Firefly: Season 1, Episode 14

The Message (28 Jul. 2003)

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

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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 Shiro

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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 »

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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 »

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[Simon is standing in front of a jar carrying a mutated cow fetus]
Hoban 'Wash' Washburne: Oh my God! It's grotesque! Oh, and there's something in a jar.
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References Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) See more »

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The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
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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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