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Encyclopedia > Zoe Washburne
Firefly character
Zoe Washburne
Gender Female
Born 15 February 2484
Homeworld None
(born aboard a spaceship)
Occupation First mate of Serenity
Notable relatives Hoban Washburne (husband)
Portrayed by Gina Torres

Zoe Washburne (née Alleyne) is a character in the television series Firefly, played by Gina Torres. Firefly is an American science fiction television series that premiered in the United States and Canada on September 20, 2002. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 25th century of the anno Domini (common) era will span the years 2401–2500 of the Gregorian calendar. ... Disambiguation: The rank First Mate also refers to a executive officer The First Mate portrayed in Raiders of the Lost Ark The First Mate (????) is known as Simone Katangas closest companion in the Katanga Anthologies. ... For other uses, see Serenity Serenity is a fictional spaceship originally featured in the science fiction television series Firefly. ... Hoban Wash Washburne is a fictional character who originated in the science fiction television series Firefly. ... Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969) is an American television and movie actress. ... Television series redirects here. ... Firefly is an American science fiction television series that premiered in the United States and Canada on September 20, 2002. ... Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969) is an American television and movie actress. ...


Born February 15, 2484, "Vesselside" (given her statements to Wash during an argument in the episode "Heart of Gold," this is clearly an expression meaning "aboard a spaceship"), Zoe served in the Unification War under Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds and continues under his command on his spaceship, Serenity. A loyal second-in-command and a tough, deadly fighter, Zoe is the only member of Mal's crew to regularly call him "sir" and take orders as if receiving them from a superior officer. February 15 is the 46th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The 25th century (Gregorian Calendar) comprises the years 2401-2500. ... Heart of Gold is the thirteenth episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. ... The Space Shuttle Discovery as seen from the International Space Station. ... The Unification War is a major event in the backstory of Joss Whedons cancelled television show, Firefly and its motion picture sequel, Serenity. ... Malcolm Mal Reynolds is a fictional character leading the ensemble in the science fiction television series Firefly, played by actor Nathan Fillion. ...


Zoe married Serenity's pilot Wash sometime after he joined the crew, though initially she claimed that something about him "bothered" her—possibly his disturbing moustache (seen in flashback in the episode "Out of Gas"). Despite a few clashes resulting from Zoe's fierce, take charge personality (more traditional for the male in a relationship than a female) and Wash being somewhat jealous of Zoe's fierce loyalty to Mal (to the point that he referred to Mal as Zoe's other "husband"), they have a very strong and durable relationship, and arguably the most normal of any of the romantic entanglements on the Serenity crew, as opposed to the sexually charged love/hate relationship between Mal and Inara and the complicated coming of age romance between Simon and Kaylee. In the DVD commentary for the episode "Shindig," costume designer Shawna Trpcic mentions that the leather necklace Zoe always wears is a symbol of her marriage bond. However, she is seen wearing the necklace in the flashback sequences of "Out of Gas," well before she has married Wash. In the book Firefly: The Official Companion - Vol. 1, Torres speculates that the necklace is actually a shoelace from the boots that Zoe wore during the Unification War. Hoban Wash Washburne is a fictional character who originated in the science fiction television series Firefly. ... In literature and film, a flashback (also called analepsis) takes the narrative back in time from the point the story has reached, to recount events that happened before and give the back-story. ... Out of Gas is the eighth episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. ... Shindig is the fourth episode of science-fiction television series Firefly created by Joss Whedon. ... Shawna Trpcic (née Shawna Leavell) is a Hollywood costume designer. ...


According to the book Serenity: The Official Visual Companion, Firefly series creator Joss Whedon writes that Zoe's last name was Alleyne (at least at the time of the Unification War), and she took the name Washburne after her marriage to Hoban Washburne. This is confirmed in a deleted scene from Serenity where a display lists her military name as Corporal Zoe Alleyne. In the documentary Re-Lighting the Firefly, her name is given as Zoe Warren, apparently a version of her name which was considered at one time, but changed by the time the film Serenity was released. Joss Hill Whedon (born Joseph Hill Whedon[3] on June 23, 1964 in New York) is an American writer, director, executive producer, and creator of the well-known television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. ... Serenity is a 2005 science fiction space western/epic film written and directed by Joss Whedon. ...


At the time of the Battle of Serenity Valley, Zoe had attained the rank of Corporal. Along with Sergeant Malcolm Reynolds, she was the only other survivor of their platoon in that battle. The Unification War is a major event in the backstory of Joss Whedons cancelled television show, Firefly and its motion picture sequel, Serenity. ...


Unlike Mal, she was career military, and is often more calm in dangerous situations than Mal (possibly a difference between being volunteer and career military). Mal often thinks with his heart while Zoe usually thinks with her head. Regardless, Zoe follows all orders from Mal, although often with a degree of advice or concern.


Her weapon of choice appears to be identical to the Mare's Leg, a custom Winchester Model 1892 rifle used by Steve McQueen's character Josh Randall in the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive. Joss Whedon calls the Mare's Leg his "favorite gun of all times"[citation needed]. The actual gun she uses in the series was originally used in the series The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr..[1] The Mare’s Leg (aka Mare’s Laig, with both sometimes spelt without the apostrophe) was the named used by Steve McQueen’s character on the television series Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958–1961) for his customized gun. ... Winchester Model 1894 The Winchester rifle has become synonymous with the word repeating rifle (multishot rifle) which was manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and was commonly used in the United States during the latter half of the 19th century. ... The Winchester Model 1892 is a lever-action repeating rifle that is much like the earlier 1866 & 1873 models, except for a stronger receiver and smoother action. ... Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an Academy Award-nominated American movie actor, nicknamed The King of Cool.[1] He was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s due to a popular anti-hero persona. ... The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. ...


References

  1. ^ Whedon, Joss (2006). "Have You Ever Been with a Warrior Woman?: Zoe's Pistol and Vest". Firefly: Official Companion, Volume One: 104, Titan Books. 

 
 

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