Serenity (2005) Poster



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Firefly (2002) (TV Series)


Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
The release lever being hidden inside a safe.
The Big Combo (1955)
Both films feature characters named Fante and Mingo.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Registration number on a wrecked ship and vehicle with skeleton both on Miranda. C57D was also the designation of the spaceship in the movie.
The Wrong Man (1956)
Identical Shot (When the criminal walks into the eyes of the innocent man)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
During the opening escape sequence, a background conversation echoes dialog among Stormtroopers when Obi Wan Kenobi is disabling the tractor beam.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
When Inara and Mal are fleeing in Inara's old shuttle, Inara ask "what have you done to my shuttle", to which Mal replies "it's not your shuttle", mirroring a conversation between Han Solo and Lando Calarissian regarding the Millenium Falcon
The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Both movies feature a maneuver called "Crazy Ivan" that involves a sudden 180-degree turn.
Space Cases (1996) (TV Series)
During the battle above Mr. Universe's planet with the Reavers, the Operative jumps into a slide-tube that leads to an escape pod. Slide tubes like this one were the primary way of getting from place to place on the Christa in the show "Space Cases," which also starred Jewel Staite as Catalina, a rainbow haired girl from Saturn.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996) (TV Series)
In the middle of the movie, Jayne pours a drink into a glass. The image on the glass is the image of Sweet, the main demon from "Once More with Feeling", a famous musical episode (S06E07) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The Simpsons: In Marge We Trust (1997) (TV Episode)
The fake Fruity Oaty Bar commercial was partially inspired by the Mr. Sparkle advertisement.
Firefly: Serenity (2002) (TV Episode)
Besides the titles, both the Crazy Ivan scene from the episode and Barn Swallow scene from the movie feature an extremely risky flight monikered maneuver utilized to escape Reavers.

