Serenity - Part 1
Original Air Date: December 20, 2002
Rachel – TwoCents Staff Writer
This two-parter (shot as the pilot of the show but deemed “too slow” by network execs and therefore shown as the series’ last aired episode) begins at the Battle of Serenity Valley, the final conflict of the Unification War. Malcolm Reynolds and his first officer Zoë are on the losing side of a clash between the core planets (the Alliance) who want one universal government and a group of free planets (the Independents), who want to remain, well, free.