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We have a few character arcs that we want to play out -- some for this season, some we want to reveal bit by bit as the seasons go on -- but we obviously have to write the episodes one at a time. Considering the change of the pilot episode and the episodes being shown out of order, how much meddling is going on with FOX? It's all very ambitious on our part. Remember Sammy Jankis. That's all I have to say. Describe what it's like to write an episode of Firefly. It's kind of like trying to sneeze with your eyes open. Think about it. Or if you don't want to think about it, you can check out my essay. You wrote the first episode ("Ariel") that really pushed the Simon-River story arc forward. How does writing an episode like that differ from writing an episode that's more of a stand-alone like "Shindig"? We usually start working on the ideas as stand-alone episodes; sometimes the idea morphs into a more serialized episode, because that's what the story needs to give it some oomph. One thing you have to remember when you're writing an arc episode is that it's almost never the end of the arc, so it's a question of, "How much can I give away?" And, more importantly, "What new questions can I raise?" It's cool because you hopefully get to create a new part of the mythology. It's tough because you have to keep very careful track of everything that's come before and everything that's coming after. Although it's not quite fair to say that I wrote the first episode that pushed the Simon-River arc forward. They've been the most arc-heavy characters on the show. In fact, the two-hour pilot has so much of the Simon-River arc that we've had to use never-before-seen footage on our "previously" recaps. It had been reported that Adam Baldwin's character, Jayne, had been originally planned for only the first part of the season. Was he originally intended to die or leave at the end of "Ariel"? Did that change, or was the pre-season information incorrect? Suckers! I don't know how that rumor got started, but it sure helped to sell the ending of "Ariel." Adam is a full-time member of the cast, and always has been. No one's life is safe when you live in the Whedonverse, but rumors of Jayne's death were greatly exaggerated. As of right now, we're only planning on killing -- oh, wait, I can't say that. Don't worry, you won't miss them. Did I say "them"? I meant him. Or her. (Did I say, "Suckers!"?)