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Why was Mal so quick to drop Bester in favour of Kaylee?

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 ...
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Why was Mal so quick to drop Bester in favour of Kaylee?

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 ...
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Why did companions have such high social standing?

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 ...
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How did Jayne know when to shoot?

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 ...
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How was this shot of River Tam on the ceiling managed in Serenity?

It would appear that Summer Glau was lifted into position and is able to sustain that pose because she's extremely flexible. She was, however, given additional support from a hook that was attached to ...
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What did River say when she woke from her proto-comatose state?

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 --] ...
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Was Jayne from Canton?

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 ...
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Why does Mal change his mind?

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 ...
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Why did companions have such high social standing?

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 &...
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How did Jayne know when to shoot?

Mal knew all the way that Patience was going to betray him no matter what: MAL See you in the world. He hits a button, ending the talk. He stares down at the console for a long beat. ...
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Chinese in Serenity?

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 ...
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How can Firefly Reavers be "smart" enough to drive spaceships? Why their radio conversations sound like some EVF directlly drawn from hell?

Reavers are psychotic, not stupid. From the Firefly wiki: (potential spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet) So they're crazy and filled with murderous rage pretty much all the time. That ...
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How does Serenity's main engine work?

According to the (officially sanctioned) Serenity Blueprints Reference Pack, Serenity's main propulsion is provided by an radion accelerator core: The pack itself does not seem to be available for ...
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Why did the details of River's rescue change for the movie Serenity?

Here's the relevant excerpt from the script of the TV show pilot, for reference: ZOE: How did you do it? SIMON: Money. And, and luck. For two years, I couldn't get near her. Then I was contacted by ...
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What is Niska's accent?

Niska speaks Czech to one of his flunkies Dej jim za to plátek masa This translates to "Give them a slice of meat" This is backed up by the shooting script ...
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How did the horses get to space?

The Serenity RPG offers a fairly high level overview of the Exodus. In short, when it became clear that Earth-that-was could no longer support human life, gigantic generation ships (known as Arks) ...
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Why does Mal change his mind?

I don't see how he changes his mind. He comes back for Simon because: Simon is very useful Simon is reliable, since he also needs the cap'n in order to keep River and himself safe from the Alliance....
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How do revolvers in the 'verse work?

While this was probably just an editing gaffe (or a deliberate nod to classic westerns where firing more than 6 shots was common), there are several possibilities in world. Mal has a revolver with a ...
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How did the horses get to space?

The show is always very vague when it comes to any details of the exodus. I cannot find a direct reference in canon but frozen embryos and other genetic material is the logical answer and is one that ...
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What's the significance of the bounty hunter being named Jubal Early?

Hat tip to Valorum for the find; the source of this quote is Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume 1, by Joss Whedon and Abbie Bernstein, which makes this a canonical source. The Wikipedia page for ...
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Is Monty's last name actually Reynolds?

It may have been listed as Reynolds in an early breakdown. Don't recall it as such in the script. Wish I could be of more help. Franc Ross
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Why does Mal change his mind?

An out-of-universe answer, which I realize isn’t necessarily the goal here, but I feel that getting meta is the only way to make that scene from Serenity make sense. I always treated the plot of ...
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Why did the Hands of Blue use a "sonic device" to kill people?

It probably can kill multiple people From the original script for Ariel: The SOUND OF SCREAMING. INT. HOSPITAL - SECURITY SUBSTATION - HOLDING AREA Jayne, Simon and River react to the continued ...
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What is "fluffy" in Serenity?

Mal seems to be misquoting Shakespeare (in this case Henry V, Act 1, Scene 2) And God forbid, my dear and faithful lord, that you should invent, twist, or distort your interpretation The next ...
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How many crew members of the Serenity actually read Chinese?

As mentioned in the featurette, a lot of the cast (Adam, Alan, Jewel) had trouble speaking Chinese so I doubt they'd be able to read it fluently (without sounding out the characters but that's just my ...
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What was the name of Monty's ship on Firefly?

The script just refers to it as "Monty's Ship". EXT. DUST PLANET - NIGHT MONTY'S SHIP as its engines FIRE UP, whipping a small cloud of dust around the tiny figures of Saffron and Mal. (Note:...
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Voluntarily entering a prison in the Firefly Universe

In the Firefly: River Run graphic novelisation, there's an additional word inserted into this conversation. It's not that he went through the door, it's that he went through the scanners on the door, ...
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Does Serenity have a ship prefix?

Looking at the ships documents, there is no prefix for ships like Serenity that are licensed for cargo. Image of documents reproduced from Firefly: A Celebration (Titan Books, ISBN 9781781161685) ...
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What was the body count in River's bar fight scene?

I've just re-watched the scene. She hits or kicks 29 times, each time landing a blow sufficient to drop the person she just hit. It isn't possible to count the number of individuals she killed as ...
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