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Serenity, Dr. Mathias (Michael Hitchcock)

Site Rating: 68%
(ratings: 4)
Writeup Rating: 65%
(ratings: 4)
Film: Serenity (2005)
Deceased Character: Dr. Mathias (Michael Hitchcock)
Killed by: The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
Killed with: Sword

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 7th Nov 2005

Kindly submitted by Pyro

When Parliament sends a nameless assassin known only as "The Operative" to investigate the details of their missing test subject, River Tam's, escape from their facility, he discovers that the project leader, Dr. Mathias, has let key Parliament members into the facility with River, who is a psychic and therefore may now know some of the Alliance's darker secrets.

Despite Dr. Mathias's protests, the Operative feels the doctor deserves nothing short of death for this mistake. Mentioning a time when, to preserve their honour, people would throw themselves on their swords for failure, The Operative makes it increasingly clear this is exactly what he has in mind for the doctor when we see he has brought a sword with him.

The Operative quickly dispatches Dr. Mathias's men with ease, then catches up to the fleeing doctor, grabbing him in an arm lock and using a martial arts move where he strikes a pressure point at the base of the doctor's spine and twists, disabling him completely. The Operative then kneels down in front of him, his sword upraised behind him for the paralyzed doctor to fall on, and sure enough, he does.

"This is a good death..." The Operative assures him, just before the doctor's life slips away.

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Comment 1 by 'Dusty' (reply to this comment)
Should be "Sword upraised in front of him"... and a mention of how he slowly sinks down the sword would be worthy of a mention