screen catching Simon (after 50:13 minutes). See more »


Simon: So does it happen a lot? Government commandeering your ship, telling you where to go?
Mal: That's what governments are for... get in a man's way.
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References Aliens (1986) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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I'm with rhoberta, this show rocks!!!
29 June 2008 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I, like about 99.9% of everyone else who's a fan of this series, didn't get to see the episodes when they were original aired. Which in my opinion was a good thing cause when I learned the original order each one was aired in, I thought "No wonder this show didn't do well on TV! The time-line's so outta wack it's a wonder you can even follow it." Maybe the guys at Fox who decided on that order had the same mentality as theluckdog; & couldn't appreciate this series for what it really was. Firefly is a breakthrough in entertainment, refreshingly different, downright hilarious, & still has a storyline you can get hooked on! Joss Whedon combined the Old American West, Chinese language/culture, and a futuristic setting in a way that you can totally believe is not only realistic, but entirely possible. I love all the characters, & I especially like that none of them take center stage anymore than the others do. I'm not gonna get into details about this particular episode, cause I believe it's already been pretty well covered. But I will say that it was worth 80 minutes of your time. Of course, you shouldn't just take my word for it. Go & see it for yourself. Then you'll find out what everyone's been raving about :).

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