Out of Gas - S1-E5

Trivia: Wash sets up a big red button for Mal to push to call back the shuttles if help arrives. He tells him "When your miracle gets here, just hit this button". After the show got cancelled, Alan Tudyk sent the button to Joss Whedon with the same message enclosed.

The Message - S1-E15

Trivia: The scene where Kaylee is in the engine room listening to Tracy's message again, on the work bench next to her hammock you can see a small figure of Han Solo frozen in carbonite from "Star Wars".

Ariel - S1-E8

Trivia: When the crew returns from their raid of the Alliance hospital, Malcolm grabs Kaylee from behind and holds her in a friendly hug. This was improvised by Nathan Fillion, and was left in the shot because Joss Whedon felt it was such a natural movement for Malcolm to make. (00:37:00)

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Trash - S1-E14

Trivia: As Mal is bringing the shuttle in to land at the floating luxury home, as he flies to the left of a tower towards the gardens, behind them flying from right to left is the unmistakable silhouette of an SR-71 Blackbird cruising by. Given that this is a planet for the super rich and the heist is of a well known collector of old Earth artifacts, maybe this plane is part of another collector's collection, like John Travolta and his small fleet of planes including an airliner and other exotic aircraft.

Trivia: Nathan Fillion considers this to be the most fun he's had on a television series, and compares every job he gets or has had in the past to it.

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Trivia: The show's theme song, "The Ballad of Serenity", was written by Joss Whedon.

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Trivia: Nathan Fillion would hide snacks and drinks on-set (usually in crevices, drawers or just off camera), so they would be readily at hand in-between takes. After learning the series was canceled, he alleges that he purposely hid a half-finished drink in one of the pieces of the set, and never retrieved it, to see if anyone would eventually stumble onto it. He reportedly does not know what became of it, so there's a chance it's still in the set-piece in storage somewhere.

Trivia: Morena Baccarin Inara was originally planned to have a storyline in which it was revealed she was suffering a terminal illness. It is unknown whether or not she would have been permanently killed-off, as the series was canceled before the storyline could begin.

Trivia: Creator Joss Whedon, who is infamous for both killing off his characters and also having characters in relationships "break up", stated that if the series went ahead as planned, Wash and Zoe would have been the only couple in one of his series that would last from the start to the end, because he thought they were perfect together and shouldn't separate.

Trivia: Co-star Summer Glau reportedly flubbed a key line during filming one day at the end of a rather long take, and in frustration, one of the other cast-members (both annoyed but also amused by the flub) exclaimed "Summer!" Everyone on-set found this exclamation so funny, that they would all scream "Summer!" whenever they flubbed a line. Glau was reportedly annoyed by this at first, but later began to find it amusing like the others.

Trivia: If the show wasn't canceled, the contents of the mysterious syringe Inara has in the pilot would have been revealed. It was set to contain a very potent strand of an artificially created STD - non-fatal to Inara, but fatal to anyone who had sexual contact with her within a certain span of time after she injected it. In a planned storyline, Inara would inject herself with it shortly before being captured by a Reaver ship. After the crew of the Firefly breaks onto the Reaver ship to rescue her, they'd find every single Reaver dead, implying that Inara had been assaulted in some way and/or raped by every single one of them. This would then lead into an ongoing character-arc regarding her depression over the assault.

Trivia: Joss Whedon had intended for the series to last seven seasons, and had even come up with plans for the various main season-storylines before the series was canceled. The follow-up movie "Serenity" features a modified and shortened version of what would have been the central storyline for seasons two and three. In addition, "Serenity" also features most of the revelations about River's backstory and abilities that were planned for the rest of the series, such as her being trained to be a living weapon, her unknowingly having learned Alliance secrets, her knowledge of Miranda, her overt psychic abilities, etc.

Serenity (1) - S1-E11

Trivia: In the first scene when Mal is firing at the plane with the enemy's turret gun, if you look at the top center of the gun's display, you can see the Weyland-Yutani logo from the Alien films.

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Objects in Space - S1-E10

Trivia: Just an interesting thing to note. The villain of the episode is an unhinged character named "Jubal Early," and is played by Richard Brooks. Six years earlier in 1996, Brooks starred in the film "The Crow: City of Angels," where he also appeared as a similarly unhinged villain... with the remarkably similar name "Judah Earl." Just a fun, odd coincidence.


Trivia: At first Nathan Fillion insisted on doing all his own stunts. However, he discovered his stunt double wasn't being paid since he wasn't technically working, with Fillion doing all the stunts himself. Fillion felt bad for having taken his work, so he began using his stunt double from then on.


Trivia: Reportedly, Mal was originally written with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alum Nicholas Brendon in mind, but it quickly became clear that there simply wouldn't be enough time for him to star in both series simultaneously.


Trivia: Had the show continued, Joss Whedon contemplated giving James Marsters a cameo in an episode reprising his role of Spike from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel." It would have been a very quick "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" part, showing Spike sitting at a bar drinking and telling Mal "Nothing ever changes..." as he passes by.


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