Third Fleet was our last best hope for victory in the early years of The War.  It failed.  Epsilon Reticuli became a lesson every naval officer studied before graduation, a battle no one wished to repeat.  Serenity became a mixed lesson.  In some circles it was an example of what all Alliance personnel were expected to do if required.  For others it was a lesson that political battles were just as deadly.  For me it was an opportunity that I did not ignore.