Firefly

The Message - S1-E15

Trivia: The funeral music heard at the end of "The Message" was written by the show's composer right after the series got cancelled. The theme was actually inspired by his sadness that the show was ending.

TedStixon

Trivia: One of Joss Whedon's inspirations for the series was the historical Civil War novel "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara. The book was also the basis for the 1993 movie "Gettysburg."

TedStixon

Trivia: Executives at Fox took issue with nearly every aspect of the series during production, and caused a great deal of trouble for the creators. For example, Fox attempted to meddle with the story and characters, including attempting to force creator Joss Whedon to rewrite the characters Wash and Zoe so they wouldn't be married. Fox also disliked several of the episodes and aired them completely out of order (including airing the pilot last), making the plot extremely difficult to follow. Episodes were also frequently delayed for sporting events and shifted around, making it hard for fans to watch the series. Finally, Fox attempted to deceptively market the series as a "wacky" and "twisted" sci-fi comedy as opposed to marketing it as the sci-fi drama with comedic elements that it actually was. These are often cited among the many factors that contributed to its early cancellation. However, despite these factors, the series ended up becoming a massive cult hit among sci-fi fans.

TedStixon

Trivia: Early on, there were only meant to be five main characters on the crew. Over time, this increased to nine.

TedStixon

Trivia: Every time Malcolm is riding a horse, no matter what planet he's on, it's always the same horse - a horse called "Fred."

TedStixon

Trivia: In an odd bit of studio meddling that shows how much the network didn't understand the series, Joss Whedon was given the contradictory note that Mal should be a more upbeat, positive character... and that he should also shoot and kill more people.

TedStixon

Trivia: DVDs of "Firefly" and its follow-up movie "Serenity" were brought up to the international space station in 2007 by astronaut Steven Ray Swanson, who is a massive fan of the series. They are reportedly still a permanent fixture in the space station.

TedStixon

Trivia: Rebecca Gayheart was initially cast as Inarra, but was replaced after one day of filming as she reportedly didn't have enough chemistry with the rest of the cast. Morena Baccarin was cast two days later and reportedly started filming that same day to make up for lost time.

TedStixon

Trivia: Neil Patrick Harris reportedly auditioned and was considered for the role of Simon. He later went on to play the titular character in "Firefly" creator Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog."

TedStixon

Our Mrs. Reynolds - S1-E3

Continuity mistake: When Shepherd Book tells everyone about the electrical nets, Jayne says, "One day you're gonna tell us all how a preacher knows so damn much about crime." Shepherd then turns to leave. But in the immediate close up of him and Mal, he turns to leave again.

THGhost

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Our Mrs. Reynolds - S1-E3

Mal: Now, you can luxuriate in a nice jail cell... But if your hand touches metal, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will end you.

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Question: I've never seen the show myself, but I was wondering what kind of a name "Inara Serra" is. I'm assuming Inara is of Portuguese origin, but mostly because the actress was born in Brazil. Can someone please help me with this?

Answer: Inara is actually Arabic in origin; it means "ray of light" or alternatively "heaven sent". Serra, on the other hand, is Portuguese and means "mountain range" - derived from the same word in Latin, where it means 'saw' (as in the cutting implement, which a mountain range might resemble, rather than the act of seeing).

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