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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Mal arrives in a planet with his crew and Badger offers a smuggling job for him. Mal goes with Kaylee to a ball to meet the client Sir Warwick Harrow while Inara attends the same ball with her noble and wealthy client Atherton Wing. When Atherton makes a rude comment about Inara, Mal punches Atherton in the face and is challenged by him to a sword duel. How will Mal defeat his opponent that is a skilled fencer? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The final scene revealing the cargo as cattle was created digitally because, among other reasons, cattle do not walk on grating, of which the cargo bay floor is made. 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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Mal: In the case that it happens, it means he's the fella who killed me. And I don't like fellas who kills me, not in general.
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Referenced in White Noise 2: The Light (2007) See more »

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The Ballad of Serenity
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The Ball and the Duel
28 October 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Mal arrives in a planet with his crew and Badger offers a smuggling job for him. Mal goes with Kaylee to a ball to meet the client Sir Warwick Harrow while Inara attends the same ball with her noble and wealthy client Atherton Wing. When Atherton makes a rude comment about Inara, Mal punches Atherton in the face and is challenged by him to a sword duel. How will Mal defeat his opponent that is a skilled fencer?

"Shinding" is a funny episode of "Firefly". Kaylee buying her gown and then discussing mechanics in the ball with men is hilarious. Another funny moment is when the viewer sees what the Serenity needs to transport. The duel of Mal and Atherton is the weak part since Mal would never be able to win the showdown. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Shindig"


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