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"Firefly" Serenity (2002)

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Firefly: Season 1: Episode 11 -- The crew of the spaceship Serenity attempt to rid themselves of precious salvaged cargo.


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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
20 December 2002 (Season 1, Episode 11)
In the first half of the original pilot episode, the crew of Serenity takes on several passengers and... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joss Whedon (part 1 & 2)
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Joss Whedon (written by)

Produced by
Gareth Davies .... line producer
Lisa Lassek .... associate producer
Tim Minear .... executive producer
Brian Wankum .... associate producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Greg Edmonson 
Cinematography by
David Boyd (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lisa Lassek 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Jennifer Fishman  (as Jennifer Fishman Pate)
Amy McIntyre Britt 
Production Design by
Carey Meyer 
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson  (as Jill Ohanneson)
Makeup Department
Camille Calvet .... makeup artist
Ketty Gonzalez .... hair stylist
Tina Hoffman .... makeup artist
Ron Pipes .... makeup artist
Colette Slattery .... key hair stylist
Allan B. Holt .... makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)
Kerry Mendenhall .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Cedar .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Athena Alexander .... second assistant director
Brenda Kalosh .... first assistant director
Jana Ludwigova .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Blumenthal .... paint gang boss
Tammy DeRuiter .... painter
Randy Eriksen .... property master
Franco Esile .... lead person
Steven Fidler .... construction coordinator (as Steve Fidler)
Stella Starlight .... art department coordinator
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer
Dylan J. Hay-Chapman .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Graham Robertson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Deb Adair .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Guastini .... dialogue editor
Bill Jackson .... re-recording mixer
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Tom Perry .... re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
David Yaffe .... production sound mixer (as David Barr Yaffe)
Devendra Damon Cleary .... boom operator (uncredited)
Mark Cleary .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Mike Marchain .... supervising adr editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Marten .... special effects technician
Bruce Minkus .... special effects coordinator
Nathan Franson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kristen Branan .... visual effects producer: Zoic Studios
Loni Peristere .... visual effects supervisor
Lee Stringer .... digital artist
Bryan Whitaker .... digital artist
Justin Ball .... senior systems engineer: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
Kristen Branan .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Jarrod Davis .... animator (uncredited)
Chris John Jones .... compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Terry Naas .... animator (uncredited)
Rocco Passionino .... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Emile Edwin Smith .... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Lee Stringer .... CGI supervisor (uncredited)
Kyle Toucher .... animator (uncredited)
Kyle Toucher .... digital artist (uncredited)
Eddie Braun .... stunt coordinator
Brian J. Williams .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Adams .... key grip
Bill Brummond .... camera operator
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jeff Griffith .... assistant camera
Tom Hutchinson .... second assistant camera
Dennis L. Peterson .... chief lighting technician (as Dennis Peterson)
Jonas Steadman .... first assistant camera: a
Andre Ramirez .... grip (uncredited)
Bubba Sheffield .... key rigger (uncredited)
Chris Stanman .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lonnie Hamerman .... casting associate
Michael V. Nicolo .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Gombert .... head ager/dyer
Cleo Mannell .... set costumer
Editorial Department
John Peter Bernardo .... assistant editor (as J.P. Berdnardo)
Nathan Draper .... post-production assistant
Aaron Miller .... post-production coordinator
Marilyn Moore .... assistant editor (as Marilyn R. Moore)
Location Management
Peter M. Robarts .... location manager
Music Department
Tim Isle .... music editor
Sonny Rhodes .... performer: main title theme
Joss Whedon .... composer: main title theme song
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator (as Robert Ellis)
Charles 'Aloha Boy' Reed .... driver
Other crew
Mark Bakunas .... production auditor
Sam Greenmun .... spacesuit design/fabrication/set technician
Neil Levin .... script coordinator
Jenny Lynn .... translator: Chinese
Brett Matthews .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Elyse Allyn Ramsdell .... production coordinator (as Elyse Ramsdell)
Jain Sekuler .... script supervisor
Kelly Wheeler .... assistant: Gareth Davies
John J. Gray .... assistant: Tim Minear (uncredited)
Stacey Levin .... head publicist (uncredited)
Tony Rudenko .... programming: computer graphics (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joss Whedon  created by

