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  • Ubik
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    Originally posted by sarthaz View Post
    Every single episode of The Wire
    This. That show pretty much re-wrote the book on 'good television'.

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  • Delenn_of_Mir
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    Watch out here comes the thread killer "whoa -ohhhh, whoa -ohhhhh"

    All of Babylon 5 is my perfect episode, starting from the gathering, through the movies and novels and ending with SIL.

    The pilot episode of the 4400 was really good, it's still the best pilot episode I've ever seen. The show goes downhill from there, although I still really liked the rest of it, even if they had to finish it in novels.

    Farscape's "Peacekeeper Wars" miniseries that they did after the show was prematurely canceled, was pretty darn perfect, in my estimation.

    Once More With Feeling, my fave Buffy episode, of all time!!!!!

    And Tara's first episode, the one where there's no dialogue and the uber creepy "Gentlemen".

    Oh, and I have to mention "Borealis" a canadian pilot movie that wasn't picked up for series, but was totally perfect, also. They gave it a frelling stupid new name for the dvd, but "Borealis" is its real title.

    And um, oh yeah - did I mention Babylon 5?

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  • sarthaz
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    Since I made the comment in the other thread about perfect episodes, I guess I should chime in with the ones I was thinking about at the time. I adore Buffy, and The Body is one of my favorite episodes of television ever. "Mom? Mom? Mommy?". Brilliant. Earshot, Hush, Conversations with Dead People, Once More with Feeling ... all just wonderful and creative television. Not sure I'd call any of these perfect, though. In fact, the more I think about it, the more discriminating I get. The West Wing's Two Cathedrals is spectacular, as is Twenty Five. Every single episode of The Wire, Band of Brothers, and From the Earth to the Moon could make any top list. Lost, Alias, and Battlestar Galactica all collapsed under their self-righteous mythologies, but their pilot episodes were among the best television we've ever seen. Pine Barrens, Ozymandias, Rains of Castamere, I could list HBO episodes until the forum crashes. And what about comedies? How could I make a list without Chuckles, and Over the River, and The Contest, and Lucy Does a TV Commercial.

    So when I think about it, when I really think about it, I have to stop my list at two. Two perfect episodes of television. Babylon 5's Sleeping in Light and Six Feet Under's Everyone's Waiting.

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  • sense8ional
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    I finished Jeremiah a few days ago and I thought it was pretty cool. What I liked the most was the interaction of Jeremiah, Kurdy and later Smith, other stuff not so much. I definitely recommend a watch as I had fun and the plot did go somewhere, unlike the short lived Crusade.

    However, yes, thank you Ubik, Luke Perry getting laid with a new woman every other episode while "helping" them (oh god I'm getting flashbacks from that awful brothel/circus episode, or how about the twins one?!), definitely confused the hell out of me.

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by Ubik View Post
    Many will likely disagree with me, but personally, I was never that fond of Jeremiah I did see the entire series too. It was okay, nothing more, nothing less. It just never really seemed to go beyond fairly mediocre post apocalyptic stuff, and my girlfriend and I had a running joke about Jeremiah 'helping' women, which would almost always culminate in him sleeping with them! Hahaha... I doubt it's aged that well. No real desire to re-watch it. There's better TV out there. I think we often settle for less than what we should with SF TV.
    Everybody's taste is different, of course but yeah, I'm one to disagree with you on that. Now, as usual, season one was hit and miss with me but I noticed right away that it was the Sam Egan episodes that were so sadly predictable (with one exception, iirc). Season two, though? Loved pretty much every minute. Loved Mister Smith. Loved that Kurdy got more to do. Loved the twist with Jeremiah's girlfriend. Would have loved to see more. But yeah, next time I pull out the DVDs I'm likely to to skip the Sam Egan eps.

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  • Ubik
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    Originally posted by Satai with Punsch View Post
    Jeremiah especially. I had heard of JMS experience and did not bother with the show as a result. But you guys think it is worth a try?
    Many will likely disagree with me, but personally, I was never that fond of Jeremiah I did see the entire series too. It was okay, nothing more, nothing less. It just never really seemed to go beyond fairly mediocre post apocalyptic stuff, and my girlfriend and I had a running joke about Jeremiah 'helping' women, which would almost always culminate in him sleeping with them! Hahaha... I doubt it's aged that well. No real desire to re-watch it. There's better TV out there. I think we often settle for less than what we should with SF TV.

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  • babylonlurker
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    Originally posted by Satai with Punsch View Post
    Lots of new suggestions since I popped by last time. I do agree with Out of Gas as well as The Body. Several of the ones you mention I have never seen unfortunately. Jeremiah especially. I had heard of JMS experience and did not bother with the show as a result. But you guys think it is worth a try?


    There is quite a few episodes here that I am unfamiliar with, so feel free to edit and add as you like.

    So far we have:


    -Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light, Intersections in Real Time, Severed Dreams
    -Fringe: An Enemy of Fate, A Short Story About Love, An Enemy of Fate
    -M.a.s.h.: Final episode, second half
    -Blakes 7: Final episode
    -Firefly: Objects in Space, Out of Gas
    -Buffy: Restless (s4), The Body
    -Person of interest: If then else (s4), Carter (3.4)
    -Lost: the Finale, White Tulip, Tricia Tanaka Is Dead,
    -Stargate Universe: Epilogue
    -Jeremiah: Finale
    One comment : The episode "White Tulip"is from Fringe, not Lost. Otherwise this looks like a good list.

