You've been warned - spoilers ahead - only mouse over if you're OK with that. In the film Serenity:
Wash and Shepherd Book, both major characters in the TV series, die. My question is: what is the out of universe reason for this? Both deaths seemed fairly pointless - not a heroic end but just dead - particularly Wash since he just got spiked and died without even a closing speech, unlike Shepherd who got to make a few wisecracks. Was it just to heighten the tension, since almost everyone was injured at the end and could have died as well? Or did Joss Whedon want to refresh the crew in any future series?