Firefly (2002–2003)
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The Train Job 

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Mal has second thoughts after discovering that two boxes of Alliance goods his crew has been hired to steal are full of badly needed medical supplies headed for the mining town of Paradiso.


Joss Whedon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Tom Towles ... Lund
Andrew Bryniarski ... Crow
Michael Fairman ... Adelai Niska
Gregg Henry ... Sheriff Bourne
Valerie Red-Horse Valerie Red-Horse ... Deputy
Kevin Will ... Officer


Captain Mal Reynolds and his motley crew of space traders get a job that seems to be right up their alley. Gangster Adelai Niska wants them to rob a train and deliver the goods to them. Mal and Zoey have little trouble getting the job done and even convincing the local authorities that are just a married couple who have come looking for work. When the overhear that the stolen cargo was urgently needed medical supplies, Mal reconsiders whether he wants to do Nishka's dirty work. Back on the ship, Dr. Simon Tam continues to worry about his sister River who is still having nightmares about her institutionalization. Written by garykmcd

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English | Mandarin

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The big fight scene with Niska's men was actually written and choreographed for Angel (1999), but Tim Minear changed the names in the script and handed it to Joss Whedon to use on Firefly. Angel was still in this scene in a sense, however: the guy that Wash hits with the ATV, was played by Angel's stunt double. See more »


Right after pulling-off the 'Crazy Ivan' maneuver, 'Wash' is seen with his arms outstretched and hands holding on to the pilot's control which is not even there. See more »


Book: I wish I could help.
[Inara turns to face him & he realizes what he said]
Book: I mean... I don't wanna help- Not *help* help, but- Not with the thieving, but-
[Inara smiles, tries not to laugh]
Book: I do feel awfully useless.
Inara: You could always pray they make it back safely.
Book: I don't think the captain would much like me praying for him.
Inara: Don't tell him. I never do.
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References Starship Troopers (1997) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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The Train Heist
17 October 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Mal and his crew are hired by the dangerous criminal Adelai Niska to heist two packages from a train for him. He goes with Zoe and they find an Alliance troop in the train, but they succeed and Jayne takes the cargo to Serenity. However Mal and Zoe have to stay in the train and Sheriff Bourne investigates the robbery. Soon they learn that the stolen cargoes are medical supplies for the mining settlers that need them; otherwise they will die. Mal and Zoe reevaluate the heist and come up to a decision.

"The Train Job" is a full of action episode of "Firefly". The cynical Mal proves that has heart with his final decision. The funniest moment of the show is when Crow tells that will hunt Mal down to hell. My vote is eight.

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