Firefly has been called one of the greatest science fiction television shows ever produced. The basic premise of the series is a varied group of nine individuals attempting to make their way on the fringes of society after a devastating civil war. The program is much like a western in some of the locations and situations. The crew of the Serenity are outsiders to the ruling society, with several of them having fought on the losing side in the civil war. The name of the series is derived from the spaceship that is their transportation and their home. The ship is a Firefly Class spacecraft.
The home to the series is a planetary system with many worlds that has been colonized by humans after the two remaining supers of Earth merged and created a government called The Alliance. While never actually said, it is implied that this colonization occurred after an ecological disaster made life on Earth almost impossible.
The recent civil war was fought by people wanting freedom from the all controlling Alliance government. Mal, the captain of the Serenity was one of the last holdouts in the war against the Alliance and in many ways is still at war with them. By trying to eke by on the farthest reaches of the planetary system, he tries to avoid the onerous government as much as possible, while avoiding the Reavers. The Reavers are humans sunk to an extreme level of barbarity. They are the monster in the dark.
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A bounty hunter named 'Jubal Early' sneaks aboard Serenity, hoping to capture River for an enormous reward. He takes Simon captive, hoping he will lead him to River. The only problem is that they can't find River anywhere aboard the ship.
The crew comes to the aid of a bordello when its madam, an old acquaintance of Inara's, asks for help after a gunslinger claims a prostitute's bay is his and he's taking it because his wife is barren.
Mal and Zoe receive a package that contains the body of their old war buddy, Tracey.
Mal is shocked to discover his friend's new wife is Saffron (first seen in episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds"). She offers him a cut on the big-time scam she's planning.
The ship heads to Ariel to drop off Inara for her yearly companion health check-up. Simon realizes River's condition is getting worse and decides to sneak her into an Alliance hospital in Ariel for a brain scan. Mal and the others agrees to help him with his plan, but also takes this opportunity to steal some valuable medical supplies in the hospital and sell it at the street market.
After the engine fails to run, the ship starts to run out of oxygen. As the crew abandon ship, the captain stays behind to see if any nearby vessel responds to their distress call. Under the conditions of the low oxygen levels, Mal has flashbacks relating to how he assembled his crew.
The crew arrive at a planet where the local town mistakenly honor Jayne as a hero for giving money to the poor a few years ago.
A girl named 'Saffron' sneaks aboard Serenity and claims that she is Mal's wife. What he and the crew don't know is that she is secretly working with a company to betray the crew of Serenity, so they can steal the ship, take it apart, and sell its pieces.
Simon is kidnapped by some villagers who desperately need a doctor. Back at Serenity, Book is severely injured and needs medical help. Unable to find Simon, Serenity takes off without him to find medical help... in an Alliance facility.
Badger contacts Serenity and tells them he wants the crew to help a local crimelord on the planet Persephone to transport some goods. All Mal have to do is find that warlord in a big ball he's attending that evening. Meanwhile, a young man named Atherton Wing hires Inara to be his date at a ball, the same ball Mal is attending that evening.
The crew of Serenity find a dead spaceship at drift and takes the only surviving crew member aboard. Then an Alliance ship comes along whose commander is looking for the two fugitives, Simon and River.
After finding themselves in a fight with supporters of The Alliance in a place that fairly resembles a bar, Mal, Zoe and Jayne walk away with knowledge that a man named Niska might have a new job for them.
The crew of the spaceship Serenity attempt to rid themselves of precious salvaged cargo.
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