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* NotWhatISignedOnFor: When Mal and Zoe discover that the supplies Niska hired them to steal are badly needed medicine for a degenerative disease, they back out of it, return Niska's money to his henchmen, and deliver the medicine to the town where its needed.

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* NotWhatISignedOnFor: When Mal and Zoe discover that the supplies Niska hired them to steal are badly needed medicine for a degenerative disease, they back out of it, return Niska's money to his henchmen, and deliver the medicine to the town where its it's needed.


* ShoutOut: Jayne's line after shooting Crow in the leg, "I was aiming for his head", later used by Creator/NathanFillion in ''Series/{{Castle}}'', is lifted from the ''SeriesBlakesSeven'' episode "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS1E13Orac Orac]]", which was on while Creator/JossWhedon was living in the UK. That line itself is a mis-quote from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960'', where the original line was "I was aiming for his horse".

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* ShoutOut: Jayne's line after shooting Crow in the leg, "I was aiming for his head", later used by Creator/NathanFillion in ''Series/{{Castle}}'', is lifted from the ''SeriesBlakesSeven'' ''Series/BlakesSeven'' episode "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS1E13Orac Orac]]", which was on while Creator/JossWhedon was living in the UK. That line itself is a mis-quote from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960'', where the original line was "I was aiming for his horse".


* {{Infodump}}: A fair amount of the dialogue qualifies, as the episode had to introduce all the regular characters and provide an action-packed story all in the space of 45 minutes.

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* {{Infodump}}: InfoDump: A fair amount of the dialogue qualifies, as the episode had to introduce all the regular characters and provide an action-packed story all in the space of 45 minutes.


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* ShoutOut: Jayne's line after shooting Crow in the leg, "I was aiming for his head", later used by Creator/NathanFillion in ''Series/{{Castle}}'', is lifted from the ''SeriesBlakesSeven'' episode "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS1E13Orac Orac]]", which was on while Creator/JossWhedon was living in the UK. That line itself is a mis-quote from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960'', where the original line was "I was aiming for his horse".


On December 20, 2002, Fox premiered "Serenity," the pilot episode of Joss Whedon's sci-fi western series ''Firefly''. No, wait...that's not right.

On ''September'' 20, 2002, Fox premiered "The Train Job," the ''second'' episode of Joss Whedon's sci-fi western series ''Firefly'', using ''that'' episode as the "pilot," because they didn't like "Serenity." "Serenity" wasn't aired until three months later, after Firefly had already been canceled.

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On December 20, 2002, Fox premiered "Serenity," the pilot episode of Joss Whedon's sci-fi western series ''Firefly''. No, wait...that's not right.

On ''September'' 20, 2002, Fox premiered "The Train Job," the ''second'' episode of Joss Whedon's sci-fi western series ''Firefly'', using ''that'' episode as the "pilot," because they didn't like "Serenity." "Serenity" wasn't aired until three months later, after Firefly had already been canceled.

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'''Originally aired:''' September 20, 2002


* {{Foreshadowing}}: As in [[Recap/FireflyE01Serenity the other pilot]], Kaylee chides Mal about replacing the faulty compression coil which will cause trouble in "[[Recap/FireflyE08OutOfGas Out of Gas]]." Meanwhile, another early hint that Book is more than he seems comes when he recognizes Niska's name and reputation.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: As in [[Recap/FireflyE01Serenity the other pilot]], Kaylee chides Mal about replacing the faulty compression coil which will cause trouble in "[[Recap/FireflyE08OutOfGas Out of Gas]]." Meanwhile, another early hint that Book is more than he seems comes when he recognizes Niska's name and reputation. And Kaylee's freezing when violence breaks out will happen again, in the episode "War Stories".


* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Averted when Mal very carefully asks the sheriff "Why are we being held up? Was someone murdered on the train?", while knowing full well that the real reason was because people had just noticed that the cargo ''he'' had stolen was missing.



* InstantSedation: Averted, although we aren't told it was even used until after the fact.

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* InstantSedation: Averted, although we aren't told it was even used until after the fact.IntimateHairBrushing: Inara is brushing Kaylee's hair in her shuttle. Kaylee clearly admires Inara's glamorous beauty and enjoys her attention. They have a lovely friendship with big sister/little sister dynamics.



