Tear Jerker: Old Man's War

  • The Old Farts share a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. Alan is an astronomer (who learned early in life that there was no money to be made studying the stars), and has all of the constellations memorized. As they are about to leave the Solar System, never to return, he has to come to terms with the fact that the stars will never look the same to him again.
    Alan: And you lose other things, too. I mean, in about a minute, all that time I spent memorizing the constellations will be wasted effort. Thereís no Orion or Ursa Minor or Cassiopeia where weíre going. This might sound stupid, but itís entirely possible Iíll miss the constellations more than I miss the money. You can always make more money. But weíre not coming back here. Itís the last time Iíll see these old friends.
  • A CU attempt to retake Coral ends in unmitigated disaster, with only a single shuttle making it to the planet, and even that one is shot down and crashes violently. The only survivors are John and Alan, and neither of them are long for the world given their injuries. Alan, realizing their situation, has one last thought to share:
  • The operation to stop the Eneshan invasion in 'The Ghost Brigades' is a combination of this, Nightmare Fuel, and a Moral Event Horizon for the people who planned it. It is completely unsurprising that Jared had a Heroic BSOD halfway through.
    • Stage one was abducting a child. Stage two was sterilizing the child. Then came... further stages.
  • The eulogy for Enzo Gugino in 'Zoe's Tale'. Made even worse by the fact that the last poem he sent Zoe could well be interpreted as a marriage proposal.
    • Made even more poignant when you go back to 'Last Colony and remember how little Perry thought of that character.
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