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Old July 15 2015, 02:30 AM   #1
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So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

I'm talking about the last thing that was said or done before the credits rolled. So Spock dying in TWOK couldn't count since the film went on for several minutes afterward.

Mine

1. Kirk "Let's get the hell out of here" COTEOF.
First he'd just been offered the chance to basically rewrite history and turned it down without a thought and, second, it seems quaint by today's anything goes standards but using words like hell and damn was still pretty rare on TV in the 60's. Kirk using hell instead of just saying "Let's get out of here" showed how badly the whole experience had impacted him.

2. Picard at the end of Q Who, when he realizes the Borg will be coming and he comments that maybe they needed a good kick in their complacency to get ready for what lies ahead.

Remember this was before the Borg became a ST icon and was tailored for the needs of whatever plot (Hugh is a nice Borg, the Borg become emotional and aggressive under Lore, they have a queen who is a bitch, the Borg and Voyager become allies.....etc.)

The Borg had just handed Picard his ass and forced him to beg to Q to save them. They were, for all purposes, this unstoppable force that killed and destroyed simply because it was what they did by instinct. Now it was being foreshadowed they would be back at some future point and you could tell that shit was going to go down when it happened. Which it of course did on TBOBW. Still gives me chills when I watch it.
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Old July 15 2015, 03:05 AM   #2
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

"But what of Lazarus?"

Just kidding!

Seriously, since "City" has already been mentioned, two more contenders:

1) DS9: "Duet"--when Kira mourns the death of a Cardassian, probably for the very first time.

2) "In the Pale Moonlight"--Sisko's famous, final log entry, of course, which he then deletes.
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Old July 15 2015, 04:12 AM   #3
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

"Your name is Jim.", from the end of The Search for Spock.
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Old July 15 2015, 04:18 AM   #4
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

The end of Terra Prime from Enterprise really hit me.
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Old July 15 2015, 07:54 AM   #5
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

The end of Star Trek VI with the Enterprise-A sailing away on her final voyage and Kirk giving his last captain's log. I think that truly signaled the end of the TOS generation, IMO.
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Old July 15 2015, 08:21 AM   #6
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

A lot of quotes from TWOK here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084726/quotes

From TSFS

Uhura: Would you look at that.
Kirk: My friends, the great experiment: The Excelsior. Ready for trial runs.
Sulu: She's supposed to have transwarp drive.
Scotty: Aye. And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon.
Kirk: Come, come, Mr. Scott. Young minds, fresh ideas. Be tolerant.


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Sarek: Kirk, I thank you. What you have done is...
Kirk: What I have done, I had to do.
Sarek: But at what cost? Your ship. Your son.
Kirk: If I hadn't tried, the cost would have been my soul.

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Kirk: Klingon bastard! You killed my son!

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Kirk: [showing the Vulcan salute] How many fingers do I have up?
McCoy: That's not very damn funny.
Kirk: You're sense of humor's returned!
McCoy: The hell it has!

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Kirk: You're suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld, doctor.
McCoy: That green-blooded son of a bitch! It's his revenge for all the arguments he lost.

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[their first look at the USS Excelsior]
Uhura: Would you look at that.
Kirk: My friends, the great experiment: The Excelsior. Ready for trial runs.
Sulu: She's supposed to have transwarp drive.
Scotty: Aye. And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon.
Kirk: Come, come, Mr. Scott. Young minds, fresh ideas. Be tolerant.

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Kirk: Klingon Commander, this is Admiral James T. Kirk. I'm alive and well on the planet's surface. I know that this will come as a pleasant surprise to you, but our ship was a victim of an "unfortunate accident". Sorry about your crew, but as we say on Earth, c'est la vie.

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Kirk: [gathers himself after David's murder] Mr. Sulu, what is the crew compliment of a Bird-of-Prey?
Sulu: About a dozen officers and men.
Kirk: With some of them on the planet... I swear to you, we're not finished yet. Bones, you and Sulu to the transporter room. The rest of you with me, we have a job to do.

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[last lines]
Captain Spock: My father says that you have been my friend. You came back for me.
Kirk: You would have done the same for me.
Captain Spock: Why would you do this?
Kirk: Because the needs of the one... outweigh the needs of the many.
Captain Spock: [begins to remember] I have been and ever shall be your friend.
Kirk: Yes. Yes, Spock.
Captain Spock: The ship... out of danger?
Kirk: You saved the ship. You saved us all. Don't you remember?
Captain Spock: Jim... your name is Jim.
Kirk: Yes.

