30 Days of TV – Day 09

Day 09 – Best scene/episode ever

Another category with a couple of strong contenders; “Blink” from Doctor Who (10th Doctor) comes to mind, as does (again) half of the first season of Galactica. And the two-parter “Heroes” episode of Stargate: SG-1, and not just because it had Adam Baldwin; that was one of the best, most serious episodes of the show, and was worthy winner of a Hugo.

I’m going to go with “Out of Gas,” the eighth episode of Firefly.

 This would be the one that starts with captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) wandering around, shot, and alone, on his empty ship. Oh, and it’s freezing, because the ship is venting atmosphere. As he’s flailing around, passing in and out of consciousness, we see two sets of flashbacks: how he ended up alone and wounded, and how he collected his crew and ship.

It’s a hard thing to pull off an episode with three simultaneous mystery threads and make one of them interesting, and this episode managed to make both of them attention-grabbers. The three intercut threads are entwined well, and balance nicely: we see why Mal is badly injured, and watch as his life flashes before his eyes, as he struggles to survive. It’s all pretty compelling, and seeing how the crew came together is a joy; words can’t do the episode justice.

Spoiler/Preview/Recap:
Day 01 – A show that should have never been canceled – Jericho
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching – Fringe
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV-season) – Game of Thrones
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever – Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Day 05 – A show you hate – various micro-rants
Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – The Oath/Blood on the Scales
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – Black Market
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch – Better Off Ted
Day 09 – Best scene/episode ever – Out of Gas
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you
Day 12 – A TV show you’ve watched more than 4 times
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show
Day 14 – Favorite male character
Day 15 – Favorite female character
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 – Favorite mini series
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite relationship
Day 22 – Best pilot episode
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Favorite series finale
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death


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