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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Firefly: Return to Earth-That-Was (Part 11) Firefly
"Return to Earth-That-Was" Part 11
Firefly #35
BOOM! Studios
Written by Greg Pak
Illustrated by Simona di Gianfelice
Colored by Francesco Segala, w/ assists by Gloria Martinelli
Lettered by Jim Campbell
Cover by Bengal
December 2021


The crew makes a plan for a way to return to the 'Verse. But who will decide to stay behind on Earth-That-Was?


Characters appearing or mentioned in this issue





Jefa Orangeles








Char Okoro







Didja Notice?


On page 2, Washbot reveals that he's learned from his study of the plunderers' computer servers that the portals linking the 'Verse to Earth-That-Was worked through "connected quantum particles in paired portals." He seems to be describing the phenomenon of quantum entanglement, in which quantum particles that, once the spin of a quantum particle is entangled with another, remain entangled even over immense distances (one particle will react to a change by the other particle).


On page 6, Mal comments on a species of flower on Earth-That-Was he finds growing in the woods, that they had them on Shadow when he was a kid, but they were rare, they just didn't want to grow there. It was revealed in "Our Mrs. Reynolds" that Shadow is the homeworld of Malcolm Reynolds.


As she considers staying behind on Earth-That-Was, Zoe remarks to Lank how they previously made a desert bloom the last time they had a home, so imagine what they can do here. Her previous home was Haven with Shepherd Book and the other refugees as seen in "Blue Sun Rising" Part 7.


Zoe considers staying behind on Earth-That-Was at the site of the former Washburne Industries near Minneapolis.


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