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Top Five Meme: Warm and Fuzzy 
8th-Aug-2009 08:31 pm
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In response to ceindreadh’s query, “Top five warm and fuzzy moments.”

I decided to put them in an unnumbered, newest-to-oldest list. So:

  • Ianto and Jack talk and kiss at the end of “To the Last Man” (Torchwood, season two, ep. 3). The kiss itself is wonderful, but what makes me go awww is the conversation preceding it: Ianto admits he’d miss Jack if he left again, and Jack concedes that Torchwood Three and the people in it are the closest thing he has to a home. (Granted, this may have been bumped up the list by, er, recent events. But today, top five, no question. *clings*)

  • Sam Vimes meets his newborn son (Night Watch, the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett). I love Sam Vimes. There are other Discworld denizens I enjoy, admire, and identify with, but Sam, cynical bastard that he is, has a special place in my heart, so when he says, “I’ll teach him to walk!...I’m good at teaching people to walk!”, I grin so hard my face hurts.

  • Spock and Sarek’s conversation after the court martial in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. “Your associates are people of good character.” “They are my friends.” “Yes, of course. Do you have a message for your mother?” “Yes. Tell her, ‘I feel fine.’” The culmination of a four-film character arc: estrangement, rapprochement, sacrifice, resurrection, and reintegration. Finally, Spock reclaims his place — he stands with his shipmates and embraces both halves of his heritage, Vulcan and Human. Also, I love how Spock and Sarek are positioned relative to each other. This is how Vulcans do “warm and fuzzy”: with a full yard of space between them.

  • R2-D2 appears at the medal ceremony in Star Wars IV: A New Hope. The Rebels are celebrating, and it’s all very Leni Riefenstal...until we hear those beeps and whistles, and Artoo (last seen a smoking, charred wreck being lowered from Luke’s X-wing) toddles up next to C-3PO. Trust George Lucas to add a human touch with a cute robot.

  • “The Adventure of the Empty House.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have brought Holmes back from the dead grudgingly, but you couldn’t tell from the reunion scene:
    I moved my head to look at the cabinet behind me. When I turned again, Sherlock Holmes was standing smiling at me across my study table. I rose to my feet, stared at him for some seconds in utter amazement, and then it appears that I must have fainted for the first and the last time in my life. Certainly a gray mist swirled before my eyes, and when it cleared I found my collar-ends undone and the tingling after-taste of brandy upon my lips. Holmes was bending over my chair, his flask in his hand.
    "My dear Watson," said the well-remembered voice, "I owe you a thousand apologies. I had no idea that you would be so affected."

  • Honorable mentions:
      Sam Gamgee and Frodo Baggins in the boat at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring. “But I am going into Mordor.” “...Of course you are. And I’m coming with you.” The book version strikes me as a little too cute, while the film version (with Sam’s near drowning) is overwrought, but I can’t resist the resolution, loyalty, and gratitude in that scene.

      Hagrid brings Harry a cake for his eleventh birthday. And a whole new life, of course, but really, I will love Hagrid forever solely on the basis of the cake.

      The very last second of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We don’t even see her smile. We don’t need to. It’s enough to know that she can.


    Now I’m curious: what are your top awwwww-inspiring moments? Share in comments!
Comments 
9th-Aug-2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I agree with ALL yours like whoa; it's a little alarming, actually. I'd have to add also: the TARDIS slumber party in "Journey's End" -- it was so amazing to see her full and brimming with people. And also, the moment between Ten and Five in "Time Crash".
9th-Aug-2009 04:25 am (UTC)
*is sheepish*

Confession time: except for “Fires of Vesuvius” and “Planet of the Dead,” I haven’t actually watched any Ten episodes, even though I own DT’s first season on DVD. (I also have Eccleston’s season and a couple oldschool boxsets, mostly featuring One, Four and Five.) For a long time my only option for seeing Who was the SciFi Channel and it drove me nuts knowing that they’d edited for time and/or content, so I figured I’d eventually buy or borrow the DVDs.
9th-Aug-2009 04:32 am (UTC)
Well. Um. *resists urge to leap through screen and forcefeed them all to you forthwith* ALL TEN, ALL AT ONCE, ALL FOR YOU.

You can watch Time Crash right here, and if you like Five at all... it's the best thing ever. And it's only, like, 8 minutes long.

Another addition to your list: Susan, Death and the swing.
9th-Aug-2009 04:43 am (UTC)
Oh my God, THE SWING. How did I forget Susan’s swing? That made me laugh and cry simultaneously. (ETA: On reflection, that may be exactly why — I find it heartwarming and heartbreaking, because it shows how much Death loves Susan and wants to do right by her, and how he’ll never be able to, quite, because of who and what he is.)

Thanks for the link! I’ll have to wait until I’m at work to watch it, because of my shitty, shitty, slow home connection.

Edited at 2009-08-09 07:08 am (UTC)
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