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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Firefly: Bad Company Firefly
"Bad Company"
Firefly: Bad Company (BOOM! Studios)
Written by Josh Lee Gordon
Illustrated by Francesco Mortarino
Inks by Vincenzo Federici, Giuseppe Cafaro, and Moy R.
Colored by Gabriela Cassata
Lettered by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Diego Galindo
March 2019


The secret origin of Saffron.


Notes from the Firefly/Serenity Chronology


In this one-shot special, Saffron tells some of the story of her past to Boss Moon not long after the events of "Our Mrs. Reynolds".


Didja Know?


Firefly: Bad Company was a one-shot comic book published by BOOM! Studios, telling the origin of Saffron. Saffron appears in the TV episodes "Our Mrs. Reynolds" and "Trash".


Most of the story takes place on what would seem to be Saffron's home world in the Core, but the world is not identified.

Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue

Saffron (other aliases in this issue: Blondie)
Lt. Kren (promoted to major in the course of the story)
protestor (unnamed)
Saffron's father (unnamed, dies in this issue)
Priestess Pema Khandro
Callowyn Cao (mentioned only)
Emeline Goodhope
Governor (unnamed, dies in this issue)
Boss Moon
Malcolm Reynolds (mentioned only)


Didja Notice?


On page 3, Alliance officer Lt. Kren threatens young Saffron that she'll go straight to the lockup on Lilac if he catches her thieving once more. Lilac is a crop moon (seen in "Triggered").


Also on page 3, a protestor against the Alliance immolates himself, shouting, "This fire burns for the dead of Ita." Ita was a small moon in the Kalidasa system used for terraforming experiments by the Alliance (also mentioned in "Out of Gas").


Saffron and her father live in a poor neighborhood known as the Gutter. A slow-acting disease called the Pox afflicts many of the poor there without the money to afford the cure.


On page 8, paramedics at the scene of an accident have the word "PARAMEDIC" printed in reverse on the backs of their uniforms. I suppose Mortarino's artistic choice was inspired by the reverse "AMBULANCE" that often appears on the front of medical vehicles today, but in the case of the vehicles the practice is to make the vehicle recognizable to other drivers in their rear-view mirrors; I'm not sure it would be particularly helpful to have the personnel marked the same the way!


On page 17, Priestess Khandro mentions Callowyn Cao, a man who is apparently the most famous Cortex star in the 'Verse. She goes on to mention a couple of his performances in The Shepherd's Flock and Back to Beylix. The Cortex is the 'Verse's version of the worldwide web. Beylix is the name of a planet in the Kalidasa system.


On page 23, Major Kren tells Priestess Khandro that rebel sympathizers were uncovered hiding among the Companions' Guild on Sihnon, Osiris, and Persephone. Osiris is also the home world of Simon and River.


On page 26, Emeline tells Saffron that her sisters were married off to rich families on Beaumonde and Bellerophon. Beaumonde was seen in "Our Mrs. Reynolds" and Bellerophon in "Trash".


On page 29, the Governor and a wealthy supporter discuss the unfortunate events on Miranda. These events are revealed in "A Better World".


    On page 33, Saffron first receives the identity of Saffron Pike. This is the first time the last name of Pike is used. The identity card gives her (presumably false) date of birth as September 21, 2493 and place of birth as Bishop in the Kalidasa system. According to the Firefly and Serenity Database, 2493 is Saffron's birth year, but no source is listed.

    This is the first mention of any place called Bishop in the 'Verse; there is no planet by that name listed on any of the officially licensed maps sold to fans.


Page 34 reveals that the story of Saffron's past related throughout this issue has been her telling it to Alliance operative Boss Moon not long after the events of "Our Mrs. Reynolds". Boss Moon is later seen again in "War Criminals" and later stories. 


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