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Bester appears to be extremely incompetent, lazy and often running over his deadlines. It would appear that he just "ran out of loyalty" and when Kaylee came along, who was easily better than him (she fixes the engine there and then when Bester still didn't know what the problem was), he jumped at the chance to hire her instead. Look at how ...


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Bester ain't crew. Now if you ask me, a man who comes aboard, claiming to be some kind of "genius mechanic". That man has to prove his salt, afore he can be counted among the crew. And Bester, he couldn't fix the gorram engine! He spent all his time chasing tail instead of doing his job. Didn't even know what a reg coupler was. Ain't no way Mal is gonna ...


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They're much more than just prostitutes. From the Firefly Wikia: Registered Companions are culturally well-educated with training in a number of areas, including psychology, music, fencing, and languages, as well as unarmed martial arts. On the "core" planets, Companions were typically trained from a very young age. This is not unrealistic: ...


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Jayne was able to shoot on cue, because he could hear the cue. He was listening in to Mal's conversation over the radio. Jayne: [over radio] Testing. Testing, Cap'n, can you hear me? Mal: [Standing next to Jayne] I'm standing right here. Jayne: You're coming through good and loud. Mal: 'Cause I'm standing right here.


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They attach it during Serenity, when they go into Reaver space. During the final act of the Serenity film, the crew disguises Serenity as a Reaver ship, including attaching corpses to the hull and painting it in fake blood. As part of this effort, they take a cannon from the colony Shepherd Book was staying. Presumably it's for defense in Reaver space, ...


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Your question assumes that the Reavers were "born" before the rest of the population died. But I would argue the opposite: the process was probably parallel. It seems unlikely that people drew in a single breath of the Pax, went insane, and started killing people. More likely, the "Reaver-ification" took time, just like the "sloth-ification" of the rest ...


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Jayne did turn against them. In the episode Ariel, Jayne betrayed the crew by calling an Alliance officer in an attempt to cash in on the rewards for Simon and River. Unfortunately for Jayne, the Alliance officer double crosses him, and proceeds to arrest Jayne along with the Tams so that he can keep the reward money for himself. Once Jayne realizes ...


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Joss Whedon wrote the theme song, which is called The Ballad of Serenity. But I have found nothing official that explicitly states a meaning behind the song. The Battle of Serenity Valley was an important battle the Browncoats lost, in the Unification War. It was literally where they could not hold their position, or 'stand'. I believe the first verse is '...


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They can. Firefly and Serenity DVDs are on the ISS I don't know if they have actually been watched by people living on the ISS, but those photos are legit. The pictured astronaut, Steve Swanson, brought the DVDs with him to the ISS in June 2007 and they were added to the ISS library when he left. As for the story behind the pictures, there were some ...


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TL;DR: Book's official status within the Alliance (and therefore on his ident chip) was that of a retired Alliance commander. This would result in VIP treatment at most Alliance facilities. I'll outline his entire known history below. Most of this is outlined in the comic "The Shepherd's Tale", which is essentially Book reflecting back on his life ...


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Because at this point the Tams are only barely crew and Book is about to die At this point in the show, Simon is moderately useful as a doctor and Mal sees River has a huge liability to the crew. Mal makes this clear in the opening sequence: MAL So, she's added cussing and hurling about of things to her repertoire. She really is a prodigy. ...


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Yes, that's Serenity. Sadly, there does not appear to be an in-universe answer. Jarrod Davis, who was a digital artist on the episode, revealed on Facebook that he put Serenity in the show on the advice of CG supervisor Lee Stringer: Transcript: So we on the Crew were all about cameos, and I do believe it was Lee Stringer who had the idea to put the ...


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The official shooting script has the line; [Behind Jayne (and unseen by him) River SITS UP INTO FRAME. She's just woken up and is a bit dazed, disoriented. She's inches behind him as she says --] RIVER: A copper for a kiss. [Jayne jumps -- she startled the hell out of him.]


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The shooting script makes it pretty clear that the pause is sufficient warning to him that she's preparing to tell another lie. He'd rather just not listen to it. MAL : I got one question for you. Just one thing I'd like to know straight up. SAFFRON : Ask me. MAL : What's your real name? She looks at him... looks away, considering the ...


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He did (kinda) According to the film's official novelisation (written in consultation with Joss Whedon and with access to the original screenplay), Vera ran out of bullets. Jayne tossed her aside and switched to a different gun: While Simon did his medical magic on Zoe, Jayne kept shooting, since the Reavers kept coming. He was down to his last grenade....


