Serenity (I)
Episode 1 of 15 within Season One. Item 1 of 17 overall.
Production number 1AGE79.
Joss Whedon - Writer
Joss Whedon - Director
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After a flashback to Zoe's and Mal's days in the wars six years previous, we cut to the modern day where the Serenity crew is running a salvage operation on a deserted ship and are forced to flee with the cargo when the Alliance show up. Their buddy Badger refuses to buy the cargo so they head off to the rim worlds after picking up three passengers: Book, Simon, and Dobson. En route someone sends a signal to the Alliance and it turns out to be Dobson, an undercover Federal agent, who arrests Simon but is glad to take the whole crew in. He shoots Kaylee before being captured, and Simon forces Mal to flee in return for his doctoring services. When Mal investigates Simon's cargo he finds a naked woman...

[This was the two hour "original pilot", canned by Fox].

original airdate--December 20,2002    rating--2.7 million


music--The theme song, "The Ballad of Serenity" written by Joss Whedon and performed by Sonny Rhodes

  1. "Whitefall/Book"
  2. "Tears/River's Eyes"
  3. "Reavers Chase Serenity"
  4. "Saved/Isn't Home?/Reavers"


Goofs: When piloting her shuttle on Persephone, Inara is holding the flight controls upside down. Joss Whedon calls attention to this in the DVD commentary.

  1. When applying "the sticky" to the ship's access panel, Mal traces a straight line towards the edge of the plate. Later shots of the plate show the compound curving sooner clockwise around the central point.
  2. Wash is seen mimicking holding the flight controls near the end of the episode without actually holding them. The DVD commentary revealed the controls were too far away for the shot, but Joss really wanted the shot, so they moved Alan's chair back and had him mine the controls.


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.

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