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--4.4 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.
"Captain Mal Reynolds and his band of renegades travel about the galaxy in Serenity, a Firefly-class spaceship, doing jobs when they can find the work, and pulling jobs when they can't".