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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind (Part 3) "Leaves on the Wind" Part 3
Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 (Dark Horse)

Script: Zack Whedon
Pencils: Georges Jeanty
Inks: Karl Story
Cover A: Daniel Dos Santos
Cover B: Georges Jeanty

 

River goes in search of secrets, while Jubal Early finds his prey.

 

Didja Notice?

 

On page 2, in River's dream, she sees herself as a little girl in her room at her parents' house. There are a number of ballet-related pictures and posters hanging on the walls of her room. River was known for a love of dance as a child and actress Summer Glau was trained as a ballerina as a child.

 

Also in the dream, young Simon calls River "dummy". This must have been an affectionate insult he uses with her frequently, because he also calls her this in "Government Goods".

 

On page 3 (and elsewhere through the mini-series), notice that the Academy building has two pillars at the front each topped with a statue of several figures, possibly children, holding up a globe. We don't get a large, detailed drawing of the globes, but they look as if they might be a representation of Earth-That-Was! The globes appear to have the outlines of our familiar continents.

 

Notice that Jubal Early is depicted wearing the earring in his left ear previously seen in "Objects in Space" and which is an affectation of actor Richard Brooks, who portrayed the character in that episode.

 

Zoe is tossed into an unnamed Alliance prison camp. It may be that this is the prison on the unnamed penal moon mentioned by Lt. Womack in "The Message".

 

On the last two pages of this issue, notice that the Operative has his sword hanging above the fireplace.

 

Unanswered Questions

 

How did Mal know where to find the Operative?

 

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