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List #16: Top Five Television Episodes

16 December, 2012

Alright, I’ve put writing this entry on my to-do list. So now I have to do it. Finally. Well done me. Anyway, as I’ve been watching all the TV I wrote about last entry, occasionally there’s an episode which catches my attention or my emotions in a way that I just can’t shake. That episode always has gone on a mental list of ones I might want to rewatch, or have rewatched, over and above the rest of the series. There are more than five such episodes, but I finally made a non-mental list of all of them, and have decided to narrow it down to five for the purposes of this entry. They are not in any particular order, but here goes:

– “Killer Within” – Season 3, Episode 4 – The Walking Dead

This is the most recent of these five episodes. Unfortunately, I can’t really divulge much of what happens in this that makes it so awesome, because there would be a lot of spoilers. But bad things happen, and people react. And more things happen.

– “Flight of the Phoenix” – Season 2, Episode 9 – Battlestar Galactica

This was the episode that made me start the list. It’s not the first one I saw, but it’s the first that drew me as much. Basically, it’s about everyone banding together in a time of desperation, to give people something to live for. Also, robots that look like people.

– “Restless” – Season 4, Episode 22 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This entire episode is a dream (spoiler? I don’t think so…). Actually, four dreams, of four different characters. The plot is cool, but the thing that really got me was how dreamlike everything felt. The music was kind of creepily repetitive, like a fugue state in a dream, the dialog didn’t follow (but it made sense within the context until you noticed it, just like a dream) and the scenery changed suddenly but was, again, not that weird until you noticed it. I’ve seen dream sequences in shows before, but none ever felt right, except this one. Also, Giles sings.

– “The New Era” – Season 2, Episode 4 – The OC

I’ve probably seen this about ten times. Not necessarily because I wanted to, at the beginning. So maybe this one is on here just because of repeated exposure, but for whatever reason, I still enjoy it. It’s a coherent story but furthers the arc, and there are clever lines and good music (my first exposure to The Killers) and, of course, Olivia Wilde.

– “Out of Gas” – Season 1, Episode 8 – Firefly

It’s really sad that this show didn’t keep going. This episode is… well, I dunno. I don’t think it’ll have the same effect if you haven’t watched the show from the beginning, and you don’t know the characters, so don’t just go out and watch this right now. Basically it shows how everyone met, and how things came to be the way they are, but it’s essentially someone’s life flashing before their eyes, and when that end finally comes… Well, yeah. So watch it, but only after the first 7 episodes. Word.

So there’s a lot of sci-fi here, but for the most they’re not here because of the sci-fi aspects of the show. It’s more about the people than it is about the shows. And really I just watch a fair amount of sci-fi. There are other episodes that didn’t make this list, some from the same shows and some from others (two potential ones from Lost narrowly missed out, but I won’t specify because this list was only five. What are your top five?