Firefly: Season 1, Episode 6

Shindig (1 Nov. 2002)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi
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After scuffling with one of Inara's clients during a royal ball where the Serenity crew is hired by a diplomat to smuggle some unusual cargo, Mal is challenged to a duel of swords by the snobbish and arrogant royal Atherton Wing.

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While pursuing a smuggling job, Mal and Kaylee go undercover at an upper class fancy dress ball. Inara is attending the same ball with her wealthy client, Atherton Wing. In an attempt to defend Inara's honor after Atherton makes an offensive comment, Mal punches Atherton in the face. Outraged, Atherton challenges Mal to an old-fashioned duel using swords. Meanwhile, Badger returns and under Atherton's payroll, holds the Serenity crew hostage, while River begins showing some more of her sane side in a verbal confrontation. Written by Azure_Girl

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The part of recurring character Badger, was originally written to be played by creator and executive producer Joss Whedon himself (according to Joss's DVD commentary for the Firefly: Serenity (2002). In the end, actor Mark Sheppard was cast in the part instead. See more »

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Inara and Atherton, as well as the two couples before them, are announced to the party when they pass the podium near the dance floor. However, when Kaylee and Mal are announced, it is at the back entrance of the hall, well before they reach the announcing podium. See more »

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Kaylee: [about the Captain] He said not to do anything. He'll join us after he wins the duel.
Zoë: It doesn't hurt to have a contingency plan, Kaylee.
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Referenced in White Noise 2: The Light (2007) See more »

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The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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22 February 2006 | by (home) – See all my reviews

It's hard, when pretty much every episode is my favorite one, because each one brings something completely new, funny, and awesome. Shindig is a great episode because it's upbeat and amusing, without getting dark or "series-plot" heavy. It really isn't about River's past, or Book's identity. It's a day in their lives. It shows us what they do on a day to day basis, more or less. Again, the effects are used wonderfully and not over done, the acting is as tight as it gets, and the humor...my god the humor. Nathan again proves his range as an actor having some of the funniest lines in the series while still being completely serious. It's a beautifully shot episode, and paced near perfectly. It's a great window into Whedon's universe and we really get a great deal of information about the "upper" culture (whereas we mostly got the "lower" before). As any Firefly fan I'm sure I could rant on for hours about my love of the series, but I figure 2 minutes is long enough.


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