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Old September 21 2013, 02:03 AM   #1
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Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

What moments in Star Trek bring tears to your eyes just thinking about them? I've got several. In no particular order...

Voyager Makes Contact With Starfleet Commander in "Pathfinder:" A nice ending to a great episode. Especially liked that Admiral Paris' character was introduced here, too.

The Character Montage/Memories From Deep Space 9:
What a great way to end a series! It was cool- and incredibly moving- to see the most significant moments of DS9's crew replayed as each of them headed off to his or her next assignment. The only downside to the scenes is that there are no images of Terry Farrell due to a legal dispute over the previous use of her voice, but the scenes are otherwise fantastic.

Prime Universe Spock's Appearance in Star Trek (2009): I remember seeing this in the theater and hearing a collective gasp when Leonard Nimoy appeared. I'd known he would be in the film, but seeing him and hearing his voice brought tears to my eyes.

Spock's Return in The Search for Spock: The scenes with McCoy, Saavik, and the entire ordeal of stealing the Enterprise to save Spock were great. The moment that Spock and Kirk stare at each other is the culmination of everything the latter did for his friend. And of course: "Jim. Your name... is Jim."

The Standing Ovation for Kirk at the Khitomer Peace Conference: A nice send-off for one of Starfleet's finest as he's joined by Scotty and Sulu. The TOS films dealt so much the concepts of change and aging. It was nice to know that in the end, Kirk was the same hero he'd always been. Older and slower perhaps, but still as dedicated to duty as the young officer facing the challenge of his first command almost thirty years earlier.

Kirk Exonerated and Demoted to Captain: I talked about this in the movie thread. President Roth's line gets me every time: "James T. Kirk, it is the judgement is this Council that you be reduced in rank... to captain. And that as a consequence of your new rank, you be given the duties for which you have repeatedly demonstrated unswerving ability: the command of a starship."

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Old September 21 2013, 02:08 AM   #2
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

End of TWOK, "The Offspring," "The Visitor" and "Real Life" are probably the obvious choices.
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Old September 21 2013, 02:15 AM   #3
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

I might be alone in this but I always tear up when Miramanee dies.
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Old September 21 2013, 02:21 AM   #4
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

I always thought the most moving moment in Trek was the end of the Visitor when the alternate Jake dies to save his father and the younger him.
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Old September 21 2013, 02:22 AM   #5
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

When:

- Spock dies in TWOK.
- Jadzia Dax dies.
- The episode "The Visitor".
- When Kes leaves in "The Gift".
- The episode "What You Leave Behind".
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Old September 21 2013, 02:48 AM   #6
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

It's funny, the only time Trek ever made me come close to being emotional was during Tasha Yar's funeral at the end of "Skin of Evil". And I don't even like the character.
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Old September 21 2013, 02:53 AM   #7
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

Yeah, Star Trek has never been very good at tugging the emotional strings. Hell, there are moments of Smallville I found more emotionally trying than anything Trek ever did. And even than isn't anything compared to some of the really emotional powerhouse genre shows (Whedon stuff, B5, etc.). Yikes!
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Old September 21 2013, 03:03 AM   #8
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A lot of Data's storylines pulled the oul' heart strings.
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Old September 21 2013, 03:36 AM   #9
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

Spock dying
Spock's funeral
The Visitor
The montage and the ending of WYLB
And I think there were one or two moments in ENT that caused a small tear to form.
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Old September 21 2013, 04:17 AM   #10
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

For me, it's definitely the last scene of "The Inner Light".
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Old September 21 2013, 05:30 AM   #11
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

TOS:

TWOK, we all know which scene!

TNG:

When Data and Lal are saying goodbye. GOD, it KILLS me every time.

The Inner Light for obvious reasons.

Picard's scene with Crusher after he mind melded with Sarek to help him finish one last mission.

Spock's face at the end of Unification.

DS9:

Kira talking about her father after Tekeny Ghemor passed away. My own father is in failing health due to Parkinson's, and today that scene gets me more than it did when I was a teenager. I know how Kira feels now. Growing up sucks.

Just about ANY TIME Odo gets that heartbroken look in his eyes. Doesn't matter what the situation is.

That hug at the end of The Begotten.

The poor baby Changeling...

Kira telling Odo she doesn't care how he looks when he's all sick with the morphogenic virus and Odo saying he doesn't want her to see him die. (So glad he didn't!)

I WILL ALSO ADMIT...I cried for joy when they finally kissed! And that aurora borealis moment in Chimera is another happy tears moment.

VOY:

Neelix forgiving Jetrel at the very end.

The Doctor's holographic family...zomg.

Kes leaving.
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Old September 21 2013, 05:31 AM   #12
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

TOS:

TWOK, we all know which scene!

TNG:

When Data and Lal are saying goodbye. GOD, it KILLS me every time.

The Inner Light for obvious reasons.

Picard's scene with Crusher after he mind melded with Sarek to help him finish one last mission.

Spock's face at the end of Unification.

DS9:

Kira talking about her father after Tekeny Ghemor passed away. My own father is in failing health due to Parkinson's, and today that scene gets me more than it did when I was a teenager. I know how Kira feels now. Growing up sucks.

Just about ANY TIME Odo gets that heartbroken look in his eyes. Doesn't matter what the situation is.

That hug at the end of The Begotten.

The poor baby Changeling...

Kira telling Odo she doesn't care how he looks when he's all sick with the morphogenic virus and Odo saying he doesn't want her to see him die. (So glad he didn't!)

I WILL ALSO ADMIT...I cried for joy when they finally kissed! And that aurora borealis moment in Chimera is another happy tears moment.

VOY:

Neelix forgiving Jetrel at the very end.

The Doctor's holographic family...zomg.

Kes leaving.
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Old September 21 2013, 05:43 AM   #13
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

The only thing in Trek, and I've seen every episode and movie and least once, that's ever brought a tear to my eye is Spock's death in TWOK. It was just done perfectly, two friends, the love, the loyalty, separated, unable to even touch... Just perfectly done.
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Old September 21 2013, 06:28 AM   #14
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Re: Biggest "Tear-Jerker" Moments in Trek

Edith Keeler's death in The City on The Edge of Forever, the interactions of Kirk, Spock and McCoy in that scene are the best of the entire series.
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Old September 21 2013, 12:24 PM   #15
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When Neelix left.

Nah just kidding.

The Visitor, The Inner Light, Similitude got me too, those are the main ones i remember
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