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Over the weekend, [livejournal.com profile] dutchmouse offered his picks for The Top Ten Defining Star Trek Moments, and asked his readers to offer theirs.

DEFINING moments? Dutch's starting point was the big-screen movies... and for me, Star Trek had already been well-defined by the time V'ger came looking for its creator.

Needless to say, I soon came up with moments enough to fill my own Top Ten:

  1. Kirk and Spock in a fight to the death, with Spock in the throes of Pon Farr. (Dun dun DUNN DUNN DUNN DUNN dun dundun DUN dun!)
  2. Spock, mind-melded with the Medusan navigator, grinning broadly and greeting his old friends as if seeing them for the first time... which it is.
  3. "HaaaaarCOURT! Harcourt Fenton MUDD, what have you been up to?"
  4. Apollo, drifting into nothingness, calling to Zeus and Hera to take him with them into oblivion. "Would it have hurt us so much to light a fire, and gather just a few laurel leaves?"
  5. "NO KILL I"
  6. "I could have saved her! Do you know what you just did?" "He knows, Doctor. He knows."
  7. Kirk kitbashing a crude firearm out of natural mineral deposits and scrap -- and then refusing to finish off his downed opponent. Oh, and Vasquez Rocks!
  8. Evil Twin Goatees.
  9. Kirk, teaching an exotically beautiful alien gladiator how to kiss.
  10. And, of course:

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