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Firefly: Objects in Space (series finale)

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(S01E10)
While there were several great episodes of Firefly that never made it to air, at least we were treated with the season (well, series) finale, albeit not in its rightful order. With this episode the series goes out on a high note, making it a bittersweet ending that, when seeing it subsequent times, makes one long for the series to be back.

Once again we get some great realistic special effects in the form of no sound in space. As a picky bastard when it comes to this sort of thing, I've always loved how the show stayed true to this. I seem to recall in the movie, Serenity, that they decided to put sound in space, which for fans of the series seemed to blare louder than ever and, for me, was disappointing. I know, a small detail to many, but I definitely appreciated it.

This episode definitely served as a huge teaser for what was to be learned about River and her unique abilities. We see glimpses of her acrobatic moves and stances as well as the strange things that seem to go on in her head to not make her afraid. She knows her way around a ship and she knows how to handle technology. It's a shame we couldn't see how the crew reacted immediately following this episode.

There's a scene early on where River is seemingly hearing the innermost thoughts of each of the crew members, which you can sit and analyze to no end. The most interesting by far is that of Shepherd Book, who shows a dark side to his thought process that clearly shows there's definitely a complex past to this man. The intruder, Early (his name), knows there's something more to Book as well, though is it because he knows Book from somewhere else or does he just read others well?

As the episode concluded, I have to admit I was half wondering if Joss would later humor us by having Jubal early show up again somehow later. It just seemed odd that his odds were even brought up at all ("about one in never"). I know, it'd be corny, but in true Joss fashion, don't you think they'd make it at least funny?

Well, this concludes Retro Squad Firefly. Sadly I can't continue, as obviously this was the series finale. I hope you've enjoyed reliving these episodes as much as I have in watching them again, and I've enjoyed reading your comments. My intention at the start of this series was to get someone on the show to comment along with me, but I just started my search too late. I was close to getting something going, but it just didn't work out. So, I hope you enjoyed it enough with just little ol' me. Thanks for reading!

Jayne-ism of the episode:

Mal: "Girl knows things, things she shouldn't. Things she couldn't."
Jayne: "What, are you ... are you sayin' she's a witch?"
Wash: "Yes, Jayne. She's a witch. She has had congress with the beast."
Jayne: "She's in Congress?"
Wash: "How did your brain even learn human speech? I'm just so curious."

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1. As someone who only knows about Firefly from the movie Serenity if I buy the DVD set Firefly, are the episodes on the DVD in the "correct" order? And what exactly is the story about the series being shown in the wrong order? I've heard bits and pieces but never the full story?

Posted at 1:37PM on Sep 8th 2006 by Darien

2. I'm struggling to get my girlfriend into the series. Until I had her watch Our Mrs. Reynolds. Suddenly, she was a fan. The humor that episode sold her. I can't wait for her reaction to Ojects in Space (fantastic story and a greaaaaat ending).

Posted at 1:55PM on Sep 8th 2006 by BGDC

3. The episodes on the DVD are in the correct order. Look up Firefly on Wikipedia and you can see what order they were aired in.

Objects in Space is probably my favorite episode. I'm pretty sure I read an interview with Joss where he said that Jubal Early did survive this episode.

Posted at 2:27PM on Sep 8th 2006 by Will

4. Keith: Thanks for your Retro Squad Firefly submissions. As a latecomer to the series(I started renting the DVDs after hearing the good critical buzz of the Serenity film), I've enjoyed reading the submissions and comments. The Jane-isms were a nice humorous touch as well!

Posted at 4:19PM on Sep 8th 2006 by Nonchalant Savant

5. Thank you, it's a pleasure to recall these episodes with someone who has a wider perspective. I just posted my appreciation of the series up at my blog
http://blogs.chicagoreader.com/daily-harold/2006/09/07/firefly/
Hard to do, better just to take folks by the hand and show it to them, but maybe it will draw someone else into the cult!

Posted at 10:36PM on Sep 8th 2006 by Harold

6. I wouldn't say that there's sound in space in Serenity, exactly. The only time there's any sound when they're not on a planet is The Big Battle that ends with the Serenity crashing on to Mr. Universe's planet. Joss's excuse for this is some hand-wavey stuff about the ion cloud around the planet, and the fact that the big battle just wouldn't play right without any sound.

One of my favorite things about the end of the movie is when the sound drops out as they lift off.

It's sort of like BSG (which has sound in space, but it's subtle). You have to make a bit of a trade off.

The only movie that really gets it right, no equivocating, is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Posted at 2:01AM on Oct 12th 2006 by Alex

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