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Re: Best and Worst moments on television

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Originally Posted by Fawkesfan1 View Post
Star Trek: TNG -- For me, the best moment from that show, are actually two of them, when Capt. Picard became Locutus of Borg . That was just terrifying and it showed that the show could do well on its own. And the other one is the finale of the series, loved the entire episode, and I especially loved how he finally took the time to play cards with the crew.
If the ending of "The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1" isn't the best moment in TNG, it's definitely the most memorable. Season three of that show will always be my favorite, it's an excellent season of television (even with Wesley there), and that finale, particularly that last moment, is gripping. Think what you will of the resolution in Part 2, that's a cliffhanger.


This is but a sample, and in no particular order. Some are actually moments, some are longer scenes.


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BEST

Futurama, the ending to "Time Keeps on Slipping" - Fry realizes what he did to win Leela over (long story): He wrote her a love note in the stars themselves...and then it's blown up before she can see it. Somehow as devastating as that in its own way is Bender being rejected as a Globetrotter. The last thing we hear in this brilliant episode is Bender sadly whistling the Globetrotters theme, and it's really, surprisingly poignant.

The Simpsons, the "Who Needs the Kwik-e-Mart?" song in "Homer and Apu" - The original and the reprise both; my two favorite parts are the awkward pause after the family's done singing and Homer saying, "He lied to us through song! I hate it when people do that!" after Apu's reprise.

Friends, Phoebe and Chandler's "date" in "The One Where Everybody Finds Out" - Phoebe mock-seduces Chandler, knowing that he knows that she knows that he's seeing Monica, and he knows that she knows that he...whatever, it's a hilarious scene. And at the end of it, Chandler says he loves Monica for the first time, which is nice too.

Breaking Bad, Hank and Marie watch Walt's "confession" tape in "Confessions" - This is one of the most despicable things Walter White ever did, and one of the highs/lows of not only the last half-season but the whole series.

The Simpsons, Bart distracts Sideshow Bob from killing him in "Cape Feare" - He does that by persuading him to sing the entire score to Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. Bob is delightfully murderous and pompous at the same time.

Doctor Who, the death of Rose Tyler in "Doomsday" - Okay, not literally. It's like death for Rose as well as The Doctor, though, when the two are separated...by a universe. It's their last scene together that I'm selecting; the scene in which they're torn from each other is upsetting, the goodbye scene when The Doctor's last message to her is interrupted is heartbreaking.

Friends, Ross & Rachel are lobsters in "The One with the Prom Video" - If you know the episode, you know what that means. The kiss in "The One Where Ross Finds Out" is a pretty damn great moment too, but this one's more satisfying. I rooted for Ross & Rachel no matter how tired I was of Ross & Rachel, so I had to include this if I mentioned Friends, and I had to mention Friends.

How I Met Your Mother, the first Robin Sparkles video in "Slap Bet" - The 1980s-but-really-1990s-for-Canada vibe, the celebrating-the-video-in-the-video moment, the robot, "So you wanted people to go to the mall...today?" The whole thing is amazing to behold.

The Simpsons, Grimey's breakdown in "Homer's Enemy" - Homer never understood why Frank Grimes didn't like him, and in this climactic scene (both for the episode and for Frank Grimes' life), good ol' Grimey explains it all. He's not that good at having a breakdown, but he tries, and that's what's important.

30 Rock, Tracy's "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah" video as seen in "Jack Gets in the Game" - Whoever thought of this, I am in love with the way you think.

Breaking Bad, Skyler tells Walt what she knows in "ABQ" - She doesn't have all the information yet, but she knows her husband has been lying to her incessantly, and doesn't even want to know what exactly he's hiding. I - like many others, I'm sure - had been waiting for this since the show started, and it was just what I wanted but not quite what I expected. That was the way it went with Breaking Bad. There are many moments from the last eight episodes that I thought about putting on this list, but I need to do more thinking about those episodes.

Futurama, Fry finishes his opera for Leela in "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" - Fry's lost his gift to play the holophonor well, but he still sounds great to Leela. These weren't the last moments of Futurama - they were the first last moments - and Fry and Leela didn't become a couple right after this the way it seemed they would, but this is still a lovely way to go.

The Simpsons, Homer the pervert in "Homer Badman" - When Homer is interviewed on a Hard Copy-esque show, that interview is turned into an absurd assembly of sound bites, stills, and reaction shots from the host that make Homer out to be...well, a pervert and a bad man. The episode is a dead-on satire of ugly, sensationalistic "news" shows.

The Office, Michael struggles not to say a certain inappropriate phrase in "Sexual Harassment" - I wanted to include a Michael Scott moment or scene that wasn't about half the episode, and this is a great one. By the way...THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!

Doctor Who, Sally Sparrow talks to The Doctor through the magic of DVD in "Blink" - Long story. Short version - very short version is this: Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey.

Breaking Bad, Hank finds out in "Gliding Over All" - We were waiting for this even more and much longer than we were for Skyler to find out. This might be the best cliffhanger in television history. Everything changes after this.

Cheers, Sam & Diane's fight at the end of "Showdown: Part 2" - The electric, game-changing ending that lead to a tumultuous and even better second season ("Are you as turned on as I am?" "More!").

Veronica Mars, Veronica and Lilly's last moments together in "Leave It to Beaver" - The mystery of who killed Veronica's best friend has been solved, and even though that doesn't mean there are no more worries, the two of them can basically be at peace now. The song "Lily Dreams On" scores it beautifully.

The Simpsons, any moment of Homer arguing with his own brain

Futurama, Seymour waits in "Jurassic Bark" - This is actually not one of my favorite episodes, because it's really the ending that makes it. This is a thread about favorite moments, though, and this one's a killer. Fry thinks Seymour forgot about him and moved on to a new owner, but we see that, no, Seymour never stopped waiting for Fry, and that painful montage is set to "I Will Wait for You."

The Office, Jim tells Pam he's in love with her in "Casino Night" and Jim asks Pam out in "The Job" - I'm not ranking these, so it's not a tie. A tie would be cheating. I wanted to include these together for the point/counterpoint of them; Jim finally telling Pam that he's been in love with her for years at the end of season two was thrilling, but sad too because it wasn't going to happen for them...yet. A year later, Pam is trying to seem okay with Jim and Karen, she and Jim are friends again, yada yada yada, when Jim interrupts the interview and asks her out. Her happiness at that moment is infectious.

Veronica Mars, the end - The last moments, in the season three finale with a title that this site would censor a key word of, do not provide closure, but they are kind of perfect for this wonderfully cynical show. I won't describe the scene, other than to say that "It Never Rains in Southern California" is used to perfect effect, and you should watch Veronica Mars. There's a movie coming, don't you want to be in the loop?

WORST

I'll just list one here, and it's a single scene that exemplified the reasons why I gave up on this show (and I don't give up on shows often or easily).

Smallville, Grant Gabriel is actually Lex's (thought-dead) brother Julian - There was an episode in season three called "Memoria" that was always one of my favorites, very powerful episode about the events surrounding Julian's death. Now, Smallville was never the most careful about continuity or the most consistent show in any respect, but this was an example of a weak twist actually damaging great episodes from long before, and it was the last straw for me. I was only watching for Chloe at this point anyway.



I could go on talking about Futurama and The Simpsons alone, but I don't want to be here for years.


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