My 5 Best SCI-FI Moments

When my jaw dropped
April 03, 2009
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Hi everyone! After my latest Joker article ( I decided to go back to my sci-fi routine and go with some of the best moments in sci-fi movies.

We all remember our favorite movie moments from our childhood. Some freaked you out, some WOWed you, some left you completely floored. Many of them we tried to recreate and reenact playing with our friends or with action figures, and many of them became the classic and iconic moments immortalized in American Pop Culture.
I'm sure we all have different picks and most likely there are favorite movie moments that we share. I don't want to do a TOP list, just simply like to point out five special moments that were and still are just Magic for me and ad some personal touch to it. So as much as I love and acknowledge monumental moments like the "I Am Your Father" in Empire Strikes Back or the ending of "Planet of the Apes", there are some moments that are more nostalgic and of bigger meaning for me.

As a hardcore scifi fan, my super five consists only of Sci-fi genre, and only of movies that were fairly recent while I was growing up. So in no particular order, here we go!

"Hasta La Vista, Baby"

The T-1000 Terminator is the ultimate killing machine and one creepy artificial creature. Composed of shape-changing metal, it's impervious to injury and can morph its body into any number of weapons or people. Even freezing it solid can't stop it. After the T-1000's frozen form is shattered, the heroes sight with unified relief. But before the group can start rejoicing, the terminator's remains begin to melt from the nearby heat and slide slickly across the ground to reform

Terminator 2: Judgment Day was an event. An event everyone had to see. Kids, parents, teenagers - all ages were extremely excited about this movie milestone that at the time of the release was unlike anything ever before. At the time of its release it was the most expensive movie ever made and one of the biggest movie phenomenons. It's really hard to describe how huge it was for someone who wasn't around at the time.
The minute it got released on VHS it was almost impossible to get it, but finally my family managed to rent it and we all watched it, my parents, my two older sisters, her friend and myself. It was so cool
In this movie it was impossible to predict the next move, you had no clue what's gonna happen next. And it seemed that there's absolutely no way of stopping the T-1000, one of the most original characters ever.
And AFTER we've already seen him morphing into other things, AFTER we've seen him becoming a floor, AFTER we've seen him going through the bars, AFTER we've seen him pouring into the chopper, we all thought all this ALREADY cannot be topped by anything ever. And then we have the best surprise ever. When the T-1000 gets frozen and shattered by the coolest guy ever, T-800, with a line "Hasta La Vista, Baby", we all think "wow, it's over", and then the biggest mouth opening, 'holy shit!' moment of them all - the small pieces melt and gravitate towards each other forming one big puddle that reforms into T-1000 again! Entire room went "WOW! Did you see that?!There's no way of stopping it!"

The scene quickly became iconic and appeared on numerous biggest/best moments lists. Since then, it's been an integral part of pop culture referenced in all kinds of media, like
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The Simpsons...

Tiny Toon Adventures...

And many more. The sequence is also a part of animation for the Lucasfilm THX logo/intro, where a sphere explodes into tiny pieces that melt and reform together into THX logo...

And the same kind of animation is done for Artisan logo on some of the newer releases.
The phrase itself, Hasta La Vista, Baby became so iconic that even listing all the references would take an entire article. U2 even named their album after it

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T-Rex Breaks Free

Every few seconds there's a powerful thump, so strong that it makes the ground shake. With senses blinded by darkness of the night and the noise of the pouring rain, the main characters have no idea what originates the sound and what is just about to happen. Suddenly everything becomes clear - the king of the giant monsters, T-Rex, breaks free and unleashes hell on the park

Jurassic Park is one of those few epic adventure movies. Grand, fascinating, thrilling, emotional - BIG.
Back when CGI was brand new, and only featured in T2 as a fully developed technique, the then-new FX technique was breath taking. While T2 showed the world something it had never seen before with the liquid, shapeshifting villain, Jurassic Park took it even further and went all the way - dinosaurs were back!

Despite the movie being an instant classic and huge phenomenon, I didn't get to see it till '95. My older sisters, who were always renting movies for the family to watch, had seen the movie over their friend's house. Friends from school had seen it and everyone talked about it, but they didn't own it so they couldn't rent it to me. And my friends from the neighborhood weren't even allowed to see a PG movie, so I could never share my movie interests with this group, and I was never really a fan of family movies or movies targeted for young audience. Horrors, action movies, and most importantly, sci-fi - that was my turf.

Two years later, I saw a new Jurassic Park comic book and my interest in the movie was reborn. I asked my Mom to rent it for me and then I finally saw it, and it blew my mind. It was everything I expected and more.

T-Rex is the monster you wanna see ever since the beginning of the movie. It's teased throughout with the cuts showing the skeleton, the dialog ("you've got a T-Rex?!") and the movie logo itself. And man, what an entrance it makes.

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"Get Away From Her You Bitch!"

