The Power of Information

IN THE 2005 SCIENCE FICTION FILM SERENITY, ASPACEWESTERNWITHA LARGE cult following, Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds and his rogue crew on a cargo ship have picked up a mysterious passenger and are being pursued by operatives of the ominous Alliance, an interplanetary government intent on galactic domination. After a failed bank robbery, they land at a trading post where their passenger, River Tam, launches an unprovoked attack against the other patrons of a space bar. Startled by her behavior, and concerned that the Alliance will learn of this incident and locate them, they return to their ship and Mal gathers the crew to discuss their options. Hoban Washburne, the ship’s pilot, says, ...

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