StarTrek.com, for our latest poll, asked What was Spock’s most human moment? The options were The Voyage Home’s “I Feel fine,” Grabbing Kirk in “Amok Time,” Sacrifice in The Wrath of Khan, Crying in “The Naked Time,” Joy in “This Side of Paradise” and Mourning Sarek in “Unification.” Once again, more than 10,000 people took the time to reply, and the results were as follows:
Where did your choice land in the results? While you think about that, below are comments from some of your fellow fans – and from StarTrek.com:
“Lot of people voting for the sacrifice in Khan. While I agree it's a high point for the franchise self sacrifice for others is in fact a very Vulcan thing exemplified by Spock's own motto in the movie, "The needs if the many outweigh the needs of the few." Definitely Amok Time was his most human moment. Naked Time was disease and "I feel fine" was him figuring out how to truly incorporate both sides of his heritage but Amok Time was straight off the cuff joy.” – Robert Hovorka
“…Go with 22%'s vote of his grabbing Jim on "Amok Time". This is the more logical choice.” – Allison Laster Fitch
“His sacrifice in Wrath of Khan shouldn't even be an option as his most human moment; that was pure Vulcan logic: "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... or the one." – Joe Cogan
“Why on earth is everyone voting for his sacrifice in The Wrath of Khan?! It was the logical thing to do; any Vulcan would have done it! His exclamation "Jim" and pure joy in Amok Time is the moment where he was most human EVER!” – KloDiana Xh
StarTrek.com’s view: Our vote would be a tie between Grabbing Jim in “Amok Time” and Sacrifice in The Wrath of Khan. There’s pure elation and relief in Spock’s reaction in “Amok Time,” and we smile every time we see it. As for Spock’s sacrifice in Star Trek II, we agree with those fans who argue that the sacrifice itself was an act of logic. That’s because, yes, logic dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. However, the scene involves more than just the act of Spock sacrificing himself. His conversation with Kirk is heartbreaking and – when he says, “I have been and always shall be your friend” – it’s painfully human, too.