Star Trek: 10 Times Voyager Broke Our Hearts | ScreenRant

Star Trek: Voyager, the first spin-off of Star Trek: Next Generation (itself a spin-off of sorts from the original series) began with a dismal premise. The captain and crew of the Federation starship Voyager gets hurtled into the Delta Quadrant, considered the frontier of the Star Trek Universe, a relatively unexplored place beyond Federation arbitration. To reach home, it will take 75 years, in which case most of the crew would be dead before they ever saw the Alpha Quadrant.

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Introducing a new ship and crew under these circumstances seemed like a set-up for truly tragic storylines, which seemed natural given the inherent despondency of their situation. Voyager had some of the saddest episodes in Star Trek, compounded by the fact that the crew seemed unable to escape an inevitable fate. Better replicate yourself some tissues, because here come ten of the most heartbreaking storylines.


In one of the most brutal and suspenseful episodes of Voyager’s second season, the ship encounters a spatial rift in a nebula, and suffers massive damage from unknown proton bursts. There are heavy casualties, including Ensign Harry Kim and a baby, Naomi Wildman. The rift also creates a “quantum double” of Voyager, allowing the two crews to view each other at the same time like a mirror.

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Soon the “undamaged” Voyager is in the same trouble as its damaged double, as Vidiians board it and start harvesting vital organs from the crew. Its Captain Janeway at the last moment orders her Harry Kim, and baby Naomi, through the rift to complete the other crew. Harry spends the series wondering if he’s really aboard his Voyager.


Without a doubt, the Borg are a species that must be stopped. Their quest for efficiency and perfection by assimilating everyone they came in contact with would have meant galactic destruction. Starfleet thought of many ways to take them down, including infecting their Collective with a virus.

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The virus came in the form of an adolescent, a boy named Icheb, who befriended Seven of Nine. He came to find out that the only reason for his existence was to deliver a virus to the Borg by being assimilated and making sure it infected all of them. Seven of Nine’s goodbye to a boy who just wanted to be normal is gut-wrenching.


“Year of Hell” is often cited as one of the top 10 Voyager episodes of all time, and for good reason. When the crew is faced with repeated shelling bombardment  by the ships of the Krenim Imperium with dwindling weapon capabilities, their already desperate situation becomes even more desperate.

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Voyager stands up to weeks of battle after drifting into Krenim-occupied space, and with each new hit, circumstances become more bleak. There is a quiet moment where Tuvok, now blind from a torpedo blast, attempts to shave with a straight razor unassisted, to prepare for his “morning rounds” amidst a rubble-strewn ship.


As a Borg, Seven of Nine was part of the hive-mind of the Collective, with the voices and thoughts of the hundreds of thousands of species the Borg assimilated in their pursuit of galactic domination. In one disturbing episode, she starts taking on the personalities of these individuals.

There’s an old woman whose son has recently joined Starfleet. She wants Voyager to pass on the message that she’s alive (the real woman has long since been assimilated and would sooner assimilate her son at this point). She also assumes the personality of a girl that was assimilated, at an age similar to when Seven herself was taken, now reliving a childhood she was robbed of.


In an effort to experience all the happiness and sadness, trials, and tribulations of the human experience, Voyager’s holographic doctor writes himself a holodeck program that gives him a real family. He has a wife and two children he comes home to every day, allowing him to experience some level of human normalcy.

His daughter has an accident, shattering his bucolic existence. When her brain is hemorrhaging faster that he can save her, he faces the reality that she will die. He desperately wants to end the program but Tom Paris warns that to truly understand what it means to be human, he has to face the emotional burden.


An unfortunate transporter accident merges Tuvok and Neelix together into a single entity, who decides to be called “Tuvix” for the remainder of the episode of the same name. With aspects of each man in his personality and appearance, the crew adjusts to his presence as Captain Janeway decides how to reverse the accident.

When it comes time for the ship’s doctor to perform the procedure, Tuvix refuses, calling it an “execution.” He declares his right as an individual, which has been a central focal point for many Star Trek series. His pitiful attempts to get a single crew member on the bridge to defend him in his right to life is truly heartbreaking.


Being stranded in the Delta Quadrant with her crew, it’s natural for Captain Janeway to think that life has moved on for the rest of the world as she knows it. It’s been four years by the time “Hunters” takes place, but the crew are given a spark of hope when they find a way to communicate with loved ones back home.

Janeway receives a letter from Mark, her fiance on Earth, who explains that while he held out as long as he could, he’s recently married someone else. Janeway compartmentalizes the devastating news and collects herself as a sterling Starfleet officer.


Though some viewers may have found Neelix’s boundless enthusiasm and goofy humor annoying, his cheer in the face of adversity did more for the crew of Voyager than they realized. 

