Oh. Oh. DAMN YOU JOSS WHEDON FOR KILLING WASH, YOU BASTARD. There was an audible gasp in the theater when it happened.
And it's strange that even Book's death doesn't get such a reaction. Probably because it's not so sudden. But now we don't get more of his own backstory, waah.
But now, the good:
Kaylee/Simon is now canon! omgtheirluvissocute!dorky! Burn on you, Shack!
There's an explanation for the Reavers that makes sense now!
There's an explanation for River's backstory that makes sense now!
River kicks ass and takes names and looks awesome doing it!
Mr. Universe's fem-bot! ("We wrote our own vows...")
Kaylee gets to say "For the past year, I ain't had nothin' twixt my nethers didn't run on batteries"!
Mal gets to say "Dear Buddha, I would like a pony and plastic rocket..."!
Lots of good stuff..... but oh. Oh. It played rough with my emotions. Like, too many parts where things looked too grim for the heroes, where it looked like all of them were going to die. What's that speech that Sam gives at the end of The Two Towers, where he talks about the stories that always weighed heavy on you, because how could anything good come at the end of so much bad? Yeah, it felt like that.
Maybe I'll post more when I'm more coherent.