Firefly (2002–2003)
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The Message 

A dying request from an old army buddy turns treacherous for Mal, Zoë, and the rest of the crew.

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Mal and his crew are having entertainment in a space station and Mal goes to the post office to check and he receives a big trunk addressed to Zoe and him. When he opens the box, he finds the corpse of their army pal Private Tracey. They also find a message from Tracey asking Mal and Zoe to deliver his boy to his parents in a planet. The Serenity heads to the planet and out of the blue, she is attacked by another spaceship. Ml asks Simon to make an autopsy in Tracey and they discover that the man is alive. What has happened to Tracey? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

Although it is not the last episode aired, this was the last episode ever shot. See more »

Goofs

While listening to Tracey's recorded message, Jayne removes the hat he received from his mother, but in the next shot he is seen in the background wearing the hat once again. See more »

Quotes

Tracey: You know, it's funny. We went to the war never looking to come back, but it's the real world I couldn't survive. You two carried me through that war, and now I need you to carry me just a little bit further, if you can. Tell my folks I wanted to do right by them, and that I'm at peace and all. When you can't run anymore, you crawl. And when you can't do that, well... Yeah, you know the rest.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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Absolutely Underrated- Chekhov's Gun x4
17 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has the perfect ending.

During a certain scene there are 4 Chekov's guns, aka 4 lines that pay off at the end literally and thematically via foreshadowing.

It takes at least two viewings and some skill at analyzing art to spot all four of these "guns." Once you recognize how every single line and even movement was selected as foreshadowing for the end, then you will appreciate this as one of if not the very best Firefly episode. There is a real reason this episode almost won a Hugo.

Unfortunately, most people today will not catch the well-hidden subtleties that Whedon and Minear injected into the script, and so this episode shall forever endure the tragedy of under-appreciation.


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