When it’s time for Neelix to leave the ship and join a colony of his people, he thinks he can slink quietly to a turbolift. He doesn’t expect the entire crew to create a gauntlet, at the end of which is Captain Janeway, who greets him as “Ambassador.” 


In “Course Oblivion” during Season 5, the crew of Voyager is cloned by a life form on a demon planet that presents as a silvery substance. The “fake” crew develop a highly advanced warp drive and leave for Earth, now able to get there in a matter of weeks. They celebrate Tom and B’Elanna’s wedding below decks, until unexpected turbulence stops the ceremony.

The advanced warp core of the ship destabilizes, and they discover by trying to repair it that they aren’t the real crew. As they run out of time, each crew member dies one by one, desperately trying to preserve even the memory of their existence, and the schematics for the advanced warp core. When the original Voyager answers their distress call, they find nothing but a massive collection of silvery debris.


Growing up half human and half Klingon, B’elanna Torres didn’t exactly have a traditional or normal upbringing. She felt isolation from both human and Klingon communities.

When she finds out she’s pregnant with Tom Paris’s child in the last season of Voyager, and knowing that Klingon genes are dominant, she tries to do everything in her power to have the ridges surgically removed from her baby’s forehead. She breaks down in Sickbay telling Tom she doesn’t want to drive him away like she did her father.

NEXT: Star Trek: 10 Voyager Storylines That Were Never Resolved

2019-07-15 01:07:56

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Big Bang Theory: 10 Times The Show Broke Our Hearts | ScreenRant

Big Bang Theory entertained viewers for 12 seasons as they enjoyed watching a group of geeky scientists and physicists blurt out words we couldn’t understand and discuss comic books, Star Trek, and Star Wars in greater depth than most people ever care to do.

The series was, for the most part, totally and utterly hilarious as we watched the guys try and meet girls, the girls put up with the guys’ antics, and the group go through everything from starting families to winning the Pulitzer Prize. But like any other sitcom, there were a few tough, touching, and even heartbreaking moments.

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As we finally accept that the series will not be returning with new episodes, and enjoy continuing to hear Sheldon’s voice narrating the spin-off series Young Sheldon, here’s a look at ten times the series broke our hearts instead of made us laugh.

10 When Amy Broke Up With Sheldon

Sheldon might have taken Amy for granted one too many times, but when Amy decided to call it quits, clearly a difficult decision for her, it gave us all the feels. It shocked Sheldon, finally making him realize what he had.

Or maybe he knew all along? Because breaking our hearts even more is when it was revealed that Sheldon had been keeping an engagement ring in his drawer, with obvious plans to give it to Amy some time soon. Of course as we all know, they eventually got back together. Phew!

9 When Zack Wanted Penny To Be His Surrogate

It seemed like an almost silly idea: that Penny’s ex-boyfriend would turn up, asking Penny to be a surrogate for he and his wife who are unable to have kids due to his infertility. But what really makes this story break our hearts is when Penny actually considers it and has an important discussion with Leonard about not wanting to ever have children of her own.

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Leonard’s disappointment as he tries to rectify his love for his wife with his obvious desire to be a father is truly heartbreaking. Those who watched the show right through to the end know that, spoiler alert, Penny doesn’t go through with it (and they change their mind), even after Leonard comes to terms with her decision. And Penny reveals that she’ s pregnant in the series finale, thanks to a happy accident.

8 When Sheldon Gave His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Speech

Anyone who watched the series from the beginning who didn’t shed at least a few tears at Sheldon’s Pulitzer prize speech is a complete monster! It was so touching and selfless, which are two qualities Sheldon had rarely, if ever, shown before. Instead of touting his abilities, smarts, and intellect, he turned the focus to his friends who all contributed to his success in different ways and allowed them each to take a bow.

It broke our hearts mainly because it was a major breakthrough for the character, and signaled the end of the series that has been part of the primetime line-up for 12 seasons. Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS

7 When Amy Told Sheldon People Just Tolerate Him

After Sheldon angers his friends by acting selfish, downplaying Leonard’s and Penny’s baby news, he has a heated argument in his hotel room with Amy. Livid, Amy finally tells Sheldon that he takes his friends for granted when really, they just tolerate him. Ouch.

Sheldon was clearly hurt by her statement, and finally realized that he was being a jerk and thinking of no one but himself, as he has throughout much of his adult life. It was a rude awakening for Sheldon, but just in the nick of time for him to use his Pulitzer Prize-winning speech to make good with those who have supported him along the way.

6 When Sheldon Mourned the Death of Professor Proton

Professor Proton, who had a kid’s science show when Sheldon was growing up, was a role model for him. He completely related to all of the science stuff that was discussed on the show and was glued to the television whenever it came on. Then, later in life, Sheldon actually got to meet the real Professor Proton.