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The film script lists it as "Companion Training House" A WOMAN'S VOICE (V.O.): They love you. EXT. COMPANION TRAINING HOUSE - DUSK Inara looks out at the mountains. The space she's in resembles a Tibetan monastery, if slightly more opulent. Widen to see she is with SHEYDRA, a somewhat older Companion, the woman whose voice we heard. She ...


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This is addressed in the film's official novelisation. In short, they sold it and used the funds to upgrade the Serenity. This [The Serenity] was Mal's pride and joy. A while back, they got their hands on one of the few remaining Lassiters, one of the early laser pistols. Expensive as hell, they'd lifted it from right under the nose of a rich gent ...


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Probably not. Jayne's birthplace hasn't been revealed. However, several pieces of dialogue from Jaynestown imply that he isn't from Canton. JAYNE Oh, listen, Mal -- I was in Canton a few years back, I might have made me a few enemies thereabouts. ... JAYNE Look, Mal, I got no ruttin' idea. I was here a few years back, like I said. ...


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It was pretty heavily implied (by Kaylee, IIRC - I don't have the book or the film to reference right now) that Mal has been more angry and moody since Inara left the ship. With both Inara and Book gone, Mal's lost his stabilizing influences. He's becoming erratic, ruthless, and mean-spirited. It's the same reason he was willing to drive away and leave the ...


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Your mileage may vary. For the most part the words themselves are used correctly but the pronunciation by certain characters (especially Malcolm Reynolds and Jayne) can be very choppy. By comparison, whenever Mandarin is used by Inara it's usually quite well executed. Also, several of the phrases are more "compound" sentences rather than something that ...


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No, not all the Alliance forces were destroyed. From the script: Behind it, grappling hooks chained to a huge tractor pull the wall away as through the smoke come some fifteen Alliance soldiers, who line up, rifles trained on our gang... SOLDIER: Drop your weapons! Drop 'em now! ANOTHER SOLDIER: Do we engage? Do we engage? We don't know for ...


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Perhaps the answer is found in the following two references: In the companion volume "Firefly: Still Flying", there is a short story by series writer Jane Espenson called "What Holds Us Down" that describes the various aspects of the gravity rotor and the Honecutt Capacitors that are a part of the system for generating a relative gravity and inertia damping ...


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There are several canon descriptions of the ultimate fate of "Earth-That-Was", none of them it must be admitted, from especially reliable sources but all suggesting an apocalyptic collapse of Earth's ecosystem: The first is contained within the episode Our Mrs Reynolds. The original shooting script has a bit more detail than was contained in the episode; ...


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The Alliance's hold on the Outer Rim planets is much less secure than the inner worlds; this is the whole reason people like Malcom and his crew continue to exist. Once the Alliance managed to push the Reavers so they were confined to the Outer Rim, it wasn't worth their trouble to keep wasting resources on them. Consider the issue from the Alliance ...


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An artist is unlikely to give a “one true interpretation” of their work, and I am aware of no official statements as to the specific meaning of any aspect of the song, this line or any other, and I strongly suspect there isn’t and won’t be any. CR Drost has found a partial quote indicating that there is possibly some discussion of the song, but it is very ...


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Jayne seems to have spent some time in the community, casing the magistrate's house with a view to burgling him. On the day, something clearly went wrong and he was forced to flee in the Magistrate's own ship. Jayne: Look, Mal, I got no ruttin' idea. I was here a few years back, like I said. Pulled a second-story, stole a lotta scratch from the ...


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I actually disagree with the previous answers slightly. I think that Mal had absolutely no intention of abandoning the Tams. They had been kidnapped but kidnappers do not normally kidnap and immediately kill people, what would be the point? Hence Mal knew he had time before the Tams' situation became life threatening. However, Shepard Book was literally ...


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This is largely speculation, but based on canon appearances: Vera may have been ill-suited for killing Reavers All guns are not created equal, and not every task will call for the same kind of gun. Oftentimes there's a "good enough" margin, but sometimes that's simply not the case. Especially when fighting sci-fi hordes, some weapons are largely ...


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While there is no doubt that companions are sex-workers they are much more than that. From Wikipedia (re Inara) ... Companion, a high-society courtesan licensed by the Union of Allied Planets (the "Alliance"). In Alliance society, Companions are part of the social elite, often accompanying the wealthy and powerful. There is considerable ritual and ...


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There were at least 11 instances of Chinese pidgin that made it into the theatrical cut of Serenity. I've listed them below for ease of searching, along with what each statement actually means. Given that the average number of Chinese phrases in each 44 minute episode is approximately 16, it would appear that there were indeed fewer Chinese phrases per ...


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