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Serenity, Hoban "Wash" Washburn (Alan Tudyk)

Site Rating: 74%
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Writeup Rating: 75%
(ratings: 4)
Film: Serenity (2005)
Deceased Character: Hoban "Wash" Washburn (Alan Tudyk)
Archetype: Goody (Major)
Killed with: Gigantic spike



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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 20th Jan 2006

Kindly submitted by Nato

Psychic fugitive River Tam has led the crew of the Firefly-class transport Serenity to the galaxy's darkest secret - the deaths of millions of people on the planet Miranda, after the ruling Alliance's plan to dose the Mirandans with a docility-inducing drug went horribly wrong.

Now Serenity is on her way to the planetoid home of "Mr. Universe," a media junkie with the necessary equipment to broadcast evidence of the destruction of Miranda to the entire population of the Alliance.

Waiting for Serenity at Mr. Universe's planet is an entire fleet of Alliance warships led by the enigmatic Operative, who are unaware of the secret of Miranda, but determined to recapture River at all costs. At Serenity's heels - a horde of bloodthirsty Reavers, a fragment of the Mirandan population driven into hyper violent insanity, who now roam the galaxy as feared cannibals and marauders.

When the two fleets meet, a massive battle ensues, with the tiny Serenity caught in the middle. Wash, Serenity's ace pilot, somehow manages to steer the ship through the chaos of the battle. As ships on both sides are destroyed all around him, he quietly repeats, "I am a leaf on the wind; watch me soar." Serenity makes it to the planet's atmosphere, only to be hit by an electromagnetic pulse from a pursuing Reaver ship. Wash manages to restart the engines at the last minute, pulling Serenity out of a tailspin and guiding her to a teeth-rattling crash landing in the docking bay of Mr. Universe's cavernous headquarters.

In the silent moments after the crash, Wash lets out the breath he was holding. "I am a leaf on the wind," he says, turning to his wife, Zoƫ, and his captain, Mal. "Watch me--" and then a massive spike fired from the Reaver ship slams through the windshield, impaling him in his chair, and killing him instantly.



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This review has 18 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Jesus' (reply to this comment)
I never get cry at movies, but this scene made weep like a little girl. THEY KILLED WASH! THOSE BASTARDS
Comment 2 by 'harleyquinn' (reply to this comment)
After this scene, the rest of the movie I had felt as if I had just been punched in the gut.
Comment 3 by 'Dennis Oxley' (reply to this comment)
I saw your comment about Wash's death in the movie, and I've beem saying the same thing... "THEY KILLED WASH! THOSE BASTARDS." Saw the movie when it came out. Got the box set of FireFly for christmas and shared it with my wife. She was kind of "ho-hum" about it, but got to like the characters. She hadn't seen the movie. I picked it up last weekend---you should have heard her gasp!
Comment 4 by 'Dennis Oxley' (reply to this comment)
Watched it again on DVD--still hurt! Not to mention Shepherd Book. We were really wanting to know his secret past.
Comment 5 by 'JacKal' (reply to this comment)
For the record, I believe the correct quote Wash says is, "I am a leaf on the wind - watch how I soar." Not to be fickle or anything, just helping out smiling smiley
Comment 6 by 'Naill' (reply to this comment)
Wash was a realy good chater of firefly and serenity. I dont think that they would have killed him off if they let Jain die.
Comment 7 by 'Raven' (reply to this comment)
Why did anyone have to die? Book ok i didn't mind too much about that, but not one of the Crew!
Comment 8 by 'in the know' (reply to this comment)
They killed old Alan because he's a head ache to work with. He's alway like, "im Alan Tudyk, the most funny guy ever." and on and on with that guy. Anyway, Joss thought it would put him in his place and make it more real. Lets face it, people die in spaceship fire-fights.
Comment 9 by 'WBotW' (reply to this comment)
Hmm... and here I thought everyone knew that Alan requested the character be killed off...
Comment 10 by 'Liluthien' (reply to this comment)
It has been a week since I saw the Serenity movie and the death of Wash and, I know it sounds silly, but it was such a shock the way it happened, and I am still rather gutted. My husband and I watched the series, one episode every week, and came to know the crew like friends over time. I don't care whose idea it was for that to happen but it was awful and I sobbed out loud so see it.
Comment 11 by 'jason' (reply to this comment)
Wash's death was sloppy and seemed like it was "forced". Like maybe he asked to be killed because he wanted to move on and that was the best the writers could come up with.
Comment 12 by 'Nick' (reply to this comment)
Completely agree with you there, Harleyquinn.

Wash was my favourite character and then they went and killed him with a spike. sad smiley
Comment 13 by 'Fjord Prefect' (reply to this comment)
Wash's death just blew me away. It's always a ballsy move to kill off a beloved main character, and I applaud Whedon for that. But I still think that Jayne should have bit it instead. He deserved it more than anyone and it would have been fitting for him to die in battle. Killing off Wash was just senseless and it made me feel unsettled. I was hoping to get some character closure with this film, but not like this. Bummer.
Comment 14 by 'Deltax918x' (reply to this comment)
I could have gotten over Washes death if they would have given him a cool way to go but he goes threw all that just to be taken out by a reaver spike I mean come on get creative like he saves everyone be sacrificing himself:armed: or something. depressing :yawn:
Comment 15 by 'defcon' (reply to this comment)
Deltax918x: Wash safely piloted them away from the reaver fleet, directly *through* an alliance fleet lying in ambush for them, while dodging stray fire and individual melees. When Serenity took a direct hit to its vital navigation system, he managed to convert an imminent crash that would have killed everyone into a safe crash landing in which everyone survived intact. In my book, he died a fucking hero.
Comment 16 by 'skelit0re' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
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> Deltax918x: Wash safely piloted them away from the
> reaver fleet, directly *through* an alliance fleet
> lying in ambush for them, while dodging stray fire
> and individual melees. When Serenity took a
> direct hit to its vital navigation system, he
> managed to convert an imminent crash that would
> have killed everyone into a safe crash landing in
> which everyone survived intact. In my book, he
> died a fucking hero.


defcon??? dont you mean defecate?
Comment 17 by 'matthias' (reply to this comment)
got into firefly a while ago. happy late anti-unification day all. but the thing is the death of wash always makes me cry no matter how many times i see it (20ish times easily)
Comment 18 by 'Lauda' (reply to this comment)
I met a man in a game who used the quote for his signature banner 5 years ago. I jokingly told him at the time he was jinxing himself... he died three weeks ago... he'd brought his car to a sudden but safe stop when the car in front of him had stopped. He turned to his wife and ... was killed when a pick-up rear-ended him at full speed. RIP Darrion... and Wash. Both favourites...