This, to me, is Star Trek:
I sit here crying as I type this, as it has been a few years since I have seen the episodes these clips belong to. They are still powerful, still move me, and remind me why I love stories so much. And why Star Trek is Star Trek. Now anyone who has enjoyed Star Trek will have similar but different clips, maybe the ending of “City on the Edge of Forever,” or Data’s last moments with his “daughter,” or the end of Wrath of Khan. And so many more.
But for me, Star Trek is this. Stubborn, tragic optimism in the face of cold hate and cynicism, and love. Just love.
Star Trek, in the 50th year of its existence, is not the clips I have shown you. It is this: