We haven't had an episode dicussion for ages and seeing as many of us missed Firefly airing the first time round, I thought it would be fun to do an episode discussion like we did for Angel and Buffy. Chip in with your favourite line, best moment etc.
Anyhow tonight's episode ends when Mal discovers River in the box.
And here's what Whedon and Minear thought of the pilot (from Cinefantastique).
For me, the strength of the thing was in its pilotiness, which is different in being a two-hour pilot than any movie. You’re sort of introducing people to a world, asking a lot of questions that you’re not going to answer and setting everything up. I love the way it did that.
I thought the pilot was incredible and complex. People are going into science fiction television, particularly anything with space ships, with certain preconceived notions because of Star Trek and everything else. You really needed those two hours to orient yourself to this Western future where there weren’t bumpy-headed aliens.