The word speaks for itself.
Okay, not really. But the show certainly does. 8 months ago I had never seen a single episode, and though I had seen Serenity, I had never quite understood it.
Now, I’ve watched the series thoroughly twice, and the movie twice after. I’m in love. At the same time, I am completely heartbroken that the show was cancelled. It was in fact, quite brilliant.
I can’t geek out too much in this post with extensive details in my post, as there is a certain big sister of mine that might murder me for doing that on my blog when I promised it in a letter to her.
But I will say this.
Wash’s death did not do him justice in the slightest. Not one bit.
I’d like to say he shouldn’t have died. That it wasn’t fair, and the comic relief he offered should not have been robbed from us (even though, technically it already was, due to the show’s cancellation). I could argue that with a cast like that, killing them off was more than cruel, it was heartless.
But of course, the show wasn’t a fairytale. It was a sci-fi western. And in both sci-fi’s and westerns, main characters ALWAYS die. Plus, it probably would get boring if writer’s stopped killing off characters solely because fans didn’t want them dead.
I was upset to see Sheppard die as well, but I was proud of his death. As unfair as it was being killed by the Alliance because of Mal, it was heroic. He stayed alive until the end. Even when he knew all odds were against him, and the chances of survival had all been eliminated, he didn’t stop fighting. He was given a few moments at the end to speak wisdom into Mal’s life, make a couple of jokes, and die in a way that did good ol’ Sheppard Book justice.
Now Wash had even more of a main role than Sheppard did in the series. He was the pilot. He was Zoe’s husband. He was the comic relief. And how does he die? In an instant, shot through the body by one of the Reaver’s massive steaks.
No epic death scene. No final words or farewells. No last jokes and parting words. He was there, and then he was gone.
I suppose one could argue that it is more realistic that way, but come on!
Besides that one bone to pick, I’m in love. I could watch it over and over again and never tire.
So now I pose this question to you Firefly fans (or haters) out there. What were you disappointed with in regards to the show (besides it being cancelled, because let’s face it, we all know that was the worst decision ever made.)