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"Firefly" The Train Job (2002)

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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful:

Action Railway Style

Author: piratecat-2 from Albuquerque New Mexico USA
30 December 2006

OK, this show Firefly was a great show that got screwed over by fox. Premiting show times, moving show times, and most important not showing the pilot first. Train job was the first aired. This is out of sequence. Serenity pilot should have been the first aired. So fox who didn't like the pilot wanted a more A team approach so this was written in literally in a weekend. Its still a quality job done by the firefly boys. A western railroad train heist in the spirit of Ole Jesse James Gang except ya have a space ship coming down on a hyper train riding on air in arid type planet of the future. The crew of Serenity on the wrong side of the law perform a heist on a train in military fashion. With a sheriff who is fair and extremely upset that what is stolen is medicine for his small mining town. The crew of the firefly transport working for a gangster are remorseful and give it back. But now the motley crew has to deal with the gangster's hench men.

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Firefly Pilot: Take Two.

Author: Son_of_Mansfield from Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
28 October 2007

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The second pilot of Firefly probably made executives very happy, it's a watered down version of the first pilot that is more serviceable to the general public. Is it bad? No, it just doesn't have the same life as the real pilot. It goes over some of the same ground and feels almost like an opening episode of another season, just to refresh your memory. The best thing about it is that it introduces Adelei Nishka, a character that I think would have played a larger part in the whole of the series. He is one of those men who will do anything to get what he wants and hides his rough edges behind a mask of eloquence. There are decent cameos by Gregg Henry and Tom Towles and a good story about the crew stealing medical supplies only to have second thoughts once they find out about the village that needs them. The best thing about this episode is the best thing about the series, the chemistry between the big cast. The worst part, the people who were subjected to the out of order episode running missed the true beginning of the series.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The second pilot

Author: Tweekums from United Kingdom
27 January 2010

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Having decided they didn't like the original pilot the people at FOX asked for another and this is what we got. Thankfully not too long is wasted explaining who is who and we are soon in to the story proper. Needing a job Mal approaches a rather unpleasant character called Adelei Niska. He hires them to steal an unspecified cargo from a train and makes it clear that failure to deliver will have serious consequences. The caper doesn't go quite according to plan because there is a squad of Alliance troops on board the train, they get the cargo of the train but Jayne ends up with a bullet in his leg and Mal and Zoe are left on the train. When they get to the next stop they are interviewed by the local sheriff and are disturbed to learn that they have stolen vital medical supplies. Back on Serenity Jayne wants to take the cargo to Niska's men but the others disagree and when Simon gives him a pain killer for his wound he gives a large enough dosage to knock Jayne out. After Inara has rescued Mal and Zoe they do the right thing even though it leads to a confrontation with Niska's men.

While slightly less dark then the original pilot this episode was a lot of fun and introduces the characters in a way that doesn't seem like a rehash of how it was done previously. We are clearly shown that while our heroes are quite happy to operate outside the law they won't do so at the expense of those even worse off than themselves. The robbery itself was very impressive with Jayne being lowered from Serenity as it flies over a high speed maglev type train. As well as the great main cast the supporting cast did a good job, particularly Michael Fairman as Niska and Gregg Henry as the sheriff.

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Not a bad ep in itself but feels cheap in comparison to it's predecessor

Author: Joxerlives from United Kingdom
27 December 2011

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The good; We see a more moral side to the Serenity crew and love the face-off between Jayne and the others without Mal around.

The bad; The sick bay design is rather stupid, wouldn't you want some privacy rather than all those windows for people to see in? No one notices Serenity flying alongside the train?

Notches on the Serenity bedpost; Inarra;1-a paying customer who wishes to make her his kept woman Wash; 1-the missus Zoe; 1-the hubby

Capt subtext; Mal talks of'being on the edge' then 'moving towards the middle', possibly alluding to the frontier and the central planets. Innara and Kaylee have a big girly hair-stroking session (how the Summer's girls on Buffy used to express physical affection for one another). Inarra remarks to Kaylee "We could experiment". Mal seems keen on the idea and refers to Inarra 'servicing the crew' but she dismisses that as his 'lonely pathetic dreams'. Summer points out that Mal=Bad in Latin/French. Mal tells Zoe he loves her but it's all part of their cover(?)

Happy high-class hookers in Space (the title the porn industry wished they'd thought of!); Kaylee seems fascinated by the details of Inarra's profession. Inarra claims a companion gets to pick and choose her clients which I think is about as realistic and truthful as the Dollhouse staff pretending to themselves that they don't hire the Actives out as sexual submissives. Mal still needles Inarra about her hooking but does so more subtly and less nastily than he did in 'Serenity'. The nature of the companions work is left very vague here, if you hadn't seen Serenity you wouldn't know exactly what her job is, she could be a beautician. Inarra enjoys turning the tables on Mal, pretending he's her indentured man (some form of community service in the future?).

Questions and observations; We now know the war ended 6 years ago. Inarra has been on the ship 8 months. Here we have a much more upbeat, likable Mal, perhaps the events of Serenity mellowed him? He even says 'It's the right thing to do'. Book refers to the 'Fuzzy wuzzies' referring to Kiplings poems concerning the Sudan campaign Britain fought against Islamic fundamentalists in C19th (and we're still doing it today!). What is the chain of command on Serenity? It seems to go Mal, Zoe, Jayne, Wash, after that anyone's guess. Note Mal doesn't kill the Fed on the train, just knocks him out. Joss refers to Inarra and Mal as Beatrice and Benedict from 'Much ado about nothing', check out the Kenneth Branagh version for the Beatrice and the Duke (Denzel Washington) proposal scene alone. Joss refers to Firefly as Star Trek;TNG dark underbelly, much as what was explored in DS;9. Marks out of 10; 5 out of ten, nowhere near as good as Serenity, not a bad ep in itself but feels cheap in comparison to it's predecessor, like Charmed to Buffy.

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