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Objects in Space 

Serenity encounters a ruthlessly professional bounty hunter, Jubal Early, who will stop at nothing to retrieve River. But River, feeling unwelcome on the ship, takes a novel approach to escaping from the Alliance.

Director:

Joss Whedon

Writers:

Joss Whedon (created by), Joss Whedon
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Nathan Fillion ... Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds
Gina Torres ... Zoë Washburne
Alan Tudyk ... Hoban 'Wash' Washburne
Morena Baccarin ... Inara Serra
Adam Baldwin ... Jayne Cobb
Jewel Staite ... Kaylee Frye
Sean Maher ... Dr. Simon Tam
Summer Glau ... River Tam
Ron Glass ... Shepherd Derrial Book
Richard Brooks ... Jubal Early
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Storyline

River has a daydream and holds one of Jayne's weapon believing it was a tree branch; suddenly she awakes and sees Mal and the crew scary. River overhears Mal and the crew discussing about her and she feels rejected. Meanwhile, the ruthless bounty hunter Jubal Early, who has tracked down River, boards the Serenity while everybody is sleeping. He subdues Mal and locks the crew in the cabins; ties Kaylee up in the engine room; hits Shepherd Book on the head; and he finally captures Simon to force him to deliver his sister. However River is missing and out of the blue, she tells through the communication system that she felt rejected and had melted away becoming part of Serenity. The skeptical Early does not believe first, but soon she is convinced she is telling the truth. What will happen to River? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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TV-14

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

13 December 2002 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The boots that Jubal Early wears are made by New Rock, a Spanish brand that specializes in metal-plated leather goth boots. See more »

Goofs

When Jubal Early has landed on Serenity after leaving his craft, he looks into the Galley through the external windows. He crawls forward on the exterior of the hull and places his hand on the window frame just before his head appears from the top of the window. He is in Free Space but his hand is bare, not in the Space suit glove he was wearing when he closed the Airlock on his own craft. See more »

Quotes

[after River gets a hold of one of Jayne's guns]
Jayne: Let's move this conversation in a not-Jayne's-fault direction. I didn't make her crazy. Hell, I didn't even want 'er on the ship.
Mal: Is that the direction you want this conversation to go in?
Jayne: Just don't wanna take a lashin' for something I ain't the cause of.
Zoë: Where's River at now?
Mal: In her room, which I'm thinking we bolt from the outside from now on.
Wash: That's a little extreme, isn't it?
Jayne: Anybody remember her coming at me with a butcher's knife?
Wash: Wacky fun...
Jayne:
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The originally-aired version of Objects in Space included a longer version of the scene beginning where Mal and Inara argue (and River comes in to hear their thoughts), clarifying that their discussion is about Inara's imminent departure. The home video version was shortened to match Joss Whedon's intentions, but includes the long version as a deleted scene. (On DVD, this is all explained in the menu, but on Blu-ray it is not.) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Firefly: Trash (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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Beautiful- The Highlight of Whedon's Career
17 September 2013 | by Dexter099See all my reviews

This episode is a real stunner through and through. From the opening walking shot to the breathtaking scene in space to the final scene with the marble, this episode is a masterpiece if only due to its cinematography.

What makes it an eternal classic is the fact that on a conceptual level it integrates 14 episodes of plot, reveals a huge mystery, resolves a character, presents the fantastical without appearing fake or oblique, presents the ideas of choice and justice as fundamental, and thereby delivers the greatest ensemble television piece ever to have existed and be rewarded with cancellation because of its virtues.


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