Firefly is an American space western television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon. The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship.

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Which property features the most Firefly actors?

The actors in Firefly have since appeared in numerous other sci-fi tv shows and movies. Which show/movie has the most Firefly actors? Does any property have all of the main cast members? Note: The ...
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What happened to the Lassiter?

In Trash, the crew steals a very valuable, antique laser pistol known as the Lassiter. In The Message, Mal mentions that he's having difficulty selling it. MAL: It's like something out of a ...
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Who is Shepherd Book? [duplicate]

I've watched the Firefly TV series, and seen the movie, and would love to have seen it all continue, but the main thing that bugs me about the show being cancelled is not knowing more about Shepherd ...
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Is Monty's last name actually Reynolds?

I was looking at IMDB today, and to my surprise, Monty's last name was listed as "Reynolds." No other websites I could find gave him any last name. It would be very strange if he had the same last ...
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Why is there so little merchandise with the Serenity logo?

This logo seems great for t-shirts and the like. But I've only seen it a few times, in places that rapidly go out of stock, which makes me think it's not an official thing. Why, when there are so ...
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How did the mudders get Jayne's name and likeness?

In the Firefly episode Jaynestown, the crew comes across a town that worships Jayne as a folkhero to the point of building a statue of him. The likeness isn't perfect, but it clearly emulates Jayne ...
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Do they really watch Firefly on the International Space Station

I saw this photo online: I was wondering if this photo is legit, or some Photoshop by Firefly fans. If it is legitimate, why do they have a copy of Firefly and Serenity on board the International ...
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What does the line “Take me where I cannot stand” mean?

From Firefly's theme song: Take my love, take my land / Take me where I cannot stand / I don't care, I'm still free / You can't take the sky from me. Everything's meaning seems pretty ...
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Why did Henry Evans continue to go by Derrial Book?

In Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale, we learn that However, he continues to go by Book even after It seems odd that he would continue to go by a stolen name after finding religion. Is there ...
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Why is Shepherd Book crushing a snake on the cover of Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale?

Have any of the writers or artists stated why Shepherd Book is stepping on a snake on the cover of Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale? There is no snake in the graphic novel. Is it a allusion to Book ...
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Why didn't the costume designer know the purpose of Zoe's necklace?

From the wikia: In the DVD commentary for the episode "Shindig," costume designer Shawna Trpcic mentions that the leather necklace Zoë always wears is a symbol of her marriage bond. However, she ...
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How did the hill folk in Safe know Simon's profession?

How did the hill folk in Safe know Simon's profession? I'm watching the episode "Safe" again and as the hill people bring Simon into town they yell out, "We got ourselves a doctor!" How did they know ...
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What is the correct order to read/watch Firefly/Serenity?

I have discovered today that there are Serenity books and comics. I have already seen the series and the movie. Books Comics Series Movie What is the correct order to read the full material?
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Why doesn't Jayne use Vera in Serenity's climax?

During the climax of Serenity, why doesn't Jayne use Vera? It seems to be the most powerful weapon on Serenity and Jayne claims that it's his favorite gun. The crew seems to have enough time to ...
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Why didn't the Alliance destroy The Reavers?

In Serenity, we learn that So my question is, why didn't the Alliance destroy them? There were less than 30,000 Reavers and the Alliance had a much larger military. We also learn that So why ...
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Did Serenity really appear in Battlestar Galactica?

Recently I ran across this image from the mini-series of Battlestar Galactica (from the scene in which Roslin is diagnosed with cancer): My question is: Is this really supposed to be Serenity, the ...
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Where is Inara during “Serenity”?

In Firefly, she says: Then the episode ends. It doesn't say where she is going to leave to, and (as far as I can remember) it doesn't say it in the episodes after that episode (Heart of Gold) ...
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Why does Serenity have a cannon in “Serenity”?

In Firefly (episode: train job), Mal gets in a bar fight because he was a Browncoat. He gets thrown out of the bar, and the gang he was fighting follows him. They were about to kill him when Wash ...
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Why was Mal able to shrug off apparently lethal blows from The Operative?

Towards the end of Serenity, just as Mal is ready to climb the chasm to the backup transmitter, the Operative surprises Mal and shoots him in the back. Mal shrugs it off and moments later is able to ...
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Firefly: Was the Alliance “evil?”

Throughout Firefly the Alliance obviously acts as the opposition to Mal and his crew. But... They follow due process (in Bushwhacked) and generally it appears that their officers are bound by Rule ...
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Firefly has its own gravitational field? [duplicate]

In Firefly episode eight, Out of Gas, the engine breaks, causing the oxygen and heating to go offline on Serenity. For some reason, the gravity stays on. Mal (the captain) is able to move about ...
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Why didn't the Reavers murder and mutilate everyone on Miranda?

In the movie Serenity, Mal and his crew travel to Miranda where they discover Why didn't the Reavers murder and mutilate everyone on Miranda? Instead, everyone on Miranda A plausible explanation ...
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Is everyone in Firefly fluent in Chinese or do they only know Chinese slang?

Often the English-speaking characters in Firefly speak curses and slang in Chinese because of the mixing of American and Chinese cultures in the universe. Often audio recordings are also said in both ...
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Why doesn't Captain Mal let Saffron answer at the end of “Our Mrs. Reynolds”?

At the end of episode "Our Mrs Reynolds" Captain Mal confronts Saffron for answers, ending with asking what her real name is. To me it appears that she hesitates and he knocks her out. I can get why ...
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Did any of the planets in Firefly's 'Verse have any life before terraforming?

