A pleasant day out at a space station turns sour when Mal and Zoe receive the dead body of one of their old army buddy's in the post office. Their old friend is named Tracey who fought with them during the Battle of Du-Khang during the Alliance-Independence Civil War six years earlier. Along with Tracey's body is an audio message, asking them to take him to his home planet to be buried by his parents. However, Mal begins to suspect something might be wrong when Alliance agents, led by the relentless Lt. Womack, start chasing Serenity, demanding return of their property: the body. It soon turns out that Tracey is actually alive and reveals the real reason why he faked his death, and why he's going to die soon. Written by
Did You Know?
The establishing shot of The Battle of Du-Khang is actually footage from the film "Demolition Man" (1993). Its use here includes added laser-fire and a ship flying across the screen. See more
When Tracey is threatening Mal on the bridge a hand can be seen behind Mal through the ship's window reaching for a chunk of snow. Visible at 35:17. See more
Using corpses for smuggling is a time honored repulsive custom.
Maybe it's gold.
And maybe he was a friend of ours and you need to show a little respect.
I got respect. I'm just saying...
[points at body
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more