Did you catch Firefly‘s lackluster second episode? Tell us what you thought!


Nathan Fillion
as Malcolm Reynolds
Gina Torres as Zoe
Alan Tudyk as Wash
as Inara
Jewel Staite as Kaylee
Adam Baldwin as Jayne
Sean Maher as
Dr. Simon Tam
Summer Glau as
River Tam
Ron Glass as Shepherd


Written and directed by Tim Minear.
The complete IMDB listings can be found here.
The official website can be found here.

Original Airdate

originally aired on Friday,
September 27, 2002.


Serenity and her crew come across a ghost ship, and they
decide to see if there are any crew left to prevent them from

High Point

The interrogation sequence. If you want to see the various character
personalities and the differences between them, those two minutes will
cover it very well.

Low Point

The incredible predictability and lack of originality of the plot.
We’ve seen this before. The only reason I can think of to put such a
lackluster episode this close to the start of the run of the series
was to make sure the Reavers were introduced before other episodes
that will follow.

The Review

This was not a particularly original episode. We’ve seen the
plot before in numerous variations, which made the whole thing rather
predictable. I give it 1 out of 6.

The effects were excellent. The aspects of this world really
seem to mesh together. In the shot where the audience is looking into
the ship through the window, I don’t know where the real stuff ended
and the CGI began. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story was well paced and entertaining, even if it was the
same-old-same-old. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was fairly impressive. The personalities of the
characters were completely distinct and believable. I give it 5 out
of 6.

The emotional response this produced was almost absent. It’s
a rehash plot with characters we don’t quite know yet. We started to
get a good feel for Jayne and the doctor this week, and we got a
decent impression of the captain and his first officer last week, but
there’s still quite a way to go. I give it 2 out of 6.

The production was up to the same high standard as last week,
for the most part. The one part that really bothered me was the “zoom
in and refocus” thing they tried in the early part of the episode. I
found that really irritating. That’s just a single aspect, though, so
I give the production 5 out of 6.

Overall, it was good, but not great. I don’t regret spending
time watching it, but I doubt I’ll sit through a rerun. I give it 4
out of 6.

In total, Bushwhacked receives 27 out of 42.