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  • When the Enterprise-D crew finally defeats the Klingon ship, Data yells out "YES! UGGH!" with a fist in the air.
    • Throughout the battle, the Klingons clearly revel in their advantage, making it that much sweeter when Data exploits a little technobable to trigger their cloaking device and force their shields to drop. After the Klingons have their Oh, Crap! moment, the movie cuts back to Riker.
      Riker: (calm) Fire.
    • The score helps as well - during the cut back to Riker, the music drops out, he says his Pre-Mortem One-Liner, then it cuts back to the Bird of Prey, the torpedo launches, and the music swells back in.
    • Hell, the dialogue on the Klingon ship as they realize they are screwed sets it up perfectly.
    • Their faces say it all.
    • And since Worf is at Tactical, he gets to fire, getting more revenge on the House of Duras.
  • And who can forget Data's "Oh...SHIT!"?

  • Kirk and Picard's conversation in the Nexus, where Picard talks the old captain into one last mission and Kirk offers career advice. The galaxy's two greatest heroes sharing the screen is quite a sight to behold.
    • It was no accident that this scene was the clip most widely seen in ads, interviews, and reviews at release.
    • It's noted under The Cast Showoff, but it needs reiterating: Kirk has his horse walk sideways to join Picard. Anyone not suitably impressed has never ridden one.

  • The sunlight shining into the bridge, and the long pullback showing the crash damage of the Enterprise.

  • The opening sequence with the Enterprise-B attempting the rescue of the transport ships caught in the Nexus. Not only packing enough action and suspense in 15 minutes than most movies do in 90, but also packing Character Development for Kirk in the form of angst that he is no longer THE Captain of the Enterprise.
    • Harriman may not come across as a very impressive captain (Expanded Universe notwithstanding), but one good thing that can be said about him is that he Ain't Too Proud to Beg. When he realizes how far he's in over his head, he swallows his pride and asks Kirk for help.
      Harriman: Captain Kirk...I would appreciate any suggestions you might have.
    • And, of course, when Kirk is given this chance to swing back into action, he doesn't waste any time reminding everyone that he is still the legendary Captain Kirk.
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    • And at the point when Harriman volunteers to go adjust the deflector dish, Kirk sits down in the Captain's Chair, rubbing his hands on the seat, when he realizes he has to let it go...
      • Bridge Drop or no Bridge Drop, the fact remains that Kirk died as he lived, a hero to the last.
      • When you think about it, really think about it, a bridge drop was really the most appropriate way for Kirk to go in the grand scheme. What caused the Bridge Drop scene? Kirk risking his life to protect and preserve the lives of innocents. Basically what he'd been doing for his entire tenure in Starfleet. So in the end, Dropped a Bridge on Him actually is a dignified way to go, at least for Kirk.
      • Kirk could have died in interphase on the USS Defiant. He could have died in a wrestling match with a Gorn. He could have been blown to pieces by a 90s dictator. Instead, he died saving 230 million people.
      • Going back to Harriman, he also is first to volunteer to go to the deflector room, and it's only when Kirk tells him that "your place is on the bridge of your ship" that he stands down. He'd also been putting forward suggestions for rescuing the refugees trapped in the energy ribbon. Despite clearly out of his depth, Harriman does continually make an active effort, not just his crew but Harriman himself, leading by example to find a solution and do something, to make sure that the Enterprise isn't just there to passively watch as people die. That alone cements him having the center chair of the Big E, even if the death of James Kirk under his captaincy was a shadow that he'd never be able to escape.

  • The fandom will probably never let her forget it, but the fact that Deanna Troi was at the helm when the Enterprise-D saucer went down, not in a safe and planned descent but a sudden jolt knocking them out of space and down to the planet below, something that was untested and probably considered something of a worst case scenario, and made through with only light casualties (an exact number isn't given, but the novelization said seventeen, out of a crew of over one thousand) is a pretty impressive feat. (Technical manuals confirm that this is, in fact, a last-ditch effort to save the crew — and even if that part is successful, the saucer is not expected to be salvageable afterwards.) Data helps too, but Troi's role in this feat is not insignificant.
    • More than impressive when you consider that she's the ship's counselor. Yes, she's had training to be considered the rank of Commander, but she's not a pilot and every single time we've seen her in these kind of situations ("Disaster," "Face of the Enemy"), she's obviously felt out of her depth and yet always manages to pull through with sheer willpower.

  • Speaking of, the crash of the Enterprise-D saucer is a Visual Effect Of Awesome when you remember that it was done entirely with physical models, not CGI. She may have gone before her time, but the Enterprise-D's final flight was quite the sight to see. What's particularly impressive was the way that the saucer's huge size gives it so much inertia that it seems to go on skidding across the ground forever, with each bump tossing the crew and wrecking more and more of the interior, before it finally grinds to a halt with a very realistic jerk that throws most of the characters to the other side of the room.note 

  • Captain Kirk and Captain Picard working together to defeat Soran. There is just something so damn cool about seeing two of Trek's most famous characters fighting side by side against a common foe. Also doesn't hurt that Kirk, now getting well along in years, can still best someone in a fistfight.
    Soran: [walks along the walkway as before, and is now confronted by Kirk] Just who the hell are you?
    Picard: He's James T. Kirk. Don't you read history?
    • It gets even better, in the original ending. Soran was actually supposed to beat Kirk in their fist fight and kill him with a cheap shot. Test audiences didn't like that at all. So the script was re-written at the last minute to include the more awesome Dropped a Bridge on Him scene instead.

  • In the final scene, after Picard gives a short monologue on the importance of living life to the fullest:
    Picard: After all, Number One, we're only mortal.
    Riker: Speak for yourself, Sir. I plan to live forever.

  • The Duras sisters get one, using Geordi as a living camera to obtain the shield frequency of the Enterprise-D.

  • Geordi makes an estimate that they have five minutes to the warp core breach. Riker gives the order to evacuate everyone from the stardrive section to the saucer. When Geordi notifies the bridge that the evacuation is complete, Data follows it up with an announcement that there's still one minute left on the clock. The Enterprise crew manage to evacuate at least half of the ship's entire population, which was always given as over one thousand people, spread out over at least thirty decks (the Enterprise had 42 decks, with the battle bridge for the stardrive section on deck eight), to the saucer in just under four minutes.


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