hey, remember what happened to Wash in Serenity? (and other adventures in social networking)

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today:
• Whaaat? WAH! Wash could not have died in the movie ‘Serenity’ science suggests

• Hilarious. Simply Awful…

MGM grumpy cat

• About that Wash / Serenity link… Saving Lives in Serenity: Can a Fanboy and Physics Change a Movie?

• Yes! MT @toddwetzel: “the arts are a 4000yr old ’empathy hack’ “.–Jeff Leitner #APAPNYC #ImagineThis

• #WTF MT @polyg: Feature of Sunday Times on how to raise girls is in the Style section. Similar feature on boys is in the Body & Soul section

• Which came first, the dumbing down of the American media or the dumbing down of the American public? Remember Newspaper Science Sections? They’re Almost All Gone

(hat-tips for today’s links: @Krizanovich, @StencilFromFace, JimRomenesko.com)

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Mon, Jan 14, 2013 11:57am

My usual “sign of KWALITEE” is a Lionsgate banner… which isn’t entirely fair to them, but they do release an awful lot of garbage between the occasional good films.

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 5:42pm

Gah, as much as I hated Wash’s death in Serenity, I’m perplexed by the apparent need by many fans to see him brought back to life. Yes, it’s a testament to the work of Joss Whedon and Alan Tudyk that people care so much and yes, I know that when someone you care for dies, you’d give anything to get them back; but confronting and living with grief is a part of the human condition, and something I would’ve liked to have seen any more stories from the Verse tackle.
If Firefly had continued after Serenity, I would hope that Joss wouldn’t handwave Wash’s death and make it mean something. To see how it affected the crew and how Zoe would struggle to cope would make for fascinating fiction.

Demanding that Firefly never moves forward because of the death of one character (and not because of Book? No love for him?) seems childish to me and a negation of everything Joss was trying to say with the show.

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 6:51pm

 As anyone who has read the actual article in question knows, Wash definitely would have died from that spear (according to the “science” calculations). Whoever wrote the article “Wash could not have died in the movie ‘Serenity’ science suggests” definitely didn’t get past the headline of the original report. Quality journalism for sure.

Jonathan Roth
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 9:51pm

Ugh, the visuals in Sci-Fi films exist to look pretty, not to accurately represent the physics. It’s nice when it happens, but trying to back-track the visuals to explain why the physics is wrong is nonsense.

I just re-watched the Empire Strikes Back last night, and realized that I just don’t care if there’s no sound in space. The music and sound effects of the Asteroid chase is nearly as beautiful and powerful as the visuals to the scene, and combined make some of the best sensory experiences ever created for celluloid. The physics nitpickers can be fed to the mynocks for all I care.