Firefly (2002–2003)
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The Train Job 

Mal and his crew pull a train robbery.



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Captain Mal Reynolds and his motley crew of space traders get a job that seems to be right up their alley. Gangster Adelai Niska wants them to rob a train and deliver the goods to them. Mal and Zoey have little trouble getting the job done and even convincing the local authorities that are just a married couple who have come looking for work. When the overhear that the stolen cargo was urgently needed medical supplies, Mal reconsiders whether he wants to do Nishka's dirty work. Back on the ship, Dr. Simon Tam continues to worry about his sister River who is still having nightmares about her institutionalization. Written by garykmcd

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20 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Jayne's line after shooting Crow in the leg, "I was aiming for his head", later used by Nathan Fillion in Castle (2009), is lifted from Blake's 7: Orac (1978), which was on while Joss Whedon was living in the UK. That line itself is a mis-quote from The Magnificent Seven (1960), where the original line was "I was aiming for his horse". See more »


When Serenity has landed and Wash is riding a Quad bike out the cargo hold, a member of the crew is seen departing to the right after pushing the quad bike down the ramp. Later in the same scene, a pair of hands is seen holding the bikes bull bars, which is then used to pull the bike off screen. See more »


Niska: Oh, you do not like I kill this man?
Mal: Oh no, I'm sure he was a... very bad person.
Niska: My wife's nephew. At dinner I am getting earful. There is no way out of that.
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Referenced in Slither (2006) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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The Train Heist
17 October 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Mal and his crew are hired by the dangerous criminal Adelai Niska to heist two packages from a train for him. He goes with Zoe and they find an Alliance troop in the train, but they succeed and Jayne takes the cargo to Serenity. However Mal and Zoe have to stay in the train and Sheriff Bourne investigates the robbery. Soon they learn that the stolen cargoes are medical supplies for the mining settlers that need them; otherwise they will die. Mal and Zoe reevaluate the heist and come up to a decision.

"The Train Job" is a full of action episode of "Firefly". The cynical Mal proves that has heart with his final decision. The funniest moment of the show is when Crow tells that will hunt Mal down to hell. My vote is eight.

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