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Nathan Fillion’s panel Q&A at Phoenix Comic Con | June 7, 2014 (x)

Q: If Firefly had gone on longer, what is something you would’ve hoped to have gotten to do with either just Mal or the story in general?

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The cry baby is an electronic device that essentially simulates the distress call of a large (usually Alliance) ship, making a fine distraction when there is a need to make an Alliance cruiser decide between chasing your ship or rescuing what they think is a big ship full of people. It is highly illegal for any of a dozen reasons.