The background logo at the beginning of each session excerpt
is later seen
on the shimmering force field door of the records room at an
Alliance facility in
"Triggered", possibly, the logo of The Academy, which is revealed
in these sessions to be where young River was being held and
educated by the Alliance.
River's favorite class is Physics, of which she was already in
the graduate program.
River's fellow students at the Academy called her Little
River tells the interviewer that Simon has said she has the
"third eye". This is a term used to describe the intuition
or clairvoyance of certain people who seem to know things
about others without being told, or of knowing the future.
River explains to the interviewer that Simon is a trauma
surgeon in Capital City. This is the capital of Osiris, one
of the wealthy central worlds of the Alliance.
The interviewer remarks that Dr. Mathias is proud of River's
progress in the Academy. We don't see the doctor here, but
we later will witness his death (unnamed) at the hands of
the Operative in "Triggered".
River mentions the Pax. This is a shorthand name for G-23
Paxilon Hydrochlorate, a chemical compound that was tested by the Alliance
on the planet Miranda to pacify the citizens, effective on
99.9% of individuals (the other .1% become Reavers, as
revealed in "A Better World").
River makes a comment about finding a pea under 20
mattresses "and you wonder why I'm not sleeping?" This is a
reference to the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea"
by Hans Christian Andersen about a princess whose royal
identity is proven when she feels an uncomfortable lump
while trying to sleep on a stack of 20 mattresses lying upon
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