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And even though Professor Proton had become nothing more than a washed out former TV star, Sheldon still idolized him. So when he learned of Professor Proton’s passing, Sheldon was understandably quite upset. In fact, it’s one of the only moments in the show when we truly see real sadness in Sheldon.

5 When Sheldon Hid In the Bathroom at His Own Surprise Birthday Party

Sheldon told all of his friends that he didn’t like surprise parties, but they didn’t listen and threw one for him anyway. It completely backfired as Sheldon ran out of the room and hid in the bathroom for the remainder of the event.

Penny being the one who was finally able to get through to Sheldon and console him in his time of need was one of the sweetest moments of the series. But it was still so sad to see how Sheldon’s past and growing up without many, if any, friends, had really affected him.

4 Whenever Leonard Saw His Mother

It was hard not to feel Leonard’s years of pain and neglect every time he came in contact with his cold and distant mother.  A respected neuroscientist and award-winning psychiatrist and author, she used Leonard as her guinea pig through much of his life, experimenting on different ways to parent to analyze the outcomes for her research.

She continued to do so even through adulthood, drudging up painful memories for Leonard. So whenever he saw her, it was heartbreaking, particularly in the last scene with the two together when Leonard finally realized that he needed to forgive her in order to move forward. They then embraced for likely the first time in a long time, if ever.

3 When Leonard and Penny Broke Up

Viewers all knew Leonard and Penny were destined to be together. So when they broke up after Leonard had worked so hard to win her affections, it was heartbreaking.

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Penny sobbed like a child because of it. But what was even more heartbreaking that it wasn’t because they fell out of love, but because Penny believed that she couldn’t be what Leonard needed, and felt she wasn’t good enough. And to twist the knife in further, it was after Leonard told her he loved her for the first time. Excuse me while I get something out of my eye.

2 When Howard Revealed Details About His Past

Break out the tissues. Howard sat the gang down and told them the story of his absent father, who abandoned he and his mother when he was 11, leaving him to spend much of his adolescence longingly waiting for his father’s return (that never came).

On his 18th birthday, Howard’s father wrote him a letter, but he revealed to the group that he destroyed it before ever reading what it said. However, not before he allowed Sheldon to read the letter.

The gang than touchingly run through scenarios with Howard about what the letter might have said. But we never really find out the truth, nor does Howard. And everyone else is just fine with that.

1 When Howard’s Mom Died

Arguably the saddest moment of the entire series was when Howard found out that has mom passed away. What made it especially sad was that all of the emotions were real, as the actor who voiced his mom passed away in real life.

It broke our hearts not only to see Howard’s reaction, but that of all of his friends. Even Sheldon was surprisingly good at consoling his friend, relating to Howard to lean on his friends to help him through, as Sheldon didn’t have any friends to support him when his own father passed away.

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2019-07-11 01:07:54

Christine Persaud

Captain Marvel Fan Sees Movie So Many Times He Broke a World Record

A very dedicated superhero movie fan from Wisconsin has seen Captain Marvel so many times he broke a Guinness World Record. The first Marvel movie built around a female lead character, Captain Marvel has been embraced by movie fans everywhere, grossing $1.08 billion worldwide. The film just recently reached another box office milestone in North America, cracking the $400 million mark.

Starring Brie Larson, Captain Marvel debuted the cinematic version of Carol Danvers, a comic book character first introduced in 1968. Like her comic book incarnation, the movie Danvers is an Air Force pilot who acquires superpowers and fights alongside an alien race called the Kree. In the movie, Danvers returns to Earth in the 1990s and discovers her human origins while also forging a friendship with a pre-eyepatch Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Having set up Captain Marvel as part of the MCU, Marvel will now plunge the character into the middle of the final battle against Thanos in the soon-to-be-blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.

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Captain Marvel has undoubtedly been a major success for Marvel, and there’s one fan in particular who has contributed to that success more than anyone else. As reported by CBS 58 (via CBR), Wisconsin man Steve Ruppel has now seen the movie in the theater an astonishing 116 times, a feat that gives him the Guinness World Record. Ruppel explained why he chose Captain Marvel in particular for his run at the record:

“I love superhero movies, and so this was a pretty good fit. I knew it was going to be around for a while, and I thought it would probably be a good choice for this particular record. Looking back on it now, I might almost consider a Disney movie, because they’re usually shorter and probably around for a while, but that singing would drive me crazy. It really would.”

The non-musical Captain Marvel runs for 123 minutes, so (barring in-movie naps) Ruppel has spent 14,268 minutes watching the film, which equals 237.8 hours or 9.9 days. Not surprisingly, Ruppel said he had to take time off from work in order to hit the multiplex enough times to break the record. Ruppel said that he initially thought it was impossible to break the record, adding, “I wasn’t even sure why it was even a record, but I thought after a while ‘I should probably do that.'” Ruppel said the most times he saw the movie in one day was seven, and explained that he would defeat boredom by paying attention to background details.

