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.


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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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Chinese translations:
  • 1- MAL: "Ching zie lie ee bay Ng-Ka-Pei?" ~ "Can I have one more glass of Ng-Ka-Pei [a medicinal-herb wine], please?"
  • 2- MAL: "Oh, juh jen sh guh kwai luh duh jean jan..." ~ "Oh, this is a happy development..."
  • 3- KAYLEE (to Mal): "Kuh-ooh duh lao bao jurn..." ~ "Horrible old tyrant..."
  • 4- KAYLEE (about Mal when it comes to plans): "jen duh sh tyen tsai" ~ "an absolute genius"
  • 5- JAYNE: "dong ma" ~ "understand"
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The position of the rolling tray, the objects knocked off it, and the sheet on the medical bed changes between shots after River awakes from her dream. See more »


Mal: Are you referring to our perfectly legitimate business enterprises?
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Referenced in Slither (2006) See more »


The Ballad of Serenity (Instrumental)
Written by Joss Whedon
Performed by Sonny Rhodes
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Incorect Episode Order for Whole Series - This is Episode 2
24 March 2018 | by kfletch-62001See all my reviews

The Dvd box set of this show and wiki, indicates that this is episode 2, not 1 as stated. While this may have been aired first, it was not intended to be the first episode. If you wish to watch the series in order, imdb episode 11 (Serenity) is the first episode. Would be nice if imdb could update the series order to the correct listing.

The show is great and its a shame it didn't get another few seasons. The film Serenity at least brings some closure. The show makes more sense when viewed in the correct order.

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20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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