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17th-Jul-2012 11:21 pm
Are there any scenes in television shows/movies/books&stories/fanfic/fanart/fanvids that haunt you even in mere suggestion?

F'rinstance, I only need to read some words once said by a character in Serenity and I find I want to curl up into a ball and cry. I'm always gutted.

I can't listen to the gorgeous Israel Kamakawiwoʻole version of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow', or, no joke, I actually do cry. Tears! In a similar vein, I now have a weirdly huge kink for characters saying thank you to each other and always smile when they do so earnestly. It generally doesn't matter which characters, anymore.

Whenever I listen to 'Alone' by Heart, my face splits into the widest grin because of one outstanding Merlin vid.

Have certain scenes or moments stuck with you throughout the years? What do you think it is in particular about them that stayed with you?
17th-Jul-2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
The 'Brothers in Arms' sequence in The West Wing episode 'Two Cathedrals'. Some rumpled old journalist has been primed to ask the President an innocuous question but he gets passed over before he can even open his mouth, and he just stands there looking all solemn and dignified while mayhem reigns around him. The message is that he's made his contribution, small and insignificant though it may be, and that for a moment makes him one of the 'brothers in arms'.

There are some episodes of The West Wing where I'm in tears nearly the whole time, actually ...
18th-Jul-2012 09:45 am (UTC)
You know what, I have only seen episodes of The West Wing here and there? It may just be the show I need to mainstream.
18th-Jul-2012 11:08 am (UTC)
That's a very good way of watching it, although there are about 10-12 episodes I try to leave out whenever I do that. OTOH, I can't imagine where you'd ever find the time!!!
17th-Jul-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
I know the exact phrase in serenity you mean, if someone says it I get really mopey for days on end.

In Third Star the main character talks about how all his dreams have come to nothing and his friend says "I don't know what to say to that. This is nice though". I often say 'this is nice though' and as soon as I've accidentally said it the whole film goes through my head and I feel really empty and cold.

A fun one me and my sister have is whenever my Mum says 'I'm doing it for you' or we have to do something for her we both yell in the voice of Nuku from the lion king 2(which is a pretty creepy voice) 'I'M DOING IT FOR YOU MOTHER, AND IM DOING IT FOR ME'

I find it quite difficult to keep up a conversation when there are lots of phrases that link me back to a film or tv program as I expect the person who said it to go fully in to the dialogue of the film and when they don't I find it difficult to get back on track.

I don't get as emotional as you do over songs, but I generally like a song better if its connected to a music video or film that I like.
18th-Jul-2012 09:44 am (UTC)
Yeah. It's just always such an "OH NO, WHY NO?" memory for me. And I have felt that sorrow at the moment before --- Whedon has a tendency to do that to me a lot and I don't trust him so much anymore, but, damn, that one sticks with me.

A++++ Lion King 2 reference. My brother and I reference at one another all the time, and yeah, it's always sad when other people don't follow.

Music is my life in so many ways.
17th-Jul-2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
My favourite vid of all time was a Farscape video to Let Me Entertain You - now, I already loved the song but now every time I hear it it's forever connected to Farscape. Epic joys.

This is kinda tangentially linked - but the moon landing fucking kills me these days. I never used to go to pieces over it but now I just...start weeping. It's embarrassing. (Brought to you by the fact that we rewatched The Dish on Saturday for the first time in years and couldn't stop leaking out of my eyes at the end.)

A good fic+vid combo is Freedom Is Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose - I watched the vid, then read the fic, and then watched the vid again and there's a line Lim picked out "and each year another flower grows" and within context I just. Wept.

I'm trying to think of some happy associations. Um - the old Thames TV theme instantly makes me think excellent cartoons are coming my way, thus joy. Also! I discovered on Saturday night that I've retained a lot more of Footrot Flats: A Dog's Tail Tale - and the sheer simple joy that I get from Slice of Heaven ties into that.

I'm sure there's more I'm not remembering.
17th-Jul-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Footrot Flats: A Dog's Tail Tale - and the sheer simple joy that I get from Slice of Heaven ties into that.

Me too. And now I have that song stuck in my head. So happy. :D
18th-Jul-2012 09:42 am (UTC)
♥ Since you must hear that song a lot (it plays frequently here, still), you must have lovely Farscape thoughts a lot too. I am currently rewatching Farscape. No Braca yet, but looking forward to him.

I get weirdly weepy over all kinds of historical events. Totally out of the blue, too. It's a bit of a problem.

I don't think I knew there was a Freedom vid?

17th-Jul-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
This video. I swear it gives me goosebumps every single time and just thinking about it is enough to send shivers down my spine. I don't know why. Maybe it's because the lyrics/message of the song resonate so well with the story of the show both on screen and off screen - never giving up when you know you're doing what's right for you.

18th-Jul-2012 09:36 am (UTC)
Oh wow, thanks for the link. I think I've seen it before, but, yes, it is brilliant.
17th-Jul-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
I tend to avoid reruns of Jurassic Bark because I don't like having my heart stomped into tiny little pieces of sadness. But I think that's normal.

