River Tam's exceptional intelligence prompted her parents to send her away at the age of 14, upon her acceptance to an elite Alliance academy. Unbeknownst to her family, this 'academy' subjected River to years of horrific experiments -- these have left her extremely traumatized, a borderline schizophrenic. Freed by her brother from the Alliance, River is no longer in complete control of her emotions or actions, and occassionally exhibits the seemingly random and advanced abilities of a savant. Though Simon uses his clinical expertise to medicate and treat his sister's condition, River's unpredictable behavior continues to be a mystery and cause for concern for those aboard Serenity. - From The Official Serenity Website

Behind the Scenes

River is portrayed by actor Summer Glau in the television series Firefly and in the motion picture Serenity.

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