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Tear Jerker / Star Trek Beyond

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Don't be fooled by the stardates, he lived a very long life...and he most definitely prospered.note 
  • Spock learning about the death of his older counterpart, drenched in Reality Subtext of Leonard Nimoy's death. It gets very heavy as Spock later talks about how he intends to live up to his alternate self's legacy and take up his work with the Vulcans, very likely channeling Zachary Quinto's own feelings on Nimoy with whom he bonded over the course of filming the previous two films, and now has to carry on the role of Spock in his place.
    • Special mention to Spock opening a box of belongings from Spock Prime and finding an old cast photo of the core seven from TOS while a few notes of the TOS theme music play in the background.
    • There's also the audible waver and slight break in Spock's voice when he says "Ambassador Spock is dead."
  • The destruction of the Enterprise. After everything she had gone through in the previous two films, seeing her going down in flames for the final time is heart-wrenching, especially considering that in Into Darkness, her own captain died saving her and the crew. This time, Kirk can do nothing but watch her fall apart piece by piece until there's nothing left but her main hull that finally crashes into the planet. In the end, the Enterprise finally succumbs, possibly taking more than half her crew with her.
    Krall: [in alien language] Cut its throat.
    • Kirk being the last of the crew to leave the ship, watching the Enterprise finally crash into the surface. The look on his face says it all, as the very first ship in his command suffers such a fate and the crew's survival becomes all the more dire.
      • Unlike her prime timeline counterpart, which had been in active service for 40 years, the Kelvin Enterprise only had less than 5.
  • Spock's line "When one has lived as many lives as he, fear of death is illogical." Heartbreakingly resonant in light of the deaths of Nimoy and Yelchin.
  • Another Spock moment, mixed with a Heartwarming Moment: Spock and Bones argue over whether or not Bones should leave Spock behind due to his injuries being a liability. Spock argues that Bones needs to find the rest of the crew as quickly as possible.
    Bones: And here I was thinking you cared.
    Spock: Of course I care, Leonard. I always assumed my respect for you was clear.
    • It's Spock's delivery that makes it. He sounds genuinely hurt that Bones might not consider himself friends with Spock.
    • A bit of Fridge Brilliance here, as the last time Spock insisted on being left for dead if it meant saving many lives in the process, it caused quite a amount of grief with his relationships, especially with Kirk and Uhura. Bones just happens to remind Spock that nobody on the crew would ever leave him behind, no matter how bleak the situation is, and that Spock really should appreciate that fact (though given Spock's reaction, he clearly does).
  • Ensign Syl's gruesome death at the hands of Krall. What's worse is, even though he might not realize it, Kirk is partly responsible for it, as he requested Syl to hide the MacGuffin that Krall wanted when the Enterprise went down. When Krall figures this out, he coerces her into giving it up by threatening to drain Sulu's life and, when she gives it up, Krall repays her by using her as a live target to test his weapon.
  • Although Krall and his cronies are the movie's Big Bads, when you learn Krall is Balthazar Edison, a lot of things become quite sad. Like that Edison watched fellow soldiers and friends die in the Xindi and Romulan wars, only to have his career and profession taken away and be foisted off with an obsolete ship, that whilst he still had his humanity, he would no doubt have blamed himself for the deaths of the crew of the Franklin because he'd have been the one who chose them, that he managed to keep his remaining crew alive for over a century then have both of them die.
    • Moreover, that Edison hadn't yet used the abandoned technology by the time of his last log entry, and so got to the point of madness and losing his humanity whilst still fully human.
    • His final log entry deserves mention. He's calm for the most part, but during the part where he screams "I WON'T ALLOW IT!", the man sounds so distraught and worn down by everything that's happened to him.
      • Believing the world he fought to protect had abandoned him and his crew couldn't have been much fun either.
    • After learning of Edison's backstory, the fact that Kirk tries to reason with the former while also trying to prevent the man from killing everyone in Yorktown. Edison has given Kirk every reason to despise him, destroying the Enterprise and killing a majority of his crew, yet Kirk instead attempts to knock some sense into him. It nearly works...but fails, forcing Kirk to throw him into space to save everyone.
    • Especially sad is the moment when Edison sees the reflection of his now almost human face in a splitter of glass, and for a split second, it seems as if he realizes in this moment what kind of monster he has become...but it doesn't help.
    • Even after death, Edison can't catch a break, as he has willingly destroyed his reputation in Starfleet as a hero. While Commodore Paris and Kirk express disappointment (though in a sense, they sympathize with him due to the tragedies he went through), one can't help but imagine how many of Starfleet will react learning that Edison not only hated what they become, he was willing to kill countless people to make that point.
    • Plus, when Edison is looking out over Yorktown to start deploying the weapon, he is able to see the Franklin crashed below, which would have reminded him of when it first crashed on Altamid and the Federation seemingly abandoned them. No wonder he ignored his chance at redemption.
    • Worse, Edison has been able to hack the Federation database for approximately a year, maybe two- he probably knew that the Federation lauded his crew as heroes, yet was so disillusioned and angry he carried out his plans of revenge anyway.
      • Added to because Kalara was talking to him and Manas just before her death and they'd have heard her die, just like they saw the rest of their crew die a century before.
  • With Kirk's suprise birthday party in the epilogue, there's also the fact that out of the Enterprise's crew of 1,100 souls, only a couple dozen remain to toast the fallen. Those people lost at least 90% of their comrades, many of which probably were friends or even more, in a matter of minutes, and now they're supposed to return to business as usual. Kinda makes you wonder how this "party" is supposed to make anyone happy.
    • "Absent friends."


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