Every year as we watch TV, there are moments, some good, A LOT that are okay, a few bad and then there are the special few… the truly great ones. I have decided to share my Top 5 TV Moments of 2013 with you.
Sure, some are obvious and others may leave you scratching your collective heads but these are the moments that really stood out for me as I watched this year. Anyone who has listened to the show will not be overly surprised by some picks but I may surprise you with my reasons.
Without further ado lets get to the list, but first a quick note on my rules.
Here are the rules…
- Must have made me go “WOW”
- Episode must have aired in 2013 calendar year
- I had to have seen it and remember it
- Available to the public in some form for viewing today
Sadly while many TV shows are made only a few are worth watching. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight some TV moments that are part of this group. Here’s what I think are great examples.
The Rains of Castamere – Game of Thrones
This one was easy but not for the reasons you think. I was WOW’d by this episode not by the graphic special surprise that happens but by something completely different: The relationship between Aria and the Sandor Clegane. The interaction between the two as they get closer to the Twins and after was one of those really beautiful special TV moments in amongst a sea of blood and carnage. Here you have two “bitter” enemies. But by the end, there is a moment of tenderness and understanding between the two that really struck home for me. Now a quick note on the elephant in the room, the actual “SURPRISE” was so predictable and lackluster for me by in large part due to the overreaction by fans who didn’t know what was coming. While I didn’t know it was coming until it almost happened (because I haven’t read the books), I was not shocked in any way except for the comedy I found in Caitlin’s last moment in the episode. Best photo bomb ever.
An Enemy of Fate – Fringe
Fringe has been a favourite of mine for it’s entire run. The JJ Abrams crew do a great job of not not being LOST through it’s 5 season run. By the time we get to the end of the series they have managed to wrap up all major plot threads from the past and in a good way. But it was the last moment of the last episode that got me. After Walter makes his final decision to help fix the time line from the Observers, the only real choice, you feel for Peter and Walter’s short lived time together. Until the last moment after the reset and Peter receives a letter from Walter which he had delivered on a specific date to Peter. Fans like me who have been watching the show from the beginning understood fully the message Peter received and what it meant. It quite literally was the perfect ending to this show or any other.
The Name of The Doctor – Doctor Who
I had many issues with Series 7 of Doctor Who. The break in the season mid way. The telling of 2 different but loosely connected story arcs. It just wasn’t up to what I had come to expect. Then came the announcement of the last episode title… The Name of The Doctor. I, like many long time loyal fans, was at once perplexed and annoyed at the thought. BUT in the end, no worries, it didn’t happen. He never revealed his name which made me very happy. However, it did fuck with cannon by introducing a previous unknown incarnation of the Doctor. John Hurt is, as we learn in the 50th, the War Doctor. This revelation of another Doctor that we have never seen or heard of was mind blowing. [Sidebar – if you are a fan, to be clear I am neither endorsing nor complaining about this] The show over the years has had many a share of surprises and “moments” but this was a doozy and split fandom almost down the middle.
LARP and the Real Girl – Supernatural
Supernatural being on the CW, with its heartthrob leads, has never really been able to get the respect it deserves outside it’s own fandom. I have been watching since day one and while yes the boys are dreamy, they also kick major ass each week. But the true hidden secret of the show is it’s own built in humour that happens week to week. Sometimes it’s a one liner or a character like Garth, but usually at least once a season they put all the cards on the table and rock our world with some comedy gold. This episode is one of those examples. Throughout we are getting great jokes and asides galore. Then it’s over. Story resolved. Time to have a beer and discuss our feelings like other episodes… nope we get to see Sam & Dean full on engage in some LARPing with Charlie and her followers, while Dean shines here with his Braveheart rip off. Awesome with a side of awesome sauce.
The Day of The Doctor – Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special
I have been waiting for this for a long time. When it was finally unveiled, I was thoroughly rewarded for my wait. Was it a great episode… well, that depends on who you speak with. Personally I thought it was okay for the most part but what it excelled at was paying homage to 50 years of Doctor Who television history. There were so many winks and nods to the past and present with a brief glimpse at the future. These were meant for the long time fans and boy did they deliver. However, for me, “THE” moment of the entire episode was at the end when the curator reveals himself to Matt Smith’s Doctor. While sure, it makes no real sense story wise, it doesn’t matter. As long as I got to see Tom Baker, all was good. I don’t give a shit about any of the story issues that have sprung up over RJD/Moffat’s run. This here was the single greatest thing I saw on TV. I got tingles in my spine when I heard his voice. Even though I knew he was making an appearance, it still couldn’t stop the excitement I felt at seeing my Doctor on screen again. I’m getting excited right now just thinking about it again. Gold Jerry, GOLD!
So there it is, my list. There are many moments I could have added but these are the ones that really stood out for me. If you are looking for something to watch this weekend, give one of these a try. Although to be fair, you have to wait until February for Game of Thrones on Blu-ray.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!