On page 1, panel 4, Zoe's bunkmate on the prison moon is
apparently reading a copy of Stephen King's The Long
Walk, a dystopian science-fiction novel originally
published in 1979 under King's pseudonym of Richard Bachman.
Serenity lets the Operative off on a previously
unmentioned world called Theophrastus.
The shirt Simon is wearing on page 18 looks a bit like the
Starfleet uniforms worn by cast members on Star Trek:
Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
On page 19, panel 1, the mobile hanging above Emma's bed has
hanging from it several miniature items, a Firefly-class
ship, the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars,
the ancient Slayer weapon called the Scythe from Buffy
the Vampire Slayer, and something that looks like it
might be the submarine called Seaview from the
1960's movie and TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the
Sea. Another item appears to be a picture of a human
face; possibly Emma's father, Wash.
At the end of this issue, the female Operative (possibly the
one referred to by the Operative as Kalista)
recovers the battered body of Jubal Early and
plans to heal him
and get him to find Serenity for her. It is also
revealed that she is one of the Academy's augmented
Did Zoe kill the Operative? It seems likely, but we don't
actually see it happen. Does Mal know what she did? It seems
like he must have seen her follow the Operative out into the
What will Mal do next? Are he and the crew going to join the
Is Jayne staying with the crew at this point?
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