GENERAL DISCUSSIONS

Lines that Choke You Up

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 4:37 PM

MILFORD


There's other threads that outline the hilairty in the series, but there's a ton of emotion there. Some of these lines/scenes STILL choke me up after dozens of viewings:

From Out of Gas, at the very end when Mal is starting to doze off from the medicing, and he jerks up and says, "You guys be here when I wake up?" Chokes me up every time.

From the BDM, when Mal tells them, "You hold! Hold till I get back!" I get watery eyed and short of breath.

Last, though it's not from the film or the series, is the one that puts me over the edge. In the special features for the film, Joss's intro to the screenings, at the end when he says, "We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty." Just writing it makes my throat tight. The idea that the little people finally won one against the big meanies that took our show away, just gets me to the core.

On a completely unrelated note, though this is about our favorite emotional lines, I am watching Our Mrs. Reynolds as I type, and I just passed the part where they find Mal and they're trying to piece together what happened. Suddenly Inara says "I only fell is all" in her slurred speech. That's hilarious. One of my new favorite funnies.

Now that that's out of the way, what are your favorite tearjerkers?

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 4:44 PM

PENGUIN


Simon's speech about River from the pilot always gets me...

I am very smart. I went to the best Medacad in Osiris, top three percent of my class, finished my internship in eight months. "Gifted" is the term. So when I tell you that my little sister makes me look like an idiot child, I want you to understand my full meaning.

River was more than gifted. She...she was a gift. Everything she did, music, math, theoretical physics --even-even dance -- there was nothing that didn't come as naturally to her as breathing does to us. She could be a real... brat about it, too. I mean, she used to --

There was a... a school... a, uh, a government-sponsored academy, we had never even heard of it but it had the most exciting program, the most challenging. We could have sent her anywhere, we had the money, but she wanted to go. She wanted to learn. She was fourteen.

I got a few letters at first, and then I didn't hear for months. Finally I got a letter that made no sense. She-she talked about things that never happened, jokes we never... it was code. It just said..."They're hurting us. Get me out."




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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 4:54 PM

STDOUBT


Pretty much anything River says
can make be blubbery.
Especially:
"I took you away from there. I know I did. You don't think I do, but... I get confused. I remember everything. I remember too much, and... some of it's made up, and... some of it can't be quantified, and... there's secrets. But I understand. You gave up everything you had to find me. And you found me broken. It's hard for you. You gave up everything you had."
Summers acting in this scene, along with the idea that even though she's been traumatized, and is still not "safe", she has the strength to reach out and express regret for someone elses suffering just plain old kills me.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 5:17 PM

MRSELLARS


"My turn."

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 5:29 PM

COPILOT


Zoe screaming for Wash when....well you all know what happened.

An I carried such a torch

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 5:36 PM

HARDWARE


Both from the movie;

"Wash ain't coming." From Zoe as she loads her shotgun at the last stand.

"To hell with this. I want to live!" Kaylee, lightening up the last stand just before all he11 breaks loose.

The more I get to know people the more I like my dogs.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 6:35 PM

DEEPGIRL187


Here's my tearjerker from "The Message":

Tracey: "When you can't run anymore, you
crawl... and when you can't do that--"

Zoe: "You find someone...to carry you."

Good words to live by.

At last.
We can retire and give up
this life of crime.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 6:52 PM

STROKINGMYPETER


This isn't a line, or well it sort of is. But at the end of Out of Gas when the salesman is talking to Mal and he is just staring off at Serenity not listening to a word he says always makes me remember everything i love about this show. It's my favorite episode, so maybe I'm biased. But the first time I watched it I thought Mal had been totally duped by the salesman and that he was conned into buying Serenity. But then the very last scene shatters that preconception. I love it so much.

I WANT TO BELIEVE

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 6:58 PM

MER


Wow most of you guys pretty much said it all!


!!!!!!!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!
From Firefly:

*Anything Simon has to say or speak in an endearing tone toward River.
I find him literally putting his life on the line for his sister insanely touching. Hell just thinking about it gets me started.

