She's paired with pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk)—the voice of reason on deck—and they are eventually joined by Mal's ex-girlfriend, the ethereal Inara (Morena Baccarin).
Ha, if only they could have gotten that far...
And from chicagotribune.com:
Space battles are at a minimum, since Serenity doesn't have any guns. No aliens. No transporter beams. No phasers on stun.
No guns, eh? Somewhere, Vera's insulted.