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Firefly: The Train Job

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.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 1AGE01
Airdate: Friday September 20th, 2002

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Sci-Fi) Jun 20, 2009

Guest Stars
Dennis CockrumDennis Cockrum
As Blue-Hand Man #2
Jeff RickettsJeff Ricketts
As Blue-Hand Man #1
Mark SheppardMark Sheppard
As Badger
Michael FairmanMichael Fairman
As Niska
Drew GoddardDrew Goddard
As Guy on planet
Gregg HenryGregg Henry
As Bourne
Kevin WillKevin Will
As Officer
Lina PatelLina Patel
As Ensign
Michelle FerraraMichelle Ferrara
As Immigrant Woman #2
Rene HamiltonRene Hamilton
As Immigrant Woman #1
Tom TowlesTom Towles
As Lund
Episode Notes
'The Train Job was written in two days to be the new pilot after the network, Fox, had decided that the originally intended pilot, "Serenity" (parts one and two), was too long and needed to be more action orientated. Many argue that the show would have had a better chance and lasted longer on air if not for the bold change in the episode airing order.

The uniforms worn by the marines in the train are the same uniforms used on the movie Starship Troopers.

Creator Joss Whedon pondered the idea of playing Badger himself.

Summer Glau, who plays River, guest starred in Joss Whedon's Angel for the episode "'Waiting in the Wings". Whedon was so impressed with her performance, he casted Glau for this show.

This episode is really meant to be watched as the second episode after the pilot. Something which has been fixed on the DVD set.

Episode Quotes
Inara: What did I say to you about barging into my shuttle?
Malcolm: That it was manly and impulsive?
Inara: Yes, exactly. Only the exact phrase I used was "don't."

Jayne: Do you know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til you understand who's in ruttin' command here.

River: They'll never stop. They'll just keep coming until they get back what you took. Two by two. Hands of blue. Two by two, hands of blue.

Kaylee: We tried to get him into the infirmary. He's just… heavy.

Cultural References
Jayne: Hey, hey. Them ain't "kosherized" rules.

Refers to the Jewish word "kosher", which means "ok" or "alright".

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