*"Safe"-look at first explanation.
*Jaynestown"- Book and River having a talk about religion..."River. You can't change religion. It changes you"
Mal and Jayne talk about why they still thought he was a hero after all he's done.
*"Out of Gas"- When Mal first sees Serenity. "Will you guys be here when I wake up?" part.
*"Ariel"- Jayne: "What are you going to tell them when they find out I'm gone?" Mal: "I dunno" Jayne: "Don't tell them what I did. Make somethin' up"

*If I don't brace myself..."Message"-The end of the show where it recaps Tracy's message and Mal looking at the camera.
*"Objects In Space"-River's speech about not belonging on Serenity and have to leave. Starting from Mal allowing River back on Serenity to the end of the show.

I'm not sure where this belongs but at the end of one episode, River taking Jayne's roll and he curses and gets a new one. It makes me tearful a bit every time.

Serenity:
*After Simon loosens River's restrains, he asks if she's ok.
*Serenity's intro...damn music lol
*(If I'm really into the story) Miranda's message
*Book's death scene.
*Mal's sppeech to the crew about spreading the message.
*Kaylee asking where Wash's at.
*Mr. Universe's message for Mal.
*Simon getting shot to River giving the crew Simon's bag.
*River's fight till the end of the movie.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 7:25 PM

ROLANDREYNOLDS


Oh, there are so many. Lots of good ones have been listed already, and I'll only add one more (from the movie)

Book: "I'm not part of your crew."
Mal: "Yes you are."*

*After having just read the comics the night before we went to opening night, and the way Nathan delivers this line, coupled with the extreme emotion of the situation itself, this just shook my core. They had their differences, but that's what it really comes down to.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 9:21 PM

DERANGEDMILK


You're right RolandReynolds, they're are a lot of really good lines and that exchange between Book and Mal is definitely a tear-jerker.

The line that pulls at my heart strings the most, with the one in my signature coming in second or third maybe, has got to be at the end of Out of Gas, when Mal asks,

"Ya'll gonna be here when I wake up?"

Doesn't it just make you so happy to see the old cap't crack and show how much he cares...makes you wanna hug some buddy....man I wish my roommate didn't smell so bad...
-e

"Storms getting worse."
"We'll pass through it soon enough."

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 9:49 PM

PLATINUMMONGOOSE


From the show:
Jayne: "Don't tell 'em what I did. Make somthin' up." (Ariel)

Wash: "How bad? It's bad, my wife may be dying here." And then the look on Mal's face when he has to drag him away from her. Sweet jesus that man is an emoting god. (Out of Gas)

From the movie:
Book: "I'm not on your crew."
Mal: "Yes you are."

Kaylee: "Wash. Wait, where's Wash?"

Mal: "Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she's hurtin' 'fore she keens. Makes her home."

And finally, it's not really a line but, once again, Mal's expression (emoting god) when he's listening to Mr. Universe's recording. How he touches his shoulder, and it's clear that while Mal was kind of unsure of him earlier, he just dragged himself across the floor to (pretty much) save the 'verse and that makes him Mal's comrade-in-arms.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 10:51 PM

SHYKNEE


Any dialogue between the Tams always get to me, whether or not River was lucid. I'm quite partial to Simon's lines in Serenity when he got shot.

Simon: River? I'm sorry. I hate to leave.

And in the episode "Safe," after River said that Simon had found her broken, to which he replies--

Simon: Everything I have is right here.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 11:07 PM

SEESKYANDREMEMBER


While I feel every charchter has said something poingnant that has teared me up a bit, two of River's are coming to mind right now:

War Stories - when Simon asks River how she is doing,
"(smiles) Played with Kaylee. The sun came out, and… I walked on my feet, and… heard with my ears. (more raggedly) I ate the bits. The bits did stay down. And I work. I… function like I'm a girl. (sobbing) I hate it because I know it'll go away. The sun… goes dark, and chaos is come again. Bits… fluids! What am I?!"

*I think it's just the concept that she is trying medication and WANTS to get better so badly, but no matter what she does, everything just keeps coming back. Just gets me.
And my favorite, from the BDM:

Merciful God please take me away
Make them stop.
They're everywhere.
Every city, every...
Every house, every room,
they're all inside me.
I can hear them all,
and they're saying nothing!