Also, the ending of the Scrubs episode My Lunch gets to me because "I'm doing everything I know to save people, and not only does it not work, I actually made things worse" is both something I relate to more than the vast majority of Sad Moments In Fiction, and something that's done way less. (Although I got lucky, and despite me being dangerously incompetent at talking someone through a suicidal crisis, they didn't die and eventually talked to someone who was any good at all at helping with things.)

(My brain went "Think of examples that aren't depressing sitcom episodes!", so of course, I can't. (Unless you count songs, but hardly anyone's heard of "Dying in New Bruinswick".)
18th-Jul-2012 09:35 am (UTC)
Oh God, the second episode of Scrubs with Brendan Fraser. (My brother and I do this thing where we're sing "Mistake!" in a operatic voice. Have been doing so for years. Both of us had completely forgotten it was from Scrubs until we saw it again last year.)

DO NOT EVEN WITH JURASSIC BARK. And Luck of the Fryrish? And Time Keeps on Slipping? And Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurtles? So many hours of my life spent crying at a freaking cartoon.
18th-Jul-2012 10:45 am (UTC)
Futurama is ridiculously effective at making me want to cry! How does that even make sense? It's the story of a space-traveling pizza boy who has a wacky robot buddy! (Speaking of which, Lethal Inspection makes me go all gooey and sentimental at the end.)

I thought of something that is not a sitcom! Did you ever see the movie Different For Girls? It's one of the very few romantic movies that actually does grab me right in the heart.
18th-Jul-2012 01:53 am (UTC)
Well, bearing in mind I've been watching television for at least 24 years more than you...

Blake's 7 - Servelan casually dropping a luxurious coat of furs to the ground in "Project Avalon". (What an entrance!) Avon crying "Have you betrayed me Blake?" as he stands surrounded and out-gunned in "Blake". Vila, cowering and terrified when he realises Avon is going to push him out of the airlock of a shuttle.

Babylon 5 - An aged Emperor Londo revealing the "keeper" on his neck as his world burns around him. A timid Vir trying to apologise for the sins of his people when he's trapped in a lift with G'Kar - and G'Kar rejecting it with "Dead, dead, dead!" G'Kar high on telepathic drugs beating up Londo and forcing his way into his mind. Vir, standing by an unconscious Londo saying, "He needs me." And on a lighter note; Londo and G'Kar smuggling a disguised prisoner out of the Centauri royal palace. An early episode with Londo piloting a shuttle and reliving his glory days as a pilot.

Farscape - John and D'Argo hanging in the sky together at the end of "Family Ties" as John's good luck charm floats away. The first entrance of Scorpius. "That man... is an imposter." Harvey and John playing Looney Tunes in John's mind. John in Aeryn's body teaching Rygel in John's body how to piss - and John exploring Aeryn's body while he's the temporary inhabitant (and being caught by Aeryn!) John and Scorpius facing each other over the destruction of his exploding Command Carrier. And so much more...

Life on Mars Sam's panicked run down the street when he first enters 1973 culminating in his arrival at the police station (and being slammed against the filing cabinet by Gene.)

Ultraviolet The protagonists at the begining realising they're dealing with someone or something that can't be caught on CCTV. Jack being brought back to life at the end and diving of a bridge.

Forever Knight - Nick running through the daylight streets and eating when he thinks he has been cured. And getting more and more hyper as the day goes on. Schanke finally working out what Nick is and going to LaCroix for confirmation ("Are you vampires?") and instead of being killed, being talked out of it. And Nick, LaCroix and Janette in flashback being pursued by angry vampire hunters into a deserted barn and turing on their would-be killers...

I'm not even going to try and list all the Doctor Who moments!

Edited at 2012-07-18 01:56 am (UTC)
18th-Jul-2012 09:32 am (UTC)

I only listened a very scant few of mine, because, yes, you may have been watching tv a number of years more, but not necessarily that many hours, hahaha.

Thanks for sharing these ♥ (I am currently rewatching Farscape with my parents. It's just getting to the part where it became excellent. Guh, so good.)

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19th-Jul-2012 10:40 am (UTC)
Did you ever get to see the original of that scene with the Stones' 'Wild Horses'? Matt and Ash really lament the loss of it (couldn't pay for the rights for DVD, but could the live broadcast), but I personally fucking adore the replacement. 'I Can't Change It' has become one of my favourite songs. And yes, even though I'm Sam's girl, I always think of it in terms of both Sam and Gene.
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18th-Jul-2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
I know exactly the words in Serenity you mean - and it just has me curling up in a ball, crying. I cried like a baby in the cinema the first time I saw it, and even now... yeah

Bridge over Troubled Water is mine. It'll always send me into tears.
19th-Jul-2012 10:37 am (UTC)
♥ So many people probably are equally as affected as us. Bloody Joss.
19th-Jul-2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
I know! He does love killing favourites =(
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