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The Kairos 30-Day Meme: Twenty-Two Favorite Episodes

This is a queued entry and does not reflect my current status. A new post will appear each day this month, but to preserve novelty, the categories that I used won’t be listed publicly beforehand. If you’d like to use my template, let me know and I’ll privately send you the complete list of categories so that you can rearrange and swap them out to suit yourself.

If you don’t want to bother with the entire meme but still want to play, it is highly encouraged to list some of your own favorites for today’s category in the comments.

Day Twenty-Two: Favorite Individual TV Episodes

Warning: a lot of the clips will contain major spoilers, since people tend to want to immortalize the moments with the biggest impact, which tend to cluster around the climax. Of course, if you're curious about the show but haven't seen it, you probably shouldn't be watching any clips at all. Except maybe if it's the pilot, but for those I'm less likely to be reccing the entire show. This list contains some of my favorite shows and also some I really could not care less about, but all of them were chosen for the quality of this single episode, whether or not that takes into account how it interacts with the rest of the show.

Battlefield of Confusion (El Hazard: the Mysterious World)

Okay, gotta tell you, I don't know if I got the title of the episode right. I don't even know if I got the title of the series right, it was kind of confusing. I didn't feel like rewatching the entire episode so I don't know if I got the link right. But once upon a time, as a young person, I watched this with young friends, having no idea what to expect. We laughed and laughed and laughed and hell, that memory is more than enough for me.

Top Banana (Arrested Development)

...Pretty much the same story for this one. I was looking for clips from the first episode and couldn't find any, and I recalled that we had watched the first few episodes anyway and I couldn't tell one from another, and I knew there was some really funny stuff about the banana stand. I've never bothered to watch any further. It wouldn't be the same.

Slapsgiving (How I Met Your Mother)

I watched enough of this show to build a fair amount of affection for it, though it's not one of my favorites. It was at its best when they used the truly charming cast (aside from the main guy) to do silly things like make up rules about slapping each other and sing songs about it, rather than pretending there was any real drama to squeeze out of the premise.

Pilot (Dharma and Greg)

I don't like sitcoms as a rule, and this was one of the crappier ones. I can't remember ever caring about a character, laughing at a joke, or wanting to know what would happen next after the pilot, but the pilot was so full of joy and energy that it almost redeemed the entire show. Or at least, it's worth preserving just as a miniature movie of its own. Spontaneous romance at its best.

Tricia Tanaka Is Dead (Lost)

I want to say I prefer the filler episodes in Lost more than the plotty ones, but the whole deal with this show is that you can't really tell which parts are plot and which are filler until much later, and it's been too long since I've watched it to analyze it more. But it never made me happier than when my four favorite male characters decided to jump start a junk van together "Because it would be cool!"

Love and Rocket (Futurama)

One day I'm going to rewatch this and it's going to delight me all over again, because as of now all I can remember is 3D animation employed to float conversation hearts all around the characters in null gravity, "This concept of 'wuv' confuses and infuriates us!", and that it's my favorite Futurama episode.

Jack and the Scotsman (Samurai Jack)

There are maybe two episodes of Samurai Jack that I've seen all the way through, not because I wasn't interested in continuing but because it wasn't readily available and I haven't had a good opportunity to marathon a cartoon since it first aired. But this episode, somehow, I've seen twice, and it was...stylistically perfect. Magnetic. Hilarious. Practically dialogue-free. Lo I have seen the light and it is Jack.

The Finger in the Nest (Bones)

Sorry, it's hard to find clips of this show. I'll just tell you what the episode is about: a dog is used as a murder weapon, so Bones and Booth call in an expert: Cesar Millan! AS HIMSELF! It's surprisingly well-written, contains some apt character metaphors, and stars a lot of dogs including a beautiful shepherd as the weapon. The guest star is as suave and appealing as he is in his own show. Oh, and Parker and Sweets have a funny scene together.

The Box Prince (Adventure Time)

With all those times Finn came running to the rescue of a stranger based on a few assumptions and his thirst for action, one of them had to end up like this. You can tell he's not a cat person, or he would know what to expect. But more importantly, all those kitties in their cardboard boxes, portrayed without any of the creepy touches this show likes to add to otherwise normal creatures, are absolutely adorable.

Now His Watch Has Ended (Game of Thrones)

Yeah so, I don't really know what else happens in this episode, but I know it gets to the end and Dany is all of a sudden like, "I'm actually completely opposed to slavery. I speak Valyrian. I'm not a pushover. I'm gonna immolate you." And then, DRAGONS. It's one of the few scenes from the book that translated into live action just right, thanks to some magnificent effects and over-the-top drama. That's my khaleesi done right.

