Essential Seven Best Sci-fi Movie Deaths

Last weeks list delt with the Essential Seven worst deaths in Science Fiction films. A beloved characters death can really hurt a film it they are killed off for no reason.When a character is killed off, it will be accepted if its helps the story. After writing this list I discovered that six of the “good” deaths involved a character sacrificing himself to save others. So let’s take a look at the Essential Seven Best Sci-fi Movie Deaths:

7)  OBi-Wan

We were first introduced to OB1-Wan on the planet of Tattooine as he saves Luke from the Sandpeople.  We slowly learn that Ben is a Jedi Knight and has been watching over young Luke. Later in the film Kenobi meets up with his apprentice Darth Vader. Realizing that the only way Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie have a chance to escape, he sacrifices himself allowing Vader to strike him down. OB1-Wan had another motive that he would be more helpful and “powerful” to Luke if he was dead.

6) Robert Neville

In I Am Legend, Will Smith portrayed Robert Nevelle, a U.S. Army virologist searching for a cure to the virus that wiped out millions of people. For most of the film, Smith was the only character on screen. The audience feels for the character, whose only connection to human contact is his german shepherd and plastic mannequins. Finally a woman named Anna and her son Ethan connect with Robert. At the same time, Roberts discovers that he found a cure for the virus just as his lab is attacked by the Darkseekers. Robert sacrifices himself allowing Anna to escape with the cure. The film ends with Anna’s voice talking about how Robert Nevelle became a legend for saving the human race.

5) Terminator (T2)

The Terminator realizes that he must be destroyed if there is to be hope that Skynet will never come into being. Since he can’t “self-terminate”, Sarah lowers the T-800 into molten steel. You would think that the death of a “robot” wouldn’t be an emotional moment. However, young John Conner has finally connected with the Terminator as the father he never had. As the Terminator sinks into the vat, he gives a thumbs up victory.

4) Gandalf

In The Felloswhip of the Ring, Gandalf  faces the Balrog to allow the Fellowship to escape from Moria. As he is crossing the bridge of Khazad-dûm, he destroys the bridge proclaiming to the Balrog “You shall not pass!” Discovering that he can’t defeat the Balrog, Gandalf sacrifices himself telling the group to “Fly, you fools!” He then proceeds to fall into the abyss.

3) Darth Vader

In Return of the Jedi, Vader plays the part of the villian, but ends as being the hero! After refusing to kill his father and join the Darkside, Luke is attacked by the Emperor with force lightning . Luke begins begging for his fathers help. Not able to witness his son in pain Vaders internal conflict is resolved with the “good” emerging.  Vader grabs Palpatine and throws him into the Death Star’s reactor core saving his son. After killing Palpatine, Vader, becomes mortally wounded and his last wish is to look upon Luke with his own eyes. Damn, that is good storytelling!

2) Kane

In the beginning of the film Kane wasn’t a “well known” character, but when he died it became the most memorable sequence from the film. After the alien face-hugger detaches from Kane’s face he seems to be fine. When the crew gathers for dinner, Kane starts to feel sick. Unbeknownst to the crew (or audience), the facehugger laid an egg in Kane’s chest. When it hatches the baby alien bursts out of Kane’s chest to the shock of the crew.

1) Spock

Rumors circulated before the release of Star Trek II that Spock would die. Unlike today with the internet, there was no way to news to “leak” back in 1982. In order to quiet the rumors, the producers added the Kobayashi Maru sequence where we see Spock “die” in the scenario. This helped relieve the audiences concerns that Spock really won’t die. It wasn’t until the end where we see that Spock sacrificed himself to save his comrades. Logic dictates “The needs of the many, outweigh the needs of the few.” “Or the one” added by Kirk. While fans were sad to see their beloved Vulcan die, the fact that he died because it was the logical solution allowed his death to be accepted.

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