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Firefly

Firefly

FOX 2002

In the far-distant future, Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds is a renegade former brown-coat sergeant, now turned smuggler & rogue, who is the commander of a small spacecraft, with a loyal hand-picked crew made up of the first mate, Zoe Warren; the pilot Hoban "Wash" Washburn; the gung-ho grunt Jayne Cobb; the engineer Kaylee Frye; the fugitives Dr. Simon Tam and his psychic sister River. Together, they travel the far reaches of space in search of food, money, and anything to live on.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Firefly

Firefly - S1E12

#1 - Heart of Gold

8.15

Season 1 - Episode 12

The crew of the Serenity are in for a gunfight when one of Inara's companion colleagues asks for their help. The Serenity crew defends a bordello from a gunslinger who got a prostitute pregnant and now intends to collect the child; Mal falls for the bordello's madam.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Firefly from 1074 votes.

Firefly - S1E7

#2 - Safe

8.18

Season 1 - Episode 7

On a planet, Simon is kidnapped by locals who need a doctor, while River is threatened with burning as a witch.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Firefly from 1142 votes.

Firefly - S1E4

#3 - Jaynestown

8.21

Season 1 - Episode 4

Serenity sets down at the mudder colony of Canton where it turns out Jayne is a hero for having dropped a bunch of money there years ago that he and his partner Stitch stole from the local magistrate. The drop was unintentional but Jayne doesn't turn down the attentions. Meanwhile, Kaylee and Simon dance, River rewrites Book's bible, and Inara beds the magistrate's son, a virgin.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Firefly from 1332 votes.

Firefly - S1E1

#4 - The Train Job

8.21

Season 1 - Episode 1

Serenity continues to travel through space conducting illegal runs across the star system, which is under the control of The Alliance. A powerful and fearsome mobster named Adelei Niska demands that the crew of Serenity pull a train robbery. The train is carrying medical supplies for a community, and Reynolds and Zoe get held on suspicion. They get free with Inara's help but realize they were tricked and try to return Niska's money. His henchman isn't too happy, but Mal "persuades" the next guy to take the money back. Meanwhile, two blue-handed, black-suited operatives close in on River.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Firefly from 2037 votes.

Firefly - S1E2

#5 - Bushwhacked

8.22

Season 1 - Episode 2

On a salvage mission aboard a drifting colony ship, the Serenity crew find signs that the crew were killed by the cannibalistic Reavers. They find one survivor, but things take a turn for the worse when an Alliance ship looking for an unspecified Firefly-class ship with brother-and-sister stowaways shows up and takes them in.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Firefly from 1485 votes.

Firefly - S1E6

#6 - Shindig

8.24

Season 1 - Episode 6

On the planet Persephone the crew contact their old "friend" Badger the ruthless crime lord to transport some goods on behalf of a local lord. While at a ball to arrange a transport job with the lord, Mal defends Inara's honor when her current customer insults her. By local custom he unintentionally challenges her date, Atherton Wing, to a duel.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Firefly from 1139 votes.

Firefly - S1E3

#7 - Our Mrs. Reynolds

8.31

Season 1 - Episode 3

While completing a job on a backwater world, Mal is married to a village girl without his knowledge. The girl, Saffron, gets onboard and the crew does not find her until they're already in the air. Mal is not sure what to do with her, but let her come along.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Firefly from 1400 votes.

Firefly - S1E9

#8 - War Stories

8.38

Season 1 - Episode 9

Jealous of Zoe's relationship with Mal, Wash insists (thanks to a bit of scheming) that he go with Mal to try to sell some of the medical supplies the crew stole from the Alliance. In the middle of the deal Mal and Wash are kidnapped by men working for Niska the crime lord, who wants revenge against Mal for the botched train heist. He tortures Mal and Wash until Zoe shows up offering money in exchange for the prisoners. Niska says that the money is only enough for one person and Zoe chooses Wash. Wash realizes that Mal's antagonizing him while they were being tortured was to help keep him alive and kicking. This inspires him to do everything he can to help Zoe rescue Mal from Niska. The rest of the crew jump on board to save the Captain. Meanwhile Inara extends her services to a council member. To the crew of Serenity's surprise, it's a woman. And Simon continues to treat River with some of the medicine he stole but she suffers the occasional relapse as well as displays a penchan

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Firefly from 1149 votes.

Firefly - S1E5

#9 - Out of Gas

8.40

Season 1 - Episode 5

In a delirious state after Serenity's engine explodes, draining the ship of its oxygen supply, Mal has a series of flashbacks about how he came to own Serenity and form his crew.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Firefly from 1314 votes.

Firefly - S1E14

#10 - The Message

8.40

Season 1 - Episode 14

An old war comrade of Mal's and Zoe's, Tracey, mails his corpse to them. He also leaves a message asking them to deliver his body to his family. Some men claiming to be with the Alliance is on the trail of the body and catch up to them demanding the body. The crew can't find anything on Tracey's corpse, but as they prepare to cut it open, Tracey comes back to life. He explains he is smuggling super-organs in his own body. They flee to the planet with the men in hot pursuit and eventually/supposedly agree to give up Tracey. Tracey gets wind of the plan and makes a break for it with Kaylee as a hostage, they shoot him down and Mal reveals they were going to send the officer off since he's out of his jurisdiction and on a personal mission with no authority. Then Tracey dies and they deliver his body for real this time.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Firefly from 1039 votes.

