This is part 2 of what was originally the two-hour premiere
episode of Firefly titled "Serenity". For our
studies, I left the first hour titled "Serenity" and have
chosen to name this second hour "Government Goods", borrowed
from Chapter 16 of the two-hour episode on the DVD. I
thought "Government Goods" made a nice overall title for
this hour since it involves the trading of the stolen
Alliance nutrition/immunization bars to Patience and the
revelation of River's predicament as an escapee from the
At 45:00 on the DVD, Simon tells the others he went to the
best medacad on Osiris. "Medacad" must be an abbreviation of
Simon reveals that River was sent to the Alliance academy
when she was 14.
Simon says that River's coded message to him said, "They're hurting us.
Get me out."
This seems to imply there are other students like her at the
When Mal punches Simon at 50:11 on the DVD, a production
member's hand can be seen behind Simon to catch him.
The audio commentary by Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion reveals that
the Reaver ship that appears here later also appears in the
Serenity movie (see
According to the Firefly Role-Playing Game Core Book,
the Reaver ship is a Polaris-class Cargo Liner.
Upon hearing that a Reaver ship is nearing, Inara picks up a
small, ornate box and opens it, revealing a hypodermic
needle and vial of fluid. Many fans assumed this to be some
kind of suicide kit, but in the audio commentary of this
episode, Joss suggests it was something else which would
have eventually been revealed in a later episode; it was not
revealed in any episode of the single season of Firefly,
nor in any subsequent story to date in other mediums.
However, in the 10th anniversary reunion
special Firefly: Browncoats Unite, which aired on
the Science Channel on Sunday, November 11, 2012, it was
revealed that there was to have been an episode in which
Inara is taken by Reavers, but before they took her, she
injected herself from the syringe. After taking her, the
Reavers gang-rape her. Later, Mal rescues her, finding the
Reaver ship filled with their corpses, none left alive; the
injection she took killed each one after they violated her.
It was also revealed in the special that Inara has a
terminal disease that would have been introduced into the
storyline if the series had continued. There are hints in a
couple of later episodes that something may be wrong with her
Our brief glimpses into Jayne's quarters suggest that his
chief hobbies are guns and girls.
After passing the Reaver ship, Mal remarks, "Getting awful
crowded in my sky." This may be a reference to the
theme song and its line, "You can't take the sky from me."
In the audio commentary, Joss points out that the Reaver
ship (at 1:13:08 on the DVD) is coming in to the planet's
atmosphere backwards in order to slow down its entry with
At 1:15:45 on the DVD, as Serenity is lifting up
from the ground, Dobson's body should be laying on the
ground where Mal and Jayne dumped it
seconds before, but it's missing. It's possible he staggered
away shortly after being dumped, because
"Those Left Behind" Part 2
reveals that he survived the shooting.
The Crazy Ivan maneuver Wash pulls with Serenity is
named for a similar move used in submarine warfare in the
20th Century. It got its name from the American generic name
for a Russian male, "Ivan".
When Wash initiates the Crazy Ivan, the shots of
Serenity's port engine flipping over are mistakenly
shown in the wrong order; it goes from
thrust to forward thrust instead of forward thrust to
At 1:19:27 on the DVD, notice that actor Alan Tudyk as Wash
is only miming holding the steering column of the
ship...his hands are clutching empty air! In the audio
commentary, Joss says that Tudyk had to sit farther back
from the console in this scene in order to stay in the
cropped frame in which the Fox network insisted on
broadcasting the episodes at the time, even though the show was
shot in widescreen in anticipation of the DVD release.
Ironically, at the end of the episode, it's as if the
prostitute is giving absolution to the priest in the
exchange between Inara and Book.
(Thanks to the
Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary for the translations)
|Time on DVD
Mal says, "Ta ma de! Nimen de bizui!"
"Everybody shut the hell up!"
Wash says, while commenting on the approaching ship,
which is showing high amounts of radiation due to flying
without core containment, "That's
Mal says to Kaylee, "Xiao meimei."
symbols on Dobson's comlink
||Lian jie Bu
tong=Unable To Connect
Jayne says, "Hun dan!"
As the Reaver ship approaches, Zoe
says, "Ai ya. Women wanle."
"We're in big trouble."
on the door of the cockpit
above the word "Enjoy" on the left sleeve of Jayne's
(Enjoy water? I guess it's in short supply on some of
the border worlds!)
symbols on cockpit bulkhead
How did Dobson get the piece of metal he uses to cut through
his bonds? Did Jayne give it to him, despite Jayne's
protestations to the contrary? Considering Jayne later
tries to turn Simon and River over to the Alliance
authorities in "Ariel", it seems a strong possibility.
Notes from the book Firefly:
Still Flying, a retrospective of the
The book reveals that Dobson's cortex access device was made
by melding two real world PDAs, a Franklin
8110 Rolodex and a Fellowes Type 'N' Go PDA/Organizer.
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