WARNING: this post contains a MAJOR spoiler for the movie Serenity, so if you haven’t seen it, don’t read this post. And go watch Serenity.
As I alluded to yesterday, I always get a little choked up after watching the magnificent finale to Firefly. Lots of sad things happen in the movie, but no more than you would expect in an average episode of the show, and there are enough funny moments to lighten the tension. But there’s one moment I will never get over emotionally as long as I live: the death of Wash.
Wash was my favourite character, okay? (Except, possibly, for River.) He was always ready with a witty line, even during the most dangerous moments. His love for Zoe was as heartwarming as it was hilarious, and he was one of the most peaceful crew members without being a coward. And just before this scene I’m talking about came his finest moment in the whole series. He piloted Serenity through a maze of exploding Reaver and Alliance ships, crash-landed safely on Mr. Universe’s planet, and saved everyone’s lives. What does he get in return? A Reaver harpoon through the chest.
It just kills me–every time.
I think it’s safe to say that most Whedonverse fans feel the same way. Today I found an article by one fan who even made a valiant effort to save Wash through science. He calculated whether that harpoon would really be able to penetrate Serenity’s windows with enough force to kill the pilot. Could it be that, in a just world of accurate physics, Wash really wouldn’t have died? See for yourself: Saving Lives in Serenity.
Of course, in a just world, Firefly wouldn’t have been cancelled, and Wash would have had at least eight seasons of adventures before he kicked the bucket. But since this is the world we live in, let’s just take a moment to appreciate that dinosaur-loving, semi-muscular man.