Oddly, the spacesuits worn by Mal, Zoe, and Jayne at the
beginning of this issue look different than the ones they
were wearing at the end of
"Those Left Behind" Part 2! However, the ones seen here
look more like the ones worn by the crew on occasion in
TV episodes of Firefly.
This issue reveals that the blue-gloved agents may wear an
entire outfit of blue under their traditional suits. One of
them is shown to at least have a blue covering over his
torso as well.
Ironically, Mal shoots Dobson in his left eye here, killing
him (having already shot him in the right eye in
Inara leaves Serenity in this issue, just as she
said in "Heart of Gold",
leaving the feelings between her and Mal unresolved.
On page 19, Shepherd Book makes an allusion to his violent
past (later revealed in
The Shepherd's Tale). He
also tells Mal that he is leaving Serenity, setting
up his absence from the ship and residency on Haven in the
Serenity feature film.
After the death of the blue-gloved agents, a man who would
appear to be the Operative is given the assignment of
tracking down and capturing River Tam. The Operative will
play a major role in the Serenity feature film,
beginning in "Triggered".
The Alliance authority figure who gives the assignment to
the Operative refers to the blue-gloved men as "independent
contractors". This would suggest they were not directly
agents of the Alliance. A popular fan theory is that they
worked for Blue Sun, hired out to the Alliance.
(Thanks to the
Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary for the translations)
Wash says, "buyao ming de sudu"
Mal says, "Wo zai qianshi yiding redao shenme ren le ba . . ."
"I surely annoyed someone or other in a past life,
didn't I . . ."
Wall hanging in Mal's quarters reads "zhen ren"
The end of the story features Chinese characters reading "jiewei".
Endings (or "The End")
Who do the blue-gloved agents work for? What is the purpose of
the of blue gloves and other coverings they wear?
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