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July 10 2010

12 great sci fi and fantasy speeches. Featuring not one but two occasions from Buffy.

Umm... where's the "I aim to misbehave" speech from SERENITY? I would put that ahead of both of the Buffy speeches.
Those were great choices, but I think we could add to that:
Fine, I'll start it:

"Open the pod bay doors, Hal."
I think Buffy's speech in "Checkpoint" should be on the list.

Not necessarily a speech, but "We're her blood kin... who are you?!//We're her family." speech in "Family."

And Cordy's goodbye speech in "You're welcome."

The Buffyverse is ripe with great monologues.
I prefer Sam's speech at Osgiliath and Theoden's at Pelennor over Aragorn's. They seemed more powerful to me.

I'm delighted to see Independence day on there. That speech get me every time.

And yeah, where's Mal on that list?
"You have to leave now, and never come back here. Have you ever heard of insect politics? Neither have I. Insects... don't have politics. They're very... brutal. No compassion, no compromise. We can't trust the insect. I'd like to become the first... insect politician. Y'see, I'd like to, but... I'm afraid, uh... I'm saying... I'm saying I - I'm an insect who dreamt he was a man and loved it. But now the dream is over... and the insect is awake. I'm saying... I'll hurt you if you stay."
Adama for the win.
My two favourite speeches in seven seasons of Buffy are Xander's speech to Dawn at the end of "Potential" and Spike's speech to Buffy in "Touched". And the other one that always gets to me is Spike's speech to Buffy in the church in "Beneath You".
The "class protector" speech always gets me teary-eyed. Xander's speech to Dawn in "Potential" as well, I would have loved to see that one make the list.
Buffy's speech in "Earshot", Angel's "Passion" speech and Anya in "The Body" would get my votes. Oh, and Angel in "Epiphany". There's so many great speeches in the Whedonverse.
"I may be synethic, but I'm not stupid."

What was that about "Earshot"? Just caught the wisp of it.
I hadn't heard that the Adama speech was done in one take. I'm even more impressed with that one.

But I agree that there are so many good speeches in the Whedonverse. Indeed, there could be a top 12 just for it, and we would still have difficulty limiting ourselves to the 12. Xander's speech to Dawn in "Potential" and Anya's speech in "The Body" were two that instantly came to mind for me, before looking at the link. (Glad to see them listed by others above.)
I prefer Sam's speech at Osgiliath and Theoden's at Pelennor over Aragorn's. They seemed more powerful to me.


Also can't go pass Roy's speech in Bladerunner, it's every kind of epic. As for best Whedonverse speeches, I'm going to have to go with Xander's in 'Potential', Spike's in 'A Hole in the World', Angel's in 'Powerplay' and Mal's "I aim to misbehave" in Serenity.
Wow - didn't know that Rutger Hauer wrote that - intensely beautiful. In many of these cases, and the ones that were left off (e.g., Spike's in Touched), it is the delivery that knocks the words out of the park and not just the words on paper.
I don't know if I could choose a favourite, as thinking about it there are so many speeches in the Buffyverse, but I definitely love Spike's speech in 'Touched' and Buffy's in 'Chosen'. To throw a few more in there that haven't been mentioned yet...

Buffy in 'After Life' ('I was in heaven')
Spike in 'After Life' ('Every night I saved you')
Spike in 'Lovers Walk' ('I may be love's bitch...')
Buffy in 'Prophesy Girl' ('I'm sixteen years old, I don't want to die')
Anya in 'End of Days' ('They're lame morons for fighting. But they do')
Faith in 'This Years Girl' ('Like those animals in the tar pits')
Spike in 'Fool For Love' ('Every Slayer has a death wish')

And from Angel, Angel in 'Deep Down' ('We live as though the world is as it should be, to show it what it can be')

[ edited by Leaf on 2010-07-11 12:50 ]
I personally think, that Anyas speech in "The Body" ist one of the best moments in the series. Her beginning to understand what the death, that she brought over centuries, really means was breathtaking. And great work by EC by the way.
Rutgar Haur in Blade Runner .... that is indeed, pure poetry. Is it just me, or did they leave out part of it?

Jamie Bamber in Crossroads ... he did that in one take?? Totally brilliant, such a fine actor. I love that he got this recognition because his spot on, pitch perfect acting on BSG was so often overlooked, in the midst of such an exceptional cast.

Happy to see the G'Kar love as well. The late, great Andreas Katsukas with his amazing Shakespearean voice - along with Londo, my favorite B5 character

I prefer Buffy's "I think I was in heaven" speech from After Life. What a brilliant piece of writing from Jane E., and SMG's delivery was mesmerizing.
Also loved Spike's "Every night I save you" from After Life.

Another gem from Spike to Buffy, from Touched (" .... you're the one, Buffy"). And the Marsters masterpiece of delivery from Beneath You.

