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Old January 17 2012, 12:31 AM   #16
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Re: The SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT in TOS !!!

COTEOF has two great moments. Both driven by acting and writing:

MCCOY: You deliberately stopped me, Jim. I could have saved her. Do you know what you just did?
SPOCK: He knows, Doctor. He knows.
UHURA: Captain, the Enterprise is up there. They're asking if we want to beam up.
KIRK: Let's get the hell out of here.
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Old January 17 2012, 12:41 AM   #17
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Re: The SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT in TOS !!!

Gotta admit, a lot of people hit on Edge Of Forever, and I have to agree. When I watched that girl get nailed by that car.. And Kirk was powerless to stop it. That sad thing was she had the right idea, at the wrong time. She had to die.
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Old January 17 2012, 03:31 AM   #18
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Re: The SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT in TOS !!!

Let me add two personal favorites:

1) The scene in Journey to Babel between Spock and Amanda
2) The scene in Bread and Circuses between McCoy and Spock
3) the tag of The Trouble with Tribbles.

Oh, that's three. Oops!
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Old January 17 2012, 07:19 AM   #19
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Re: The SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT in TOS !!!

There are so many...

Others have already mentioned the drama of Kirk's escape from the Constellation in "The Doomsday Machine", Kirk's realization that Edith Keeler must die, the Spock/Amanda scene, and the "Risk is our business" speech. All of them are great. But for me, the one that made me a life-long Star Trek fan...

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When they seek to understand and communicate with the Horta instead of blasting her to kingdom come out of rage and self-defense. We rise above our animal self-preservation instinct to be truly human (and Vulcan).
This one. The moment when the Horta is transformed in Kirk's mind from a monster killing the miners and his crew into a mother desperately defending her children from the humans who are killing them.

There are other episodes that I love and which carry messages which have resonated me all my life, but the epiphany in "The Devil In The Dark", that the humans have been the villains all along and that they need to make amends, was incredibly powerful to me.
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Old January 17 2012, 02:10 PM   #20
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There are so many...

Others have already mentioned the drama of Kirk's escape from the Constellation in "The Doomsday Machine", Kirk's realization that Edith Keeler must die, the Spock/Amanda scene, and the "Risk is our business" speech. All of them are great. But for me, the one that made me a life-long Star Trek fan...

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When they seek to understand and communicate with the Horta instead of blasting her to kingdom come out of rage and self-defense. We rise above our animal self-preservation instinct to be truly human (and Vulcan).
This one. The moment when the Horta is transformed in Kirk's mind from a monster killing the miners and his crew into a mother desperately defending her children from the humans who are killing them.

There are other episodes that I love and which carry messages which have resonated me all my life, but the epiphany in "The Devil In The Dark", that the humans have been the villains all along and that they need to make amends, was incredibly powerful to me.
Yes!, the transformation of KIRK's perception and attitude,... absolutely the KEY,.... Outstanding point!

In additional effect is that it allows the HORTA to function within the story as a whole character with its own motivations and purpose, rather being trapped into functioning within the story as a 'simple monster',... stuck playing only 'monster attack' scenes.

It is at this moment when the quality of story is allow to raise yet another level in sophistication, and explore other avenues of a more meaningful purpose - which in turn raises the level of enjoyment and meaning for us, as viewers.

Great comment!
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Old January 17 2012, 07:45 PM   #21
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Edith's death - because it's the most dramatic.
Yep.
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Old January 17 2012, 07:46 PM   #22
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My vote goes to "Shore Leave" when Dr McCoy is "resurrected" by the Planet keepers and comes out of the woods or wherever with a girl on either arm and a big grin on his face!
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Old January 18 2012, 01:06 AM   #23
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For the humor?
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Old January 18 2012, 09:20 PM   #24
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Yes, sir!
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Old January 18 2012, 11:00 PM   #25
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Re: The SINGLE GREATEST MOMENT in TOS !!!

My elementary age son clapped when Kirk materializes in transporter room in Tholian Web. That's a great moment to a boy who's never seen it before.
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Old January 18 2012, 11:00 PM   #26
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It is a great gag to be sure, but do suppose some of the merit of the scene comes with the sense of satisfaction - on the good doctors part - for FINALLY getting the girl,.. well, actually more than one girl LOL!

Sort of like getting his just due compensation for all of KIRK's high-jinx he has had to claim witness to,... while sitting on the sidelines?
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Old January 18 2012, 11:05 PM   #27
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My elementary age son clapped when Kirk materializes in transporter room in Tholian Web. That's a great moment to a boy who's never seen it before.
Yes, I too recall feeling a HUGE emotional response when I first saw the scene,.. and that is with full knowledge that, somehow he is going to live anyway - testament to a great script.

The thing I recall which struck me the most about the episode as a whole was actually feeling the love for KIRK which the actors portrayed so wonderfully,... actually feeling their loss and mourning.
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Old January 19 2012, 12:05 AM   #28
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Though it amuses me a bit to have Scott dismiss the crew after only six seconds of standing at attention. After all, it's not like it was a matter of pride!
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Old January 20 2012, 06:18 PM   #29
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I have to go with two. The first is in "Amok Time" when Spock sees Kirk alive and the smile lights up his face. It speaks volumes to the depth of the Kirk/Spock. relationship.



The second is in "The Doomsday Machine" when Spock relieves Decker from command. These is such an intense level of vulcan bad-assery when Spock motions for the security guards to come over.

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Old January 20 2012, 11:59 PM   #30
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I respectfully submit any Vulcan, particularly a badass one, would have no need of security guards.
But the music where DECKER relieves Spock always freaks me out in a tense way. And you have to admit, the guard Decker knocked out later put up an unusually good fight.
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