Firefly: Season 1, Episode 6

Shindig (1 Nov. 2002)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  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 dress that Inara wears to the ball was a (heavily) remade version of costume designer Shawna Trpcic's actual wedding dress. See more »

Goofs

At a number of points during the duel, the 'mist' in the field can be seen being pumped out from behind the tree, not drifting as it should. See more »

Quotes

Atherton Wing: Now there's the smile made of sunlight.
Inara: Atherton, how wonderful to see you.
Atherton Wing: Did you get my message? I was extra appealing.
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Referenced in White Noise 2: The Light (2007) See more »

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The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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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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