Also love Buffy in Checkpoint, although I think something would be lost without the visual of the sword flying across the room ("I'm fairly certain I said 'no interruptions'") :_)
The "Class protector" speech always makes me shed some tears.

Probably an unpopular opinion, but I liked Buffy's speeches in S7, especially "Bring on the Night" one:

I'm beyond tired. I'm beyond scared.I'm standing on the mouth of Hell and it's going to swallow me whole. And it'll choke on me. We're not ready? THEY'RE not ready. [..]
Ugh! I can't even READ the "Class Protector" speech without getting teary-eyed!
In the Sereniverse, the "I aim to misbehave" speech and the "Love" speech at the end of the BDM are priceless. Either or both could've (and should've, IMO) made the List.

[ edited by TDBrown on 2010-07-11 14:27 ]
Id hate to beaat a dead horse, but the I aim to misbehave speech is one of my favorites of all time, the Love keeps her in the air, at the end of the movie was good to. as for buffy, the Anya speech in The Body was definatly the most moving, i still cant watch that ep without having a manfull cry.
I loved the one at the end of Bring on the Night, I actually was expecting that one. But the chosen 2 were also excellent. I agree with the previous posts that said Passions, Chosen, Checkpoint and Potential. Plus all the Angel ones particularly anything from the final season.
I preferred Theoden's speech over Aragorn's. Partly it came first (stole the thunder), but also that you can tell that every rider (including the king) soiled their armor when they saw the MŻmakil, but Theoden still rallied them.

The Buffy speeches in season 7 kinda disappointed me. Buffy was all about defying conventional authority and skewering the pompous. Those speeches were okay for some other show, but felt out of place on Buffy. Perhaps, they could have had the bad things happen when she tried to imitate her (traditional) idea of a leader, and had things turn around when she embraced her own unusualness.

And for Madhatter...
Doctor: Detective Beck. No one deserves to die like that. I don't care what the man's done.

Cliff Willis: He killed twelve people, wounded twenty three more, stole six cars, most of them Ferraris. Robbed eight banks, six supermarkets, four jewelery stores and a candy shop. Six of the ones he killed he carved up with a butcher knife. Two of them were kids. He did all that in two weeks. If anyone deserves to go that way, it sure in the hell was him.
My favourite ever scifi speech outside the Whedonverse

Gets me everytime.
The Doctor has had a lot of good speeches, but that one does stand out for me as well, Simon.

Edit: just scrolled through the list and just reading the speech from The Prom made me weepy.

Sam's speech to Frodo is my favorite speech from LOTR. The speeches to rouse the troops are fine and all, but his had the most truth in it, IMO. And it was about more than just one moment.

I'm a little confused why the speech from Gremlins is on the list though. Seems like an example of one being not like the others.

[ edited by NYPinTA on 2010-07-11 16:13 ]

[ edited by NYPinTA on 2010-07-11 16:14 ]
Here's some of my faves:

"If there is no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do." - Angel, Epiphany

"What you did to me was unbelievable, Connor. But then I got stuck in a hell dimension by my girlfriend one time for a hundred years, so three months under the ocean actually gave me perspective. Kind of a M. C. Esher perspective. But I did get time to think. About us, about the world. Nothing in the world is the way it ought to be. It's harsh, and cruel. But that's why there's us. Champions. It doesn't matter where we come from, what we've done or suffered, or even if we make a difference. We live as though the world was what it should be, to show it what it can be. You're not a part of that yet. I hope you will be. I love you, Connor. Now get out of my house." - Angel, Deep Down

"I traveled all of them [dimensions] as I pleased. I walked worlds of smoke and half-truths, intangible. Worlds of torment and of unnamable beauty. Opaline towers as high as small moons. Glaciers that rippled with insensate lust. And one world with nothing but shrimp. I tired of that one quickly." - Illyria, Underneath

"Death is your art. You make it with your hands, day after day. That final gasp. That look of peace. Part of you is desperate to know: What's it like? Where does it lead you? And now you see, that's the secret. Not the punch you didn't throw or the kicks you didn't land. Every Slayer... has a death wish. Even you." - Spike, Fool For Love

"No. I don't believe it is [your fault]. Do you want me to wag my finger at you and tell you that you acted rashly? You did. And I can. I know that you loved him. And he has proven more than once that he loved you. You couldn't have known what would happen. The coming months a-are gonna, are gonna be hard... I, I suspect on all of us, but if it's guilt you're looking for, Buffy, I'm, I'm not your man. All you will get from me is, is my support. And my respect." - Giles, Innocence

"Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping. Waiting. And though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us... guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love, the clarity of hatred, and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we'd be truly dead." - Angel, Passion

