The Needs of the Many
Nobody wants their favorite character to die, but in all great science fiction stories there has to be a few casualties along the way. There are many epic death scenes, and many characters to pick from. But these are my top three beloved character deaths.
3. Yoda in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.” Yoda is a very loved character, yet his death was done horribly wrong for me. Here he is, 900 years old, seen the world, best Jedi Knight in the Order, and he dies in exile in the middle of a swamp? It is peaceful that he becomes one with the force, and he did live a meaningful life. I think it is unfortunate that he dies a sad old man and again, in the middle of a swamp. Weakened by old age, it is not a surprising death, but an empty one.
2. The Tenth Doctor in “The End of Time.” Personally this was the hardest “death” for me, I went into it kicking and screaming and refusing to watch. I actually put it off for a few days because I was not yet ready to say goodbye. The tenth doctor was a light-hearted, easy going and cheeky guy with an unforgiving and vengeful streak as well, he was entertaining to watch and easy to connect with. The build up to the Tenth Doctors death was massive, we all knew it was just a matter of time before he would have to regenerate. One of the most dramatic “deaths” I have ever seen, I would be lying if I said I didn’t cry when the regeneration happened. The Doctor was such a fun, lovable character, and I don’t think anybody wanted to see him go. As in all good series though, change must happen to keep the show going. As hard as it was to see him go, the writers decided it was his time. His last words are the most heart-breaking thing of the whole scene with “I don’t want to go.”
1. Spock in “The Wrath of Khan.” What is so beautiful about this death is how dramatic it really is compared to the film. When asked about the movie, just about anyone could tell you that it is the movie that Spock dies in, yet not all of those same people would be able to tell you the plot of the film. Why is this important? Because the movie isn’t about Spock’s death, but that is what it is remembered for. The underlying theme of the movie is facing death, Kirk has been cheating death for years, never really having to face it. With Spock he is forced to realize it, look it in the face, and not turn away. Never has he experienced a death of someone so close to him. Spock, a very beloved Star Trek character, chose to die in order to save the ship, the memorable speech, “the needs of the many outweight the needs of the few or the one” has been repeated many times over by Trekkies around the world.