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  • Season 1 Episode 15: The Message

  • In the scene in the cow fetus booth where Zoe is talking to Simon, she puts her hand on his right shoulder. When the shot changes to incorporate Wash talking to the cow fetus, her hand is on Simon's left shoulder.

  • In the scene where they've brought the coffin aboard Serenity and everyone is standing around talking about the dead soldier, a closeup on Jayne shows him removing his new hat. Then the shot moves to show Mal and Zoe, and Jayne can be seen in the background still wearing the hat. A few seconds later his hat is off again.

  • When Simon starts cutting Tracey, he makes about an inch cut before Tracey wakes up and jumps him. After he's lying on the floor, the cut goes all the way down his sternum.

  • When Jayne starts digging in the box for the enclosed item the camera cuts to the rest of the crew and Jayne is slightly off camera. However, you can still clearly see him take the hat out and let the box fall on the floor, yet when they switch cameras Jayne is shown doing the same actions as before - taking the hat out and letting the box drop. This leads to a bit of a mismatch when they cut the shots together.

  • Trivia: The dress that Kaylee is wearing on her date with Simon is the same dress is wearing in the flashback on the episode "Out of Gas."

  • Tracey's plan is a bit unclear. He is supposedly smuggling genetically-engineered human organs from one planet to another. He's supposed to go to Ariel, where he said the new organs would be taken out and his original ones put back in. Presumably his organs were taken out on a planet that wasn't Ariel, which means they had to be transported to Ariel. How was this to be accomplished? Isn't trafficking human organs illegal? Is there some sort of legal distinction between real organs and genetically engineered ones? If transporting the originals is easy enough, then why not smuggle the new ones that way? Why bother with a human incubator in a risky and unnessesary plan? Perhaps it could be argued that real organs can survive outside the body in artificial incubators and genetic organs cannot, but if that's the case it means there's something fundamentally wrong with the genetic process of creating the organs, because they should be indistinguishable from real ones. If this is the case, using a genetic organ would probably be very risky and possibly prone to failure. Of course, they could be failure prone and the black market doesn't really care.

  • Season 1 Episode 14: Trash

  • Mal receives several injuries in previous episodes, including: "Serenity," "Train Job," "Shindig", and "Out of Gas." Yet there are no visible scars when he is seen naked at the end of the episode.

  • Near the end of the episode, when Saffron is in the garbage crate, we can see lots of rubbish, but it is shown in the episode that after each piece of waste is disposed, the crate is taken away to the reclamation area. On top of this, the whole system itself seems inefficient. The crates are big enough to store lots of rubbish, but they are picked up 30 seconds after a piece of garbage has been disposed. Surely, it would be more cost-effective to wait until the crate is full before taking it for reclamation?

  • Trivia: Among the items in the "Earth that was" collection there are several US dollar bills; a U.S. telephone box; a model sailing ship; several vases; a grand piano; a grandfather clock; and several paintings, including the Mona Lisa.

  • Trivia: The outfit that Inara is wearing at the end of the episode is the same one she is wearing the flashback in "Out of Gas."

  • Trivia: At the end of the episode, when Mal is butt naked and talking to Zoe and Wash, when they're leaving him Wash tells Zoe, barely audibly if you listen carefully, "Zoe, he's Jewish!" You can try guessing what he's referring to.

  • Trivia: At time index 17:45, as Mal's shuttle is landing on the island, a spacecraft can be seen flying from right to left in the background. This "spacecraft" is actually a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, a US supersonic reconnaissance aircraft which was first flown in 1964.

  • When Kaylee is reprogramming the garbage can, the screen next to her clearly shows a Windows desktop (with what looks like the new hardware wizard at the first step). Time index on the DVD copy of the episode: 21:41

  • Season 1 Episode 13: Heart of Gold

  • If you're watching closely, when Rance Burgess is delivering his sinister speech to rally his men, you can see that one of the cutaway shots of the onlookers is actually played backwards. Keep your eyes peeled, you can see the fire on one guy's torch is flowing backwards when they tilt up to show him.

  • As Mal dives from the roof, one of Burgess' men shoots at him with his horse facing Mal dead on. Mal lands and does a forward roll, and now the horse is standing at right angles. Why would you move a horse while shooting at an armed, moving target?

  • We know Book knows his guns better than he should, yet in this episode he's only armed with a hose. We know from "War Stories" that he's not averse to taking up arms if needed. River, with her blind-shooting ability, also seems underutilised.

  • When Burgess walks out of the room with the baby, you can clearly see he's holding a doll in one shot

  • Season 1 Episode 12: Serenity (2)

  • When everyone is celebrating the escape from the Reavers, we see Wash is piloting the ship. But as the camera pulls back, we see the control panel and steering wheel are gone and Wash is in fact holding on to NOTHING. According to the commentary, they needed to take out the panel to make a camera move work, and the actor playing Wash mimed holding the steering wheel for the shot, but in widescreen it's pretty blatant. Joss Whedon said no one noticed the error and the shot was used anyway.

  • Wash says he can't see the incoming Reaver ship and has to do a scan. Not more then a few seconds later Mal looks out the ship and the Reaver ship is practically on top of them.

  • Season 1 Episode 11: Serenity (1)

  • At the beginning of the modern scene in space just after Mal says "The vault's sealed" we cut to a shot of Mal's back you can clearly see the "sticky" around the vault lock - this is before he applies the sticky which is seen a few seconds later.

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sarcastic characters, secrets and lies, failed crime, outcasts, on the lam