Firefly 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. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity.
Ours is a peaceful race
and we must live in harmony.
Just take it as you like.
"...enclosed to keep you
warm in your travels."
I don't think
they covered that in basic.
I'm right here! I'm right here!
You want some of me? Yeah, you do!
- What the hell happened?
- He ain't even hurt.
But it's definitely Tracey.
You know, it's funny.
Plus, you don't know this yet,
but you resisted arrest.
Relax. You've been great. And I was just
bluffing with that stuff about arresting you.
Oh, sorry, Preacher.
Am I making too much noise?
Lookin' to feel alive, out of adventure.
- How could he possibly...
- Oh, well, the colonel was dead drunk.
Oh, he's eyeballin' all the men
something fierce. Not a word.
This is Captain Reynolds.
I think there's been a mistake.
- He's been opened before.
- How's that?
- You feelin' a mite calmer now?
- Yes, Sarge.
It don't look like he's
having a heart attack.
- Thank you.
- So your innards ain't your innards?
It's enough so I could get my folks off that
rock they've been forced to live on...
I think maybe you figured wrong.
Not interested, Captain.
- So what about you?
- Oh, you know, mostly just m...
Sounds like full-yield mag drops.
- Put that thing down, boy.
You have no idea... - Shut it, Shepherd!
- That's enough shooting.
Captain, what is going on?
Do you know why I picked you and Zoe?
Because you're saps.
Don't think I have to tell you folk
the kinda trouble you're in.
you took pains to keep
your presence here a secret.
So, that was the plan?
Aired 15 years ago - Jul 28, 2003
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.
Aired 15 years ago - Jul 21, 2003
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.
Aired 15 years ago - Jun 23, 2003
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.
Aired 15 years ago - Dec 20, 2002
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...
We will rule over all this land
and we will call it...
Lost all hands, but it was only run
by a skeleton crew anyway.
Let's get these crates stowed. I don't
want any tourists stumbling over them.
After you talk to Badger, tell her we may
leave Persephone in a hurry.
Just get us some passengers.
Them as can pay. All right?
You're aware we landed two
hours before we planned...
Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds.
Balls and bayonets brigade.
- She don't look like much.
- Oh, she'll fool you.
- That's never gonna happen.
Mal, this is Simon.
Simon, this is our captain.
- You wanna take them to the cargo bay?
- Yes, sir.
- Well, I certainly...
- It's all right.
A cruiser's en route, so talk all
you want. You got about 20 minutes.
- No. You can't.
- The Feds won't let us walk.
Gifted is the term.
"They're hurting us.
You don't want to go down
this road with me, boy.
They'll come after her. Long after
you bury me, they'll be coming.
- They're still too far out.
- Get me something.
They're not stories.
Okay? Just promise me you're
gonna remember that.
- What's your business here?
- It's my business. The usual.
Everyone always does.
Sorry about what happened before,
but make a sound...
Kaylee, how we doing?
- You should have the doctor look at this.
- It's not so bad.
Aired 16 years ago - Dec 13, 2002
A bounty hunter boards the Serenity to capture River for the Alliance.
Aired 16 years ago - Dec 06, 2002
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
Aired 16 years ago - Nov 15, 2002
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
Aired 16 years ago - Nov 08, 2002
On a planet, Simon is kidnapped by locals who need a doctor, while River is threatened with burning as a witch.
Long as she does it quiet-like.
If it happens to be
somethin' we need... we take it.
~ Since I've found serenity ~
- She didn't mean any harm.
- I never figured she did.
Might not want to mistake it
for a suggestion.
I just kinda like it.
It's rich, you know.
It's-It's dirty and sharp.
- That's fun.
Fed to 'em
by beautiful women.
I can go to 25.
~~ [ LivelyJig ]
That's-- That's quite
a lot of blood, isn't it?
[ Kaylee ]
Don't you worry, Shepherd.
- Faster. Gotta go faster.
- Wanna get there before dark.
[ Father ]
- Bring her!
- [ Grunting ]
Wh-What are you doing?
What about Simon and River?
Now we're talkin'.
Well, we're headed
for help, right?
Alliance cruiser Magellan, this
is Firefly transport Serenity...
Has there been a--
Is there a sickness here?
Sanguine. Hopeful. Plus, point of interest,
it also means ''bloody.''
Not he nor any of ours
were the aggressors.
[ Doralee ]
She's not quite right, is she?
You were on a transport ship,
right? Takin' a journey?
And some of it's made up...
