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Old July 26 2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

Strange question, I know but is there an episode of TOS that made you shed a tear or even cry? The closest I've come is This Side of Paradise. Aside from being probably my favorite episode of TOS (I know there are more famous choices I could go with but I love that episode) and there was a point where I had a little tear in my eye.

That's the closest I've got and I'm aware I may be in the minority but it's just something I'd ask.
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Old July 26 2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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No. It was the 1960s, we weren't in touch with our emotions back then. The episodes really weren't made with sappy emotionalism in mind.

Like you said, the closest was when Spock admitted he was happy for the first time in his life.
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Old July 26 2013, 07:54 PM   #3
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

"The City on the Edge of Forever", the scene where Kirk prevents Bones from saving Edith.

McCoy: You deliberately stopped me, Jim! I could have saved her! Do you know what you just did?

Spock: He knows, Doctor...he knows.

If you're a TOS fan and that scene doesn't make you choke up when you see it, even just a little, you are dead inside.
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Old July 26 2013, 08:31 PM   #4
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

Real tears no, but I remember when the Enterprise exploded in Star Trek III it was a most emotional moment. I didn't believe for a second the countdown was "for real".

But if I was standing, I'd have had to sit down.
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Old July 26 2013, 08:46 PM   #5
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

Push The Button wrote: View Post
If you're a TOS fan and that scene doesn't make you choke up when you see it, even just a little, you are dead inside.

So that's what that big empty feeling is.
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Old July 27 2013, 12:18 AM   #6
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

I'm not sure if I shed a tear, but I have to say that there's a huge difference watching the shows as a kid, pure space opera, and then watching some of them decades later as an adult with some life experience under one's belt.

The plottiness and sf elements become less important and sometimes you can pick up on issues and character development that only becomes meaningful when you have "been there done that."

At the end of "Requiem For Methusaleh," Kirk has fallen in love with the female android Rayna. Flint has brought him to the planet to wake up her emotions and it works. The android has become a human being and they are truly in love with each other. The stress of choosing between Kirk (her lover) and Flint (her creator/"father") is too much, and she dies.

At the end Kirk is back in the briefing room of the Enterprise in a complete state of unconsolable anguish. Spock shows mercy and does a mind meld and says, "Forget...." (taking away his anguished memories of Rayna).

As a kid that scene was to me a rather meaningless/silly throwaway. Oh Spock can make people forget things, too?

Only as an adult have I come to better appreciate the poignance of that scene and of the entire story.

Falling in love with a perfect android woman built by an immortal godlike man? That's actually kind of a silly plot.

But if you look at it from the inside out, as a story about a man who is dedicated to his duties, is a lady's man but has never really found a lasting love, finally finds it, then is responsible (or feels he is) for her death...it's much more meaningful to me now, as an adult, on an emotional level.



Another one that hits me the same way, probably for the same reason, is "The Paradise Syndrome." Kirk finally finds happiness and love with Miramanee on the planet, he has amnesia. But ultimately she's fatally injured and dies in his arms.

**Obviously City on the Edge of Forever is similar emotionally.
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Old July 27 2013, 01:55 AM   #7
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

The end of menagerie almost made me cry.

Such a beautiful and unexpected ending, I felt pity for the captain but at the same time I felt really happy that he had recovered his youth.
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Old July 27 2013, 02:58 AM   #8
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

No, because I knew no matter what happened the main cast would always be alright.

However in TWOK I STILL cry like a baby during Spock's death scene.
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Old July 27 2013, 03:32 AM   #9
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

This exchange always gets me. Speaks so clearly about Kirk and Spock's friendship and loyalty to each other.

Edith Keeler: [to Kirk] I still have a few questions I'd to ask about you two. Oh, and don't give me that "Questions about little old us?" look. You know as well as I do how out of place you two are around here.
Spock: Interesting. Where would you estimate we belong, Miss Keeler?
Edith Keeler: [to Spock] You? At his side, as if you've always been there and always will.
Edith Keeler: [to Kirk] And you... you belong... in another place.
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Old July 27 2013, 05:17 AM   #10
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

For me the saddest moment in all of Star Trek is Miramanee's big scene at the very end of "The Paradise Syndrome." Gerald Fried's music to that, on its own or in the show, can still get me to well up a little. It's beautiful.
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Old July 27 2013, 05:51 AM   #11
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

THE EMPATH, when Gem 'sees' how Spock feels about Kirk and McCoy. And then when McCoy pushes her away to keep her from dying.
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Old July 27 2013, 05:42 PM   #12
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

I don't think there anything in TOS apart from Spock and Kirk's deaths. I've hd a few from TNG though.
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Old July 27 2013, 08:09 PM   #13
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

HaplessCrewman wrote: View Post
This exchange always gets me. Speaks so clearly about Kirk and Spock's friendship and loyalty to each other.

Edith Keeler: [to Kirk] I still have a few questions I'd to ask about you two. Oh, and don't give me that "Questions about little old us?" look. You know as well as I do how out of place you two are around here.
Spock: Interesting. Where would you estimate we belong, Miss Keeler?
Edith Keeler: [to Spock] You? At his side, as if you've always been there and always will.
Edith Keeler: [to Kirk] And you... you belong... in another place.
The words are beautiful, but I think Collins' tone adds a lot to the eerie, haunting quality of the scene, as well as the background string music.
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Old July 27 2013, 10:44 PM   #14
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

Only one time have I been overly emotional in over seven-hundred hours of Trek. The funeral of Tasha Yar and I didn't even really care about the character. It was just incredibly well done.
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Old July 28 2013, 02:16 AM   #15
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Re: Is there an episode that made you shed a tear or cry?

Plenty...I'm a big baby.

"Amok Time" when Kirk 'died'. I watched it during early 70's reruns, I distinctly remember my mom saying, "Oh, shut-up. He's not dead"

"The Offspring"
"Drone"
"The Visitor"

I was good in TWOK until Kirk's voice broke.

Plenty I can't remember off-hand.
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