TV MEME: Day 12 – An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times

It’s like this meme doesn’t know me.

I’m a consummate re-watcher and binge watcher. I love rewatching my favourite shows or seasons often. It’s a comfort thing. It’s a learning thing. And back when I lived with terrible internet I would have to very carefully curate my tv watching so as I was downloading a new episode I’d watched the previous one, or two, or depending on the day, three. When I lived with no internet I’d buy boxsets and just go. Now with streaming services you can quickly jump into your favourite moment in a show/season and go forth or back.

I’ve easily watched all of Friends, a show I don’t love, but my brother does at least five times. Same for Avatar: The Last Airbender. That one was super easy, especially with the shorter episodes length. I think I looped the series for a month straight. And that goes for almost all my favourite animes: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, etc. I’ve watched all of Charmed roughly three/four times, so not quite five but it’s a long ass show. The year I lived abroad with only a DVD player, the box set to Sex and the City my mother bought on a visit would also be looped frequently when Italian TV got boring. When I used to screencap more regularly I can’t even talk about how often I’d watch an episode.

It’s very easy to rewatch shows and episodes in this day and age and especially if you are in fandom a lot. When I asked my brother to help me with this question he laughed in my face, is what I’m getting at.

So yeah I’ve definitely watched The Rashomon Job (Leverage) more than five time but also Jose Chung Is From Outer Space (The X-Files), Prometheus Unbound (SG-1), The Choice (Farscape), The Constant (Lost), Ariel (Firefly), Hush (BTVS), Downloaded (BSG), Blackwater (Game of Thrones), The Painted Lady (Avatar: The Last Airbender) about the same or more times. Then kept watching the rest of the series.

Now, if this meme had said “ten times” I would have had a longer think. (Would probably something from Friends. What can I say my brother really liked watching it. A lot. A lot.)

Instead what I’m gonna tell you is an episode you should watch more than five times:

“Hope”, Black-ish. This was such a powerful episode to watch especially in the current U.S. political climate. Here’s a snippet and honestly this episode was so impacting and amazing to watch. I sat and watched and could feel my heart in my chest. The cast was phenomenal, the story poignant, the writing and acting heartbreaking in the best way. Definitely an episode to watch, think about, then watch again. Here’s a snippet:

And because I love a good list, here’s four more episodes that I feel are amazing to watch and rewatch.

  • “Pilot”, Lost. This was one of the most impacting pilots of that television season and one of the most visually stunning and amazingly shot series pilots I’ve ever seen. It feels like a movie. I still love it.
  • “San Junipero”, Black Mirror.  This is not a happy go lucky series and a lot of the episodes are stories about the darker aspects of technology and how let it manipulate and control our lives, but this episode was so beautiful and caring and hopeful. It’s an episode about love and second chances, and just beautiful to watch.
  • “Middle Ground”, The Wire. Talk about AN EPISODE where everything happens. It’s such an intense ride from beginning to end and what and end it was.
  • “In or Out”, Ugly Betty. This is such a lovely episode that really stabilizes and grounds the shows in what made it best, the relationships between all these people, but especially the relationship between Betty and Daniel. The bridge scene remains a favourite forever.
TV MEME: Day 12 – An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times

TV MEME: Day 09 – Best scene ever

Well, this one was hard as hell.

I kept trying to think of my favourite shows, my favourite episodes within these show, the best scenes within those episode, but shows don’t really work that way. After all, the best scene ever could be buried in a terrible episode of great show, or a great episode of a terrible show. Who knows!

Then there’s the classic best scenes ever that you’ll see on countdowns, tv lists, and those are overall amazing and even great scenes, but to each his own and what not.

For me the best scene ever was a hard pick, I went through all the shows I could think of, and just in general key moments in shows that struck me, and I came to final decision as I typed this post, but first, I’m gonna tell you about the other scenes that made the cut. In no particular order, these were scenes that I loved for varying reasons.

  1. LOST – The Constant. Penny and Desmond’s phone call. A classic, a masterpiece, it makes me fucking cry. It’s a beautiful scene about hope, perseverance, belief,  love, the Christmas fucking spirit, and genuinely it’s one of the purest, most impacting moments in the show.
    https://youtu.be/51yTvw8Qubs
  2. The West Wing – The Stackhouse Filibuster. Will the Senator yield for a question?” Again, and incredibly emotional and powerful scene about a lot of the same thing stated above: perseverance, belief, support, and the power of grandfathers.
    https://youtu.be/hKTH1YXbO7M?t=2m43s
  3. Doctor Who – Vincent Van and the Doctor. Vincent Van Gogh visits the gallery. Now, while I’ve watched a good chunk of new Who I’m not an overall fan of the show and rarely stick with it for full seasons, I tried my best in season five, when it was reaching it’s height of social media presence and popularity, but I’m not the person to go to if you want to talk Who. However this episode is considered one of the best of series five, and possible of all the new Who episodes, and with good reason. It’s an incredibly beautiful and heartfelt episode that deals with mental illness, depression, passion, pain, art, wonderment, hope. And it all culminates in this final scene of the Doctor taking Vincent Van Gogh to the future and showing him a gallery at the Musée d’Orsay.
    https://youtu.be/ubTJI_UphPk

And now my pick for one of the best scenes ever.

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Buffy – Becoming Part 2. Me. Look for twelve, maybe thirteen year old Ari, Buffy was already doing a lot things for my emotions and all Joss’s faux feminism fuckery aside, he really did give us an iconic show with a great female lead character. This moment is amazing and great because the whole episode everything has been apart around Buffy, the love of her life has lost his soul and wants to end the world, and all that stands between him and victory is Buffy herself. The sword fight is great, but that moment where Angelus seems to have her beat, and until this moment Buffy has been struggling with a lot of the consequences of Angelus’ actions towards her: she’s been kicked out of her house, her friends are hurt or dead, and the world is end. She feels beaten, she feels hopeless, but in that final moment where Angelus thinks he’s won, Buffy remembers that she’s not beaten, he’s not broken, she still stands. Alone, but strong and she keeps fighting. For baby feminist in the making Ari this scene was so important and amazing to watch. (Annoying the clip below is in Italian as I couldn’t find it in English, ofc.)

TV MEME: Day 09 – Best scene ever