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"Firefly" The Message (2003)

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Firefly: Season 1: Episode 14 -- Mal and Zoe receive a crate containing the body of an old wartime friend, but the man turns out to be very much alive, and smuggling a secret cargo.


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Original Air Date:
28 July 2003 (Season 1, Episode 14)
A dying request from an old army buddy turns treacherous for Mal, Zoë, and the rest of the crew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Absolutely Underrated- Chekhov's Gun x4 See more (7 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Tim Minear 
Writing credits
Joss Whedon (created by)

Joss Whedon (written by) &
Tim Minear (written by)

Produced by
Gareth Davies .... producer
Ben Edlund .... producer
Lisa Lassek .... associate producer
Tim Minear .... executive producer
Brian Wankum .... associate producer
Joss Whedon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Greg Edmonson 
Cinematography by
David Boyd (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sunny Hodge 
Casting by
Anya Colloff 
Production Design by
Carey Meyer 
Art Direction by
Colin De Rouin  (as Colin deRoiun)
Set Decoration by
David A. Koneff  (as David Koneff)
Costume Design by
Shawna Trpcic 
Makeup Department
Diana Acrey .... key hair stylist
Camille Calvet .... key makeup artist
Ketty Gonzalez .... hair stylist
Robert Hall .... special makeup effects: Almost Human
Tina Hoffman .... makeup artist
Ron Pipes .... makeup artist
Allan B. Holt .... makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)
Kerry Mendenhall .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Cedar .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Athena Alexander .... second assistant director
Tony Schwartz .... first assistant director
Jana Ludwigova .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Keith A. Cuba .... lead person (as Keith Cuba)
Tammy DeRuiter .... painter
Steven Fidler .... construction coordinator
David Goldstein .... paint foreman
Jeffrey Moore .... property master (as Jeff Moore)
Stella Starlight .... art department coordinator
Stella Starlight .... graphic designer
Dylan J. Hay-Chapman .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Deb Adair .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Guastini .... dialogue editor
Bill Jackson .... re-recording mixer
Tom Perry .... re-recording mixer
Cindy Rabideau .... supervising sound editor
David Yaffe .... production sound mixer (as David Barr Yaffe)
Mark Cleary .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Mike Marchain .... supervising adr editor (uncredited)
Kevin McCullough .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Marten .... special effects technician
Bruce Minkus .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Loni Peristere .... visual effects supervisor
Lee Stringer .... digital artist
Bryan Whitaker .... digital artist
Justin Ball .... senior systems engineer: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
David R. Morton .... digital artist (uncredited)
Emile Edwin Smith .... visual/digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Nick Brandon .... stunt coordinator
Paul Anthony Scott .... stunt double: Nathan Fillion
Andy Dylan .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Allen D. Easton .... camera operator (as Allen Easton)
Jeff Griffith .... assistant camera
Tom Hutchinson .... second assistant camera
Dennis L. Peterson .... chief lighting technician (as Dennis Peterson)
Bubba Sheffield .... key grip
Jonas Steadman .... first assistant camera: a
Chris Stanman .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jennifer Fishman .... casting by (as Jennifer Fishman Pate)
Lonnie Hamerman .... casting associate
Amy McIntyre Britt .... casting by
Michael V. Nicolo .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Gombert .... head ager/dyer
Cleo Mannell .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Sam Bollinger .... assistant editor
Aaron Miller .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Tim Isle .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bob Ellis .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Michael Boretz .... assistant: Joss Whedon
Cheryl Cain .... story editor
Robert Earl Craft .... location manager (as Bob Craft)
John J. Gray .... assistant: Tim Minear
Sam Greenmun .... spacesuit design/fabrication/set technician
Neil Levin .... script coordinator
Jenny Lynn .... translator: Chinese
Jose Molina .... executive story editor
Elyse Allyn Ramsdell .... production coordinator (as Elyse Ramsdell)
Jain Sekuler .... script supervisor
Kelly Wheeler .... assistant: Gareth Davies
James E. Williams .... production auditor
Stacey Levin .... head publicist (uncredited)
Tony Rudenko .... programming: computer graphics (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joss Whedon  created by

