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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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Why doesn't Captain Mal let Saffron answer at the end of “Our Mrs. Reynolds”

So 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 ...
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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. I want to know more about the 'verse. I ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...
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Why did the alliance show respect to Shepherd Book, in spite of his past?

In Firefly, it is implied that the shepherd is not entirely what he seems. In one episode this is especially so when an Alliance officer checks his ID and shows him great respect. What I don't ...
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How Close was “Serenity” to The Planned “Firefly” Storyline?

I know there were comics authorized by Joss Whedon that filled in some of the holes left because Firefly and that Serenity essentially finished up River Tam's storyline, but didn't address any others ...
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Blue Suns: Mass Effect <> Firefly?

Was reading this question, and it got me wondering,... Were any of the production team the same, or intense fans, that Mass Effect's Blue Suns were a tribute or nod to the Blue Sun Corporation in ...
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Is there any evidence that Mal thought more of Inara than anyone else on his crew?

There is considerable evidence that Inara thought more highly of Mal than she should have, but is there any evidence that the Mal thought more of Inara than anyone else on his crew? Mal thought very ...
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Can Reavers reproduce?

Can the Reavers in Firefly/Serenity reproduce or otherwise grow their numbers, or are they stuck, always losing numbers? I'm not really counting the ones produced occasionally during a raid, but a ...
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What is responsible for the glowing light behind the Firefly when it prepares to burst?

There is a burst of orange light, apparently a gas or similar, that is sent in no particular pattern behind a Firefly vessel immediately before it launches a great burst of speed. What is responsible ...
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Why does everyone in Firefly speak Chinese?

In the television series "Firefly," it seems like every person on every planet speaks Chinese. Conversations often transition randomly between English and Chinese, and even the computer alerts are in ...
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Are the planets in Firefly in just one star system or spread across the galaxy?

In the intro to the show it says/suggests the planets to be in one star system. But in episode 9 (Ariel) the intro suggests that they are spread across the galaxy. The specific quote is: ...And ...
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Is the Virus from Serenity contagious?

In the Firefly movie Serenity, they find a planet full of dead people. It's later revealed that the retrovirus that killed everyone on Miranda is the same that caused the Reavers. Now we know the ...
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How did River Tam end up in Alliance hands between the series and movie

In the final episode of Firefly (Objects in Space): However, at the start of the movie Serenity, Is it ever mentioned what events occurred between the final episode and the movie?
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Why don't the outer planets have advanced technology?

In Firefly why do the outer planets generally all exist in a preindustial, low technology state? Even if there was limited tech brought from Earth the new civilization has been around long enough ...
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In the movie Serenity why can't they transmit video?

In the movie Serenity when they talk to Mr Universe from Miranda on a two-way video link why can't they just transmit the message they found to him to rebroadcast? The entire final battle seems a bit ...
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Why does Early tell us Shepherd Book “ain't no Shepherd”?

In the final episode of Firefly, the bounty hunter Early indicates Book is not a Shepherd. Is there any in-universe explanation for this claim?
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How are the series Firefly and the movie Serenity linked?

The series Firefly and the movie Serenity share similar concepts and similar characters. Are they a part of the same story? Are they linked? If not can someone explain why two very similar programs ...
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How is it that the outer planets in Firefly are not frozen?

Is there an in-universe explanation for how it is that the outer planets in Firefly all seem to have temperate climate zones, despite their distance from the sun? I am assuming here that the outer ...
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What are the Firefly Specs

Are there any canon specifications about the Firefly ship? Including (but not limited to): speed cargo capacity
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What was in the syringe that Inara had in the pilot episode?

During the Reaver scene in the pilot episode, Inara pulls a syringe full of something, that she seems to be willing to use on herself. What was in that syringe?
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What is “Blue Sun” in Firefly?

There are many references to Blue Sun in firefly. Most are background type images such as billboard advertisements or a shirt that Jayne wears. Is this ever explained, either directly in an episode ...
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Other than River Tam, are there any other Psychics in the Firefly 'verse?

Since it's introduced quite early in the series, I was surprised that no further psychics turned up in Serenity (if there's one there's two). Are there any other instances of psychics in the Firefly ...
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Firefly scenes with Han Solo in the background

Apparently there are many scenes in Firefly where a figurine of Han Solo frozen in carbonite appears in the background. Is there a complete list of all of these scenes?
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What was the original intended order of the episodes of Firefly?

I know the Firefly episodes were originally aired out of the order that Joss Whedon intended, and that many fans think this contributed to the show's early cancellation. Looking at Firefly on ...
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What was Shepherd Book's past in Firefly?

The one big question I've always had remaining about the Firefly series was, what was Shepherd Book's past? It's obvious he wasn't always a preacher, but what was he?