Fox Network killed an awesome Science Fiction Show.
It is hard to think that they did NOT WORK to make it NOT succeed.
Guess in what order they aired the episodes?
2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 4, 5, 9, 10, 14, 1.
That's right: they aired the PILOT LAST!!
The episodes, 11-13 were unaired.
No wonder FIREFLY got low ratings.
The audience didn't know what was going on or why!
Their ship was named after the Battle of Serenity Valley, where Mal and Zoe were on the losing side.
It is revealed in "Bushwhacked"
that the Battle of Serenity Valley is widely considered the loss which sealed the fate of the Independents.
By the last episode, "Objects in Space",
the fractured character of River has finally become whole,
partly because the others decided to accept her into their "family" on the ship.