Get up.
Please get up.

I will close my ears and my heart and I will be a stone

Please God make me a stone.

(italics are what I understand the translation from Chinese to be)

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 11:10 PM

DESKTOPHIPPIE


Two Simon moments have the biggest impact on me. The first is in 'Safe' when he embraces River when she's tied to the stake, closes his eyes and tells them to "Light it."

The second is in 'Objects in Space', when the others are arguing over River and he says, so soft and bewildered, "She's just a kid. She just wants to be a normal kid." The way the mood changes in the room is palpable.

Desktop Hippie: at one with the 'verse

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 11:13 PM

WASHSYOUNGERSEXIERBR

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges


The most emotional line is in the film at the end when mal talks to zoe about The ship
'do you think she hold together?'
'Shes tore a plenty but shell fly true'
Theyre talking bout the ship but they mean zoe

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 11:16 PM

MAJORCLOD


Zoe: "Sir we have a green light, inspection's pos and we're clear for up-thrust"
Mal: "Think she'll hold together?"
Zoe: "She's tore aplenty, but she'll fly true."
Mal: "Make sure everything is secure, could be bumpy."
Zoe: "Always is."

This is where I start to choke, I also start to get angry and sad about the demise of our much beloved show and realise this is potentially the last we will ever see of this universe... Then a few seconds later we move onto...

Mal: "Love. You can know all the math in the 'Verse, but take a boat in the air you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she's hurtin' 'fore she keens. Makes her a home."


River: "Storm's getting worse."
Mal: "We'll pass through it soon enough. "

By now I'm crying like a bitch.

Such a sad ending, topped by the absolutely beautiful shot of Serenity leaving atmo.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006 11:24 PM

WASHSYOUNGERSEXIERBR

Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges


It is a sad ending but when the part falls off at the end it reminds you of how great it was while it was here

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 12:13 AM

NUCLEARDAY


I of course have to agree with everyone for just about every line that comes out of someone's mouth at the end of the BDM. Gauranteed tear-jerker, every time :)

I've always found that Nathan is really good when there's a catch in his throat. Moves me every time. In particular, there's the scene from the pilot where he's visiting Kaylee in the infirmary, trying to tell her he's a "mean old man." Then of course the part in "Objects" where River walks by Mal and Inara, and Mal says "None of it means a damn thing."

For a first pick, though, and it's biased 'cause I just watched "War Stories" today, but it's at the end of the ep when Mal gets up and bitch-slaps Niska. "You wanna meet the real me now?!" I like in the commentary Nathan mentions he wishes he could do that line over again, and I don't see how he could nail it any better ;p

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 12:18 AM

SLOWSMURF


I was going to respond with what MRSELLARS did till I noticed it.

Not many lines get me in anything, and I saw it coming, but damn it still did.

"My Turn."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 2:20 AM

MRSELLARS


Yeah...That one really plucks out a tune on the heart strings for me.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 3:43 AM

SERENITYSLITTLEANGEL


In "Serenity" - Simon's line:
"They're hurting us. Get me out."
It totally made me cry the first time I saw it. Sean carries that whole speech off with such love and pride, and then that last line is so... I don't know how to describe it. It's powerful.

In "Out of gas" - Mal:
"You guys'll be here when I wake up?"
Definitely teary. He's been through so much, and all he cares is that his friends are there when he wakes up. Like they'd really leave him. So sweet.

In "The Message" - not actually a line, just that music that plays when they're taking Tracey's body to his parents. It's the most beautiful piece of music I know, and it makes me cry every time.

In the movie - Book's death scene:
Book: "I'm not one of your crew."
Mal: "Yes you are."

*cries* Yes, he is!!

- both times Wash says:
"I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
It didn't make me cry originally, but now I just think that he's gonna *choke* die saying it. It makes me tear up.

- when Simon's been shot and he's talking to River. I'm crying almost as much as Summer is; Sean is so good. This and his speech in the pilot are two of the best delivered pieces I've ever seen.


