Spock's Sacrifice
1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - Spock’s Sacrifice
The fact that this powerful scene from the celebrated second entry in the Star Trek film franchise tops this list should come to no surprise to anyone even remotely familiar with the lore. The Enterprise finds itself adrift in space, dangerously close to the defeated remnants of the hijacked U.S.S. Reliant in which Khan, in his last villainous act, set the life-creating Genesis device on an auto-destruct sequence that will destroy everything in the vicinity, notably the Enterprise. However, getting the Enterprise to run again, would require a trip to a heavily radiation-compromised section of the engine room to manually restore the warp drive. It’s a job that Spock, despite the protestation of McCoy and Scotty, volunteers to tackle, as he is dosed with a fatal amount of radiation.

In this famous scene, Kirk, still reeling in the afterglow of escaping from the explosion and defeating Khan, is called down to the engine room, where he discovers that his best friend has made the ultimate sacrifice, as he lays in the room, waiting to pass. It’s an iconic, saddening scene that has reduced many-a-geek to tears, even knowing the death doesn’t end up sticking. Kirk, a habitual cheater of death must come to terms with what he avoided in the Kobayashi Maru test: That sometimes life does, indeed hand you unwinnable scenarios, and this was one of them.

Spock’s haunting, bittersweet final words through the speaker, "I have been and always shall be… your friend" are justly cemented in the annals of cinematic history.

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