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Browncoats and Geek musicians Marc Gunn and Mikey Mason rewatch episodes of Firefly to find themes and inspiration for crafting songs inspired by Joss Whedon's cult classic TV series.

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Nov 25, 2018

“Bushwhacked” is the third episode of Firefly. The crew finds a ship that seems to be abandoned. While looting the ship’s goods, they discover a lone survivor... from a reaver attack. Try explaining that to the Alliance. 

The episode touches on themes of civilization and nothingness. Get the full scoop, listen to our songs, and start writing yours in this week’s In the ‘Verse: Song Crafting In the Firefly Universe. 

1:15 Upcoming Shows

3:54 About Last Week's Songs

15:06 Last show synopsis

18:11 Themes

39:45 Mikey Thanks

40:16 Ghosts

46:29 Marc Thanks

47:45 Reaver's Drinking Song


Welcome to In the 'Verse: Song Crafting for the Firefly Universe.

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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 three 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.

Mikey: It’s six parts because the first six episodes were funded by Marc’s fans in my Gunn Runners Club. They pledged enough money each for him to hit this big milestone which allowed this show to happen.

MARC: There are still eight more episodes of Firefly. If you want this podcast to finish out the series, then make a monthly pledge to Mikey Mason on Patreon. He is 89% of the way away from his own milestone. When that is reached, we will complete the last eight episodes of the series, and maybe even do more past that.

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Upcoming Shows for Marc Gunn

  • Coffee with The Celtfather every Wednesday at noon

Upcoming Show for Mikey Mason

  • Nov 16 - Concert Window

Blue Sun Holiday Spectacular Tour Dates

  • Saturday, December 8, 2018, Maggie McGuinness Pub, Huntsville, AL
  • Sunday, December 9, 2018, Brennan's Irish Pub @ 7:30-10 PM, Birmingham, AL
  • Thursday, TBA, Looking for in Louisville, KY
  • Friday, Dec 14, 2018, “Flying Cat” House Concert Series, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Saturday, Dec 15, Gateway Games & More, Cincinnati, OH
  • Sunday, December 16, 2018, The Fickle Peach, Muncie, IN


5 Minute Show Summary: Bushwhacked

Plot synopsis:

Mikey - Serenity encounters a drifting spacecraft which turns out to be a short-range scow converted to a one-way settler transport to the "Outer Planets". Mal decides to check out the derelict in order to either help survivors or loot the dead. He sends his crew off in teams to explore the ship, while he and Zoe head to a section that he suspects holds the more valuable supplies.

Marc - Once in the vessel, River points out mutilated bodies hanging from the ceiling. Mal suspects what did this and orders everyone to regroup in the engine room, but en route Jayne is hit from behind by an unseen attacker, whom Jayne shoots blindly four times. Mal finds the wounded man hiding behind an air grate; they bring him back to their ship.

Mikey - As Simon treats the wounded man, Mal explains that he must be the lone survivor of a Reaver attack. He explains how the Reavers were driven insane after seeing the nothing at the "edge of the galaxy" and now commit unspeakable acts of evil. He allows Shepherd Book to say a few words over the victims, while Kaylee removes a Reaver booby trap that attached itself to Serenity when they docked earlier.

Marc - Once the derelict's cargo is aboard, Serenity starts to leave, only to be stopped by an Alliance cruiser. The Feds board the ship and find Mal and everyone but River and Simon waiting for them, the salvaged cargo plainly in sight to avoid accusations of theft. Alliance Commander Harken accuses them of harboring two fugitives and detains them for questioning.

Mikey - Commander Harken interviews each member of the crew while his crew tend to the survivor and search Serenity. Simon and River remain undetected, as they are outside the ship in space suits, clinging to the hull.

Marc - Harken accuses Mal of attacking the settler ship, revealing that the survivor's tongue has been split and implying that Mal did it to keep him from speaking. Mal, however, realizes that the survivor is becoming a Reaver, having been traumatized by what he witnessed. Harken dismisses Mal's idea as nonsense designed to avoid blame.

Mikey - As Harken prepares to confine Mal, his lieutenant informs him that the survivor has killed the medical personnel attending to him and is loose on the ship. Mal convinces Harken that he knows where the madman will go. Harken allows Mal to lead him and soldiers back onto Serenity.

Marc - The survivor attacks the soldiers, but Mal is able to kill the Reaver, saving Harken's life. As a result, Harken allows the crew of Serenity to go, though he still confiscates their cargo. After Serenity undocks, the cruiser is seen firing on the derelict ship, destroying it.


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