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  • Satai with Punsch
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    Lots of new suggestions since I popped by last time. I do agree with Out of Gas as well as The Body. Several of the ones you mention I have never seen unfortunately. Jeremiah especially. I had heard of JMS experience and did not bother with the show as a result. But you guys think it is worth a try?


    There is quite a few episodes here that I am unfamiliar with, so feel free to edit and add as you like.

    So far we have:


    -Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light, Intersections in Real Time, Severed Dreams
    -Fringe: An Enemy of Fate, A Short Story About Love, An Enemy of Fate
    -M.a.s.h.: Final episode, second half
    -Blakes 7: Final episode
    -Firefly: Objects in Space, Out of Gas
    -Buffy: Restless (s4), The Body
    -Person of interest: If then else (s4), Carter (3.4)
    -Lost: the Finale, White Tulip, Tricia Tanaka Is Dead,
    -Stargate Universe: Epilogue
    -Jeremiah: Finale

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  • babylonlurker
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    Originally posted by Ubik View Post
    Okay, I'm going to add one from a series I'm currently watching. I've been ill as a dog all weekend with norovirus, so binge watched a good chunk of Person of Interest on Netflix. Have been casually watching the series as 'chill out' viewing and it's held my attention quite well.

    I just hit the S4 episode 'If Then Else' and wow, it had me choking up at two points. The final scene just left me in tears. Didn't realise how much I'd grown to love the characters. Good TV. Definite high point of the show so far, in terms of writing and direction.
    I got that in episode 3.10 as well (Carter).

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  • Ubik
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    Okay, I'm going to add one from a series I'm currently watching. I've been ill as a dog all weekend with norovirus, so binge watched a good chunk of Person of Interest on Netflix. Have been casually watching the series as 'chill out' viewing and it's held my attention quite well.

    I just hit the S4 episode 'If Then Else' and wow, it had me choking up at two points. The final scene just left me in tears. Didn't realise how much I'd grown to love the characters. Good TV. Definite high point of the show so far, in terms of writing and direction.

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  • Jonas
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    I think Severed Dreams is perhaps the best example I've ever seen in television of tension building, building, building... and then exploding, with massive payoff. So many shows these days try to build up to these massive cliffhangers, but then quickly take a step back (BSG being a prime example). Severed Dreams is so amazing because it's the moment when everything changes and you can't ever go back to the status quo anymore.

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  • Babel-17
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    Originally posted by sense8ional View Post
    Booo you guys mentioned all the episodes I was going to

    Lost: The End. Very emotional. The perfect ending. Try and beat that showrunners! (Yes, I know several people hated it, but those mostly fell out of love with the show, long, long, before the final episode).
    Buffy: A bunch of episodes, typically being directed by Whedon himself, were breathtaking!
    Firefly: Out of Gas. Perfectly weaving three timeframes.

    Oh, oh, I remembered one;
    Babylon 5: Intersections in Real Time. This was one of the most chilling things I've ever seen in a series and for that reason it's B5's most memorable episode for me.
    I agree with Intersections in Real Time as being one of the best. I've posted a scene from it on several occasions so as to make a point.

    Ed "Mr. Morden " Wasser starred in a short film on youtube that gave a strong tip of the hat to that episode. I gave it a thread here, fwiw.

    http://jmsnews.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41663

    yes, "Intersections" (and B5) was an inspiration
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKz4pvq8kZU

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  • Babel-17
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    Speaking of Fringe

    White Tulip comes to mind as a perfect episode. It was Walter-centric, it had a lot say, it referenced both the past and the future of the show, it was perfectly written science fiction, and it had one of the most amazing guest appearances a SF show can have.
    It's so perfect, you almost can't spoil it. It's that affirming.
    But definitely don't click this link if you've never seen it and don't like spoilers.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Tulip

    It was ranked the best episode of the entire series by Entertainment Weekly, while IGN and Den of Geek ranked it as the second best.

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  • sense8ional
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    Booo you guys mentioned all the episodes I was going to

    Lost: The End. Very emotional. The perfect ending. Try and beat that showrunners! (Yes, I know several people hated it, but those mostly fell out of love with the show, long, long, before the final episode).
    Buffy: A bunch of episodes, typically being directed by Whedon himself, were breathtaking!
    Firefly: Out of Gas. Perfectly weaving three timeframes.

    Oh, oh, I remembered one;
    Babylon 5: Intersections in Real Time. This was one of the most chilling things I've ever seen in a series and for that reason it's B5's most memorable episode for me.
    Last edited by sense8ional; 11-26-2016, 03:17 AM.

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  • Ubik
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    Originally posted by Jonas View Post

    The Stargate Universe episode Epilogue, which is the second half of a two-parter with Common Descent, is absolutely incredible. It's one of the most deeply human episodes of a show that started out seeming incredibly grim.
    YES! That show really does earn the 'most improved' award by the time S2 wraps. That final stretch of S2 was better than any other Stargate incarnation. And the music, that leitmotif refrain on Piano, beautiful.

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