Referenced in 

Future History: The Story of Earth That Was (2005) (Video)
Referenced by name
Re-Lighting the Firefly (2005) (Video)
Referenced by name
What's in a Firefly (2005) (Video)
Referenced by name
Joss Whedon Q&A Session from Fox Studios (2006) (Video)
A Filmmaker's Journey (2006) (Video)
Referenced by name
Slither (2006)
Pardy (Nathan Fillion) tells Trevor that he won't need to bring a grenade. At the beginning of Serenity, Mal (Nathan Fillion) tells Jayne the same thing. In both films, the grenade is needed later.
Stargate SG-1: 200 (2006) (TV Episode)
Daniel: "Who makes a movie out of a series that only lasted three episodes?" Teal'c: "It allegedly performed well on DVD."
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Duel of the Dead (2006) (TV Episode)
Joey says it's his favorite Joss Whedon
Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
Referenced by name
Background(ed) (2007) (Short)
the line "Van won't run with Five" is taken from the bank heist in Serenity
Kingdom of the Vampire (2007) (Video)
Sign seen in video store showing date when movie will be available.
Fallout 3 (2008) (Video Game)
Three Dog says "can't stop the signal" after the player fixes GNR's relay.
Ninjas vs. Zombies (2008)
Quotes: "To the job Sir?" "Oh God, I can't Know that... I could stand to hear a little more"
Chuck: Chuck Versus the Fat Lady (2008) (TV Episode)
"Reaver" appears as an agent codename in the LaFleur list.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)
Put forward as an example of sci-fi dramas the world could use more of.
Robot Chicken: Cannot Be Erased, So Sorry (2009) (TV Episode)
Serenity on DVD mentioned
Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Castle: Vampire Weekend (2009) (TV Episode)
Alexis tells him to retire it "because he wore it like five years ago." This episode is about five years after the Firefly feature-film, Serenity.
Horrible Turn (2009)
a school is called Patient Mother of Serenity
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.163 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $2,000 clue in the category "Movie Title Objects"
Hollywood's Top Ten: Movies Based on TV Shows (2011) (TV Episode)
Honorable mention for the top movies based on TV shows
Castle: Setup (2011) (TV Episode)
When Castle asks about the retreat his mother is going to, she responds by saying "You' haven't heard of the Serenity?", a reference to the titular ship.
Shameful Sequels: Alien Resurrection (2011) (TV Episode)
Mike J compares the plots
The Avengers (2012)
Beloved supporting heroes in each movie die after they're (unexpectedly) impaled on a spaceship, a Joss Whedon director trademark.
Holliston: Weekend of Horrors: Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
A fan predominately featured in line to meet John Landis is wearing a "Serenity" t-shirt.
Mad: Average-ers/Legend of Dora (2012) (TV Episode)
Joss Whedon has a poster of this movie in his living room.
Castle: Murder He Wrote (2012) (TV Episode)
Castle refers to the pool as "Serenity."
Neil's Puppet Dreams: Doctor's Office (2012) (TV Episode)
NPH mentions that the Dr. Mayfair's (Nathan Fillion) room gives him a sense of serenity.
Apocalypse Now? (2012) (Short)
Poster on the wall in the apartment.
The Big Bang Theory: The Closure Alternative (2013) (TV Episode)
Sheldon mentions the movie to wrap up the television show Firefly (2002).
The Killing: That You Fear the Most (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jewel Staite
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) (TV Series)
The sonic wave emitting weapon used by Simon Tam to rescue his sister in "Serenity" is also featured in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.".
Saints Row IV (2013) (Video Game)
One of the Heavy Pistol upgrades is called "The Captain" and has the description, "For when you aim to misbehave".
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 0-8-4 (2013) (TV Episode)
Agent Grant Ward uses a sonic staff to launch a projectile that produces a sonic wave and takes out all the enemies. The same type of weapon was used in the exact same way by Simon Tam during the rescue of River Tam at the beginning of the movie Serenity (2005). Joss Whedon directed both Serenity and the Pilot Episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Apollo & Thor (2013) (Short)
Malcolm Reynolds Character
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Turn, Turn, Turn (2014) (TV Episode)
Coulson uses a sonic staff to launch a projectile that produces a sonic wave and takes out all the enemies. The same type of weapon was used in the exact same way by Simon Tam during the rescue of River Tam at the beginning of the movie Serenity (2005). Joss Whedon directed both Serenity and the Pilot Episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Home Bound (2014) (Short)
DVD shown
The PoseidonGodofWater20 Show (2014) (TV Series)
A DVD of the film is shown
Top 5 Worst Sci-Fi Movies Ever Made (2014) (Video)
Cullen says the spaceship in "Prometheus" (2012) looks uncannily like the title ship in the 2005 film.
9:10 - 4:45 (2015) (Short)
The portal in their Division is modeled after the door-hatch to the bridge on the Firefly ship "Serenity"
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
"Shiny" is used as a synonym for "good".
Geeks Who Drink: iJustine vs. Alan Tudyk (2015) (TV Episode)
Alan Tudyk is introduced as being from the film
PortsCenter: Another World - Super Nintendo (2015) (TV Episode)
Ben wears a "Serenity" tee-shirt
The Frogmarch (2015)
The out of focus shot of Travis pays homage to the moment when Zoe tells Jayne to leave the room.
Legion: Chapter 4 (2017) (TV Episode)
In the lighthouse scene, when Kerry takes charge with her "my turn" comment, this, along with the slo-mo run, and with the fight scene that follows, is a reference to River Tam's scene near the end of the movie Serenity.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Seen on one of the many screens of the computer that belong to Mr. Universe.
The Arctic Giant (1942) (Short)
The short was featured on one of Mr. Universe's TV displays near the end of the film.
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)
On one of Mr. Universe's screens

Featured in 

Troldspejlet: Episode #34.13 (2005) (TV Episode)
reviewed + footage used
Future History: The Story of Earth That Was (2005) (Video)
Clips are shown
Re-Lighting the Firefly (2005) (Video)
Clips are shown
What's in a Firefly (2005) (Video)
Clips are shown
Take a Walk on 'Serenity' (2006) (Video)
Clips, behind-the-scenes and making of
Serenity: The Green Clan (2006) (Video)
Clips, behind-the-scenes and making of
A Filmmaker's Journey (2006) (Video)
Clips are shown
Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz (2006) (Video Game)
A clip is shown
The Big Review: Comic Con Special (2012) (TV Episode)
The film was reviewed.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of the 2000s (2014) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown

Spoofed in 

South Park: Imaginationland: Episode III (2007) (TV Episode)
Al Gore; as he shows a video of 'man-bear-pig' attacking the army base to board members at a meeting, the dialog echoes directly the Operatives opening lines as he rewinds and stops the video-hologram of River Tam's escape in Serenity.
Dudes & Dragons (2015)
Sam's fight against the crowd of orcs resembles River's fight against the Reavers.

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