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[Kirk and party have commandeered Kruge's Bird-of-Prey]
Kirk: [to Maltz] You! Help us or die!
Maltz: I do not deserve to live!
Kirk: Fine, I'll kill you later!
[later, once safely in warp speed]
Kirk: Take care of the prisoner.
Maltz: Wait! You said you would kill me!
Kirk: I lied!



Kirk: My God, Bones... what have I done?
McCoy: What you had to do, what you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.



My all time favorite humorous line is:


SIR I PROTEST I am NOT a merry man!


Although this is right up there:






Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [playing the role of Lwaxana's fanatic lover] My love... is a fever, longing still, For that which longer nurseth the disease.
Lwaxana Troi: Tell me more.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, For they in thee a thousand errors see; But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise, Who, in despite of view, are pleased to dote. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.





Captain Jean-Luc Picard: 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: When I have pluck'd the rose, I cannot give it vital growth again. It needs must wither.

Lwaxana Troi: I have a new love, Jean-Luc. And you can't keep killing all my lovers. Now, that simply has to stop.
DaiMon Tog: [alarmed] Killing?
Lwaxana Troi: Oh, he's insanely jealous.

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Old July 15 2015, 11:53 AM   #7
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

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1) DS9: "Duet"--when Kira mourns the death of a Cardassian, probably for the very first time.
This.

One of my favourite episodes.
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Old July 15 2015, 12:01 PM   #8
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

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A lot of quotes from TWOK here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084726/quotes

From TSFS

Uhura: Would you look at that.
Kirk: My friends, the great experiment: The Excelsior. Ready for trial runs.
Sulu: She's supposed to have transwarp drive.
Scotty: Aye. And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon.
Kirk: Come, come, Mr. Scott. Young minds, fresh ideas. Be tolerant.


Edit Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)


Quotes


Showing all 46 items


Sarek: Kirk, I thank you. What you have done is...
Kirk: What I have done, I had to do.
Sarek: But at what cost? Your ship. Your son.
Kirk: If I hadn't tried, the cost would have been my soul.

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Kirk: Klingon bastard! You killed my son!

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Kirk: [showing the Vulcan salute] How many fingers do I have up?
McCoy: That's not very damn funny.
Kirk: You're sense of humor's returned!
McCoy: The hell it has!

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Kirk: You're suffering from a Vulcan mind-meld, doctor.
McCoy: That green-blooded son of a bitch! It's his revenge for all the arguments he lost.

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[their first look at the USS Excelsior]
Uhura: Would you look at that.
Kirk: My friends, the great experiment: The Excelsior. Ready for trial runs.
Sulu: She's supposed to have transwarp drive.
Scotty: Aye. And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon.
Kirk: Come, come, Mr. Scott. Young minds, fresh ideas. Be tolerant.

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Kirk: Klingon Commander, this is Admiral James T. Kirk. I'm alive and well on the planet's surface. I know that this will come as a pleasant surprise to you, but our ship was a victim of an "unfortunate accident". Sorry about your crew, but as we say on Earth, c'est la vie.

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Kirk: [gathers himself after David's murder] Mr. Sulu, what is the crew compliment of a Bird-of-Prey?
Sulu: About a dozen officers and men.
Kirk: With some of them on the planet... I swear to you, we're not finished yet. Bones, you and Sulu to the transporter room. The rest of you with me, we have a job to do.

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[last lines]
Captain Spock: My father says that you have been my friend. You came back for me.
Kirk: You would have done the same for me.
Captain Spock: Why would you do this?
Kirk: Because the needs of the one... outweigh the needs of the many.
Captain Spock: [begins to remember] I have been and ever shall be your friend.
Kirk: Yes. Yes, Spock.
Captain Spock: The ship... out of danger?
Kirk: You saved the ship. You saved us all. Don't you remember?
Captain Spock: Jim... your name is Jim.
Kirk: Yes.

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[Kirk and party have commandeered Kruge's Bird-of-Prey]
Kirk: [to Maltz] You! Help us or die!
Maltz: I do not deserve to live!
Kirk: Fine, I'll kill you later!
[later, once safely in warp speed]
Kirk: Take care of the prisoner.
Maltz: Wait! You said you would kill me!
Kirk: I lied!



Kirk: My God, Bones... what have I done?
McCoy: What you had to do, what you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live.



My all time favorite humorous line is:


SIR I PROTEST I am NOT a merry man!