Sure, no "proper" aliens, but were all the planets completely biologically dead? No native plants, or creatures in the water? No microorganisms even? All the terraforming was completely done from ...
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Does having a companion onboard give away your position?

The Serenity is regularly involved in activities of dubious legality, and is often on the run from either the authorities or powerful criminals and mobsters. In the meanwhile, Inara, a companion, ...
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What is the Name of Mr. Universe's Moon?

In the movie "Serenity", Mr. Universe lives on a small Moon enveloped by an ion cloud. It's where the final battle takes place. Does this moon have a name? I can't seem to find any information on ...
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Do we ever meet Jayne's mom?

Having only ever seen the original TV series and the movie, I'm left wondering a lot about the Verse of Firefly/Serenity. Namely, about the awesome woman who made Jayne his hat. Do we ever get to ...
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How accurate is the Chinese spoken in Firefly?

In the Firefly-verse, Western and Eastern cultures are mixed and many people inject Chinese into their speaking habits, usually to swear (a la frakking and frelling). Can anyone with knowledge of ...
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Why does Mal abandon the Tams in “Safe”?

In “Safe,” some hill folk on Jiangyin abduct Simon and River Tam just when the crew desperately need a medic. Mal abandons the Tams to seek out medical assistance off-world, despite strong dissent ...
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Is the planet called “Earth That Was” totally uninhabited?

We know that Earth That Was became difficult to live on, so humanity spread out to terraform and colonize other worlds. Was Earth TOTALLY abandoned, or is it just a difficult environment?
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What is Wash referring to?

In the beginning of episode "The Message" we see that in the space station a barker extols an exhibit featuring "proof of alien life". Inside the exhibit, Simon and Kaylee were talking about "The ...
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Tracy gets shot, no effect

In the Firefly episode The Message, we see that Tracey comes aboard and gets shot by Zoe at close range with a shotgun on the bridge. But he doesn't flinch or seems to be affected by the bullet at ...
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Is there any more media in the Firefly/Serenity universe?

I have recently watched the Firefly series and Serenity movie. And for me Firefly is the best TV show ever created. I have now become a self-styled Browncoat but I want to know more about the 'verse. ...
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Why does Jayne remain loyal to the crew?

We see in the series that Jayne came over because of a slight increase of pay, and having his own room. Typically, people who turn for that kind of stuff are willing to turn again. Why has Jayne ...
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Was River Tam's sanity restored (either fully or partially) on Miranda?

I'm trying to phrase this without introducing any spoilers, so please forgive the vague description of events. After seeing the video that reveals "the secret that burned up River Tam's brain", she ...
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Why weren't the Hands-of-Blue affected by their own weapon?

The Hands-of-Blue operatives sent by the Alliance to re-capture/kill River Tam use a "sonic" weapon to kill people (causes internal haemorrhaging?), why aren't they affected by their own weapon?
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Why was Firefly cancelled?

I've been trying to find out the reason for it being cancelled, but I can't find an "official" line. So far I've seen the following reasons in a variety of different places: Not enough viewers. Too ...
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How do the ships in Firefly travel immense distances?

In Star Trek, we have warp drive. In Star Wars, there was hyperdrive. Is there any canon information on how the ships in Firefly travel around the 'verse? I understand that the planets are all in one ...
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Does the high radiation on Reaver ships have any effect on Reavers?

From the Firefly wiki under Reavers: Reaver craft have a savage and funereal air, and are not in particularly good shape—they are almost inevitably running without reactor containment, which means ...
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Why was River Tam turned into an assassin?

After watching the Firefly series and the movie Serenity, I'm still trying to figure out how the Alliance was intending to use River Tam as an assassin. Was the Alliance simply trying to create ...
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Where does this part from the Firefly theme come from?

Note: I'm not sure if it belongs on this site, but I'm not sure where else I should ask it. In the title/theme song of the sadly short-lived Firefly series, they say "Burn the land and boil the sea, ...
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How does the Alliance work?

So, in Firefly, the Alliance controls all of the planets in the system. But I don't think it is ever explained in much detail how that works. Is it a democracy of some kind, or something else ...
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Why did Shepard Book assume Saffron was underage?

In Our Mrs. Reynolds Mal is purportedly married to Saffron. Shepard tells Mal: If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for ...
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Are there other assassins like River Tam?

From the Firefly Wiki It was at this point that she was sent to a government learning facility known only as "The Academy". While her parents and Simon believed the Academy was a private school ...
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Are there natural psychics in Firefly/Serenity?

Thanks to the Alliance playing around in River Tam's head, she was gifted with some psychic abilities (mind reading and foresight primarily). However, were River's talents really just a byproduct of ...
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Is the Firefly TV series based on Joss Whedon's game of traveller?

Internet rumours abound that Joss Whedon's Firefly series is based on the RPG Traveller, first released in 1977. The game itself is about living hand-to-mouth, trying to pay off debts by trading ...
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How does gravity work on Serenity?

When the good ship Serenity is traveling in deep space, the crew experiences what looks like an Earth-normal (or Earth That Was-normal) level of gravity. Is it ever explained how the ship is able to ...
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Is there really sound in space? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why and how can you hear explosions in space in Star Wars? In firefly they were specific in all of the outer space scenes there was no sound which some people complained ...
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What Is Shepherd Book's Religion?

While Shepherd Book has quoted some Christian scripture, Firefly takes place far enough in the future that many people speak a mix of Mandarin and English. It's never made clear whether, in this ...