An explosion leaves Serenity crippled - Mal orders everyone to abandon ship while he stays behind to try to make repairs. As Serenity's air slowly but surely leaks away, we're treated to a series of flashbacks, from Mal's point of view, that fills in some missing background for the original crew members, including Mal's early interactions with each of them.
original airdate--October 25,2002 rating--2.9 million
music-- Theme song "The Ballad of Serenity" by: Joss Whedon Performed by: Sonny Rhodes
Trivia: This episode marks the television debut of a young Zac Efron, appearing as an adolescent Simon Tam in the flashback sequences.
Goofs-- In the flashback where Mal and Zoë meet Jayne for the first time, every close-up of Mal and the one close-up of Zoë shows their hair blowing in the wind. But in the shots of them together, their hair is completely still.