It Ain't Easy Being Breezies (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic)

There are a lot of FIM episodes I could have chosen, mostly starring Fluttershy, but I've always appreciated the way the Aesop was delivered in this one: helping someone by refusing to put up with them is a difficult concept to grasp. If it's in your nature to avoid conflict, you can end up dragging down people you care about because the conflict is exactly what they need to shape up. Also, Sea Breeze is a riot, from his color scheme to his accent.

The Real Folk Blues, Parts 1 and 2 (Cowboy Bebop)

Two parters count as one episode. Cowboy Bebop spends most of the series balancing comedy, action, and drama in a very episodic format, until you get to the end and then it's a deadly serious showdown, flaunting the best shootout in animation along with the culmination of a central story arc you barely realized had been happening right under your nose throughout the whole show. Watch the ending credits all the way through to see the camera pan from the ground, to the clouds, to the stars...you're gonna carry that weight.

Epitaphs One and Two (Dollhouse)

Two parters count as one episode even if they aired in different seasons. Jumping ten years into the future was an amazing way to end the first season of Dollhouse, which of course started shaky and became gradually more unexpected and interesting until hello, apocalypse. You wouldn't think they could pull that off twice, but since "Epitaph Two" was the series finale, it tied everything together and gave us the answers we needed along with a wistful look at everything this show could have been.

Tablecloth (The Clangers)

Look, guys, I know you all think I'm crazy, but I'm not going to stop trying to get you to watch The Clangers. I can't. The best things I brought home from England this summer were both Clangers-related. And I'm not forcing you or anything, but I'm leaving my favorite episode here for you, reeeeal convenient. Btw if you do watch it and you just don't get what the big deal is, you're going to need to lie to me.

The Internet (The IT Crowd)

I'm not really sure what to say about this one except that this is the funniest shit I've ever seen.

Speak of the Devil (Daredevil)

Everything that made this show's first season so amazing comes down to this one episode. There are layers upon layers to consider in the respectful way the moral dilemma is addressed through Matt's religious conviction, the art gallery's visual metaphors, the trio grieving together, the crushing defeat in the most brutal fight scene yet, and finally, the reveal of Matt's identity to the most cherished person in his life. Made me a permanent fan.

Earshot (Buffy: the Vampire Slayer)

Most fans composing a "best episodes" list will usually include this one in there somewhere, but since it's not usually at the top, I still feel like it's underappreciated. The universally lauded BtVS episodes tend to emphasize some aspect of the show -- tragedy, quirk, hero's journey -- but "Earshot" has a little bit of everything. It's perfectly balanced and plays to my personal interests, like B/A, Oz, and the way isolation is our only protection from madness.

I Will Remember You (Angel)

Obligatory? Maybe. I'm a shipper and this is the centerpiece of our whole entire OTP. Personally, I also think it's a damn good episode of television, but if you've seen the show your mind's made up already and I'm not going to try to change it. (But if you made it up the same way I did, let's squee together! We'll never forget!)

Mystery Spot (Supernatural)

There's something about the Groundhog Day formula that really works for me, even though it's predictable by nature...I mean really, really predictable. I guess a show could fumble it and then we'd just be left with the frustrating repetition, but SPN didn't do that. They made it morbidly hilarious and awesome and the boys just completely nailed it in every scene. It's got a lot of rewatch value, which I think is especially impressive in this case.

Felina (Breaking Bad)

Through a large swath of this show I felt like I was just waiting for it to be over so I didn't have to spend any more time with friggin' Walter White, but the payoff in the finale was incredible. It's not because he was redeemed (although a case could be made); it's because he was so blindingly intelligent and his plan was so satisfying to watch unfold after the situation looked so hopeless. Goodbye, western USA meth trade!

Vincent and the Doctor (Doctor Who)

You know how sometimes you watch a show and all you want to do is sit down with one of the characters and show them some scenes that they weren't present for, just so they can see that they truly are loved and appreciated? Van Gogh was a real person, but here he's a character, so his fictionalized version is experiencing the truth of his impact on our world, and in the show's canon this is really happening, they really got to tell him who he is and what he means to us. I'm not crying, I'm just allergic to feelings.

Season 8, Quarterfinals Week 4 (America's Got Talent)

Back in 2013 I rallied my flist to vote for this act: they didn't move onto the next round, but that was for the better in many ways, and I had so much fun showing this video to everyone I knew. Four years later, the 3Penny Choir and Orchestra hasn't all gotten back together again to create new material (there's like fifty of them so no surprise there), but those of them whom I know personally are doing well. Arianne and Noah have a beautiful baby girl. I got married to one of the tenors. "Call Me Maybe" is still stuck in everyone's head.

Tags: 30 day meme, a show i watched, an anime i watched, bones, buffyverse, cowboy bebop, doctor who, dollhouse, ponies, the defenders, westeros

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