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Out of Gas 

When Serenity's life support system fails, Mal orders the crew off the ship - but he stays behind.



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Episode cast overview:
... Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds
... Zoë Washburne
... Hoban 'Wash' Washburne
... Inara Serra
... Jayne Cobb
... Kaylee Frye
... Dr. Simon Tam
... River Tam
... Shepherd Derrial Book
... Captain Sash
... Marco
... Salesman
... Bester
... Lacey #1 (as Roderick L. McCarthy)


Mal and the Serenity crew are celebrating Simon's birthday when there is a fire in the engine room. Soon Keylee learns that the life support system is not working since they need a new converter. Mal order his crew to live Serenity in the two shuttles and Wash releases a distress signal. While breathing with difficulty, Mal recalls how most of the members of his crew joined him in the Serenity while waits for a miracle. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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25 October 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mal narrates the pre-credit opening rather than Book. The introduction at the beginning of the show in this episode is somewhat different from the normal introduction, but close-captioning displayed the words for the normal introduction. See more »


In the scene where Zoe and Mal meet Jayne for the first time, each Mal close-up shows his bangs blowing in a steady breeze, but when we see him and Zoe together, his hair barely ever moves. See more »


Mal: Kaylee. Kaylee, look at me. I need you up in the engine room figurin' out what caused this.
Kaylee: [looking toward the injured Zoë] She ain't moving.
Kaylee: Serenity's not moving.
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Referenced in Firefly: Ariel (2002) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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Best. TV. Episode. Ever.
16 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Out of Gas" is the "Citizen Kane" of television episodes. Everything about it is perfect: the stellar cast, Tim Minear's brilliant and moving script, David Solomon's direction (fantastic pacing), the melancholy soundtrack, the clever lighting--everything. I can watch this ep over and over, which I can't say about any other ep of any TV show I can think of.

I disagree with the other commentator that "Out of Gas" should have been the final ep; the best series finale to "Firefly" was never made because it would have given closure to seven years of outstanding television.

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