DS9 - The Visitor
I don’t cry at fictional stuff that often. Crying is mostly reserved for actual traumatic things that involve me.
The second time I watched this episode was the first time I shed a tear for something in a story of any kind. I think that marked a change in my empathy levels or something because I shed tears for other stuff after that. (The next time I watched the Lion King, for example.)
(Wait, I just figured out what changed. Ah. More on this story later.)
BUT ALSO, on a more amusing note.
solo-by-choice, I had completely forgotten that this episode makes my ‘Sisko = Mufasa’ thing actually work. Jake Sisko actually runs towards a cloudlike, insubstantial apparition of his father shouting “No! Don’t leave me!” And Sisko repeatedly tells Jake the equivalent of “Remember. Who. You. Are.” throughout the course of the episode.
Benjamin Sisko is Mufasa and it is beautiful.