The natural choice here is almost immediately to go to the death of Spock. It is one of the most iconic death sequences and funerals not only in science fiction but in film in general. But so far this list has been very TOS heavy and I wanted to highlight a scene that took me completely by surprise and I will unashamedly admit that bawled like baby when I saw it.
At the end of Enterprise they have done such a good job at being so likeable a cast that it doesn’t matter if the first two seasons were wasted with troubled writing. In the episode Terra Prime Trip and T’Pol’s child is dying and Dr Phlox leaves them alone with the child and speaks to Captain Archer on his way out:
When you invited me to join this crew, I thought it would be an interesting diversion for a few months. Some time away from the complications of family, which on Denobula can be extremely complicated. I didn’t expect to gain another family. (close to tears) It hurts as if she were my own child.
Even reading that makes me well up a little. It is a beautiful scene, it is perfectly executed by both Phlox and Archer and it deserves a mention.
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