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This is covered in the Firefly DVD commentary track. To get the wide shot they had to pull Alan Tudyk's chair back from the console/yoke and Alan Tudyk mimed as though he was still holding the yoke. Now if we look carefully, I believe that we will see Alan is not holding anything! Nobody noticed, we had to pull the chair back to get the shot and ...


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Late edit: While I was figuring this out the hard way, Paulie_D got the same info from the DVD commentary... I'll call it parallel thinking ;-) Between the first and second pic the camera has moved in towards the actor, but also across [camera right] & panned camera left. If you look at the only really distinctive markers on the console, the green/blue ...


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Several factors led to the demise of Firefly, but ultimately it was a colossal mistake by Fox executives. The series was played at an unfavorable time slot, and to compound this, Fox decided to play the episodes out of order, insisting that the 'better' episodes play first. Naturally, this meant there was some confusion on the audience's part. Former Fox ...


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Malcolm is called Sir by multiple people through out the series, including Zoe and Kaylee and even Rayne (sarcasticly). He's also called Sarge, Sergeant, Cap and Captain. All titles of authority, both earned and given. As you mentioned, this is more of a TV thing than real life. In real life, the don't call me Sir thing varies by person, and situation. ...


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From Wikipedia: His background is explored further in the comic book Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale. Book was born Henry Evans, a boy who was raised by an abusive father. He ran away from home and began life as a petty criminal before being recruited by the Independence movement and moving out to the Border Worlds. Long before the Alliance begins the ...


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They are similar, since the intro and show music for Breaking Bad has a heavy southwest influence (according to the composer), and the music for Firefly... well, it's made for a western in space so there's going to be that heavy southwest influence as well. However... The Intro to Breaking Bad was written by Dave Porter and doesn't really have a title. ...


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It's primarily a mix of English and Mandarin Chinese with allowances for language drift and substitutions for TV purposes. From this answer on Science Fiction & Fantasy The United States and China, the two great superpowers of the Earth, gradually grow together and form the Anglo-Sino Alliance (though their empires remain separate), rather than ...


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even after it's cancellation it spawned a theatrical movie release (emphasis yours) That was due to strong DVD sales: As an afterthought, Fox released the 14 episodes on DVD and something surprising happened: The expensive boxed set sold somewhere north of 200,000 copies. On the strength of the DVD sales, Universal green-lit a small-budget movie, to be ...


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lets go through one by one Shephard - The main character in mass effect is not named after firefly but instead named after Alan Shepard who was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, flag officer, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and businessman, who in 1961 became the second person and the first American to travel into space. ...


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Looks like someone else thought about this and created a website. There should be a translation for all the phrases used in Firefly. You can search by title or by phrase. Chinese translations with standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization and Chinese characters for Firefly the TV series and Serenity the movie and comic books Enjoy!


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Personal theory- They are like a different species from humans. As other carnivorous animals, they don't eat each other. As some carnivores live in a pack they also live in a pack. They didn't even take interest in dead humans similar to some scavengers. They are anti-social and brutal but still they show some intelligence as driving ships,so they are not ...


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The Serenity film was made to wrap up the story. They included the opening flashback scenes to explain what happened at the planet. They further wrap up the story with the crew from the last episode having worked together for some time (since the last episode). Apart from the flashbacks, the movie is set completely after the series. I'm not sure which ...


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Sadly, there's no explicit explanation in canon. What Reavers do The Reavers are shown to cooperate from the first time they are observed in-universe: 0.1% of the population of Miranda [...] acted conversely to the Pax gas agent, causing them to go insane. The other 99.9% die by complete inactivity. All non-automated responses from Miranda cease. ...


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I don't have any official sources to cite, but my guess is that the Reavers' ships contain air from Miranda's atmosphere, and that it still carries traces of the drug. When they dock with another ship the drug in their air diffuses into that ship, and transforms anyone there with the genetic susceptibility. Of course the Reavers butcher everyone else, and ...


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TV shows don't really film episode by episode, other than for such as a pilot, which will probably have been made months ahead of the main series. They film in blocks, where one Director, 1st AD etc will be given control over 2, 3 or 4 episodes and they will film them interspersed, depending on actor availability and location requirements. So... they go ...


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That was the ship that was hit by Reavers right? I think they blew it up because a) superstition and b) fear (maybe there was another survivor on there). The Reavers edge on a source of mythological terror in the series, so I would have serious doubts if anyone from the Alliance ship would have set foot on the derelict.


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Will there ever be a second season of Firefly? Anyone that has the ability to say 'yes' to that has not yet said 'yes' so at the moment, there is no sign that there will be. When asked, the typical answer appears to be 'not likely'. A recent interview with Nathan Fillion: I honestly don't think that there's going to be another Firefly iteration. In ...


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We never know. The point of the scene (according to the DVD commentary) was to introduce the characters to the audience who had not seen the pilot. Consequently, the writers thought it a good idea to have the scene told, effectively, from Wash's point of view just like the audience. ...and he (Wash) wants to know what's so funny, and he actually never ...


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Here's a bunch. Yes, it's a short answer, but this is probably what the OP was after. It's not complete but it's certainly fun. I did not transcribe the link because it's been around over two years and I don't anticipate it being gone anytime soon. If anything, I hope it's updated. Also because I haven't watched Castle and do not care to research where ...


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I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Whedon wasn't able to fully explain the back story to the Reavers. Whedon originally planed on stretching the universe of Firefly over years, including a video game. If you watch Done the Impossible (a fan documentary), Whedon says the plot of the film was intended to continue from where the show left off but also ...


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Serra is a surname. I don't have any references, but I'm fairly certain it was just a name that Joss Whedon picked.


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As far as I remember, this was done because Whedon wanted to film the series in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1 aspect ratio), but the Fox insisted on broadcasting the episodes in 4:3. Whedon shoot wide for the incoming DVDs, keeping in mind only the center of the image would be seen on TV. This led to some scenes on DVDs (and later blu-rays) in which objects ...


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While Wheedon provides no real answers here, nature may bring some insight into view. I would suggest the Reavers were not "insane" so much as hyper-sensitive and overly aggressive. They would probably still have a hierarchy and order to their way of life. There would still be some type of "chain-of-command" where as to keep them in order. In the movie ...


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She might just as well have been named for Father Junípero Serra, a founder of missions well known to most people living in California. But perhaps there is an angelic connection after all: The Encyclopedia of Buffy Studies has an article that claims (without any references, unfortunately) that "Serra" is short for "seraphim".


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Apparently Fox are keen on the idea, and have expressed their interest; but only as long as the original creator agrees to be involved. According to Fox President Of Entertainment David Madden, the option for more Firefly is on the table. There's only one condition: Joss Whedon has to be on board if it's going to get made. Fox doesn't want to ...


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Because he is the captain of the ship and is a male authority over her. It doesn't specifically have to do with him being "Captain" as it does him being an authority. Sir is a title of respect no matter the context. sir /sər/ noun noun: sir; plural noun: sirs; noun: Sir; plural noun: Sirs used as a polite or respectful way of addressing a man, ...


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Heavy influences. If you can't see them you aren't paying attention to the details of the stories. The movie especially plays out like a Mass Effect movie, even ending like Mass Effect where the captain fights his way through a battle between the Alliance and Reever fleets to send a signal out. Only big difference is Malcom runs from the Alliance where ...


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It's almost like pheromones. If you don't exude a certain secretion or smell you are perceived as in this case a target. That's why they don't (assumption) attack each other. The opposite effect for zombies. The living put out a certain something that attracts the walking dead or undead as the case maybe.


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