If Fox cancels this show, I will be very, very upset.


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 Book


Written by Cheryl

Directed by James
A. Contner
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The official website can be found here.

Original Airdate

War Stories
originally aired on Friday,
December 6, 2002.


The customer whose contract was broken in the first pilot is very
upset, and wants to break Mal.

High Point

“I’ll be in my bunk.”

Low Point

The “getting back up like John Maclane” moment.

The Review

Once again, the writers take a very well known, and not particularly
original premise. They are, however, getting much better at
taking that premise in a new direction. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were, for the most part, excellent. The shot
going around the planet with the rings didn’t fool me for an instant,
though. The rest was excellent. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was well woven, and ties nicely in with past
storylines. (The “what bothers me is why Jayne is being so generous”
line was excellent in that regard.) The conversation at the end (“No,
it’s not!” and “Are you sure this will stay on?”) were very good, and
Jayne once again comes in with the comic relief. I give it 5 out of

The acting was exactly what it should be. The only
unconvincing moment was the one I named in the low point, and that was
a result of the script, not the acting. No actor could have pulled
that off perfectly. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was excellent. The
story manipulated my emotions the way it was supposed to. More
importantly, it reached beyond this episode, making me wonder if the
two seemingly unconnected people who are familiar with the same
philosopher are, in fact, connected. I also wonder if the marriage is
going to last in the long term, or if the entire crew will survive to
the end of the season, or if River and Kaylee are going to talk about
what happened between them this week, etc. (I could go on, but I
don’t want to give too much away.) I give it 6 out of 6.

The production was exactly what we expect from Mutant Enemy.
I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this episode is at the new standard quality level
for this series. In other words, I want this on DVD ASAP. I give it
6 out of 6.

In total, War Stories receives 37 out of 42.