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Bester was a mechanic operating on a Rim planet in the year 2512. Due to his work there, he'd earned a reputation as a "genius mechanic," a reputation that led to his being hired by Captain Malcolm Reynolds shortly after Reynolds purchased the Firefly-class transport Serenity.

Unfortunately, Bester did not live up to his reputation. Serenity's initial timetable was met with one delay after another when Bester was unable to repair the ship's engines. Reynolds went to confront his mechanic, but walked in on him having sex with a local girl in the engine room. The girl, Kaywinnet Lee Frye, proved to be better with engines than Bester, easily spotting the trouble and fixing it on the spot. Impressed, Reynolds offered her a job aboard Serenity, and she eagerly accepted. However, the ship had no need of two mechanics, and Bester found himself out of a job.

Behind the scenesEdit

Bester's name may have been inspired by science fiction author Alfred Bester, or Pete Best, the original drummer of the Beatles.

Bester was portrayed by Dax Griffin.


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