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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 3:50 AM

GREATBLACKTHORN


The first time Tracey did his speach in "The Message" didn't get me, and neither when Zoe finished it off, but the third time you hear it got me...I think cus it's combined with that music and the snow. Hell, even Jayne looked sad. That was probably the least funny episode.

And Simon guarding River when they're about to be burned alive! I knew they were gonna be saved, obviously, but the fact he protected her like that...

First time I watched Serenity, I hadn't seen any episode of Firefly, so Wash's death didn't mean too much to me, but when I watched it after I'd seen the series, I couldn't eat for the rest of the day...

Edit: Forgot one; The entire "Out of Gas" episode...It's my favourite episode cus I get so involved every time. Even when I know what happens, I still say: "Damnit, Mal, get up!" and shout obsenities when that guy shoots him...And Jayne's little silent goodbye almost brings tears...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 4:20 AM

FITZ


In the message that whole recordin chokes me up...

"when you can run..." bit

and

"you know its funny, we went into that war never expectin to survie, but it was the real world i couldnt live in"

or somethin along those lines

especially when its replayed at the end wiv the music

"now i need you guys to take me that last little bit"

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 4:45 AM

CHRONICTHEHEDGEHOG


'I am a leaf on the wind, watch how I...'


'You take care of me Simon. You've always taken care of me. My turn'

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 4:55 AM

LANCER


"Well here I am" -Early

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:55 AM

DERANGEDMILK


Quote:

Originally posted by platinummongoose:
And finally, it's not really a line but, once again, Mal's expression (emoting god) when he's listening to Mr. Universe's recording. How he touches his shoulder, and it's clear that while Mal was kind of unsure of him earlier, he just dragged himself across the floor to (pretty much) save the 'verse and that makes him Mal's comrade-in-arms.



I never really thought of the significance of that gesture mongoose, but you're right it is very meaningful, and Mr. Universe really was more than a hungry, angry baby.
Good call.
-e

"Storms getting worse."
"We'll pass through it soon enough."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:01 AM

DERANGEDMILK


Quote:

Originally posted by GreatBlackthorn:

Edit: Forgot one; The entire "Out of Gas" episode...It's my favourite episode cus I get so involved every time. Even when I know what happens, I still say: "Damnit, Mal, get up!" and shout obsenities when that guy shoots him...And Jayne's little silent goodbye almost brings tears...



LoL, looking at this thread maybe you should say, "Edit: Forgot the whole series and movie..." Seriously, looking at all these heart-wrenching, tear-jerking moments...how many programs spawn that kind of emotional involvement? And still manage to be believable, funny, and action-packed???

Makes you appreciate just how great Firefly really is.

-e

"Storms getting worse."
"We'll pass through it soon enough."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:09 AM

CHRISISALL


"I hate to leave.."

Chrisisall*sniff*

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:16 AM

HARDWARE


You know, there's an old saying, and I believe I have heard Joss paraphrase this; making people cry is easy. What's hard is making them laugh.

Some of Firefly/Serenity's laughing moments are just as good, just as defining to their characters as the dramatic moments.

The bit that sucked my girlfriend in, and she HATES science fiction was at the end of War Stories:

Zoe: Holding back Wash and Jayne as Mal wrestles with the interrogator on the edge of the big drop on Niska's station; "This is something the captain has to do for himself."

Mal: "No it isn't!"

Deep funny.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:17 AM

BLACKOUTNIGHTS


The bit where we think Kaylee's dead in the pilot is really sad for me even though I know she's not.

The crew laughing after ward is really funny.

Such a quick change of emotions. It's really weird.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:18 AM

THEPISTONENGINE


Ah, but you missed the real tear jerker there... There is a warmth to what she says, because it looks like she's getting better, like she's coming to terms with reality. There is a definate hope, and then... "Daddy will come and take us home." That part gets me everytime, especially looking at it from Simon's perspective.

