The crew of the Serenity are being hunted by the Alliance when they were pursuing an illegal salvage operation.
[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
- "Tears/River's Eyes"
- "Reavers Chase Serenity"
- "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.
- 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.
- 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.