30 Days of TV – Day 30

Day 30 – Saddest character death

Here it is. The final day, the final number on the list. And the final spoilers. A frakking ton of spoilers, I might add.

Truth be told, there are a lot of characters who end up dying, but most of them are secondary or tertiary characters, so their deaths register less. Granted, you can build up a one-episode character and still have their death be a tear-jerker; this is how most medical-related shows go. Or the death isn’t finite—see Doctor Who, or any of Daniel Jackson’s dozen deaths in Stargate SG-1—or in some cases, was a welcome relief—see a large part of Heroes’ cast. And there’s the big thing of killing characters because the actor/actress is leaving the show, as it’s apparently easier to burn the boats at the new world and reform the plot once the dreadful turncoat has left than keep their options open.

I’ve noticed there’s a lot of people out there who go with Torchwood, which is odd, since most of them annoyed the ever-loving shit out of me. Same thing with Lost, really, though I stopped watching before too many people bit it.

So, I turn back, once again… for the final time… to Galactica.

Galactica was not terribly kind to its characters, and had a good number of shocking, sad deaths. Everyone who chairs Pegasus before Lee is a goner. Billy, the great white hope for Dualla, bites it pretty quickly. Dee herself commits suicide. Kat blows up, as does a good number of the pilots you come to know. Callie is blown out an airlock. Gaeta and Zarek see the wrong end of a firing squad. Tighe poisons his wife for turning traitor to the anti-Cylon resistance, which I’d rate a close second on the shock/sadness scale, which also ties with Starbuck blowing up as Apollo watches on. Both of those were strikingly raw and powerful, backed up by some truly emotive actors. Still, Ellen was not a terribly likeable character, and Starbuck’s “death” is not conclusive, leaving a strange open door for the season three cliffhanger.

Topping the list was the last major death—literally just minutes before Dream Baltar and Dream Six walk down Times Square to the tune of All Along the Watchtower—the one we knew was coming, off-and-on, from roughly day one. And it’s still a kick to the gut.

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 – NCIS
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you – Heroes
Day 12 – A TV show you’ve watched more than 4 times – Robotech
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show – Talespin
Day 14 – Favorite male character – The Doctor
Day 15 – Favorite female character – Laura Roslin
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show – Top Gear
Day 17 – Favorite mini series – Band of Brothers
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence – Rescue Me
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast – Firefly
Day 20 – Favorite kiss – Adama and Roslin, Galactica, The Oath
Day 21 – Favorite relationship – William Adama and Laura Roslin
Day 22 – Best pilot episode – Battlestar Galactica
Day 23 – Most annoying character – a whole helluva lot
Day 24 – Best quote – Ray Person, Generation Kill
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new) – Sons of Anarchy
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale – Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Day 27 – Favorite series finale – The Prisoner (1968)
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession – The Simpsons
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession – Burn Notice/How I Met Your Mother
Day 30 – Saddest character death – Laura Roslin, Battlestar Galactica

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