Essential Seven Firefly Moments

One of the greatest television shows of all time is Joss Whedon’s Firefly. When the show was on TV it couldn’t  find a large enough audience. Fox then cancelled the show. The series DVD brought in new fans who never watched the show when it was on. I’m one of those “new fans.” My first Firefly experience was watching Serenity in theaters on recommendation from a friend. I instantly bought the Firefly DVD and watched every episode. With a viewing of the series again, I decided to choose the Essential Seven Firefly Moments:

7) A Naked Saffron

From the episode “Our Mrs. Reynolds”
Before she was Joan Harris on Madmen, Christina Hendricks was Mal’s arranged wife Saffron. She was a reward to Mal for stopping a band of men from robbing the civilization. One of her first scenes involved her completely naked. I knew right away that this was going to be a great episode.

6) Mal Returns the Stolen Medicine

From the episode “The Train Job”
Adelei Niska, a local crime lord, hires the crew of Serenity to perform a train heist of Alliance cargo. Not trusting his employer,  Mal is appalled to discover that they stole much needed medicine for the local mining town. Not being one to steal from the poor, Mal and the crew return the medicine to the local sheriff. This was the second episode of the series, and provided a glimpse as to who Malcolm Reynolds is.

5) River Takes Out Niska’s Men (War Stories)

From the episode “War Stories”
Before the film Serenity we had no clue as to River Tam’s secrets. That is until she took out all of Niska’s men in the episode War Stories. Kaylee was the only one to witness this badass moment, and she never said a word.

4) Serenity The Movie

Fans were excited going into the theater. They would finally get answers as to who was Shepherd Book? Why was River re-programmed? What is Inara’s history? Sadly, not everything was answered. We also lost two Book and Walsh. When is the sequel coming?

3) The Hero Of Canton, the Man We Call Jayne

From the episode “Jaynestown”
Years ago Jayne botched a bank robbery that dropped money upon the local settlement. When Serenity returns to the Canton Factory settlement he discovers that he has become a local folk legend, like Robin Hood. The locals revere Jayne by singing “The Ballad of Jayne Cobb.”

2) Kaylee Wears a Dress

From the episode “Shindig”
Mal invades a formal society dance to set up a smuggling job. He brings Kaylee along as his date dressed in a pretty ruffled “big fluffy” dress. Her reactions to the party was priceless. “Don’t you just love this party? Everything’s so fancy, and there’s some kind of hot cheese over there.” The character of Kaylee is so endearing because her job as Serenity’s engineer pigeon holds her as a tom boy. In reality she is a girly-girl.

1) Mal Buys Serenity

From the episode “Out of Gas”
The episode “Out of Gas”  gave us a look at how Mal acquired Serenity. The moment he sees her for the first time reminds me of Han Solo and his love for the Millennium Falcon. Both ships are considered “junk.” The captains however, can see the beauty in both ships.

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