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Tear Jerker / Battlestar Galactica (1978)

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  • Adama's finding the picture of his wife, Ila, amongst the ruins of his home on Caprica, in the pilot episode:
    Adama: I'm sorry Ila... I was never there when it mattered. Never...
    • And a little later when Apollo comes in:
    Apollo: Maybe mother wasn't here.
    Adama: No, she was here. She was here.
    • "That, Mr. President... was my son."
    • Watching the Atlantia explode. President Adar's last words make him very pitiable.
    • "You can fly with me anytime, little brother." Just to twist the knife a little bit, Apollo tells this to Zak, just before he dies.
  • Serina's death scene near the end of "Lost Planet of the Gods". In particular, when Apollo tries to comfort Boxey.
    Boxey: (now crying) I don't want her to go! I don't want her to go!
    Apollo: I know! But it's her body that's gone, Boxey, not her spirit, or her love for us. We’ll have that always. For ever.
    Boxey: I, I guess I won't make a very good warrior.
    Apollo: Oh, you'll make a fine warrior. Come on, son, let's go.
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  • From "Gun on Ice Planet Zero", watching Starbuck losing his temper with Giles. Who is packing up all of Cree's personal effects.
    Starbuck: Hey, uh, eh, Giles, what are you doing? Giles! (get's Giles attention) What are you doing?
    Giles: It's Colonel's orders. He told me to pack up all of Cree's personal effects.
    Starbuck: Wait, wait, wait, he's not dead. You don't stow a man’s gear until he's dead, and he's not dead!
    Giles: (startled) Okay, okay, he's not dead.
    Starbuck: (apologetic) Eh, Giles, I'm sorry.
    Giles: Hey, just... just forget it, Starbuck. I know how you feel.
  • "War of the Gods", watching Count Iblis murder Apollo as if swatting a fly.
    Starbuck: Oh, my God, he's dead! He's dead. (glares at Iblis) You... you killed him!
  • Surprisingly enough, Commander Kronus's death scene from "Take the Celestra" was very moving.
    Kronus: (to Apollo, after having been shot in the back struggles to breath) Captain, did we do it?
    Apollo: We did it, Commander. (Kronus collapses and dies a moment later)
    • Later, a funeral is held in the Galactica launch bay. The same location where his award ceremony had been held just a day before.
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