Take a look at some of the prop files used in the scene taking place at the begining of Joss Whedon's space western 'Serenity' in the lab where River Tam (Summer Glau) was used as a test subject before her brother Simon (Sean Maher) came to rescue her. I also added screen captures taken from Serenity Blu-ray or photos taken by fans at the Serenity Prop Exhibit hosted at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 24th, 2005.
River Tam's Project Oracle file
This prop file was custom-made by the production for use by various actors, such as River's supervising physician Dr. Josef Mathias while describing River and The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and as set dressing. Oracle was the codename of the project that spent years surgically altering and reprogramming River's brain.
The file is a plastic sheet that measures 9" x 5" and features information on River.
River Tam's Project Oracle record
Here's a transcript of the more interesting tidbits gleaned from River's Project Oracle record from the film background materials.
River was born Dec 19, 2500
She is 5' 9", weighs 110 pounds with black hair
Her father is Gabriel Tam
Her mother is Regan Tam
Math: 99th percentile
Social interaction: 47th percentile
River was located in Alliance Research Facility 54 (also called "Area 54" on the record), the address of which is Osiris OA2 54WQ13. River was test subject: 443/95/4521. Dr. Josef Mathias, MD, was her supervising physician during her time at the facility. Dr. Mathias is listed as director of the facility.
Only other item of significance is that she was recruited for Project Oracle from the Osiris School for The Gifted, which is where her family sent her to study. After that, "per protocol," her family was not allowed any direct contact with her, although she was allowed to send letters to her family. Apparently, at the time they sent River to the Osiris School, her parents were not aware that the school was a front for a darker purpose.
More project Oracle items, including the headpiece worn by River.
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