Daddy will come
and take us home.
Well, y'all don't
have to sleep here.
Her voice got scared away.
I didn't realize
it would be so easy.
- [ Bell Clanging ]
- This is lunacy!
You were alone
in the room with him.
That's not what I saw.
[ Chattering, Shouting ]
It'll be you! Your lunacy!
and we'd like it back.
Aired 16 years ago - Nov 01, 2002
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.
I wouldn't stand for it anyway, captain,
jealous man like me.
Yes, I saw that.
Perhaps the other men
couldn't attract one.
- These ain't feathers I'm toting here.
- I like the ruffles.
You are a very singular woman.
And I find...
Miss Kaywinnit Lee Frye and escort.
Okay, help me find our man.
He's supposed to be older, stocky...
Dishes. Could do with less of them.
Thas a nice pile of things
I don't have to do.
So we gonna play cards
or screw around?
You are acting captain. Know
what happens, you fall asleep now?
- Ls not as good as last year.
- Really? What did they have last year?
Sir, my name's Malcolm Reynolds.
I captain a ship named Serenity.
Sir Warrick, I know you from the club,
- My work's illegal, but is honest.
- I see Kaylee's here.
- Cried Cinderella tears.
- Ls not a fistfight, Mal.
- The duel will be tomorrow morning...
...to be misapprehending
my purpose in being here.
You did manage to push him
into saying something.
I figure you know how,
being such an educated woman and all.
What we need is a diversion.
I've known a dozen like you.
Thas the difference.
I said before that I didn't have call
to stop you, and thas true.
You've lost her, lad.
- You didn't have to wound that man.
- Yeah, I know. It was just funny.
Aired 16 years ago - Oct 25, 2002
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.
Aired 16 years ago - Oct 18, 2002
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.
Aired 16 years ago - Oct 04, 2002
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.
Aired 16 years ago - Sep 27, 2002
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.
?Since I've found serenity?
I figure that fella we run into
did everyone on board
no one's gonna mind if we see if there's not
something of value they might've left behind.
- Somethin' wrong?
It's okay I'm here
I'll meet you over there But don't
take forever Still gotta get suited up
jayne, you take the galley
Hold the bag open
Sir, even on a lifeboat
Came at me from behind
Pulse is rapid.
- What do you mean?
- That ship was hit by reavers
it was done by men,
Oh, I ain't goin' over there
with them bodies
Not gonna have these people lookin'
over my shoulder once we're gone.
Reavers sometimes leave 'em
for the rescue ships
Forty thousand of these old wrecks
in the air, and that's all they give us
Well, quite a lot of fuss
Looks to me like
an illegal salvage operation
It's only in the last year that you've
been shipping out with The Serenity?
Captain was looking for a pilot.
I found a husband.
just so's you don't end up pumping it
through the main atmofeed
- They were last seen on Persephone
- That a fact?
Things go the way they are,
there's gonna be blood
The kind of darkness
you can't even imagine
Let's have two MPs up here to escort
Sergeant Reynolds to the brig
Go to full lockdown
I want guards on the nursery
- No, no, no I should go with you
- That's out of the question
Aired 16 years ago - Sep 20, 2002
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.
~ Since I've found serenity ~
Were you dreaming?
I thought I was here
because you needed a medic.
There's not many would do that.
know why you're doing it.
Who? Simon? No, he's much too--
It has a sort of aura.
- We have a job.
Mal, if you're being a gentleman,
I may die of shock.
I'm Captain Reynolds.
My first mate Zoe. This is Jayne.
You do the train job for me.
You get on train at Hancock,
headed for Paradiso.
But the further you get away from the
central planets, the harder things are...
We get the goods. We're back on Serenity
before the train even reaches Paradiso.
with that moon-brained sister
of yours till we call for you.
- They shot my gorram leg!
They were on the train
headed to the installation.
Doc, I need a pop to
quiet this pain some.
- I ain't walkin' into that.
- This Adelai Niska you're talkin' about?
- Because you're my wife.
- Thought we'd try our luck.
- You a miner by trade? Either of you?
Hell, I got it. I ain't
ever set foot in a mine.
so that everybody can be
interfered with or ignored equally.
That's funny your uncle never went
to mentioning the Bowden's problem...
Now, we're finishing this deal...
It was supposed to kick
in a good deal sooner.
Thank God you stopped them.
We had some, uh, unrelated trouble.
the job went south when
we return the money.
You entered into an
arrangement with Mr. Niska.
A man can get a job.