Makeup Department
Christopher Burdett .... special makeup designer
Jason Collins .... supervisor: Almost Human, Inc.
Jake Garber .... makeup artist
Jake Garber .... special makeup effects artist
Roxane Griffin .... hair stylist
Margie Kaklamanos .... makeup artist (as Margie Latinopoulos)
Debbie Mezera .... office manager: Almost Human Inc
James Ojala .... special makeup effects technician
Leo Corey Castellano .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John P. Aguirre .... second second assistant director
Lisa Chu .... dga trainee (as Lisa Chu Dietze)
Ellen Rosentreter .... dga trainee
Art Department
Banner Agundez .... assistant property master
Will Batts .... set designer
Ron Cobb .... conceptual artist
Skip Crank .... property master
Rick Heyer .... assistant property master
Happy Nakamura .... property assistant
David Saltzman .... assistant property master
Val Wilt .... general foreman
Sound Department
Susan Cahill .... assistant sound editor
Kevin Hyde .... boom operator
Brian D. Lucas .... sound recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer: second unit
Visual Effects by
Raoul Bolognini .... visual effects coordinator
Brent Burpee .... systems engineer
Aram Granger .... digital artist
Jon-Marc Kortsch .... digital artist
Errol Lanier .... digital artist
Michael D. Leone .... digital artist
Mark Lipsmeyer .... digital artist: Zoic Studios
John McGinley .... visual effects modeler
Jose Perez .... visual effects
Kevin Quattro .... digital artist
Cheryl Bermeo .... stunts
Charlie Brewer .... stunts
Ken Clark .... utility stunts
John Dixon .... stunts
Brian Duffy .... stunts
Roel Failma .... stunt performer
Bryan Friday .... stunts
James Giaquinto .... stunt double
Mike Gunther .... stunts
Jes Hellwege .... stunts
Nicola C. Hindshaw .... stunt double: Jewel Staite
Nicola C. Hindshaw .... utility stunts
Mark Kubr .... stunts
Cheryl Lawson .... stunts
Larry A. Lee .... stunts
Will Leong .... utility stunts
Christopher Leps .... stunts
Michael Li .... stunts
Sam Maloof .... stunt performer
Mike Massa .... stunt performer
Caryn Mower .... stunts
Gloria O'Brien .... stunts
J.J. Perry .... stunts
Marcus Salgado .... stunt double
Christie Sanders .... utility stunts
Felipe Savahge .... stunts (multiple episodes)
Paul E. Short .... stunts
Tim Sitarz .... stunt double
Clark Tucker .... utility stunts
Jim Vickers .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt performer
Lee Whittaker .... stunts (multiple episodes)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregory Beard .... best boy grip
Brian Cantrell .... best boy electric
Keith Davis .... electrician
Ron Eisenberg .... still photographer
Samuel Fischer .... best boy electric
Chris Lewis .... rigging gaffer
Dan Ming .... additional first assistant camera
George Santo Pietro .... dolly grip (1 episode)
James Stiritz .... best boy grip
Troy White .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Lee A. Miles .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jayme Bohn .... assistant costume designer
Susi Campos .... set costumer
Philip Maldonado .... costumer
Lawrence Quon .... costumer
Music Department
David Klotz .... music editor (multiple episodes)
Transportation Department
John Magoo McGivern .... transportation captain
Beau Reed .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Ted Bayard .... assistant location manager
Tami Fernholz .... payroll accountant
Ryan Ford .... assistant accountant
Steve Karnes .... weapons armorer
Shaun McNally .... production assistant
Jim Roberts .... medic
Caroline Vandenberg .... assistant production coordinator
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

44 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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 »
Continuity: Saffron (Christina Hendricks) steals Mal's (Nathan Fillion) clothing in the previous episode "Firefly: Trash (#1.13)" (2003). Despite this, Mal wears the same clothing he has been wearing the entire series in this episode.See more »
Hoban 'Wash' Washburne:[speaking directly to the cow fetus that is being passed off as an alien] Do not fear me. Ours is a peaceful race and we must live in harmony.See more »
Movie Connections:
The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)See more »


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely Underrated- Chekhov's Gun x4, 17 September 2013
Author: Dexter099 from United States

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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