Firefly - S1E13
#11 - Trash
8.41
Season 1 - Episode 13

Saffron (from "Our Mrs. Reynolds") returns - after Mal breaks up her current gig, she convinces him and the crew to help out with a ""perfect crime"" that isn't. The crime: go to Bellerophon and steal a criminal's prototype laser gun from his collection. The plan: Saffron and Mal sneak in and dump the gun down the trash, bypassing security, and the Serenity crew grab it from the disposal system. Of course, this is Saffron, and it turns out she's married to the crook, Durran, and plans to double-cross Mal. Things don't work out so well and Saffron strands Mal naked in the desert. Fortunately Mal and Inara anticipated a betrayal and set it up so Inara grabs the gun, leaves Saffron behind, and rescues Mal. Meanwhile, Simon figures out Jayne betrayed them (in "Ariel") and the two have words.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Firefly from 1061 votes.

Firefly - S1E8
#12 - Ariel
8.43
Season 1 - Episode 8

The crew visit the planet Ariel because Inara needs to receive an annual Companion physical. The crew is offered a surprising job by Simon: in return for stolen medicine he wants them to get him into a hospital to use a high-end scanner to diagnose River. Simon devises a plan - Kaylee and Wash browse through the local dump and find parts to make an imitation emergency vehicle so the crew can get into the hospital posing as EMTs. Simon and River pose as corpses with the aid of a drug Simon has. While Mal and Zoe round up some medicine, Jayne stays with River and Simon, who are unaware he has ratted them out to the Alliance in return for money. Jayne rushes Simon through the examination and on the way out Jayne, Simon, and River are caught by the Alliance. Jayne is betrayed by the Alliance and becomes a prisoner himself. They manage to escape as the Men With Blue Hands arrive and ruthlessly execute anyone who had contact with the Tams. Mal and Zoe end up saving their friends and Simon ma

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Firefly from 1196 votes.

Firefly - S1E11
#13 - Serenity
8.51
Season 1 - Episode 11

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...

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Firefly from 1173 votes.

Firefly - S1E10
#14 - Objects in Space
8.54
Season 1 - Episode 10

A bounty hunter boards the Serenity to capture River for the Alliance.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Firefly from 1134 votes.

Last updated: feb 26, 2021

Comments

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you can't take the sky from me..

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What the hell is the right viewing order? I've heard Netflix actually has it right for once, so that's what I'm following.. not the order from here. 1. Serenity (pilot) 2. The Train Job 3. Bushwhacked 4. Shindig 5. Safe 6. Our Mrs. Reynolds 7. Jaynestown 8. Out of Gas 9. Ariel 10. War Stories 11. Trash 12. The Message 13. Heart of Gold 14. Objects in Space 15. Serenity (movie) via http://www.netflixfixer.com/2012/09/firefly-intended-order-and-by-airdate.html

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I'm not a sci-fi fan, but really enjoy this story. Especially the play of Nathan Fillion. Great Show!

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A true fusion of classic Sci-Fi (Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Star Wars, Star Trek) and old spaghetti westerns (Paint your Wagon, Rawhide). The shows creator Joss Whedon has done a remarkable job bringing us a different take on the space opera genre. A mish-mash of western style landscapes, filled with horses, cattle, ranches, sheriffs and adding a touch of space, ships, stars and what looks like (in some episodes) a Colt Single Action Army revolver as well as the multitude of other western influenced guns given an alternative 'laser' shot effect in post, all makes for a wonderful adventure aboard Serenity. The characters are wonderful, the action, tension and humor, all make for a wonderful if short lived space opera that is still loved to this day. So if anybody ever asks you if you've ever sailed in a firefly? ...Wanna? Just say "Yes Please"

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Gritty science fiction and fun fast-paced cowboy stories blended with an excellent ensemble, Fun dialogue and surprising twists that never lost it focus and could tell both fun and dramatic stories. It was a series with the heart in the right place and I loved the effects. Sadly, Fox fucked up the episodic order and never gave it a chance. Deserves all the attention it has gotten.

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To my tastes, this in one of the best TV Series ever made. It's Joss Whedon. The casting is perfect. The writing is imaginative, witty, and it explores the nobility and fallibility of humanity. It gave us beloved characters with depth and relationships for which we rooted. The production values were ahead of it's time. The music was perfect. And, that perfect cast gave perfect performances. Pretty high praise for a 14 episode, one season series, released incomplete and out of order by the network (for more on the tortured and redemptive journey of the series read it's Wikipedia page). This is probably my third time through the series and I bought the DVDs so, needless to say, this show is on My Top 20 TV Series list, and I give it a 10 (perfect) out of 10. [Space Western]

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Well, well, it's been a while since a show kept me up all night watching all the episodes in one sitting without falling asleep. I recommend Firefly to everyone who wants to get away from clichés, bad scripts, bad acting and terrible jokes. I don't like sci-fi but I have to admit with its western mood and setting I barely noticed I'm watching a sci-fi. The actors are fantastic, the script is incredibly well-written and there's so much originality in it. I still can't believe it got cancelled after only 1 season.

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Basically just a western with space ships. Mediocre CGI and OK acting. Nothing special.

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I will never understand how a show this highly rated, and this popular amongst geeks and non geeks was canceled and/or has not been resurrected. I personally love this show due to the fact that it is so different from most other shows of this genre.

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Just some friendly advice: When you watch it, make sure to watch the episodes in DVD order, not in aired order. Because the aired order was determined by fools, and the DVD order by the Mind Behind.

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