"I do remember what I said. The promise. To protect her. If I had done that, even if I didn't make it, you wouldn't have had to jump. But I want you to know I did save you. Not when it counted, of course, but after that. Every night after that. I'd see it all again. Do something different. Faster or more clever, you know? Dozens of times, lots of different ways... Every night I save you." - Spike, Afterlife

"Iím not a sniveling whiny little Cry-Buffy. Iím the nastiest girl in Sunnydale history. I take crap from no one... Back off, Polygrip! You think youíre bad? Being all mean and haunty? Picking on poor pathetic Cordy? Well, get ready to haul your wrinkly translucent ass out of this place because, lady, the bitch is back." - Cordy, Rm w/a Vu

[ edited by Emmie on 2010-07-11 17:01 ]
Emmie you missed my fave part of the Passion speech: "Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love, the clarity of hatred and the ecstacy of grief."

Others I love are Angel's speeches in Epiphany, Deep Down and Power Play and Apollo's Crossroads.
Seven words:

"Up until about a hundred years ago..."

I was amazed to find that Jonathan Archer's "We Are All Explorers" speech wasn't in the list at all. Bonus points: "the demons of our past". Heh.

...though I have to admit, Berman and Braga's little "valentine" gets me everytime, too. (Well, 60% of the time.)

[ edited by redeem147 on 2010-07-11 17:20 ]
My personal fave:

"This goes all the way through to the other side. So, I figure, there's a bloke somewhere around New Zealand standing on a bridge like this one, looking back down at us. All the way down. There's a hole in the world. Feels like we ought to have known." -- Spike

And a wave at Beer Good for posting the speech from the Fly -- that still gives me chills.
They do know that Independence Day speech is a glorified rip-off of the St. Crespin's Day speech in Henry V. Shakespeare (and Kenneth Branagh) did it better.

And I'd like to echo that Anya's speech in The Body is one of my favorites ever, still makes me cry. The Prom speech is a classic classic, but I think Buffy's speech to her mom in Becoming part 2 "I have to go save the world, again" is more affecting than her speech in The Gift, which just feels overwritten for the moment.
Oh yeah! The Becoming Pt 2 speech was so heart wrenching, it just felt so real especially for the character and the time in her life(high school homework!) it was an epic moment in an epic episode!
The Prom speech is a classic classic, but I think Buffy's speech to her mom in Becoming part 2 "I have to go save the world, again" is more affecting than her speech in The Gift, which just feels overwritten for the moment.
Couldn't agree more! Jonathan's class protector award speech always gets to me (even the description of it on the linked site got to me) and IMHO Buffy's confrontation with Joyce in Becomming p.2 is among the dramatic high points of the series. Maybe it's because I saw the S5 finale back to back with the S6 premiere, but the final speech in The Gift never worked for me.

A lot of great 'speeches' in the Buffyverse. Spike also had tons of good ones.

And indeed nice to see G'Kar included, though I can't say I remember that particular speech.
Heh, heh! Hope you had a good sleep, Simon.
Honestly Groosalugg and BlueSkies I think it's because the stakes were relatable. Not that they were necessarily higher, but I can understand a high schooler telling her mom off and being on the side of right. It makes emotional sense to me.

Sacraficing herself to save the world, I can't wrap my head around those stakes. At least not in that fashion. If the portal to the end of the world was inside herself, and she had to off herself like she did Angel in S2, I'd be like holy crap, yes Dawn keep living.

But a CGI swan dive into the purple pool? Dawn, just hold on this chick will be back shortly.
BDM "Love" speech is my personal favorite.
Emmie, that's some impressive research. :) And great stuff, I'd forgotten Angel's speech to Connor in Deep Down - that's a real classic.

And as a dedicated Spike fan, how could I forget that one from Fool for Love - a classic for more than just the words, with the great flash back-and-forth visuals and as always, JM's perfect acting.
There are many great speeches in our shows, as the examples people have brought to this thread certainly illustrate. I am surprised that "aim to misbehave", at the least, missed the sfx list. And the acknowledgement of Buffy in the "The Prom" is one of the sweetest moments in the series.

That said, the good-bye at the end of "The Gift" is the one which made me a little misty-eyed just re-reading it via the link.
Wow, all these comments and so far no one's got my favorite?

"You're not friends. You'll never be friends..."

My very favorite SF speech ever, however, comes from Babylon 5:

"So much has been lost, so much blood, so much suffering, and for what, I wonder? The past tempts us, the present confuses us, and the future frightens us. And our lives slip away, moment by moment, lost in that vast, terrible in-between. But there is still a chance to seize that last fragile moment, to choose something better, to make a difference, as you say. And I intend to do just that."
ManEnoughToAdmitIt, I never would have guessed that was your favourite, but now that you mention it, it is one of his very best. It really did set him up as the evil Anti-Xander observer!

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