Just when the survivors of the war of the species, Ripley, Newt, Bishop and resting Hicks thought it's all over, suddenly a gigant monstrous Queen Alien appears on the ship. While she's raging terror aboard Sulaco, Ripley's quick thinking and the aid of the powerloader save the day in the tense and fascinating climax of the story

My first encounter with the alien series was heavily postponed. While it was all over the place and known to everyone by the late 80's , after seeing the teaser trailer for Aliens I thought that's too much - it's way too scary for me and I was scared at night even after seeing that teaser. That creepy screaming/howling sound throughout, cutscenes showing Hicks, Newt or Ripley scared, sweaty and running, and ending with a quick shot of Alien Queen, that was intense.
So that was THE scariest movie for me. It was a judgement I passed on the movie even without seeing it. My real introduction to alien franchise was the first 1989 Alien vs Predator comic book. I was scared to even open it and read it at first, and kept it hidden from my parents since they knew alien movies aren't for me and there was a lot of gore in the comic book. Either the same year when I read the comic book or year later, Alien 3 came out. I grew up in Europe, and as some may know, Alien 3 was a huge hit over there, so the media coverage was quite big. I watched it when it first came out on VHS and it scared the living crap out of me!
But most importantly, just like the teaser trailer and the '89 comic, it made my interest in Aliens even bigger: what those people in the beginning were survivors of? what kind of horror they've been through? Who were they? And so I finally saw Aliens, which of course, completely blew my mind.
James Cameron is a master showman, he's just master at it. Just when you thought you've seen it all, the moment Ripley looks up and sees the Queen for the first time it's like youre looking up with her. And when the camera slowly goes up and reveal the giant, with the slow camera move you slowly go : "Hoooo...Leee....Shiiit.."
And the fight on Sulaco topps it all. One on one, the Queen and Ripley. You were so much into it, partially because of the tension and atmosphere Cameron created, and partially because of Weaver's strong performance : "c'mon!!!"

The scene became an instant classic, referenced and parodied in all kinds of media. Recreated in

video games...

toy sets...

and lifesized displays all over the world in S-F museums

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The Bike Scene

At the climax of the film, the two try to escape their pursuers, scientists who want to study them with little regard for E.T.'s life. They make a getaway on Elliot's bike. When they come to a dead-end and all hope seems lost, something amazing happens: E.T. causes the bike to gently lift into the air. The plot's climax quickly turns into an emotional climax, thanks to Elliot's glee and John Williams' score, and the two enjoy a magical ride set against a bright, beautiful moon. It is the triumph of childhood and friendship, and it will never be forgotten.

I was born in '85, so E.T came out before me. I didn't get to experience the intial hype with it, but obviously I was aware of this monumental movie because just like other iconic movies, it was firmly placed in pop culture. Saw it in the late 80's and it was fantastic. It's one of those feel good, family movies with some emotional scenes. Spielberg is a master at it! This is such a great classic that shows everything that was great in 80's movies that everyone could enjoy.
The scene with the bike is such a recognizable, iconic image. Not only it symbolizes the movie, but a friendship as well.

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Vader's First Reveal

The officer stares with both curiosity and disguist, as his dark lord is resting unmasked in his meditation chamber

Darth Vader is one of the best, if not THE best movie villains ever. Part of his appeal, aside from the intimidating presence, darkness and power, was the mystery surrounding his real visual appearance - what was behind this mask? What kind of evil lurks there? A monster? what is it? Then in the middle of the movie we got a small tease that absolutely fired my imagination. I actually asked to rewind that scene about three times!

What we got in the last movie was cool, but I think Kershner's vision was far more interesting and creepy. Kershner had a different vision of unmasked Vader, much more hideous and more R.
"I imagined that beneath the mask Vader was hideous; his mouth was cut away and he had one eye hanging low." Production art would be produced for Vader's hideous face but, as Kershner describes above, it was decided that "less is more" and the character is seen only from behind. As great as the tease was, if we'd see the whole thing, Irvin's vision would become canon. What we have left from that is that production art

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Hope you enjoyed that little article of mine. See you next time
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12 years, 4 months ago
Something else I would put on here was when in "Predator" the predator took off his mask and revealed his ugly face.
    12 years, 5 months ago
    Nice article. I would choose the first Death Star destruction as my Star Wars pick
      12 years, 7 months ago
      Dude good article. But who could forget the At-At attack on planet Hoth in Empire!! Or the speeder bike race in Jedi! Those are two of my favs
        12 years, 7 months ago
        davidyck: hard to tell, there hasnt realy been a movie like that. Perhaps the Lord Of The Rings series?
        cvillatoro: I know, theres so many great moments in SW, but I just had to choose one
          12 years, 7 months ago
          yeah, i agree that the lord of the rings series will probably be remembered. pirates of the carribean might too. but thats all i can think of really. i cant really think of any memorable movies in the past 6 or 7 years.
            12 years, 7 months ago
            by the way, just out of curiousity, i was wondering, if in 30 years people look back at the 2000s films, which ones do you think would be classics, or have classic moments in them?
              12 years, 7 months ago
              awesome article. every movie you mentioned on here happens to be some of my favourite movies ever, especially terminator 2 and aliens. james cameron is one of the worlds greatest directors. its too bad that he hasent created anything recently, but at least his avatar is coming out this year.
                12 years, 7 months ago
                I'v eheard so many things about the Aliens series. I've never actually seen all three movies, and have only seen about 1/3 of the first film. Perhaps its time I checked them out. To be such a nostalgia freak, ive seen surprisingly few old movies. I just saw the first Die Hard movie about two weeks ago, and I'm 25 years old. I really need to check out a few more films. Ive apparently missed out.
                  12 years, 7 months ago
                  I was hoping someone named Achilles would throw in something from Robot Jox, but it was still very nice work.
                    12 years, 7 months ago
                    I remember seeing Jurassic Park at the cinema, i shit myself good and proper!! That film was amazing!
                    Aliens is still one of my fav films too
                    Great article