Ruppel is of course not the only person to perform remarkable feats of Marvel movie watching. Back in 2018, an Avengers: Infinity War fan chronicled his 42 theatrical viewings of the MCU epic via social media. This week, a number of big Marvel fans will participate in an MCU re-watch marathon, which will end with Avengers: Endgame.

Given the huge popularity of Captain Marvel and the rest of the Marvel movies, it’s no surprise to see fans getting incredibly enthusiastic and even going wild with the hype. A few fans like Ruppel are even willing to take their fandom to the next level by testing their sanity and bladder capacity in order to perform grueling feats of film viewing. Some may question the wisdom of such undertakings, but there’s no questioning the dedication of fans who would willingly go so far above and beyond the call of duty to become superheroes of going to movies.

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Source: CBS 58 (via CBR)

2019-04-22 08:04:13

Dan Zinski

Gotham’s Bane Finally Broke The Bat (But With A Twist)

Warning: Spoilers ahead for Gotham season 5.

Gotham delivered its own take on Bane’s iconic “breaking of the Bat” but did so with a surprising and unique twist. The fifth and final season of Gotham has included a raft of antagonists from Cameron Monaghan’s almost-but-not-quite Joker to the conniving and mysterious Theresa Walker. However, perhaps the most high profile villain this season is Eduardo Dorrance, better known to Bat-fans as Bane.

Like many Gotham characters, Bane was given a slightly altered backstory, presented as a former military colleague of Jim Gordon’s that had been captured behind enemy lines. From there, the traditional Bane origin was weaved into the fabric of the character, spending time training in a grueling foreign prison and finally escaping with the intention of taking down Gotham City, albeit at the behest of a handler as per The Dark Knight Rises, rather than acting upon his own designs.

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Undoubtedly Bane’s most memorable contribution to Batman comic lore is the moment he achieves his goal of breaking the Batman in the Knightfall arc from the early 1990s. After tiring the superhero out by setting the assorted criminals of Arkham Asylum free, Bane finally faced down the Caped Crusader and effortlessly dispatched him, concluding the assault by smashing Bruce Wayne’s back over a bent knee and forcing him into a lengthy spell on the sidelines. This image was first immortalized into live-action with Christian Bale and Tom Hardy’s 2012 duel in The Dark Knight Rises, a clash that resulted in Bale’s Bruce Wayne spending a significant chunk of the film recuperating.

With Bane finally making his debut on Gotham, it’s perhaps natural that the show would want to deliver its own interpretation of breaking the Bat, although the idea of snapping a teenager in half doesn’t have quite the same impact, especially when said youngster hasn’t even properly become Batman yet. Gotham found a way around this conundrum with a hugely surprising twist.

In this week’s episode, Bane’s master, Theresa Walker, was revealed to be Nyssa al Ghul and, understandably, the daughter of the late Ra’s al Ghul had revenge on her mind, targeting the two people who finished Ra’s off last season: Bruce Wayne and Barbara Kean. Complicating matters considerably is the fact that, during Bane’s assassination mission, Barbara was in the middle of giving birth to her baby with Jim Gordon. Thankfully, Bruce was able to free himself and tell Alfred and Selina Kyle to get down to Gotham City’s medical clinic and protect mother and child.

Aside from saving the life of the baby who will likely go on to become Batgirl, Bruce’s warning also ends up putting the two people he cherishes straight into Bane’s path. Alfred bravely takes the brute on headfirst but is soundly beaten by the physically superior warrior, and Bane also puts a very familiar, brutal exclamation point on the fight. With the butler on his last legs, Bane lifts Alfred straight up over his head, directly mirroring his “break the Bat” pose, and smashes his back right across the spine, this time into a pillar rather than a knee. Broken and crumpled on the floor, the notoriously detached Selina is horrified by Alfred’s injury. The episode ends without exploring exactly how grievous the blow was.

Batman fans will no doubt appreciate this nod to the source material, but Bane’s breaking of Alfred also serves a key narrative purpose. In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane destroys a superhero coming to the end of his crime-fighting career, helping Bruce to realize that he should consider retirement. In this week’s episode of Gotham, Bruce’s long-suffering employee confessed that, with Bruce now an adult, there was no need in the boy’s life for a butler. In both instances, Bane breaks someone nearing the end of their profession and this makes a lot more sense than inflicting a devastating back injury on a fledgling Dark Knight.

As viewers well know, however, Alfred’s time assisting Bruce Wayne is far from over and Gotham viewers can be assured that Bane’s back-breaking assault won’t keep Alfred from tending to the Batcave in the years to come. But, sadly, Sean Pertwee’s battle-ready incarnation of the famous butler may be a little less of an action hero from now on.

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Gotham continues with “They Did What?” April 18th on Fox.

2019-03-22 10:03:26

Craig Elvy