Quote:

Originally posted by STDOUBT:
Pretty much anything River says
can make be blubbery.
Especially:
"I took you away from there. I know I did. You don't think I do, but... I get confused. I remember everything. I remember too much, and... some of it's made up, and... some of it can't be quantified, and... there's secrets. But I understand. You gave up everything you had to find me. And you found me broken. It's hard for you. You gave up everything you had."
Summers acting in this scene, along with the idea that even though she's been traumatized, and is still not "safe", she has the strength to reach out and express regret for someone elses suffering just plain old kills me.



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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:30 AM

GIXXER


Not exactly sad, and not exactly a line, but everyone's got the good ones already.



Rescuing Mal from Niska.



Zoe: We're gonna go get the Captain.
Kaylee: Oh. Good! ..........can they do that?


Jayne: "No" (The amount of scorn he fitted into that word.)

Then there he was, up on the gantry, tooled up and ready to bring the Word (which would be "Eat hot leaden death, suckers!",* I'm guessing) to them as needs it.

Not that anyone ever had the slightest doubt.

G



*I'm eternally grateful that there were no witty Arnie-style height of the action quips like that in Firefly or Serenity.

"I'll be in my bunk." far outclasses any steenkin' "Hasta La Vista, Baby."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:31 AM

DERANGEDMILK


Quote:

Originally posted by ThePistonEngine:
Ah, but you missed the real tear jerker there... There is a warmth to what she says, because it looks like she's getting better, like she's coming to terms with reality. There is a definate hope, and then... "Daddy will come and take us home." That part gets me everytime, especially looking at it from Simon's perspective.

Quote:

Originally posted by STDOUBT:
Pretty much anything River says
can make be blubbery.
Especially:
"I took you away from there. I know I did. You don't think I do, but... I get confused. I remember everything. I remember too much, and... some of it's made up, and... some of it can't be quantified, and... there's secrets. But I understand. You gave up everything you had to find me. And you found me broken. It's hard for you. You gave up everything you had."
Summers acting in this scene, along with the idea that even though she's been traumatized, and is still not "safe", she has the strength to reach out and express regret for someone elses suffering just plain old kills me.





I suppose from Simon's perspective its a sad line because he think she is still bonkers but it shouldn't be sad at all from our point of view. Taken literally you'd think that she is still seriously disconnected from reality and holding on to a false hope of family, but as we know that she understands things very differently and is "deeply intuitive" to qoute Simon, I think its a powerful line that shows how the crew of Serenity is starting to become a family and that River sees that. "Daddy will come and take us Home" is imediately followed by Mal and showing up with the ship. The ship that Simon says in Objects in Space is becoming her home ("she loves this ship") and that Mal at the end of Serenity says is made a home by the love of the people in it for the her and each other.

So the line may be a tear jerker, but not because its sad that she doesn't get things, but because she sees the situation so much clearer than everyone else and for one of the first times in the series, the love and family of the Serenity crew is expressed.

-e

"Storms getting worse."
"We'll pass through it soon enough."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 8:39 AM

JPSTARGAZER


I don't know about choking me up, but here's one that I always thought was really good.

In Serenity after Mal "rescues" Inara and they're alone in the hallway:

"You spin me about, you always have. I wish to God you were somewhere else..."
"I was."

It sort of summarizes their whole relationship from the show, and that it has caused so much trouble, but we (the audience) still believe it would be great if they could stop being silly and get together. I guess, as a guy, it's cool to see Mal share his feelings verbally like that, because he's finally admitting he has feelings for her.

"All I got is a red guitar, three chords, and the truth...the rest is up to you"
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:02 AM

THESOAPBOXER


Inara: You don't have to die alone!

Mal: Everyone dies alone.

Nathan doesn't say it with spite or even resignation, twovery possible ways to say the line. Instead, he just states it as a sad, simple fact, explaining this fact to Inara. So... 'awesome' is the only word I can think of.

And in "Safe"

Simon: Captain, why'd you come back for us?

Mal: You're on my crew.

Simon: Yeah, but you don't even like me. Why'd you come back?

Mal: You're on my crew. Why are we still talking about this?

For all the gray areas that Mal and the crew live in, it's a strange (but oddly obvious) thing to see that loyalty to his crew (and therefore, family) couldn't be any more black-and-white. As opposed to Simon's family, who, despite "knowing" for sure what is good and evil, will turn away from helping their own son or daughter. "Why are we still talking about this?" is what cemented Mal's character for me.

