My Most Emotional Moments
So I was trying to think of a small list of something to talk about this week and while I was doing that I was watching a movie. During the movie I became very engrossed and sad, and that is when this list started to take form. I know it is not the protocol to get emotional by things you see in pop culture, just think it is cool and move on. However these are times that I found myself so engrossed that bad or good things created a response as real as something in my normal life. Don’t think less of me after this but here we go.
The Walking Dead- The Mercy of the Living
With the release of seasonn seven I need to harken back and remind people what made this show great. While yes having a regular series involving a zombie apocalypse is great the tether for all of us in this show is the characters, and the struggle they all deal with. This became crystal clear to me in the first episode of the series. Morgan is on the second floor of his house and as the dead advance he is looking to save his own wife from the eternity as one of the dead. As he has his wife in his scope and is only a trigger squeeze away he can’t bring himself to do it. The struggle and him trying to talk himself into it turned me into a blubbering mess. This is where you ask yourself that if you were Morgan, despite the logic of the matter, could you bring yourself to put down the love of your life?
The Flash- Barry talks to his mother
I will be the first to admit that the flash has its share of moments when it is a corny show. It can get over the top on cheese but it does pay off in big ways. The best example of this is during the finale of season one. The Flash travels back in time to stop the reverse flash and save his mother but the Barry Allen from the future stops him from making that call and events play out as they did before. Afterwards Barry comes to his dying mother to comfort her in her final moments in one of the most heartbreaking exchanges between a mother and son that I have seen on television. If you want to see how some others react watch Kevin Smith as he records himself watching this emotional moment.
Inside Out – Bing Bong says goodbye
I have mentioned it before on the podcast but I am a sucker for anything done by Pixar. From the goodbye at Toy Story 3 to really heartfelt moments in Finding Nemo. Even the first couple of minetes of Finding Dory had me getting misty eyed. However the worst in recent memory for me has to be Inside Out. In here there is a moment that the beloved imaginary friend Bing Bong gives up his existence to save Joy from the same fate. He pushes her out of a chasm and even if he seemed annoying at times his fading away left me speechless and trying to hide myself from my kids. I can’t parent effectivly knowing that I fall apart at the loss of a cartoon character, I lose all credibility that way.
Doctor Who – The TARDIS says hello
Doctor Who has been on for over 50 years and to think there is just one moment that would get at you after all that time is ‘a silly notion’ as the Brits would say. But the one that springs to my mind is in the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” written by the amazing Niel Gaiman. This episode has for the first time a living person playing the role of the ship that has taken the doctor through space and time for the last 700 years. It culminates with her conciousness put back into the ship but not before a hearfelt talk between theese two old friends. The Doctor is overcome with emotion, and franly so was I as we see a side of the Doctor we thought we would never get to see.
Star Wars – I couldn’t pick just one
I am torn between a few here so I have to mention two, one from the original trilogy with help from the prequels (yes consider it a sin but hear me out) and one from the latest film. In Return of the Jedi we see Luke being slowly killed by lightning from the Emperor as Darth Vader looks on. Through the mask you see the conflict as to what to do and as the music swells up a decision is made. With the help of John Williams and his musical score the father saves his son. I mention the prequels because even though the feels were all over me before I saw them while watching this, it did help to have the context. To see how young Anakin was just a kid trying to do the best he could and what he thought was right. It does add some depth to that struggle as if he figures out how far he has gone and without words he declares that this is where it stops.
My moment from the new film happens in the emotional climax in the snow covered forest. As Kylo Ren is reaching for his grandfathers lightsaber and inhereting the legacy he feels is his right, it flies past him into the hands of Rey. Now there are a few things at play here that turn me into a mess when this happens. Again the music of John Williams crushes me here and makes my heart flutter. We have Rey that can’t believe what happens but at the same time has the hero moment where she summons up the will to be what she has run from the entire movie. The last thing is the inspiration for women, I have two daughters that have grown up watching men rule the galaxy and a young boy defy evil and be the hero. As a kid that was so inspiring and helped shape me to be who I am today. And in a movie theatre I watched that same thing happen on the faces of my girls and why shouldn’t they have a hero as well to identify with? It made my heart soar when they told me how cool Rey was, it was like when I saw Luke staring at those twin suns for the first time.
Well this was one of the harder things to go through seeing as how I had to re-watch all of these it has left me exhausted. But when someone shames you by saying that these things are stupid just point them to some of the shows and movies here. I think they should know that there is more to these things than just cool effects and laser swords. I you want to comment on some of yours just shoot us an email and let us know.
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