Makeup Department
Christopher Burdett .... special makeup designer
Jason Collins .... supervisor: Almost Human, Inc.
Jake Garber .... makeup artist
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects artist
Roxane Griffin .... hair stylist
Margie Kaklamanos .... makeup artist (as Margie Latinopoulos)
Debbie Mezera .... office manager: Almost Human Inc
James Ojala .... special makeup effects technician
Leo Corey Castellano .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John P. Aguirre .... second second assistant director
Lisa Chu .... dga trainee (as Lisa Chu Dietze)
Ellen Rosentreter .... dga trainee
Art Department
Banner Agundez .... assistant property master
Will Batts .... set designer
Ron Cobb .... conceptual artist
Skip Crank .... property master
Rick Heyer .... assistant property master
Happy Nakamura .... property assistant
David Saltzman .... assistant property master
Val Wilt .... general foreman
Sound Department
Susan Cahill .... assistant sound editor
Kevin Hyde .... boom operator
Brian D. Lucas .... sound recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer: second unit
Visual Effects by
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects coordinator
Brent Burpee .... systems engineer
Aram Granger .... digital artist
Jon-Marc Kortsch .... digital artist
Errol Lanier .... digital artist
Michael D. Leone .... digital artist
Mark Lipsmeyer .... digital artist: Zoic Studios
John McGinley .... visual effects modeler
Jose Perez .... visual effects
Kevin Quattro .... digital artist
Cheryl Bermeo .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Ken Clark .... utility stunts
John Dixon .... stunts
Brian Duffy .... stunts
Roel Failma .... stunt performer
Bryan Friday .... stunts
James Giaquinto .... stunt double
Mike Gunther .... stunts
Jes Hellwege .... stunts
Nicola C. Hindshaw .... stunt double: Jewel Staite
Nicola C. Hindshaw .... utility stunts
Mark Kubr .... stunts
Cheryl Lawson .... stunts
Larry A. Lee .... stunts
Will Leong .... utility stunts
Christopher Leps .... stunts
Michael Li .... stunts
Sammy Maloof .... stunt performer (as Sam Maloof)
Mike Massa .... stunt performer
Caryn Mower .... stunts
Gloria O'Brien .... stunts
J.J. Perry .... stunts
Marcus Salgado .... stunt double
Christie Sanders .... utility stunts
Felipe Savahge .... stunts (multiple episodes)
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Tim Sitarz .... stunt double
Clark Tucker .... utility stunts
Jim Vickers .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer
Lee Whittaker .... stunts (multiple episodes)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregory Beard .... best boy grip
Brian Cantrell .... best boy electric
Keith Davis .... electrician
Ron Eisenberg .... still photographer
Samuel Fischer .... best boy electric
Chris Lewis .... rigging gaffer
Dan Ming .... additional first assistant camera
George Santo Pietro .... dolly grip (1 episode)
James Stiritz .... best boy grip
Troy White .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Lee A. Miles .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jayme Bohn .... assistant costume designer
Susi Campos .... set costumer
Philip Maldonado .... costumer
Lawrence Quon .... costumer
Location Management
Ted Bayard .... assistant location manager
Music Department
David Klotz .... music editor (multiple episodes)
Transportation Department
John Magoo McGivern .... transportation captain
Beau Reed .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Tami Fernholz .... payroll accountant
Ryan Ford .... assistant accountant
Steve Karnes .... weapons armorer
Shaun McNally .... production assistant
Jim Roberts .... medic
Caroline Vandenberg .... assistant production coordinator
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

In the battle for Serenity Valley, the Browncoats can be seen carrying G36k assault rifles by Heckler & Koch, a variant of the service rifle of the German Army since 1997.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the camera follows a man through a curtain to reveal the town of Persephone, an extra in white shirt, black vest and straw hat can be seen standing still to the left, likely waiting for the director to tell him to start walking. Several seconds later, the same extra is seen again behind Mal and Kaylee walking in the opposite direction he was just going.See more »
Radio Operator:They won't move without a lieutenant's authorization code, sir.
Mal:[Mal runs over to a fallen Lieutenant; rips a badge off his uniform; runs back handing the badge to the operator] Here. Here's you code. You're Lieutenant Baker. Congratulations on your promotion.
[pushing him towards the radio]
Mal:Now get me some air support!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serenity (2005)See more »
The Ballad of SerenitySee more »


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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Series, 4 October 2006
Author: froggy3968 from United Kingdom

I've watched it all and loved it.If your into Sci-fi then you've obviously read Henlien, all his colony stuff reverted to the easiest to maintain technology for sustainability. Tractors need fuel and engineers and factories to make more .. Horses sort themselves out and make more naturally.Blacksmith forge requires less training to use than a precision lathe so you can guarantee that if you lose a few people in the colony you don't wind up in the dark ages until the next wave of settlers. The whole dirt grubbing mixed with high tech is like Africa today.. Obviously 'TheDog chap ' hasn't been out of his high tech playpen in a while if he can't understand this.

Firefly is aimed at people who have at least two brain cells which is probably why the Execs at Fox cancelled it, They want shows aimed at the lowest common denominator .. Duh!.

The interaction between crew members has depth you don't see in most programs and unlike star trek isn't clinical.It has elements that you can see from interactions with friends around you.The preacher and River was like watching an uncle left looking after a child and not having a clue.. And his hair.. so funny.. River swaps like a person on drugs and the engineer is so hot.

So disappointing that they didn't make more, its' one of the few programs that where every episode was good.Not one episode of Firefly made me want to wander off, in fact you need to concentrate to catch all the nuances of it.

There's humour, violence and a developing story. Preacher's Reference to Saffron as 'Special' is something you need to watch and pay attention to to get the meaning..

I have like everyone favourite parts and not so favourite parts.. A duel where neither participant showed particular skill ( I was a fencer ) was acceptable as the comment about only toying with him explains.

The engine designs a little iffy , health and safety would have stamped all over it if there was no way to stop someone getting caught in it , but oooh! it's not real, it's fiction and a damn sight more believable and interesting than most of the dross they serve up as entertainment.

Buffy had the girl as the bait to watch but had an interaction between characters, Angel took that further and got more gritty and more believable ( Okay not Vampires and monsters, they just replaced the people in power ). FireFly goes one further, you feel lost at the end wanting to see the continuation of the character's lives.

Very much worth a watch, get the DVD, get serenity the film and watch it you'll like it.

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