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Could you please just make it stranger? Just stranger. Odder. Could be weirder. More bizarre. How about uncanny?
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:10 AM

RAVENHAIR


Quote:

Originally posted by milford:

Last, though it's not from the film or the series, is the one that puts me over the edge. In the special features for the film, Joss's intro to the screenings, at the end when he says, "We have done the impossible, and that makes us mighty."



That's actually the line from the pilot (Serenity, not The Train Job) that caught my ear and had me hooked.

Reading everyone's choices has left me in a quandry as to which episode I'll watch next...I love everyone's choices and reading them brings back all the emotion of the episode/scene...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 11:48 AM

SHINY1


Wow, you have all listed the ones I love also. Though, not so much a line as it is a moment that just gets me is at the end of "The Message" when they are all coming off the ship to deliver Tracey's body to his family. It's snowing and everyone looks very somber. It is a beautiful scene. Joss really did a wonderful job with it.

Also, I really love where they are all working on putting the ship back together at the end of the movie. I love where Inara is painting the Serenity symbol back on.

I know there are others, but most have been mentioned already

I love my captain

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 11:54 AM

NYTEGAUNT


One of my very favorite lines ... from "The Message" when Mal tells Tracey.

"You murdered yourself, son. I just carried the bullet for a while.".

Nyte

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 12:14 PM

KANGER33


Well, a lot of the ones that get me EVERY TIME have already been mentioned so I'll try to pick a couple that haven't been mentioned as much.

Simon in Safe: "Light it."
Oh. My. God. Can love be any more pure and dedicated than that?

And this isn't actually in the series or movie, but since someone already mentioned a line from the pre-screening preview done by Joss: The very last line where he says, "Welcome to Serenity." The look on his face was one of pure joy. I was crying before the movie even started...


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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 1:49 PM

KIZYR


The one line that comes immediately to mind when you mention 'tearjerker' is a line from Ariel:

Simon: You know what that means, right?
River: Time to go to sleep again...
Simon: No mei-mei... It's time to wake up.

Ohh man. I get sentimental just typing that out. I always loved the relationship between Simon and River. So heartwarming, yet so relateable.

River: I threw up on your bed
Simon: Yep... Definitely my sister

Quote:

Originally posted by jpstargazer:
"You spin me about, you always have. I wish to God you were somewhere else..."



Now that one I really like 'cause it's the closest Mal ever came to revealing his feelings for Inara up-front. Even Mal chokes up a little trying to say it!

The other one, of course, is my favorite line from the entire series, which has already been mentioned multiple times. "When you can run, you crawl..." KF



~KF

Lord, I'm walking your way. Let me in, for my feet are sore, my clothes are ragged.
Look in my eyes, Lord, and my sins will play out on them as on a screen. Read them all.
Forgive what you can and send me on my path. I will walk on until you bid me rest.

~Haven Prayer

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 2:14 PM

INDIANABANZAI


Quote:

Originally posted by thesoapboxer:
Inara: You don't have to die alone!

Mal: Everyone dies alone.

And in "Safe"

Simon: Captain, why'd you come back for us?

Mal: You're on my crew.

Simon: Yeah, but you don't even like me. Why'd you come back?

Mal: You're on my crew. Why are we still talking about this?




Wow, those are exactly the two I would've picked.

Which makes one of us the evil doppleganger of the other.

Hmmmm.....

/shiftyeyeslook

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 2:14 PM

THEPISTONENGINE


Hmmm I don't know about that. Certainly, from Simon's perspective it's sad as hell. Remember the flashbacks, the falling out with his dad. "I won't come for you." He's probably put it all out of his mind, given up any hope of returning home. Add to that, he's seeing his sister start to come around, and then bam! she lays down that line.

From our perspective? The metaphor you give makes perfect sense, and maybe thats what was intended, but I don't think so. I think if anything she'd be feeding off of Simon's emotions, and he'd feel pretty betrayed by the Mal and the entire crew. Only five episodes into it, I don't think we've developed her that far. Somewhere between there and when Kaylee chases her for stealing the apple.