                    Thumbs up
                      12 years, 7 months ago
                      Great article. Im a huge Star Wars fan and felt the same way. I just about shit a brick when i first saw Vader.
                        12 years, 7 months ago
                        co-sign everything achilles said . . .
                          12 years, 7 months ago
                          good read!
                            12 years, 7 months ago
                            Darth would have looked cooler that way. Too bad they scrapped the idea. If less is more, then they should have never made a pre trilogy.
                              12 years, 7 months ago
                              I felt a shiver go down my spine the first time I saw any of these. Its kinda like you KNOW as your watching it for the first time that its going to be a classic moment that will always be remembered and bound to become a part of pop culture. Thumbs Up.
                                12 years, 7 months ago
                                Pat Henzy: i agree, Joker article was much better cause I gave my all to it, this is more like a reminded that Im still here with you guys! I did not retire! Thanks for the thumbs up guys, always cool to hear a good response
                                  12 years, 7 months ago
                                  Great article with tons o' classic moments!
                                    12 years, 7 months ago
                                    Both Terminator's, Aliens and Predator were THE movies in my elementary school. I remember it was because of the media frenzy and that EVERYONE had seen T2 that my Mom agreed to take me-it was awesome! That Ripley vs. Queen life-sized display looks like it's from the museum of Science and Industry, I went there when I was a kid and they had the model of Lonestar's RV from Spaceballs, too.
                                      12 years, 7 months ago
                                      You'r Joker article was way better than this, but nonetheless you get a thumbs up from me. It may be because I am a huge Joker/Batman fan that I enjoyed that one so much more. This article makes me want to go watch Alien and Star Wars, neither of which I have seen yet!!!!!!!! (I know, all my friends give me sh!t about it allready)
                                        12 years, 7 months ago
                                        You forgot the part where Galactica jumped into the atmosphere of New Caprica, and nearly fell to her death before jumping away again! =)
                                          12 years, 7 months ago
                                          That Vader image sure is an eye opener. It kind of makes him look like a mask-less Jason Voorhees but obviously smarter and cooler. I agree with many that Hayden Christensen kind of fucked up the role of Darth Vader in the prequel trilogy but it was fun to watch Anakin Skywalker being transformed into Vader after his "death". I'd heard rumors about the climactic battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader since I was 11 years old (I saw A New Hope for the first time in 1997) and always wondered and imagined what that battle would look like and of course how it would end.

                                          The four things I'd heard from Vader's pre-prequel backstory were A. That he was indeed a Jedi Knight. B. He was Luke Skywalker's father (that's a given). C. He and Obi-Wan fought each other and Vader lost. D. Most of Vader's body was mangled and destroyed upon falling in a lava pit (who knew that the climactic battle would actually take place on a lava planet).

                                          As I got older and the prequel trilogy was released, I kind of lost interest in Vader there for a little bit as a lot of mystery was taken out of his character. I kind of began to identify more with the infamous masked (though his face is revealed in Ep. II, not much else is said about what happens to him afterwards) bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Though Fett is my favorite character, I will always have a soft spot for everyone's favorite Dark Lord Of The Sith (A phrase and title Vader had that I didn't fully understand until Ep. I came out).

                                          Hayden and Jar Jar Binks were the biggest disappointments of the prequel trilogy and thus the original (and I mean unadulterated, not any of that Hayden in Jedi, Jango as Boba in Empire, and Greedo/Han shot first in A New Hope bullshit that Lucas has managed to lovingly stuff his mattress with 30 years after the trilogies stories began) trilogy, especially The Empire Strikes Back continue to remain my favorite Star Wars films after nearly 12 years of Star Wars fandom.

                                          The only decent change in my opinion made to the 1997 Special Edition version of The Empire Strikes Back was replacing the bizarre non-continuous version (purportedly an old woman with chimpanzee eyes superimposed on top) of the Emperor in the Meditation Chamber scene with Ian McDiarmid who played Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious/Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in Episodes I-III and Jedi. Changing Boba Fett's voice over was a sacrilege and a travesty to such a neat character.

                                          As for some of the other movies you mentioned, T2 and Aliens are classics in their own rights and they too are also some of my all time favorite movies.
                                            12 years, 7 months ago
                                            Hoju: U remember the T2 days, that was the coolest thing ever!Great days, great days
                                            tbondrage99: I think we're lucky to grow up in the times were movies were so good that they eventually became cinema classics. What do they have now? low budget remakes with no names and lame teen horrors which all look the same
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