The Train Job / Bushwhacked
In "The Train Job, when crime lord Adelei Niska hires the crew of the Serenity to steal goods off an Alliance train, Mal doesn't ask many questions. He'll regret that, however, when the plan goes awry and him and Zoe find themselves stranded on an indigent planet. How will the crew get them out? And what to do about this much-needed stolen medicine? Kristen and Mike discuss how this episode would have functioned as a pilot, and Mal's dillemna over returning the loot.
In "Bushwhacked", Serenity happens across a derelict and seemingly abandoned ship. While a closer inspection finds treasured goods inside, it also reveals evidence of a Reaver attack. The crew attempts to save the lone survivor, but he may be beyond help. And here comes the Alliance, ill-equipped and full of bad ideas. We look at the white-knuckle scenes that build tension in this ep, and examine the two Reaver origin stories.
PLUS! Which Firefly character scares the Stackers?