At 0:29 on the DVD, the carny barker is seen to have a small
replica human skull on the back of his top hat, with a fake
snake posed as if slithering through it.
Simon is again wearing the "Logan's Run" sweatshirt he wore
in the previous episode "Trash".
Mal comments to Inara that he's having trouble fencing
the Lassiter, obtained in
"Trash", because it's so well-known
When Inara compares the Lassiter to the Mona Lisa, Mal
doesn't know "who" that is. Of course, the
the famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, painted in the
At 3:47 on the DVD, one of the entranceways in the space station
mall says St. Lucy's Medical Center. In
"Ariel", the crew were involved in a heist at St. Lucy's
Hospital on the planet Ariel. St. Lucy's must be a chain of
medical care facilities.
The food item being consumed by Shepherd Book and River are
called ice planets (a frozen sphere suspended on a string
from a stick). Ironically, the crew will find themselves on
what could be called an "ice planet" in the last act of the
Amnon, the attendant at the post office, appears to be
wearing a yarmulke on his head, indicating he is Orthodox
Jewish. Of course, this would be our own current time
interpretation. In the Verse, we've seen that religions have
changed somewhat from what they we were on Earth-That-Was.
At 5:06 on the DVD, on the right edge of the screen, we get a
glimpse of Jayne's new hat even though he hasn't pulled it
out of the box yet!
Jayne receives a package from his mother in which he finds a
knitted cap in the style of a chullo. Perhaps the style is popular on the Cobb
family's homeworld because we see that Jayne's childhood
friend Dick wears an essentially identical one in
Dick and Jayne". Also enclosed in the package is a letter
from her in which she tells him that Mattie is still sick
with the damplung. Presumably Mattie is a sibling of
Jayne's. Damplung appears to be a fictional disease.
The flashback scenes of the Battle of Du-Khang are stated to
take place 7 years earlier. Since this episode takes place
6+ months after "Serenity"
(according to Mal's statement in "Trash"),
which takes place 6 years after the Battle of Serenity
Valley, the Battle of Du-Khang must occur 6+ months before
the Battle of Serenity Valley.
At 7:30 on the DVD, Tracey sits down beside what appears to
be a statue of Buddha. Buddha was the Indian spiritual
teacher Siddhārtha Gautama whose teaching began the Buddhist
religion. Buddhism is prevalent in the Asian countries which
would suggest a strong presence in the worlds of the Verse.
As Tracey opens his can of beans, he's muttering something
over and over that sounds like "beans and rice". Possibly he
is singing the main jingle of the old public service ad
about the nutritional value of said meal that used to run on
Saturday mornings on the ABC TV network in the U.S. during
the late 1970s and early 1980s. The commercial was similar
to (but not part of) the Schoolhouse Rock
series which also ran at that time.
Watch the Beans and Rice public service message on YouTube.
During the Battle of Du-Khang, Mal warns Tracey, "Everybody
dies, Tracey. Someone's carrying a bullet for you right now
and doesn't even know it." Ironically, Mal is the one who,
seven years later, shoots and mortally wounds Tracey aboard
At 12:02 on the DVD, notice that River is now holding Book's
ice planet as well as her own as he tries to assist in
carrying the crate containing Tracey's coffin.
Video ad displays for Blue Sun are visible outside the
space station at 12:29 on the DVD.
Womack tells Amnon that transporting human cargo via the
postal system is against the law and punishable by 5-10
years on the penal moon. This would seem to imply that there
is a prison (or system of prisons) on one of the moons that
serves as the sole prison of the Verse.
|At 17:37 on the DVD,
there appears to be a mini Han Solo
in carbonite sitting next to the
moping Kaylee in the engine room!
Possibly it is the 12" plastic
carbonite block reproduction sold by
Kenner toys in the 1990s. The
of course, to the original trilogy
of Star Wars films. The
"easter egg" is also identifiable in
different locations in the later
episodes "Heart of Gold" and
"Objects in Space".
||Han Solo in
carbonite from Star Wars: Return
of the Jedi
At 19:50-20:00 on the DVD, Mal's hand changes position along
the body/neck of the wine bottle in different shots as he is shown pouring it
for Inara, Zoe, and himself.
At 22:03 on the DVD, notice that a pair of boots is sitting
in the middle of the cargo bay as Mal, Zoe, and Jayne search
the crate and coffin for any hidden paraphernalia.
Apparently they removed Tracey's boots while they were
searching his body.
At 22:04 on the DVD, Jayne suddenly has straw all over his
hat again. It was gone shortly after he pulled it out of the
straw-filled box in which his mother sent it. Possibly, he
somehow got more straw on it while he's been searching the
crate, also straw-filled, which held Tracey's coffin. At
22:35 the straw is gone again, but Jayne may have taken a
moment to pick it out of the hat by then.