Although this is right up there:






Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [playing the role of Lwaxana's fanatic lover] My love... is a fever, longing still, For that which longer nurseth the disease.
Lwaxana Troi: Tell me more.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, For they in thee a thousand errors see; But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise, Who, in despite of view, are pleased to dote. Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate.





Captain Jean-Luc Picard: 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: When I have pluck'd the rose, I cannot give it vital growth again. It needs must wither.

Lwaxana Troi: I have a new love, Jean-Luc. And you can't keep killing all my lovers. Now, that simply has to stop.
DaiMon Tog: [alarmed] Killing?
Lwaxana Troi: Oh, he's insanely jealous.
The amount of effort put into this post is impressive. But, now a question - what does it have to do with the thread?
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Old July 15 2015, 12:05 PM   #9
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

There is also best of BOBW, Part I

"Mister Worf, Fire"

Or what about the end of "Call to Arms" when the Defiant and Rotarran join up with the Task force.
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Old July 15 2015, 01:24 PM   #10
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

The "most" powerful LAST scene? That's a hell of a challenge, STAR TREK's had so many in its half-century run. One of them would have to be from the TNG episode "Inner Light." This episode is so absurd and clunky with such obvious plot holes that it's hard to understand why it's a fan favourite, at times. But what Sir Patrick Stewart does at the very end of this episode is extremely moving. I just wish it had capped off a much better episode. Here, his considerable stage experience really shows, as Riker leaves the room and Picard holds the flute to his heart with an expression of such sincerety ...

When I see Stewart alone in that room acting with nothing but this one prop ... first showing Picard being overcome with emotion and he holds that moment ... it's incredible how he sustains it. He's not letting us go and there is no dialogue, here. No grandiose music. Everything about it is so underplayed and yet, so impactful. And as the moment fades, Patrick shows us Picard's intellect starting to regain control, as he puts the flute to his lips and he begins to play. Sir Patrick Stewart was, is and always will be a truly great performer. It's always very inspiring to me to see someone talented going all out to accomplish something.
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Re: So what was the most powerful last scene in any ST?

"Duet" was an amazing final scene.

Also love "Chain of Command, Part 2", when Picard admits to Troi that he was on the verge of breaking to end the torture. It shows that despite how mentally and emotionally strong he is that even he has his limits.
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The amount of effort put into this post is impressive. But, now a question - what does it have to do with the thread?
Good question....



Starborn Dragon, you just cut and pasted a large amount of text, with active share links and all. This included a hotlinked image too, which I removed. The question was specifically about "last scenes".

Please be more careful and watch your formatting when posting. Thanks.
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The end of "What You Leave Behind" was also great. Jake looking out, deep in thought over his father, Kira comes up and rests a supportive hand on his shoulder, sharing the loss without a word needing to be said, as the camera pulls out and shows just how small and insignificant the station is in the grand scheme of things, despite how important it has been over the years.
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Tuvix

EMH: I'm sorry, Captain, but I cannot perform the surgical separation. I am a physician, and a physician must do no harm. I will not take Mister Tuvix's life against his will.
JANEWAY: Very well, Doctor. Please step aside.

JANEWAY: I assume this is the radioisotope.

JANEWAY: Please sit down on this biobed.

JANEWAY: Locking surgical targeting scanners onto the isotope probe. Initiating separation sequence. Energising.

KES: Neelix!
NEELIX: Hello, sweeting.

TUVOK: Greetings, Captain.
JANEWAY: Mister Tuvok. Mister Neelix. It's good to have you back.
Janeway walks out into the corridor then pauses for a moment.
Janeway walks away.

...

Honourable mention for The Thaw just because I like the way Janeway whispers the final words.

JANEWAY: Did she? Or was a part of you actually hoping to be defeated? Isn't that why you allowed Captain Janeway to come here? Because you sensed she had the power to subdue you.
(It is getting dark.)
CLOWN: No. She lied. That was very un-Starfleet of her.
JANEWAY: Starfleet captains don't easily succumb to fear.
CLOWN: What will become of us? Of me?
JANEWAY: Like all fear, you eventually vanish.
CLOWN: I'm afraid.
JANEWAY: I know.
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'The Big Goodbye'

The final conversation Picard has with the Holo-Detective, who is now aware he is just a projection.

PICARD: I have to go.
MCNARY: So this is the big goodbye. Tell me something, Dixon. When you've gone. will this world still exist? Will my wife and kids still be waiting for me at home?
PICARD: I honestly don't know. Good-bye my friend.

Instead of a DeRez, the room goes to black as the door closes...

Still gets to me..
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