* TheMafiya: Niska

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%% * TheMafiya: Niska


* AccidentalAimingSkills: When Niska's men and the ''Serenity'' crew are fighting, Crow has the upper hand on Mal and seems to be about to finish Mal off when suddenly a shot takes out Crow's knee. Mal looks around and sees Jayne, still doped out of his mind but having made the shot nonetheless, and Mal compliments Jayne on it. Jayne just replies that he was actually aiming for Crow's head.



-->'''Zoe:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Thanks for the reenactment, sir.]]

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-->'''Zoe:''' [[DeadpanSnarker [[SnarkingThanks Thanks for the reenactment, sir.]]

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* OhCrap: Mal and Zoe when they enter a traincar filled to the brim with armed Alliance soldiers. And later, when they realize the cargo they just stole is badly needed medicine.


* HenpeckedHusband: Niska is a BlackComedy example.
-->'''Niska:''' [points to the man being tortured] My wife's nephew. At dinner I am getting earful.



-->'''Mal:''' Whoa! There's just an acre of you fellas, ain't there? [to Zoe] This is why we lost, you know. Superior numbers.\\

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-->'''Mal:''' Whoa! There's just an acre of you fellas, ain't there? [to Zoe] This is why we lost, you know. Superior numbers.\\numbers.
-->'''Zoe:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Thanks for the reenactment, sir.]]



* VillainExitStageLeft: Subverted when Crow mistakenly thinks he's going to get this treatment. Instead, he gets to know one of Serenity's engines in a very personal and intimate manner.



--> Sheriff Bourne: You were truthful back in town. These are tough times. A man can get a job. He might not look too close at what that job is. But a man learns all the details of a situation like ours... well... then he has a choice.
--> Mal: I don't believe he does.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Subverted when Crow mistakenly thinks he's going to get this treatment. Instead, he gets to know one of Serenity's engines in a very personal and intimate manner.

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--> Sheriff Bourne: '''Sheriff Bourne:''' You were truthful back in town. These are tough times. A man can get a job. He might not look too close at what that job is. But a man learns all the details of a situation like ours... well... then he has a choice.
--> Mal: '''Mal:''' I don't believe he does.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Subverted when Crow mistakenly thinks he's going to get this treatment. Instead, YouHaveFailedMe: Niska has a reputation for this, which he gets to demonstrates by showing Mal his own nephew being strung up and tortured in his office.
--> '''Niska:''' Now you
know one of Serenity's engines in a very personal and intimate manner.my reputation is fact. Is '''solid'''.

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck:
** Mal has this reaction when he realizes that he has just revealed himself and Zoe to be former Independence Soldiers to a bar full of patriotic Alliance patrons.
** Zoe has a sort of retroactive one later, after they've been chased out of the bar and are standing by the edge of a cliff while still being confronted by dozens of angry brawlers.
-->'''Mal:''' Whoa! There's just an acre of you fellas, ain't there? [to Zoe] This is why we lost, you know. Superior numbers.\\

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* NotWhatISignedOnFor: When Mal and Zoe discover that the supplies Niska hired them to steal are badly needed medicine for a degenerative disease, they back out of it, return Niska's money to his henchmen, and deliver the medicine to the town where its needed.

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!!![[AC:Recaps]]: [[{{Recap/Firefly}} Index]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE01Serenity}} 1]] | '''2''' | [[{{Recap/FireflyE03Bushwhacked}} 3]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE04Shindig}} 4]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE05Safe}} 5]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE06OurMrsReynolds}} 6]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE07Jaynestown}} 7]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE08OutOfGas}} 8]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE09Ariel}} 9]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE10WarStories}} 10]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE11Trash}} 11]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE12TheMessage}} 12]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE13HeartOfGold}} 13]] | [[{{Recap/FireflyE14ObjectsInSpace}} 14]]


** Mal and Zoe get theirs first, starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar just for the hell of it.

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** Mal and Zoe get theirs first, starting a fight in an Alliance-friendly bar just for the hell of it. Turns out, according to Zoe, this is an ''annual'' thing.
--->'''Zoe:''' Funny, sir, how you always find yourself in an Alliance-friendly bar come U-Day[[note]]Unification Day, the anniversary of the Alliance's victory in the war over the Browncoats which brought the new worlds under their control[[/note]], ''"looking for a quiet drink"''.

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