The Worst Episodes of Firefly: When the Serenity Lost Its Shine

As a self-proclaimed Browncoat, it pains me to say this, but not every episode of Firefly is a masterpiece. While the show’s short-lived run left fans hungry for more, there are a few episodes that even the most dedicated fan would agree are less than stellar. Whether it’s a lackluster plotline or cringeworthy dialogue, these episodes just didn’t quite hit the mark. So, sit back, grab some strawberries (or your preferred snack), and let’s take a look at the worst episodes of Firefly. Don’t worry, we’ll get through this together.
Safe

Safe

Season 1 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2002-11-08

Mal must choose which crew members to save when one is gravely wounded and two others are kidnapped. Simon finds an uneasy haven in a remote village, but River’s uncanny perceptions jeopardize the Tams’ temporary safety.

War Stories

War Stories

Season 1 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2002-12-06

Angered at Zoë’s unshakable war connection to Mal, Wash demands a shot at a field assignment. Unfortunately, crime lord Niska chooses this moment to exact a brutal vengeance for Mal’s failure to complete an earlier job.

The Train Job

The Train Job

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2002-09-20

The crew of Serenity take on a train heist commissioned by a crime lord. They steal the goods, only to find it is medicine that’s desperately needed by the town.

Bushwhacked

Bushwhacked

Season 1 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2002-09-27

Serenity is pulled in by a Tohoku-class cruiser while investigating a spaceship that was attacked by Reavers. Simon and River must hide to prevent capture, while something is wrong with the lone survivor of the attacked spaceship.

Shindig

Shindig

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2002-11-01

Inara attends a formal society dance, only to find Malcolm there as well, attempting to set up a smuggling job. Mal comes to blows with Inara’s conceited date and finds himself facing a duel with a renowned swordsman, and only one night to learn how to fence.

Serenity

Serenity

Season 1 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2002-12-20

Malcolm Reynolds is a veteran and the captain of Serenity. He and his crew are smuggling goods, but they need to pick up some passengers for extra money. However, not all the passengers are what they seem.

Jaynestown

Jaynestown

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2002-10-18

Returning to a planet where he ran into some serious trouble years ago, Jayne discovers that he’s become a local folk legend. Mal decides to use this entertaining distraction to complete a job, but some unfinished business may derail his plans.

Ariel

Ariel

Season 1 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2002-11-15

Hard up for cash, Serenity takes on a job from Simon: help him get a thorough diagnostic of River in return for the opportunity to loot the vast medical stores of an Alliance hospital on central world Ariel. But River’s pursuers are hot on their trail, and they receive some unexpected inside help.

Our Mrs. Reynolds

Our Mrs. Reynolds

Season 1 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2002-10-04

As an unexpected reward for an unpaid job, Mal finds himself married to a naïve, subservient young woman named Saffron. The crew are amused at his discomfort and Book lectures him on propriety, but things aren’t as smoothly straightforward as they thought them to be.

Out of Gas

Out of Gas

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2002-10-25

After Serenity suffers a catastrophe that leaves her crew with only hours of oxygen, flashbacks show how Mal and Zoë acquired Serenity and assembled their motley band.

Objects in Space

Objects in Space

Season 1 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2002-12-13

Serenity encounters a ruthlessly professional bounty hunter, Jubal Early, who will stop at nothing to retrieve River. But River, feeling unwelcome on the ship, takes a novel approach to escaping from the long arm of the Alliance.