Nov 2, 2018
Welcome to In the 'Verse: Song Crafting for the Firefly Universe. We look at Reputation vs. Action and Crime with a Conscience in episode 2 of the TV show Firefly, "The Train Job".
MARC: My name is Marc Gunn, the creator of the Firefly Drinking Songs show.
MIKEY: And I’m Mikey Mason, creator of the Beer Powered Time Machine Podcast.
MARC: This is part two of a six part series where we rewatch episodes of Firefly with the goal to find themes and stories that we can write songs about.
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Marc: Mal gets himself, Zoe & Jayne into a barroom brawl on Unification day, just like he does every year. They find themselves backed to a cliff outside the bar, and Wash rescues them with a nicely timed arrival and some empty threats.
Mikey: In the infirmary, Simon tends to his psychologically damaged sister and Shepherd Book compliments his bravery.
Marc: The crew takes a job from Adelei Niska, a crime lord with a tendency to torture and kill those who fail to live up to their ends of the bargain. They’re to steal two crates from a moving train. Mal doesn’t ask what’s in them. He just wants the job.
Mikey: They have a plan, and, long story short, it goes off, but not without a hitch. Mal and Zoe are stuck on the train til the next stop—Paradiso, a mining town—a delay which will cause them to miss their appointed rendezvous with Niska.
Marc: In Paradiso, all the train’s occupants are detained and questioned. Mal and Zoe pose as newlyweds looking for work, and learn that what they’d stolen was medicine for a degenerative disease caused by mining conditions.
Mikey: The sheriff suspects something is wrong with their story, but then Inara shows up, sent by a concerned crew, and using her elevated status as a registered companion is able to claim that Mal is her runaway “indentured man” who persuaded Zoe to leave her husband. The sheriff buys this story and lets them leave.
Marc: Back on the ship, Mal decides to return the medicine to the townspeople, but Niska’s henchmen turn up and there’s a big fight, which our heroes win.
Mikey: Mal & Zoe head towards town, intending to drop off the crates and notify the sheriff once they are well away, but they find themselves surrounded by the sheriff’s men. Realizing what they have done, he lets them go.
Marc: Outside Serenity, Mal offers Niska's money to a tied up Crow—Niska’s henchman, but Crow threatens to hunt Mal down. Mal casually kicks Crow into Serenity's running engine intake, killing him. The next henchman is much more cooperative.
Mikey: And finally, back on an Alliance cruiser, two mysterious men in suits and wearing blue gloves inquire about a girl and show the captain a photo of River Tam.
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