Set Harth wrote:
The studio bean-counters may have regretted putting out the film, but that doesn't mean the fans regretted seeing it.
I did. Loved the show, but haven't revisited it since the film. The film killed all the positive feelings I had for the show.
There are things I like about the film, but overall I think it simply fails to capture many of the things I liked about the series. Most importantly, the series was an ensemble piece, but the movie sidelines most of the cast in favor of focusing on a few players.
I'd hope that people saw the series before going into the movie, because otherwise the emotional punch of Wash's death is negligible. Since he's landed the ship and been such an incidental character (basically, he flies the ship and that's all), his death is neither a plot complication nor an emotional beat. It's just a cheap shock that comes out of nowhere and is moved on from just as quickly.