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Out of Gas and Ariel

January 1, 2009

These two episodes of Firefly are arranged as episode 8 (“Out of Gas”) and episode 9 (“Ariel”) in the Firefly DVD collection, although their original air dates are nearly a month apart, with “Out of Gas” first airing on October 25, 2002, and “Ariel” on November 15.  The network airing order seems particularly unfortunate for a […]

The Man They Call Jayne

December 4, 2008

I’ve returned recently to my DVD set of Firefly, hoping to finish out the rest of the series before too much longer, and watched an episode that I hadn’t seen in quite awhile, “Jaynestown.” I remembered the episode as being entertaining but slight, but, I discovered after a more attentive viewing that it is really […]

Zoe and Lord Bowler

September 13, 2008

Inspired by Neil’s note that Zoe’s gun in Firefly is a descendant of one used in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., I’ve been looking around to see if I can discover which gun has made its way from Briscoe‘s late-nineteenth-century West to Firefly‘s space frontier. Zoe’s gun is definitely not Brisco’s pearl-handled pistol, but […]

The Woman Who Shot Liberty Valance

September 7, 2008

In the Firefly episode “Heart of Gold,” bad guy Ranse Burgess attacks Nandi’s brothel in order to capture and claim as his son the child that brothel worker Petaline has just given birth to. As Neil noted in an earlier post, the name “Ranse” is a direct reference to John Ford’s The Man Who Shot […]