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Old February 28 2014, 10:20 AM   #1
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Firefly noob question(s)

I never saw Firefly during its network run, but was aware of it. A few years later, I got the Serenity feature film, and had no idea what was going on or who the characters were. It made no sense to me because I knew nothing of the backstory. So I was not impressed.

But earlier in February I did get a used dvd box set of the series, and have watched each episode a few times along with the commentaries and special features.

I'm still getting used to the style, since I grew up during early 50s and 60s sci-fi before Star Trek existed. I like the storylines and performances, but I'm not fully decided on the production design and space western concept. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi comedies.

I've just watched "Our Mrs. Reynolds" again, and there's a few things about Saffron's scheme I didn't understand.

The colony apparently is legitimate since its marriage customs are in Simon's encyclopedia. Is anyone in town aware of what she's doing? All of them? The Elder who gives Jayne the rain stick? If not, how long was she in the town in order to establish her presence before she was able to hook Mal? If this trick has been pulled several times (as she's apparently done this before with the ship scrappers), shouldn't there have been rumors about it? If the whole town's in on it, where do they find the volunteers to be killed by the duped strangers during the river bandits scenario? Does she just go to different planets with a different method of finding a mark? I assume everything she tells Mal aboard the ship is a lie, even the suggestion that the Elder is involved.

If there's an Easter Egg of Adam Baldwin singing "The Ballad of Jayne" on the dvd (as Wikipedia says for the dvd set issued years ago), where is it found and how is it accessed on a dvd player? I had to buy one recently after the computer I watched dvds on died.
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