At 23:10 on the DVD, Tracey is seen to have a spirally sun
tattoo on his back.
When Tracey suddenly springs to life on the autopsy table
and attacks Simon, notice that Jayne doesn't make any
move to stop him!
Simon believes the drug Tracey took to make it appear as
though he was dead was bifodan. This appears to be a
fictional drug. There is a company in the Netherlands called
Bifodan which makes probiotic products.
Tracey explains that he had most of his internal organs
removed and replaced with freshly grown ones as a way of
smuggling them to Ariel. Simon then goes on to say that smugglers have to
transport the organs in a living body because the technology
is not yet up to growing and keeping them alive outside a
body. He also mentions that the "blastomeres are
unapproved." Blastomeres are cells produced in the division
of the egg after fertilization; I'm not sure how the term
carries over to the growth of individual organs.
As Serenity is being chased by the police cruiser
at 30:06 on the DVD, notice that Book is on the bridge,
resting is chin on his arms and staring intently at one of
the monitor screens. He was already piecing together that
Womack and his men were out of their jurisdiction and not
authorized to be chasing after Tracey's alleged corpse, as
revealed near the end of the episode.
At 31:28 on the DVD, we can see that the police cruiser has
red and blue lights on top of the fuselage, like the red and
blue light bar on modern-day police cars in many countries,
including the U.S.
It's odd that, with all the jostling the ship is getting as
Wash pilots it through the frozen canyons of St. Albans in
an attempt to shake off Womack's cruiser, that it takes so
long for his toy dinosaurs to fall off the console! They
finally do at 31:35 on the DVD. But at that time, the toys
oddly fall to port while the crewmembers on the bridge all
seem to stumble starboard at the same moment! (At 33:38,
some of the dinosaurs can be seen lying on the floor in the
I love the shot of Serenity landing in an ice cave
at 32:04 on the DVD. It looks like the Millennium Falcon
landing at the rebel base on Hoth or something!
At 35:18 on the DVD, look near the top left corner of the
screen at the ice chunk laying on the cockpit window. A hand
reaches in from the left and rests on the ice (Styrofoam)
chunk. When the shot cuts away for a few seconds and then back,
the ice chunk is gone.
After Zoe shoots Tracey in the chest, it's not clear why
he's able to keep going for so long with seemingly no
adverse effects and little pain. Why would the artificially
grown organs make him any less susceptible to a gunshot
wound than a normal person?
At 38:01 on the DVD, it appears that Kaylee has a tattoo on
her lower back.
Notes from the Audio Commentary by Alan Tudyk and Jewel
Staite on the DVD
The cow fetus in the tank that the carny barker was passing
off as an alien was an actual cow fetus and was supposed to be mounted
upside-down just as stated by Simon in the episode. But the
prop came back with the fetus right-side up, so it did not
look as alien as it should have and they had to limit how
much was shown onscreen to hide the fact.
This was the final episode filmed and the cast and crew
already knew that the show had not been renewed by Fox.
Because of this, when they were supposedly done shooting on
the Serenity bridge set, Alan Tudyk took the big,
red button (established in "Out of Gas") in order to later
give it to creator Joss Whedon (to "call back the cast"
should he find a new home for Firefly as a new series
or movie). But then they had to do a few more pick-up shots
on the bridge for the episode and so the button is missing
from a few shots.
(Thanks to the
Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary for the translations)
Various Chinese words appear on the digital billboards on the
outside of the space station.
Poster on screen right has the Chinese word "cha".
Kaylee says, "Ni gao su na niu ta you shuang mei-mu?"
"Why don't you tell the cow about its beautiful eyes?"
Poster on screen right has Chinese characters.
Patch on Amnon's "postal" uniform has Chinese word "yi sui" below
the English words AIR COM.
Fragile (It's kind of odd that this word should appear on a uniform
patch. Seconds later we see the word again on Mal and Zoe's crate,
which does make sense)
Poster behind Jayne has Chinese characters on it: Chou duan Shang
Poster next to Zoe has Chinese characters on
Chinese writing on Tracey's can of beans.
Video ads on the outside of the space station have Chinese
characters in them.
Blue Sun and Unknown.
Video ads inside the space station have Chinese characters in them.
Yours truly. Blue Sun.
Womack says, "Dong ma?"
Chinese characters on the wine bottle
Mal says, "tian xiao de"
"name of all that's sacred"
Compass points on the terrain map are marked in Chinese: Dong, Nan,
East, South, West, North
Kaylee says, "xiong can sha shou"
Chinese writing on the wall next to Tracey: lang
Wash says, "Wo de ma!"
Essentially, "Mother of Jesus!"
Notes from Firefly Role-Playing
Game Core Book
The drug Tracey took to go into stasis is byphodine, the
same drug Simon and River took to appear dead in
Womack's vessel is a Justice-class gunship.
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