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?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
The character of Jubal Early was partially influenced by the Star Wars character, bounty hunter Boba Fett. See more
When Jubal Early confronts Simon Tam in the corridor, he tells Simon, "The warrant doesn't specify any particular need for you to be alive." In the opening scene, when Jubal looks at the warrant, it clearly says, "Wanted Alive" under River's name, not Simon's. The Alliance considers River a valuable asset, but Simon is just a fugitive, and probably wanted dead or alive. So what Early says is correct. See more
Dr. Simon Tam
Come on out, River. The nice man wants to kidnap you.
The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes See more