Quote:

Originally posted by derangedmilk:
Quote:

Originally posted by ThePistonEngine:
Ah, but you missed the real tear jerker there... There is a warmth to what she says, because it looks like she's getting better, like she's coming to terms with reality. There is a definate hope, and then... "Daddy will come and take us home." That part gets me everytime, especially looking at it from Simon's perspective.

Quote:

Originally posted by STDOUBT:
Pretty much anything River says
can make be blubbery.
Especially:
"I took you away from there. I know I did. You don't think I do, but... I get confused. I remember everything. I remember too much, and... some of it's made up, and... some of it can't be quantified, and... there's secrets. But I understand. You gave up everything you had to find me. And you found me broken. It's hard for you. You gave up everything you had."
Summers acting in this scene, along with the idea that even though she's been traumatized, and is still not "safe", she has the strength to reach out and express regret for someone elses suffering just plain old kills me.





I suppose from Simon's perspective its a sad line because he think she is still bonkers but it shouldn't be sad at all from our point of view. Taken literally you'd think that she is still seriously disconnected from reality and holding on to a false hope of family, but as we know that she understands things very differently and is "deeply intuitive" to qoute Simon, I think its a powerful line that shows how the crew of Serenity is starting to become a family and that River sees that. "Daddy will come and take us Home" is imediately followed by Mal and showing up with the ship. The ship that Simon says in Objects in Space is becoming her home ("she loves this ship") and that Mal at the end of Serenity says is made a home by the love of the people in it for the her and each other.

So the line may be a tear jerker, but not because its sad that she doesn't get things, but because she sees the situation so much clearer than everyone else and for one of the first times in the series, the love and family of the Serenity crew is expressed.

-e

"Storms getting worse."
"We'll pass through it soon enough."



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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 3:27 PM

LYSANDER


I really enjoyed reading all of the posts on this subject. It's amazing how such a short run project can have such heart breaking lines. I totally agree with all of your choices. Myself, it was not a line that choked me up but the music at the end of The Message that got to me. It was even more heart wrenching when you watch the extras and hear the composer talk about how he made it that way to say goodbye to Firefly.

Crushing!!!!

Simon: What if he(Mal) tells you to kill me?
Zoe: (without hesitation) I kill you.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 3:28 PM

PINBALLWIZARD


I would have to say that one line that always gets me is from "Out of Gas," when Mal has decided he's going to stay with Serenity while the others escape. Inara begs him to come, saying "You don't have to die alone..." and with no dramatics and no flair, he says, in an almost empty voice, "Eveybody dies alone."
Sweet gods did Fox f*** us all over. Inserting finger,,,,.

No, I am not insane, I am crazy. Thank you for asking.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 3:43 PM

NATEM


My favourite line is in safe after River talking about how she took Simon away from everything and she says,
"I'll get better."
like she was completely responsible for her condition and everything else that has happened.

Forgive My Rudeness, I Cannot Abide Useless People

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 5:27 PM

LISSAKAY


Not from an ep or the BDM, but from commentary, I believe Tim Minear on Out of Gas ... he relates how Alan Tudyk stole the big red button after the last show was taped, and then left it on Joss's desk with a note saying, "When your miracle gets here, just push this button"




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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 5:29 PM

NCBROWNCOAT


"Everyone dies alone" is the best line of the whole series. I get so choked up everytime I see it.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 5:56 PM

032256


Hi, I'm new here, I was just so thrilled to see that so many peoples favorite line is my favorite line. I had watched Firefly, and really liked it, but in Out of Gas when Mal shook himself back to awareness and asked them if they were going to be there when he woke up, I choked, and started crying. That is the moment I fell in love with the crew. Just amazing.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:27 PM

ITHAS2BME


I can't belive no one has posted yet so I will.

Last 3 lines in Serenity - Pilot.

MAL: We're still flying.

SIMON: That's not much.

MAL: It's enough.

Pretty much sums up how I feel about the fate of this great story where it stands right now. Helps to know how many people really love this 'verse including all those that created it.

... I'm in.

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